When you live a lifestyle that’s consciousness transforming and cleansing (and I mean live, not just hang on), then you experience not only the changes in your life, but also the perception of music and culture in general. You develop the ability to distinguish between music composed in the sattvic, rajasic or tamasic state of consciousness. Unfortunately the latter is the most, because many composers use various means of getting high in order to welcome the muse. One may only create once being in a state of non-anxiety and freedom. To reach that, one have to meditate and learn how to relax oneself. But reality is that people use the “shortcuts” to the muse and therefore listeners find themselves surrounded by the supply of music, that radiates tamasic vibrations. And if you think that its only some underground hardcore music that’s being created that way, then you are seriously wrong. There are so many world’s masterpieces in all genres composed in such circumstances. The same applies to the other forms of art like literature, painting, theatre etc. Many well known and acknowledged maestroes, composers, performers, even classics, hall-of-fame geniuses and museum artists are among those who created their masterpieces in a state of consciousness that has been altered by tamas. Every artist finds its audience amongst the like vibrating souls of spectators, listeners and consumers of art and these masses proclaim the works of addicts to be the greatest of all mankind.
How can you measure the vibration of your soul? Take a look at your music playlist. What do you know about the authors of that music? What is the meaning of the lyrics of your favourite song this summer? And why this particular song is what moves you? Answer these questions before you consume vibrations made by other people. You probably read the ingredient list on the packaging of the food in store. I hope you do. So do the same with the music and art you take in. Read the biographies, the background storties, the history behind the art.