Sri Chinmoy is a spiritual Teacher who taught meditation and also the benefits of leading a dynamic outer life. As well as being a poet, athlete and author Sri Chinmoy was a prolific composer of spiritual music – he composed over 21,000 songs in both English and his native Bengali. Sri Chinmoy also performed on several instruments – recording many albums of meditative music and also performing his own compositions in public concerts
“To me, music is not something that we see. Music is not even something that we feel. Music is something that we must grow into.”
– Sri Chinmoy 
During his time in the West, Sri Chinmoy offered 777 Peace Concerts in different parts of the world. Sri Chinmoy taught that music can be a complement to meditation.
Recently uploaded recordings by Sri Chinmoy
In any of the fields into which he entered – poetry, art, athletics – Sri Chinmoy’s output was prolific, and his audio output of music and talks was no exception. This site contains some of the many recordings that have been released over the years.
‘The First Estate’ – 1984 TV interview »
Sri Chinmoy’s Cologne concert, 1984 »
Mountain-Aspiration and Fountain-Dedication »
“Sri Chinmoy sings with harmonium” part I »
November 30, 2015
This is an audio recording from a 1984 television interview that Sri Chinmoy gave to celebrate his 20th anniversary in the West. The show is presented by Dr Amritananda Russell Barber and is entitled “The First Estate: Religion in Review”.
The interview begins with Sri Chinmoy playing “Phire Chalo” on the flute. Then Dr. Russell Barber asks Sri Chinmoy to evaluate his first two decades in the West. Two questions from the interview include:
Question: Will you be remembered and if so what is your legacy?
Sri Chinmoy: Whether I am remembered or not is not at all of any value. Whether I can be of use to the Americans is of paramount importance. My service is my reward and not the results as such. If I can serve the Americans, soulfully and unconditionally, then I feel that is the best reward that I have achieved from here.”
Question: What is your greatest achievement?
Sri Chinmoy: The greatest achievement is here, I am given the golden opportunity to be of service at the United Nations – here the world’s hope and promise for a better world I see and feel. So here, twice a week I pray and meditate at the United Nations, and this is my inner way of serving the world.
- Sri Chinmoy United Nations at Sri Chinmoy.org
About Dr. Russell Barber
Dr. Russell Barber worked as the Religion and Ethics Editor at NBC-TV and contributed editor to the Today Show, NBC News and an Emmy award winning Television host. Dr. Barber earned three Emmys and a Gabriel Award among his many honours, and he served on the Board of Advisers for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion.
U Thant Award
Sri Chinmoy offered the U Thant Peace Award to Dr. Russell Barber on U Thant Island, at the United Nations in New York.
“I am especially blessed by this recognition [the U Thant Peace Award], for it is given by a great man of peace — Sri Chinmoy — in the name of another great man of peace — U Thant. It was the commitment to the universal spirit that connects all people to the light and love of the Supreme that made U Thant a great man of peace. It is that same commitment that makes Sri Chinmoy a tireless worker for peace, understanding and tolerance in a dangerous world.”
— Russell Barber, WNBC-TV religion editor, Emmy Award winner and producer and host of The First Estate: Religion in Review (November 6th, 1986)
Comment on Russell Barber
by Arpan DeAngelo
“Amritananda was a brilliant man who travelled the world learning about many cultures through his own personal experiences with each. He was particularly interested in and respectful of the various approaches to religions and God. He was a deeply spiritual man with a universal soul and a very self-giving heart. As religion editor for NBC-TV for 18
years, one of the biggest television broadcasting stations in the
U.S.A., he created a special program called `The First Estate:
Religion in Review’, back in the 70’s and 80’s.
This is where he interviewed Sri Chinmoy as well as many other well respected spiritual and religious leaders of the time. For the first time on national television Sri Chinmoy played the esraj, sang, had a display of his art called `Jharna Kala’, and had a choir of his students sing some of his devotional songs. What better way to learn about a spiritual organization than to hear them and see them perform live.”
“Amritananda never gave up hope for a better, more illumining world. Although he himself struggled with his own physical health in his last few years on earth, he always seemed optimistic in his attitude towards the future betterment and safety of our world. He would pray for the Supreme to change the hearts and minds of those who would do otherwise,
“so we could live on the Supreme’s good Earth in mutual harmony, peace and mutual respect. What more can you ask for?”, he said in an interview at the Port of Tacoma Ceremony in June, 2006.”
Artist: Sri Chinmoy / Dr Russell Barber
Name: The First Estate Interview 1984
Release year: 1984
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Uploaded and published: Ashish and Tejvan
Format: Advanced Audio Coding
Photo by Adarini
November 24, 2015
This is a historic recording of Sri Chinmoy’s first major Peace Concert on 24 March, 1984.
Over 8,000 people attended the concert held at Kölner Sporthalle in Koln (Cologne), Germany. Sri Chinmoy gave the title of the concert as “Peace: God’s Beauty in His Oneness-Home”. Like other aspects of Sri Chinmoy’s activities, the concert was offered free.
The concert proved to be the first of approximately 800 Peace Concerts which were offered around the world, including venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall London and Carnegie Hall, NY.
In the early 1970s, Sri Chinmoy gave some small scale concerts, but mostly gave public talks and held public meditations. The Peace Concert series was a new direction; Sri Chinmoy felt that through soulful music, concert-goes could experience the peace of meditation because music touches the heart and bypasses the mind.
“When we listen to soulful music, or when we ourselves play soulful music, immediately our inner existence climbs up high, higher, highest. It climbs up and enters into something beyond.”
– Sri Chinmoy, from God the Supreme Musician 
In this concert, Sri Chinmoy began with a silent meditation, and then played the echo flute. The second recording was the cello, with Sri Chinmoy singing some of his best known songs, such as Ore Mor Kheya and Hiya Pakhi.
After a ten minute esraj performance, Sri Chinmoy continued singing, accompanied with the harmonium; songs included Jiban Debata, Bhulite Diyona and “Never say no” (in German)
Poster from the historic concert
Poster credit: Kedar Misani
Sri Chinmoy would later speak of his concert in Cologne:
“I have given hundreds of concerts, but I will never forget Cologne. It gave me the utmost joy and satisfaction.” (unofficial, from Arpan’s function reports (1)
- Video of Cologne Concert at Sri Chinmoy TV
Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Release year: 1984
Related tag: Peace Concert
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Tracks and notes: Kamalakanta Nieves + Tejvan Pettinger
Format: Advanced Audio Coding
November 17, 2015
This CD includes six organ performances by Sri Chinmoy whilst he was visiting New Zealand in 1987 and 2002.
July 28, 2015
This is a recording of ten songs, sung by Sri Chinmoy accompanied by the harmonium. This album, originally released on cassette format, was recorded in the 1970s in San Francisco, and is the first of four albums. This album contains some of the classic songs from Sri Chinmoy’s early canon of songs – including Jiban Debata, Age Nahi Bale and Phule Phule. View all tracks »
Playlists of Sri Chinmoy’s music
Here are just a few of Sri Chinmoy’s recordings, taken from around the site. You can make your own playlists by clicking on the settings icon () next to music that you like – find out more here ».
Sri Chinmoy singing
Talks by Sri Chinmoy
Recordings by category
In over 800 concerts worldwide, Sri Chinmoy created a profound atmosphere of peace. More »
Talks & interviews
Sri Chinmoy’s radio and tv interviews. Plus recordings of talks at major universities. More »
Sri Chinmoy was a prolific poet, who composed both short aphorisms and more traditional longer poetry. More »
Sri Chinmoy sings his own compositions. This includes his own compositions and traditional Indian mantras. More »
During his time in the West, Sri Chinmoy recorded innumerable albums (including vinyl, cassette, and later CD). However, a few albums really stand out as being classics. We will add these classic albums in due course.
- Existence-Consciousness-Bliss – esraj, harmonium and vocals.
- My Europe-Aspiration-Blossoms – organ performances in Europe
- Concert de Paix, Paris, 1984 – one of the earliest Peace Concerts with flute, esraj, cello, harmonium and vocal.
Random selections from Sri Chinmoy’s audio recordings, including popular categories, such as interviews, flute, esraj, singing and poetry recitals. More »
Songs, aphorisms and talks on Peace
by Sri Chinmoy