Internet is flooded with so called “Kabbalistic music” by people “inspired by Kabbalah”, people with various visions and ambitions. Yet, music is a dangerous tool that if not used correctly can do more harm then good.
Once Kotzker (if I’m not wrong) Rebbe asked his disciples: “What is more important – speech or nigun ([spiritual] tune)”. The disciples answered: Speech of course! To that the Rebbe said (and I paraphrase from memory) “Speech emanates from brain, goes down to vocal cords and then to throat, while nigun comes from heart to vocal cords and then ascends directly to Heaven.
My personal interpretation/understanding of the story: the Rebbe is talking about Hitorerut DeLitata (Emanation from top to bottom vs. bottom to top – see Zohar for commentaries). Thus the tune represents the awakening from below – lehashipa vs. lekabel.
The audio below has very interesting story to it. It was played by Reb Baruch on cello based on the Baal HaSulam compositions.
The story of Reb Baruch is very unique – he came from Russia to Israel in the beginning of 80th as philharmonic player and played in Israeli philharmonic. He knew nothing of Judaism, and “somehow” found Rav Baruch Ashlag.
He started to attend lessons in Hebrew that RABASH taught Baalei Tshuva – Jews coming back to Judaism. This was a huge effort on the part of the Rebbe as he didn’t speak Hebrew at all (his primary language is Yidish), yet he made himself learn Hebrew to teach those newcomers who were on the path to become religious and observant Jews the Wisdom of Kabbalah. [If I’m not wrong Laitman was part of this group]
Reb Baruch would have a private shiur with Reb Hilllel Gelbshtain after morning davenning (prayers/Shacharit) to catch up on Rebbe’s teachings. After awhile he decided to quit his job (his bread and butter!) in philarmonia as it requiered work on Sabbath, and he couldn’t come to desecrate Sabbath anymore. After a few years, Reb Baruch became very fluent in Talmud Eser Ha Sefirot and played the following music based on Rebbe’s guidance.
Here it is – unaltered by modern instruments, simple and authentic as it came directly from the Rebbe himself.