The principles of the Glass Bead Game …

In 1946 Hermann Hesse received the Nobel prize in literature for his book: The Glass Bead Game.
The principles of the Glass Bead Game are:”… a new language, a sign and formula of which mathematics and music equally partake, enabling one to combine astronomical and musical formulas, a common denominator for mathematics and music.”
The law of the octave is this principle where mathematics and music equally partake. This law makes it possible to combine astronomical and musical formulas. It is the common denominator of astronomy, mathematics, music and colour. Hermann Hesse writes further on in the Glass Bead Game:

  • “I suddenly realised that in the language, or at any rate in the spirit of the Glass Bead Game, everything actually was all-meaningful, every symbol and combination of symbols led not to single examples, experiments and proofs, but into the centre, the mystery and innermost heart of the world, into primal knowledge. Every transition from major to minor in a sonata, every transformation of a myth or a religious cult, every classical or artistic formulation was, I realised in that flashing moment, if seen with a truly meditative mind, to be nothing but a direct route into the interior of the cosmic mystery, where in the alternation between inhaling an exhaling, between heaven and earth, between Yin and Yang, holiness is forever being created.” –

Our life unfolds today in a stressful environment. The world is looking for an “antidote”. A part of this ” antidote” can be found in music. As we are looking for the forest and the meadow to heal our souls, in the same way we should look for music. Our Earth was born from the Universe’s Song. That is why everything that exists in nature,expresses itself through a song that can be perceived by the souls who live in contact with it. All these songs form a symphony that is vital for humanity. Music of the spheres, so dear to Pitagoras, is a reality: celestial bodies that slip in their orbits have sound vibrations, creating a cosmic music. There is a music of human nature which resonates with the music of the spheres being it’s echo.
The music blends toghether in a perfect harmony. If the music of the Universe comes to us then as a normal reaction we should turn to the universe through music.
Music is a universal bridge, crossing the barriers of culture, age, and language. Perhaps, eventually, we will learn that it also spans those of time… and space.

Author: mydoina

Who looks outside dreams; who looks inside, awakes. -Carl Gustav Jung-

15 thoughts on “The principles of the Glass Bead Game …”

  1. Brilliant observation. Is so obvious it shouldn’t need to be said, but these days we seem to be out of touch.
    I asked a question a while back about extended phenotypes. Birds build nest and beavers build dams, but what are humans born to do? One of the answers… was to dance. We have lost touch with that too, but it all stems from the music. Great post!

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    1. Thanks a lot! ❤️”We’re here to dance, …” wonderful answer! The reality of each of us differs because it depends on what each of us are able to perceive, to interpret vibrationally! This is one of the greatest secrets of spirituality! Many do not understand how this statement can be true, as long as it seems that we all see the same landscapes, the same characteristics of plants, animals, etc.…At the level of humanity, we have certain conventions that we all agreed to abide by, so as not to live in total chaos. Our bodies are built around a standard genetic and molecular matrix, our DNA is almost identical, which is why we are “programmed” to perceive the world in a similar (but not identical!) way .Everything is vibration, everything is music … even math, especially math, as Herman Hesse rightly observed.🙏

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    1. Hello Brian, unfortunately, we have been building walls, rather than bridges lately… Thank you for the asking, I’m fine so far, I hope you and your family are healthy as well. As the Chinese would say “we are living interesting times” …Bleib gesund!

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    1. Unfortunately we have lost my father to this disease this year, so I probably lost my will to post anything, although it may be therapeutic… Here like, everywhere else in the world, we are waiting for the vaccine to come (hopefully for good). We are in lockdown number three this year, the population’s mood is very far down, it’s like a nightmare we can’t wake up from. Thank you for your wishes, I wish you the same, to stay healthy and merry Christmas and a Happy new year to you too. D.

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      1. Oh my God. I am very sorry for your loss. It is terrible to lose a parent. Worse under those terrible circumstances… A double shock I guess… Not to mention the loss of memory.
        Do you have brothers and sisters? Is your mother still around? If so it must be terrible for her…
        Je suis désolé. Vraiment. I hope you can cope as well as you can… If you feel like “talking” about it… my mail is on my Gravatar…
        Christmas and new year’s eve will be hard… Compounded by lockdown and the difficulty to get together… It is always difficult to give any advice, but maybe you can take advantage to remember the nice moments with your father…
        May I ask what his name was? How old was he? I will think of his name during end of year.
        Stay safe. And try to “enjoy” this end of year. Hopefully it will be a new beginning. And maybe posting would be therapeutic… 🙏🏻

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      2. Thank you very much for your kindness. Yes, I have a brother and a sister, and yes, we are still shocked by what happened to my father. He was 14 days with Corona, asymptomatic, and after 14 days he died. It happened very quickly. My only consolation is that maybe he didn’t have any pain. His name was John and he was 77 years old. Unfortunately, we live, as the Chinese say, very interesting times.
        I wish you once again, a beautiful Christmas season and a healthy New Year.

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      3. Shock indeed. He was about my older brother’s age… And yes, one finds consolation as one can.
        John. As in English? The ancient greeks believed that we lived as long as someone remembers our name. My grandfather – who died in 1967 – will live as long as my brother and I are alive, since we are the last people to have known him…
        I will remember your father’s name.
        🙏🏻

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      4. Thank you. Maybe the Greeks are right. John is the translation of the name “Ioan” from Romanian language. I think that, rather phonetically, the most accurate pronunciation would be as in French “Yoann.”

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      5. I like Ioan. It goes back to the Greek Johannes or Ioannes. In old medieval French it became Johan (pronounced Ioann) then became Jehan (Djehann) which became Jean…
        I will remember Ioan… 🙏🏻

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