This poem celebrates the liberating power of sound and vibration. For more about the 16th c. mystic and poet Dadu Dayal, particularly honoured amongst the Sikhs, see this earlier post.
If the mind stays with the Name of the
Supreme Lord even for a moment,
All its karmas will be destroyed then and
there, within the twinkling of an eye.
The aspirant who fills his pot with drops
of Celestial Melody, alone survives.
How can he die, O Dadu? He drinks the
The artistic Creator is playing
the instrument in perfect harmony.
Melody is the essence of the five elements,
and through the self is the Melody
expressed, O Dadu.
Translation K. N. Upadhyaya