Nostalgia and Grace, by Carolyn Lee (page 18)

Instruction on the Crisis in Western Music

And so, by Grace, my long search in the corridors of time and mind struggling to experience, or interpret, or restore an “ideal” past came to an end. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to me without Avatar Adi Da. No doubt I would still be working out my karmic destiny, going grey in the British Library and perhaps even eventually earning a modest obituary in “The Musical Times”!

But how did such a search arise in the first place? The quest for Happiness, as I now realize, is every ego’s deluded pursuit, but why was I driven to it in this form? As I read and considered some observations that Adi Da Samraj had made on the history of Western music I began to understand.

With Bach, and composers pervious to Bach, we can talk of the sacred, of music and musical form that evokes some feeling of orientation to the Divine, and toward an aesthetic expression that transcends mere human content. Haydn and Mozart are transitional figures in an event in the West of historical significance. It was the turning from a Godward culture to an ego-assertive culture, or from the sacred to a secular culture. This kind of change could be seen in music, but it was also seen in all of the arts, and also in politics and even in religion. In the West this is so, and it is also becoming more and more true of the entire world. I am here to Serve in a time when the effects of this change have become potentially devastating for the world as a whole. It is time to make much of the sacred, and deal with the past with much more discrimination.

Avatar Adi Da Samraj, June 28, 1989