Concert in San Francisco

Last modified April 5, 2023

A recording from 1982, taken during one of Sri Chinmoy’s concerts in San Francisco. The concert features several ethereal flute recordings, and also Sri Chinmoy, accompanied by the harmonium, singing some classic songs from his repertoire.

The concert was performed in front of a packed house of 2,000 music lovers, at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco on 4 June. The concert was part of a three-day visit to the West Coast that included also a visit at Berkeley on 5 June for his “Fifty Oneness-State-Songs” concert tour (A 50-state lecture series that he started in May 1982). On the following day, Sri Chinmoy was in Foster City to officiate at the Sri Chinmoy Marathon held there.

In 1982, Sri Chinmoy visited 50 different states of the USA. He called this tour “Fifty Oneness-State-Songs”. In an offering to the people of America, Sri Chinmoy held a series of lecture-concerts and meditation-runs in each of the 50 states. He began the day’s events with a seven-mile meditation-run – a solo run that he carried out in a meditative consciousness along a measured course as a prayerful offering to that state. Then, that evening, he gave a short talk and concert in the state. Special 7 mile races in 1982


“It is with a profound sense of gratitude that we greet your ‘Fifty Oneness-State-Songs’ . . . and join in the hope that all who hear your inspired message of peace will be motivated to emulate your spirit of benevolence. “

– Mayor Keven H. White of Boston

“Through your music, artistry and spiritual contributions, you continue to help mankind stretch for that special understanding which surpasses cultural and geographical barriers.”

– Governor John Carlin of Kansas

“It is a great opportunity for Delawareans to meet such a renowned and devoted disciple of world peace. Your spiritual insights and boundless talents have struck a chord around the globe.”

– U.S. Senator William Rother Jr. of Delaware

“I want to take this opportunity to commend you for your magnificent expression of gratitude to the people of America by gracing each of the fifty states with your talents.”

– U.S. Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland


Fifty oneness-state-songs,
Our Lord’s Compassion-Gongs.
Within, without, a seeker’s sleepless cry
To reveal America’s perfection-sky.

(Fifty oneness-state-songs, songbook Namo Namo Namo Shakti Pujari published in April 1, 1997)

Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Name: Concert in San Francisco
Release year: 1982
Duration: 0:28:33
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Page Created: Ashish Zubaty / Tejvan Pettinger
Format: Advanced Audio Coding

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  1. There seems to be a lot of volume modulation. Was that from the original recording or is it something that can be improved?


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