On Christmas Day 2003, Sri Chinmoy offered a prayerful and soulful concert at the foot of the Borobudur Temple. Sri Chinmoy has always had tremendous love and adoration for the Lord Buddha, and visiting Borobudur was a very significant experience for Sri Chinmoy.

Borobudur is a great Buddhist temple located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and built around the eighth century A.D. For many centuries, it was hidden from view – hidden by volcanic ash and jungle growth, but in recent years it has been restored and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Buddha’s message spread far and wide outside of India, but is greatly influenced by Indian mysticism. His philosophy of Ahimsa (non-violence) was part of the ancient Vedic lore. In his essay titled “The Song of the Infinite” Sri Chinmoy writes about the connection between the Vedas and Buddhism.

Sri Chinmoy has also written a play about the Lord Buddha’s life, titled “Siddhartha Becomes The Buddha”. It is a soul-stirring and affectionate depiction of some episodes of Lord Buddha’s life.

Highlights of the album include track number nine – a song composed by Sri Chinmoy about “Borobudur”. Also the opening esraj performance and the final performance on the harmonium where Sri Chinmoy sings one of his favourite songs “Phire Chalo”

Our gratitude to Sri Chinmoy for this most illumining and soulful offering.

Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Release year: 2007
Duration: app. 53 minutes
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Format: Advanced Audio Coding