Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai, California, USA, March 9, 1994
(Originally in English) Videotape No. 409
Q: Would you say that in some cases modern music encourages a certain mood and atmosphere, the kind that can create more of a demonic environment for young people today or perhaps even the world, just from the mood that it tends to create?
M: Yes, part of it. Part of it has already existed through centuries from the different moods of humankind. And if we deliberately add ingredients to it, then of course it becomes stronger. Music is very influential. It's been proven scientifically that if you give people soft, kind, gentle and loving music, they feel calm and relaxed, very gentle and loving. But when you give people discordant, very terrible music, they go crazy or fight with each other.
Just like when they go out to fight in battle, do you know what kind of music they give to people? It's not "I love you!" or anything like that, but "Bong! Bong! Bong! ... Boom! Boom! Boom!" All kinds of deathly tunes and aggressive melodies are given to the soldiers. So they just march and march and then die blindly. Because that's the time when they want to kill, they're in the mood to kill. So music is very important, of course.