Sri Chinmoy’s students perform arrangements of his songs.
Dear listeners, we wish to share with you some sublime, beautiful and soulful performances from Sri Chinmoy’s students, performed during their Christmas vacations, December, 2012 to February, 2013.
Many of Sri Chinmoy’s students are accomplished musicians, and they like to arrange and perform Sri Chinmoy’s songs, either instrumentally or with singing. We are honored and overjoyed by the contribution of these artists to humanity’s experience of soulful music. Here is a question and answer with Sri Chinmoy, where he explains what soulful music is:
Question: What does ‘soulful’ mean in relation to music?
Sri Chinmoy: “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. This Beyond is constantly trying to help us, guide us, mould us and shape us into our true transcendental image, our true divinity. When we hear soulful music, or when we play a soulful piece of music, we feel a kind of inner thrill in our entire existence, from the soles of our feet to the crown of our head. A river is flowing through us, a river of consciousness, and this consciousness is all the time illumined.
Next to deep prayer or meditation, music is of paramount importance. Meditation is like a direct route, or shortcut, to the goal. Music is a road that is absolutely clear: it may be a little longer, but it is quite clear of obstacles. If one can play soulful music or hear soulful music, the power of his own meditation increases. Music, soulful music, adds to our aspiration. Similarly, if a spiritual seeker wants to be a musician, even if he does not have a musical background, he will be able to be a good musician because prayer and meditation contain all capacities. You have never studied music but if you pray and meditate soulfully, then inside your prayer, inside your meditation, by the Grace of the Supreme, the power of music looms large. Then you can utilise this power in your own way.
Excerpt from: Sri Chinmoy, God The Supreme Musician, Agni Press, 1976.
We hope you enjoy these soulful offerings as much as we do!
Artist: Sri Chinmoy Students
Name: Christmas Trip 2012-2013, Selected Performances
Composer: Sri Chinmoy
Release year: 2013
Duration: 1.3 hours
Uploaded: Kamalakanta Nieves / Tejvan Pettinger
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy Students
Format: Advanced Audio Coding