Many people listen to music,this is a fact,Carnatic Music being one among them.

A spiritual aspirant is advised to shun all sense pleasing actions.

Since listening to music that he/she likes,automatically gives him some pleasure(said music is not centered on his/her ishta,or conducive for his spiritual practices)

In this situation,should he shun this music?

Or is listening to any music,Carnatic or otherwise,an impediment in the path of moksha?

(I have added the tags “shiva” and “Krishna “,as they are associated with music in the scriptures,as Muralidhar and Veenadhar respectively; “Gandharvas” are known for music,so I have added them as well)

  • No, Moksha comes from Self-realization/Atman gyan. All the worldly objects,senses including physical body are temporary and created by Self and for Self to know Self. ananda.org/blog/yogananda-sukdeva-byasa-gita
    – user22687
    Jun 10 '21 at 2:59
  • In the Bhakti Yoga, singing and listening to the musical glories of the lord is one of the best. So, NO - it's not a sin. Plus, music relaxes the mind, and following one's body's natural needs is not a sin It's like asking - "Isn't feeling hungry to fill my 'material-stomach' a sin? since we are pleasing our taste buds while eating food.". And FYI: Almost every act generates good or bad karma, one can't just keep balancing them throughout day - thats a waste of life provived by the Providence. - कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते.....
    – Vivikta
    Jun 10 '21 at 3:34
  • Music can raise or lower your consciousness, as it generates vibrations. The answer depends upon the kind of music listened to. Jun 10 '21 at 6:29

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