Ehèh Labéka Ehèh

Ehèh Labéka Ehèh. Tanbouyé from “Gwadloup”, Gistavlabéka began playing music in the 1970s in Guadeloupe before moving on to Europe.
Some words from him.
The numerous encounters with a lot of soundmakers he has had all over the world (the “Caribbean”, “Europe”, “Afrika”, “United States of America”).
He has participated in numerous projects since the 1970s.
In 2010, Gistavlabéka developed the symbol Fondong.
Labéka is also the author of a book on Afrikan-“Guadeloupean” sound: “I KA I PA KA. Gwo-ka conventionnel et Soupakongo. Rythmes, Techniques, Concepts” (Kazarabika 2008, 207 pages and CD).



“The question of Sound is very simple, but cosmic. I see it like yogi Sadhguru:”

Why is sound so much more important than a word, which is a meaning.
If you touch the sound, you’re touching Creation.
If you touch a word,
you’re just going into the psychological structure of human beings.
Do not discount the power of the sound, it has influence on everything.
Mantra is a combination, you get the right combination right,
it will open up a doorway into Creation.
Mantras have no meaning.
See, there are two dimensions to a mantra.
Mantras are not supposed to have any meanings.
In the tradition there are different types of mantras.
Unfortunately, the mantras which are normally known,
they have given the meanings so that people can involve.
Because there are lots of idiotic people who cannot involve with anything
that’s meaningless.
That is why they miss the sunrise, the sunset, the moon,
the full moon, everything they miss, because it’s meaningless.
What is the meaning of a full moon?
There is no meaning. Only if you’re in love, it means a lot.
Otherwise, what is it? Nothing.
It’s not meaningful means it is not useful.
So, all the idiots on the planet will do only meaningful things.
Because they have no intelligence to recognize life and the many facets of life.
It is not, because you have attached a stupid meaning to it, it exists.
It exists beyond you.
It existed before you, it will exist beyond you.
It is not, because you give it a meaning it’s become useful or not useful.
So, the stupid in the world will do meaningful things.
They may be intellectual, but life stupid.
They have no life sense. If you have life sense,
you will see it is the most meaningless things which really set you on fire,
isn’t it so? No.
So they created two kinds of mantras.
One larger set of mantras which have no meaning, just pure sound.
You will see this in our music also.
They’re not getting the point because it’s about the sound.
Why is so… sound so much more important than a word which is a meaning?
Meanings are made up in human minds.
Sound is the essence of Creation.
If you touch the sound, you’re touching Creation.
If you touch a word,
you’re just going into the psychological structure of human beings.
Psychological structure of human beings is essentially a certain kind of madness.
We can enjoy it; we can use it.
But essentially, it’s a certain kind of illusionary setup.
Sound is a… is a fundamental aspect of Creation.
If you have mastery over sound, you have mastery over
Creation itself in a certain way,
because Creation is just a complex amalgamation of sounds.
It’s the blueprint of Creation, but meanings are human things.
You know the same words
mean different things in different languages, even in India,
you know this (Laughs).
The same word means different things, because it’s all made up.
The sound is not made up. Sound is part of the Creation.
Sound is part of the existence.
Sound is part of making the Creation happen.
Right now, the whole Creation is reverberating in a certain way.
You cannot hear it, it doesn’t matter.
But the words and meanings are a human making.
It is meaningful only as a conspiracy.
When I say a conspiracy, do you hear what the cricket is saying?
What is he saying? You don’t know, but they’re talking.
They’re also like you (Few laugh).
Some of them are just making sound, just doing alaap (Laughter).
Just sound, simply enjoying the sound.
Enjoying the Creation in one sense means, enjoying the sound of it.
If you don’t have a keenness to listen,
if you don’t have a keenness to pay attention,
you cannot enjoy any aspect of Creation actually.
You will only enjoy psychological patterns in your head.
So, this is the reason why most human beings want to speak.
Most of the time they want to be talking.
Not because they have something to say,
because they have to find meaning.
Simply the silence or sound both are too overwhelming.
That is why when we say spiritual process, first thing is silence.
So, mantra is not to be spoken. It is to be chanted.
Chanting means it’s a… chant is of the sound, not of the meaning.
Meaning is of speech.
Meaning is of the word, written word and spoken word.
Meaning does not belong to a chant.
A chant is simply a sound, a reverberation.
So, if you, the… if you do not know the meaning,
it’s the best way to chant if you ask me.
Simply absolutely involved with the sound and saying it.
But first of all, what you are uttering, is it a mantra
or is it a bhajan or is it a sankirthan, you must look at it.
If it’s a mantra, mantra means a pure sound,
it need not have any meanings.
You can give it whatever meaning you want to start with,
because without meaning you cannot be involved.
But once you know how to be involved,
you should not give it any meaning.
Aum Namah Shivaya does not mean you go on imagining
one man sitting there on top of a mountain with
something, something happening around him. No (Laughs).
Initially, if that’s the only way you can be involved,
you can look at the Sivakasi picture (Laughter). Okay?
Once you know how to be involved with the sound,
you get rid of the man. He is not needed. He’s a disturbance.
I’m telling people in samyama, they’re chanting,
their question if Shiva comes?
I am calling so many times, if he comes?
if he comes, just ignore him (Laughter).
Because that’s not the thing about mantra.
The mantra is that you involve yourself in the sound,
because you yourself, your physical thing is a certain pattern of sound.
Right now, you’re trying to make yourself into a different pattern of sound,
so that this sound becomes an access point to the larger sound,
which you call as the cosmos.
A larger arrangement of sounds is cosmic in nature.
Now, you use a certain key sounds in a particular arrangement – you know,
in the safe, the locks are called a combination lock?
So, you have to just get it right for it to open.
So, mantra is a combination,
you get the right combination right,
it will open up a doorway into Creation.
It is not the meaning. Whatever meaning you give it,
however high or low, you think the meaning is,
meaning is a made-up thing. It’s a psychological process.
It has no existential meaning.
No word has any existential meaning.
Right now, whatever English words we’re uttering
doesn’t mean anything to the trees.
But if you… you can actually… these experiments have been done.
If you sit here and sing beautifully – I cannot do that.
But (Laughs) if we sit here and sing really aaa… properly,
the trees, the tree is full of flower, tch, it could be because of Yaksha.
Okay the rains have aided it,
but don’t… do not discount the power of the sound.
Do not discount the power of the sound, it has influence on everything.
Or if you chant a mantra, the tree may respond to it.
If you sing music, it may respond to it.
If you just generate a thought, it may respond to it.
But if you speak, it will not respond.
This is true with the tree; this is true with the divine.
Sadhguru, What Chanting A Mantra Can Do to You – Sadhguru, 27 nov 2020.