Monday, July 12, 2010

ancient wisdom

It is a universal belief that that words have a creative power; they symbolize the manifest world. Music, on the other hand, brings us into harmony with the non-manifest, and to understand music is to be at the secret source of Li [right behavior or right action]' *

*Quoting Rees and Rees in Celtic Heritage (1961) who quote P.D. Hardy in The Holy Wells of Ireland (1836) quoting the Book of Rites.  A Wiki search on the Book of Rites yielded a 1962 translation of the Book of Rites.  The idea expressed above, about language and music,  can only be intuited from this translation. The website which includes this translation fo the Book of Rites is a rich resource for Celtic history