(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
REGARDING LISTENING TO POP MUSICS; DHARMA CULTIVATORS SHOULD NOT LISTEN TO DECADENT MUSIC
Caller: A Buddhist practitioner said that whenever he listens to pop music or hums along with it, he would start to shiver down his spine and could sense his own energy depleting. What could be the cause of this?
Master Jun Hong Lu: It is very simple. A lot of the pop music generates negative energies. Just observe the many young people who are frustrated and down or when they could not think clearly, they will sing pop songs. Which pop music will generate positive energy? For example, the song entitled “Love Web” by Jackie Cheung, does it produce positive energy? “You are like a web, locking me tightly…” and the music that goes “bang bang”, do you think they are pleasing to the ears? Songs with lyrics such as “I chose you and you chose me”…encompasses a little positive energy in them and provide an avenue for emotional release, right?
Caller: Yes, indeed. Nowadays, I have difficulty finding a pop music that I like. After I started to practice Buddhism, I am no longer attracted to pop music.
Master Jun Hong Lu: We really should not listen to such pop music. Actually, Bodhisattva has indicated and disclosed before, that Dharma cultivators should not listen to decadent music as it will cause you to slack off in your Dharma cultivation. Imagine yourself feeling very blissful during your recitations and then you stopped and listened to the pop music for a while. When you come back to recite the scriptures, you will feel that the scriptures are outmoded to you and you will start to alienate from it.
Caller: I understand now. Thank you for answering my question, Master Lu.