The Music in Silence - Gun Naad Dhun Anand Bed in Raag Kalyan

Guru Arjan's Music in Silence

This beautiful poem by Guru Arjan highlights the spiritual journey and the transcendent experiences of those who have delved deep into their inner selves. The "Glory of God" is equated with the "Sound-current of the Naad," which represents the divine resonance that underlies all creation. The poem suggests that this celestial music can be heard in the silence of meditation and contemplation. As the silent sages and humble beings come together in the "Realm of the Saints," they tap into this divine harmony. Through practices like meditation, faith, and chanting, they become attuned to the inner "Naam," the Name of the Lord, which is associated with a profound inner sound. This inner music not only leads to the dissolution of sins but also represents a form of spiritual enlightenment. Ultimately, it culminates in the merging of the individual soul into the divine Light, where all pain and suffering cease, and only the eternal music of silence remains.

Gun Naad Dhun Anand Bed - Bhai Avtar Singh

Melodic Stream of the Naad

The Glory of God resonates in the melodic stream of the Naad,
Celestial music of boundless bliss, Vedas' wisdom, forever clad.
In speech and silence, sages and humble souls unite,
In the Realm of Saints, a realm so pure and bright.

Spiritual wisdom, meditation, faith, and acts of grace,
Their minds imbibe the Naam's sweet, divine embrace.
Chanting it, sins are shattered, they find their release,
This is the Yoga's art, devotion's path, inner peace.

Intuitive knowing of the Shabad's eternal song,
Certain knowledge of Reality, steady and strong.
Chanting, meditating, in unbroken contemplation,
O Nanak, in the Light, find eternal liberation.

Notes on Gun Naad Dhun Anand Bed Composition in Raag Kalyan

July 15, 2021

I have recorded this several dozen times in the past month and meditated upon the shabad. Now singing and recording this in Bb. Added cello (Suellen Primost) and sax (Jeremy Marais) to it; but perhaps not satisfied with those recordings.  I've played a sampled cello myself; perhaps mix it with piano is my current thought.  Some synths have been added for rhythm and ambience. I am starting to hear the majesty of the Naad. Also named "Dhun Anand" project based on this.  Started using "Mil Sant Mandali" as meditation element.  

June 18, 2021

New Composition
21093 - Gun Naad
Raag Kalyaan
C - 60bpm - 6/8 (36 matras)

Lyrics and Translation: Gun Naad Dhun Anand Bed

ਕਲਿਆਨ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
कलिआन महला ५ ॥
Kaliān mėhlā 5.
Kalyaan, Fifth Mehl:

ਗੁਨ ਨਾਦ ਧੁਨਿ ਅਨੰਦ ਬੇਦ ॥
गुन नाद धुनि अनंद बेद ॥
Gun nāḏ ḏẖun anand beḏ.
The Glory of God is the Sound-current of the Naad, the Celestial Music of Bliss, and the Wisdom of the Vedas.

ਕਥਤ ਸੁਨਤ ਮੁਨਿ ਜਨਾ ਮਿਲਿ ਸੰਤ ਮੰਡਲੀ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
कथत सुनत मुनि जना मिलि संत मंडली ॥१॥ रहाउ ॥
Kathaṯ sunaṯ mun janā mil sanṯ mandlī. ||1|| rahāo.
Speaking and listening, the silent sages and humble beings join together, in the Realm of the Saints. ||1||Pause||

ਗਿਆਨ ਧਿਆਨ ਮਾਨ ਦਾਨ ਮਨ ਰਸਿਕ ਰਸਨ ਨਾਮੁ ਜਪਤ ਤਹ ਪਾਪ ਖੰਡਲੀ ॥੧॥
गिआन धिआन मान दान मन रसिक रसन नामु जपत तह पाप खंडली ॥१॥
Giān ḏẖiān mān ḏān man rasik rasan nām japaṯ ṯah pāp kẖandlī. ||1||
Spiritual wisdom, meditation, faith and charity are there; their minds savor the Taste of the Naam, the Name of the Lord. Chanting it, sins are destroyed. ||1||

ਜੋਗ ਜੁਗਤਿ ਗਿਆਨ ਭੁਗਤਿ ਸੁਰਤਿ ਸਬਦ ਤਤ ਬੇਤੇ ਜਪੁ ਤਪੁ ਅਖੰਡਲੀ ॥
जोग जुगति गिआन भुगति सुरति सबद तत बेते जपु तपु अखंडली ॥
Jog jugaṯ giān bẖugaṯ suraṯ sabaḏ ṯaṯ beṯe jap ṯap akẖandlī.
This is the technology of Yoga, spiritual wisdom, devotion, intuitive knowledge of the Shabad, certain knowledge of the Essence of Reality, chanting and unbroken intensive meditation.

ਓਤਿ ਪੋਤਿ ਮਿਲਿ ਜੋਤਿ ਨਾਨਕ ਕਛੂ ਦੁਖੁ ਨ ਡੰਡਲੀ ॥੨॥੨॥੫॥
ओति पोति मिलि जोति नानक कछू दुखु न डंडली ॥२॥२॥५॥
Oṯ poṯ mil joṯ Nānak kacẖẖū ḏukẖ na dandlī. ||2||2||5||
Through and through, O Nanak, merging into the Light, you shall never again suffer pain and punishment. ||2||2||5||