A recording of six soulful performances from two musical groups Sangit Surabhi and Sahadeva and Pavaka, who perform the compositions of Sri Chinmoy during the 2016 Mahasamadhi celebrations.

These performances were recorded on October 11, 2016 during a special anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s Mahasamadhi (October 11, 2007) Mahasamadhi is a term used for a yogi’s departure from the earth.

We are honored and happy to share with you these selections from October 11, 2016. Sri Chinmoy students from all over the world gathered in Aspiration-Ground, New York, to observe Sri Chinmoy’s Mahasamadhi Anniversary with a few days of group meditations and musical performances. During this time, choirs and musical ensembles offered their soulful interpretations of Sri Chinmoy’s songs.

Sangit Surabhi  are a Canadian group of female singers and musicians. Their first song is Usha Bala Elo, a Bengali song with the English translation:

Slowly, very slowly,
The virgin dawn appears
In the very depths of my aspiration-heart.

– Sri Chinmoy, Usha Bala Elo

Sahadeva and Pavaka are two talented musicians who have their own musical ensembles, but here combine to offer two English songs of Sri Chinmoy.


Question: Can music transform our consciousness?

Sri Chinmoy: Definitely music can transform our consciousness, provided it is soulful, devotional music and not the music that produces vital stimulation. That kind of music can never transform our consciousness. There is a type of music that is all inner illumination and outer progress. This music is spiritual, devotional and self-giving. It can awaken us from deep ignorance-sleep.

Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 30, Agni Press, 2001

Artist: Sri Chinmoy Students (Sangit Surabhi,  Sahadeva and Pavaka)
Name: October 2016, Mahasamadhi Anniversary, part I
Composer: Sri Chinmoy
Release Year: 2016
Duration: 23:02
Photo: Sangit Surabhi – Bhaswar
Tracks uploaded and published: Kamalakanta Nieves and Tejvan Pettinger
Format: Advanced Audio Coding