“Double Trouble”- Sri Chinmoy plays the viola

Last modified February 23, 2015

In this recording, Sri Chinmoy performs his spiritual songs on the viola. The album was originally released on cassette in 1989

Dear listeners, it is with great joy that we share with you this recording, first released as a cassette in 1989.

Sri Chinmoy was self-taught in many instruments, including the cello, the violin, the viola, and many others. In spite of this, he was able to play his spiritual songs with great expressiveness and sweetness.

Quotes on music by Sri Chinmoy.

Question: What is the relationship between music and silence?

Sri Chinmoy: Silence is the nest and music is the bird. The bird leaves the nest early in the morning and returns to the nest in the evening. Similarly, in the spiritual world, divine music comes from the inmost soul of Silence.

Ordinary music comes from the vital, from the gross physical consciousness, or from something subtle in our existence. This subtle reality need not be very high or very deep. It may only be an inch deeper than our gross physical.

But when we compare divine music and Silence, we must say that Silence is the all-encompassing nest. All peace, all joy and all confidence are inside that nest and from there the music-bird comes out and flies all over the world. While flying in the firmament, it offers delight to the lovers of music as well as to the Universal Consciousness. The Universal Consciousness is fed constantly by the immortal, divine and supreme Music of the Absolute.

– Sri Chinmoy, God the Supreme Musician, Agni Press, 1976

Question: Can we use music to help us in our spiritual life?

Sri Chinmoy: We can use music to help us in our spiritual life provided we know that music and the spiritual life are like twin brothers; we cannot separate them. How can we separate two fingers, two eyes? They sit side by side. If one eye is not functioning well, then we feel that our vision is imperfect. Similarly, we have to know that music and the spiritual life must go together; one complements the other. Music helps the spiritual seeker to go deep within to get the utmost satisfaction from life, from truth, from reality. The spiritual life, in turn, helps music to offer its capacity and its strength, which is the soul’s light, to the world at large.

– Sri Chinmoy, God the Supreme Musician, Agni Press, 1976

We hope you enjoy this sweet and soulful performance by Sri Chinmoy. It is very conducive to meditation.

Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Name: ‘Double Trouble’
Composer: Sri Chinmoy
Release Year: 1989
Duration: 84 minutes
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Tracks uploaded and published: Kamalakanta Nieves and Tejvan Pettinger
Format: Advanced Audio Coding

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  1. Keep up the good manifestation Kamalakanta. I am going to have to order this CD. Also years ago when I was a new student I drove 3000 miles to Sanfrancisco to get away from the Winter in Boston.I was living with Kim in Mass. but my soul called me West. There was this one tape I wish I could remember the name of it, were Sri Chinmoy would play America The Beautiful on the Cello ( my favorite instrument). He would sing the song and it ended with Guru just playing the instrument. I would play this every day at sunrise, and every evening at sunset. It was a very powerful experience because I was going to Calif. On faith that the Supreme would provide work, which of course he did. Sahishnu might remember this CD. Also there was music Guru had his best singers sing during patriotic holidays that I am sure Sahishnu would remember. Being a 21 year Veteran I would love to have such a CD. If you can help me get such music I would be very, very, grateful. Kamanoya

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