EUPHONY – THE SOUND OF LIFE
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'ECHOES OF THE WIND –  THE STORY OF A JOURNEY TOWARDS THE CENTRE OF SOUND
 
Reviews
 

"DANIEL LEVY is a pupil of Alain Daniélou the renowned musicologist and Sanskritist, author of Music and the power of Sound and Myths and Gods of India as well as several other serious books on Indian Yoga and Philosophy.

Today there is a proliferation of books purporting to be on sound (particularly through mantra) therapeutics. These are often patchy, poorly researched, particularly regarding the pronunciation of Sanskrit mantras, and productive of mood rather than true transformation.

It is therefore a refreshing pleasure to come across DANIEL LEVY's book, which treats the essence of Sound, acoustics of the Self, the relationship between Sound and Space. Resonance, Vibration, Harmony and the experience of Self both in sound and, perhaps more importantly, in silence.

DANIEL LEVY has a considerable portfolio of recordings, not the least his "Syntony" recordings of the Pythagorean Therapeutics through harmonic sound recordings. Having gone to the essence of the Western Musical Therapeutic/Harmonic Tradition (Which in Socrates governed the whole field of "Humanistic/Artistic endeavour, as well as the Vedic Tradition of sound- Chandas (rhythm) and musical expression, one can only acknowledge Levy's devotion and breadth of understanding of this vital expression of our Being and unreservedly recommend this book to all genuine seekers of Self recognition through Sound and Silence.

“The head has all the questions, the heart has all the answers, listen to the music of the heart”.

PETER HARRISON – DIRECTOR OF WATKINS BOOKS – LONDON, UK
Co-author of Dhatu Patha - a study in the roots of language, author of "Sounds of Siva - a commentary on the Mahesvara Sutra"



“In ‘The Yoga Aphorisms’ Patanjali said: "The Sound (or Word), that which it suggests (the object) and the spiritual essence (or idea) that it contains, are normally confused in the mind of the person who perceives them. With a concentrated meditation (focused attention) upon these three aspects the power of understanding (intuitive) the meaning of any sound uttered by any sentient being can be attained ". (Book III, Sutra 17)

Understanding (‘Intendere’ in Italian) becomes "tending (‘tendere’ in Italian) towards the interior", therefore understanding the truth concealed in "I Am Sound" (“Io Sono Suono” in Italian).

In this excellent book - a true hymn to the sense of hearing - all the paths that lead to the profound experience of the individual and universal Self are taken through Sound. Sound as an acoustic vibration, as a musical inspiration, as a language, as a listening experience, as harmony and health for body and mind, as space and as an archetype of forms. The body is an amplifier, a musical instrument, if its sound waves are blocked it is because we block them. To have knowledge of our inner note and to attune ourselves to it, is the equivalent of knowing the secret name of the ancient Egyptians... Therefore, every shape is a sum of vibrations and to recognize this is to learn the universal language of Nature. A text, by DANIEL LEVY, rich in ideas to reflect upon and grow by on an inner level".

“BOOK OF THE MONTH” FEBRUARY 2005
HERA MAGAZINE, ITALY



"... Levy deals with the extremely powerful theme of the Central Archetype: the Self, the place where ‘the Self irradiates a spheric sound, all-inclusive and complete, which does not exclude, but synthesises’.

An even more significant undertaking when one thinks that the author is a musician and, as such, one can imagine the effort he must have made to emerge from sound performance and enter, as he often declares, into Life Music. Euphony focuses on a series of practices to approach the internal world and its symbols of totality, to discover the entirely human possibility of making contact with the concert of phylogenesis, searching for the bridge between Macrocosm and Microcosm.

Here one sees how much DANIEL LEVY has elaborated upon the thinking of Alain Daniélou and how much he has concluded from that which his work had left to the intuition. Euphony, as the place to encounter the origins of music-life, works to reunite us with the natural function of music, which recent years of technicalism have interrupted. What Euphony points to is an ecology of the unconscious, an attempt to re-find the consciousness of natural functions, on which the symbol of archetypes depend. The book's conclusion seems significant: ‘... We are actually conscious Space and we want, by inner intuition, to take possession of the ‘new open Space’ wherein the Music, as an Art / Science, makes the global man mindful of his origin'..."

PROF. RAFFAELE MORELLI, RIZA PSICOSOMATICA MAGAZINE, ITALY



"...We all encounter, in the course of our lives, books that leave deep and enduring impressions, books that have taught us, through the way they have looked at various themes, something new, something which has a resonance within our deepest being. So, whoever has the good fortune to read DANIEL LEVY's Euphony: The Sound of Life, will find in this book the key that, by opening our inner door, leads us to harmonic knowledge of ourselves, and teaches us, through musical movements of the Self, how to use the best of our personality by following biological rhythms and the relationships which exist between sound and the psychophysical organism in each of us. Levy offers, in new ways, some meanings and aspects of sound and the function of music in all manifestations of existence. Physical sound is the reverberation of inaudible Sound matter. All bodies, whether animate or not, have their own resonance. We learn that in every individual there exists a euphonic nucleus, which can be unveiled, enlarged and utilised.

Penetrating the essence of Euphony means rediscovering our own resonant reality. Once we have found the syntony between our interior rhythm, the rhythm of the world and the environment in which we live, we will succeed in evolving and giving sense to life.

Levy's book is pleasant and easy to read, even though it discusses profound and specific matters. Those for whom it is intended will recognise the message and the teaching, and, after having read and understood it, will no longer be the same..."

PROF. G. ZUCO, INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE OF PSYCHOLOGY - ITALY

 

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