The incident happened in 1985 at Gayatri, the residence of Shri Parthasarathi Rajagopalachari, Chariji Maharaj, Spiritual Master of Sahaj Marg.
One sister Abhyasi told Rev. Chariji Maharaj, " my music teacher says that in Kali Yuga, music will take one to liberation ".
Rev. Chariji Maharaj " It is not correct ".
Abhyasi, " how can you say this?"
Rev. Chariji Maharaj, " music will not take you anywhere in spirituality ".
Abhyasi, " Lord Rama came before Saint Thyagaraja. He saw the Lord. Otherwise he could not have written like this".
Rev. Chariji Maharaj, " well, Wordsworth has written so wonderfully about Nature. Does it mean that he saw everything? "
Abhyasi, "No, it's all imagination ".
Rev. Chariji Maharaj, " So too in the case of Saint Thyagaraja. "
The Abhyasi got angry and said, " well you don't accept anyone as great except your Master, Babuji Maharaj. "
Rev. Chariji Maharaj laughed and said, " I am only saying what I heard from my Master. Music cannot take you to higher levels in spirituality. I can add that had I wanted, I could have been a great musician ".