In this album, originally recorded in the 2002, Sri Chinmoy plays meditative compositions on his favourite instrument – the Esraj. The Esraj is a relatively unknown instrument outside of India, but has a distinctive soulful and haunting quality.

“Maestro Sri Chinmoy Performs on the Esraj”

One of Sri Chinmoy‘s favorite instruments was the esraj. The esraj is a string instrument that is played with a bow. Its tone is somewhere between a violin and an oboe.

During his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) offered almost 800 Peace Concerts, in which he shared, through music, moments of inner peace, light and joy with the world at large. His concerts were always free of charge, to allow everyone who had a genuine interest in music and meditation to attend.

Sri Chinmoy’s music flows from his prayer-life and meditation-life:

“Silence is the source of everything. It is the source of music and it is music itself. Silence is the deepest, most satisfying music of the Supreme. Silence is like a stream that goes to one place and becomes a river, or to another place and becomes a brook, or to the sea where it is totally expanded.

“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.”

“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.”

-Sri Chinmoy- “The Source of Music”

This performance by Sri Chinmoy was recorded at Dobbs Ferry, New York, on June 29th, 2002.

Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Release year: 2002
Duration: 28:36
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Format: Advanced Audio Coding