“Many early instruments had seven strings, and it is generally conceded that Pythagoras was the one who added the eighth string to the lyre of Terpander. …
“The Pythagorans believed that everything which existed had a voice and that all creatures were eternally singing the praise of the creator. Man fails to hear these divine melodies because his soul is enmeshed in the illusion of material existence. When he liberates himself from the bondage of the lower world with its sense limitations, the music of the spheres will again be audible as it was in the Golden Age. Harmony recognizes harmony, and when the human soul regains its true estate it will not only hear the celestial choir but also join with it in an everlasting anthem of praise to that Eternal Good controlling the infinite number of parts and conditions of being.” ~Manly P. Hall
Seven or Eight Strings
Halls gives credit to Pythagoras for added the eighth string to a lyre that had always, like several other stringed instruments, had seven. He gives no reason for doing so, however. Permit me to do it for him.
Hall does say that seven was standard because of the popularity of seven in other things, especially spiritual ones. Seven colors in the rainbow, seven chakras, or energy centers, in the body, and so on. In fact, most people equate the frequent occurrence of seven in the Bible to those seven chakras. But Pythagoras was correct in adding an eighth. There are four energy centers in the spirit. Each is divided into two when the enter the physical body. That gives eight, not seven. So there are eight primary energy centers in the body, not seven. So why do so many believe it is seven? Because when asked to publicly reveal the hidden information in the mystery schools, the masters of those schools always supply incomplete information to those who are not official students.
A Singing All
There is, in a sense, singing everywhere. Singing is just rhythmic vibrations of the right frequencies to register on our ears. There are many sounds in the world that we don’t think of as music or singing. There are sounds that we ignore entirely. We are unaware that many of those sounds even exist. Birds and crickets chirping, tree leaves rustling in the wind and so many other sounds that we generally ignore. But there are other sounds, such as the vibrating of rocks, that happen at frequencies we can’t even hear. Yet they are sometimes rhythmic vibration and therefore singing.
Music of the Spheres
Not only is everything on Earth singing, in a way, but the planet itself sings (or vibrates) as it moves through space. It is accompanied by its brothers and sisters, the other planets of our solar system, to create a celestial choir. Then so must the sun and the other stars sing to themselves and to each other. The whole universe is singing. This is called the Music of the Spheres. Some say that the common chant of “Om” used in meditation and prayer is an imitation f the music of the spheres.
But even beyond these sounds of the physical universe, there must be sounds found only in the spiritual universe. They would be much different than those of the realm of matter. While everything in the spiritual world vibrates, as does matter, there is likely no tension or friction produced in that realm. Perhaps for that reason, the sound of the spiritual realm would be purer, clearer. It would truly be singing to our ears. This is the true music of the spheres.
Some people report that when they are engaging in certain spiritual development techniques to bring them closer to that realm, they can hear beautiful music with no physical source. Others may just sense a beautiful harmony or feel a pleasant vibration without hearing it. They are all lightly touching this true music of the spheres.
I say this is the true music of the spheres because the dimensions of reality are generally depicted as spheres within spheres like the layers of an onion or a nesting doll. I think it can be reasonably assumed that the music of the spheres is at its purest and most beautiful at the highest of the spheres—that which we call heaven—and gets weaker, or less pure, as it drops to lower and lower dimensions. We can assume that at the lowest dimension, where not even matter can exist, there is also no sound, no music of the spheres. So let’s rejoice that we live in the third dimension where is does exist, and we have the ability to slowly climb to higher dimensions, where it is pure.