Paramahansa Yogananda on the Joy of Devotional Chanting

Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe. Music is a divine art, to be used not only for pleasure but as a path to God-realization.

A song born out of the depths of true devotion to God and continuously chanted, audibly or mentally, until response is consciously received from Him in the form of boundless joy, is a spiritualized song.

Chants should be sung not once but many times, utilizing the cumulative power of repetition, until the singer feels great bliss wafting through the “radio” of his heart. When this joy is felt it is proof that God has answered the singer, and that his devotion has been properly tuned; the broadcasting of his ardor in chanting has been true and deep.

Music that is saturated with soul force is the real universal music, understandable by all hearts.