The ney flute

The ney flute is one of the oldest types of flute. The instrument was employed as early as ancient Egypt and to this day it is played in Iran, Turkey, the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Ney simply means ‘cane’ and its most simple form is a bamboo cane with seven holes. Sound is generated by blowing over the edge of the cane.
The ney-flute was a symbol of the perfect soul; only when the tube is empty and free from ‘matter’ it produces beautiful melodies. Sound and melody derives not from the instrument, but from the musician playing it. Analogous, man can not become the voice of God, the mirror-image of God and united with God, before he’s emptied of egocentric needs.