Harmony is the combination of several independent movements into a unique movement, a movement where every single movement is necessary for the structure of the whole.
It is evident in music where the tune of a melody becomes dissonant if its notes are given a different modulation. Besides the blending of sensuous experiences it indicates vividly the presence of a principle, an inspiration, an aspiration that is the source of unity like that of the composer in music.
It even aspires to obtain harmony in the environment in which the audience participates. For instance, a type of classical music seeks mental composure by repetition of significant words and notes and obtains it in a surging of spiritual serenity. Harmony is displayed in the peace and contentment that pervades, movements become complete in themselves as the rivers that flow naturally to the sea, as the clear blue sky envelops the world, as the smooth flow of stars where there is no impedance.
Harmony has greater affinity to spirit than beauty and it evokes spiritual rather than sensuous aspirations. Even though senses partake in the joy of harmony as hearing in music, the participation of spirit is more evident there than in beauty.
The joy of harmony is displayed by the sense of companionship and completeness, the comprehension of unity even if it is not manifest, the intuition of the presence of the infinite side by side with the finite sensuous ever changing and mutating experiences of the world like the presence of love besides passion. Harmony is the blending of diversities among themselves, a reconciliation and association among opposites where the diversity is contained within a larger union of which they are meaningful members. It is the union that prevails among friends who follow their independent paths in freedom and are yet associated among themselves with binding ties in a joyful and equal partnership.
Harmony is spiritual, mitigates the senses, for instance, while modern music disowns harmony and revels in dissonances that arouse passion. Classical music aspires for harmony, strives for the rhythm of the world, for the unity where sound and silence, day and night, light and darkness mingle together and their separateness is lost in their association with one another in a partnership that is necessary, that effaces their evident disparate characteristics.
Harmony fuses senses and spirit, it is the peace that follows the fulfillment of an aspiration, it also indicates the significance of peace among sensible experiences where desires are satisfied, where there are no other desires and where there is concord between senses and spirit. The attainment of harmony indicates that one can participate in movements vaster than those that the limited individual capacities can engender by themselves.
These movements bring forth the splendours that the world does not sense although it is pervaded by them and that are of the spirit.
They make harmony purposeful, motivate higher aspirations, vaster movements where larger fulfillment prevails, where fulfillment of love is realised and finally towards the love of God.