(Alice Coltrane, 1977)
Many of the celestial musical instruments can be played without the use of hands or any physical contact whatsoever. Your mind, your heart, is your only approach to them. Your thoughts open up the many avenues of sound and expression on these wonderful instruments.
Practically every night, I was permitted to play a “psaltery.” Unlike the ancient one, it had full orchestral range, and could be played at phenomenal rates of speed and volume—without awakening anyone—while the floor and walls vibrated from the force of it.
During that time, I had never seen the psaltery. The Lord said: “Only four souls in this creation have seen it. You will be the fifth one.” …When hearing the names, I found them all to be outstanding ones. They included two musicians and composers (Handel and Bach), Sri Aurobindo (an all-informing source of the universe), and the fourth name was found to be the most outstanding one of all; it is the name of the great prophet and Savior, Jesus Christ.