“Ode to My Lord”, with Premik and Kamalakanta

Last modified May 31, 2020

Dear Listeners,

It is with a deep inner feeling that I share this with you today. So many things I want to say, I do not know where to start!
This is a feeble attempt to express an iota of gratitude to my Guru, Sri Chinmoy. Words are insufficient; they cannot possibly express what I feel, the enormity of the feeling!

It is all about Love…….

In 1978 someone invited me to a public meditation that Sri Chinmoy was offering at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University. I was about to start studying music at Manhattan School of Music. When I went to this public meditation, which Sri Chinmoy offered once a week, I did not know how to meditate, or what a Spiritual Master was, but I was seeking. There was a hole in the middle of my chest, which seemed infinite to me; nothing could fill it! We sat down in the middle of this 2,000 seat church, and waited. Then Sri Chinmoy came in. He walked silently to the front of the shrine area, sat in a modest seat, bowed down to the public (later I would come to learn that this was the traditional Hindu way of bowing down to God inside each person), and proceeded to meditate. Since I did not know what to do, I started admiring the architecture of the place- I had never been in a church so large! As I was doing this, I noticed a beautiful cloud of light that was expanding, from the area where Sri Chinmoy was, towards the rest of the church. When I noticed it, the question arose in me: “What is this light, and where does it come from?” As I thought this, the light reached me, and touched me. Immediately it flushed my entire being, and I felt absolutely pure, like a small child. At that moment, I looked at Sri Chinmoy. He was still meditating, and when I looked at him, I said to myself, “Ah, it is coming from him!” Indeed, he was emanating this beautiful, divine Light that was surcharged with Purity, Bliss, Love and Peace. At that moment I decided to become his disciple, to study with him. I fell in love with his Light!

Not only was the emptiness inside myself filled; it overflowed with Joy and Light!

Sri Chinmoy in 1979 at Columbia University

When I became a disciple, I also fell in love with Sri Chinmoy’s music. In 1978 the songbook and cassette titled “Bela Chale Jai” was released. Every day, coming from the music school, I could not wait to go home and sing along with my Guru!

It is all about Love…….

In all these years since 1978, all I have received from Sri Chinmoy is an infinite amount of Love, Compassion and Concern, among other divine qualities. All human beings are like flowers. We all have this divine reality which wants to blossom and offer its beauty and fragrance to God’s Creation. I am a bud, a flower that has not blossomed yet. A God-realised Master like Sri Chinmoy is a fully-blossomed flower, which can help me, and others who have affinity with his Light, to blossom fully. I cannot measure the amount of encouragement that Sri Chinmoy offered to all his disciples; it is indeed immeasurable!

It is all about Love…….

Sri Chinmoy has an infinite love for God and for humanity. Out of this Love comes his concern for mankind; his aspiration to share the fruits of prayer and meditation with the world at large. A Master has no desire for himself; his only desire is to serve God unconditionally, to serve the Supreme in every human being. In other words, to be of service to that blossoming Reality in each human being on Earth.

Sri Chinmoy offered unconditionally this Light he received; by expressing it in different fields with an inexhaustible dynamism, enthusiasm and creativity, he tried to inspire others to go deeper and higher in their own lives.

In the field of art, he painted hundreds of thousands of paintings and drew millions of birds, which he called “Soul-Birds”.

“For me, birds have a very special significance; they embody freedom…I feel that inside each of us there is an inner existence that we call the soul. The soul, like a bird, flies in the sky of God’s Infinity. When we think of birds flying in the sky, we are reminded of our own soul-bird flying in the sky of Infinity.”

– Sri Chinmoy

In the field of music, Sri Chinmoy composed over 20,000 songs and also offered almost 800 concerts worldwide, always free of charge!
In venues large and small including Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall, to more modest venues, Sri Chinmoy endeavored  to share through music the inner Peace, Light and Bliss that he received through prayer and meditation.

My Music

“My music embodies
The fragrance of my heart.
My songs embody
The glories of my life.”- Sri Chinmoy

 

It is all about Love…..

When Sri Chinmoy attained Mahasamadhi in 2007, I had the desire to compose a piece in his honor, a tribute. At that time I was doing what people call “soundscapes”, New Age-type compositions, arrangements of his melodies with a cosmic feeling. I would sometimes perform, singing with these cosmic arrangements as a background. A friend encouraged me to pursue a combination of voice and piano, something I could perform live, without background tracks.

This took me on a completely different journey. When you play the piano and sing, the feeling is much more personal.

In 1994, Sri Chinmoy told me that my soul’s music has the qualities of “softness, sweetness, soulfulness and tenderness”. This is what I aim for when I sing his songs. With Sri Chinmoy’s encouragement, I have dedicated myself to his music; I feel that he is my spiritual father, and his music I claim as my own. When I sing Sri Chinmoy’s songs, they take me to the deepest and highest part of myself. I feel my soul in my interpretations of Sri Chinmoy’s songs!

This piece, titled “Ode to My Lord”, is a 24-minute tribute; a longing for His presence, an enjoyment of the Peace, Light and Bliss which emanated from Sri Chinmoy’s Heart.

I hope that the feelings expressed in this music will be of service to others; that it may help them to blossom in infinite ways!

Here are the lyrics to the songs in this medley:

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PURATANE KHAMA

Puratane khama karite haibe

Nutan jiban lagi

I must forgive my own past

For a new life.

 

JIBANER BHORE

Jiban bhore kariyacho khama

Maraner sanjhe karibe

At the dawn of my life You forgave me.

In the evening of my life You will forgive.

 

MISHE PHULLA DOLE

I wish to lose myself

With the flowers offered at Your Lotus Feet.

My inner eye remains awake for You.

I wish to decorate You

With my fully-blossomed life.

-Kamalakanta Translation

 

MAGO TUMI SNEHAMAYI

 

O Mother of Compassion,

I am Your sweet infant child,

Like Jesus looking far into the skies

From the lap of Mary.

You love me infinitely more

Than anybody else.

Friends and neighbours wonder

At your loving preference.

I call You Mother, You call me darling.

I give You a sweet little smile

And kiss Your Feet again and again.

 

HE PARAM PITA

 

“O my Absolute Father Supreme,

You are Your Ocean of Love in my heart.

You are Your Ocean of Compassion

in my life.”

 

USHA BALA ELO

“Slowly, very slowly,

The virgin dawn appears

In the very depths of my aspiration-heart.”

-CKG translation

 

ASUNDARJE BHITAR BAHIR

 

Asundarje bhitar bahir

Kebal malin asundar

Jiban nadir bhagna nauka

Dekhbe na je subandar

 

My life within, my life without,

Is utterly empty of beauty.

How can the shattered boat of my life-river

Ever reach God’s Beauty-Harbour?

 

Song in: Sanjher Tara, Part 1

 

HIYA PAKHI EGYE CHALO

Hiya pakhi egiye chalo

Dekhona ar pichhe

Bishwa jaha dite pare

Ta je tuchchha michhe

 

O bird of my heart,

Fly on, fly on.

Look not behind.

Whatever the world gives

Is meaningless, useless

And utterly false.

 

Song in: One Thousand Lotus Petals, Part 2

  

BEDANARE BHULE JABO

 

Bedanare bhule jabo

Jedin tomare pabo

Andhiyar karagar

Heribona kabhu ar

E jiban tiyashar

Amrita parabar

Tomar charane pabo

 

All my heart’s pangs I shall forget

The day I get You as my own.

The prison of tenebrous gloom

No more shall I see within.

My life’s thirst for the Sea of Nectar-Delight

At Your Feet will, before long, be quenched.

Song in:

Garden of Love-Light, The (Part 1)

 

NIRAB AMARE

 

Nirab amare karo go bibhola

Nirab amare karo

Hridaya gabhire pujibo achire

Amare joriye dharo

 

Silence me,

O Self-transcendent and Self-amorous One.

Silence me!

I shall before long start worshipping You

Inside the very depths of my heart

And You will keep me always In Your fond Embrace.

Song in:

Tomorrow’s Shore

 

STAY WITH ME

 

My sweet Lord,

Don’t withdraw.

If You want me to live,

Stay with me.

Satisfaction grows

On patience-tree.

 

Song in:

Transcendence-Perfection


I want to express also my gratitude to Premik for his collaboration with me in this piece. Premik’s performance is masterful!

Also, my deepest gratitude to all of Sri Chinmoy’s disciples, my spiritual family. It has been an honor and a blessing to share my life with you all. So much love I have received!

It is all about Love…..

Truth Is in All

Truth is in all,
But love is all.”
-Sri Chinmoy

Artist: Premik and Kamalakanta
Name: “Ode to My Lord”, with Premik and Kamalakanta
Release Year: 2020
Duration: 23:48
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Tracks uploaded and published: Kamalakanta Nieves and Tejvan Pettinger
Format: Advanced Audio Coding

 

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  1. Beautiful!

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