Sri Chinmoy’s Concert for World Harmony was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 17, 2003. The concert was part of a visit to England and France, which also featured Sri Chinmoy playing at the Eiffel Tower and UNESCO Building in Paris. This was Sri Chinmoy’s sixth and final performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
From 1984 to 2007, Sri Chinmoy offered 800 concerts for world harmony, always free of charge to the public. In venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and many others, Sri Chinmoy sought to share with humanity moments of inner peace, light and joy through music.
Sri Chinmoy’s music came from the very depths of his aspiring heart, a heart of oneness and love for God and for humanity.
Here are some excerpts of Sri Chinmoy’s writings and talks on music:
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.
Question: Can music and aspiration co-exist?
Sri Chinmoy: “Music and aspiration can and do exist together. Of course, here we are talking only about spiritual music. Spiritual music is the illumining and fulfilling language of the universal soul. Aspiration is the inner cry; music is the outer smile. When we sow the seed of inner cry, we reap the fruit of outer smile. Soulful music and soulful aspiration are not only true friends but eternal friends. Music spreads the height of aspiration; aspiration increases the length of music.”
Sri Chinmoy, Aspiration-Tree, Agni Press, 1976.
Question: What role will music play in bringing about world oneness?
Sri Chinmoy: “Music will play a most important role in bringing about world oneness, for music embodies the Universal Heart, the Oneness-Heart. Music transcends the barriers of nations, nationalities and religions. Music embodies universal Light and universal Truth, and music also embodies the oneness-reality which we see in universal Love, universal Light, universal Awareness and universal Wakefulness. Universal Wakefulness we see inside all music. Music has to play a most important role in bringing about world oneness, for music is the connecting link between the One and the many and between the many and the One.”
Sri Chinmoy, Flame Waves, Part 10, Agni Press, 1978.
God The Supreme Musician
God the Musician knows that music is spirituality, music is Immortality.
Man the musician thinks that music is sensuality, music is mortality.
God the Musician knows that His Music is His transcendental Self-communion.
Man the musician thinks that his music is his world’s lifelong companion.
God the Musician is divinely and eternally mysterious.
Man the musician is humanly and temporarily marvellous.
God’s Music tells us that music is the realisation of the universal Soul.
Man’s music tells us that music is the aspiration of the individual soul.
God’s Music runs from the height to the depth.
Man’s music runs from the breadth to the length.
At its height, God’s Music is His Vision. In its depth, God’s Music is His Realm.
In its breadth, man’s music is his crying soul. In its length, man’s music is his victory’s goal.
God’s Music is the constant expansion of His Soul’s Delight.
Man’s music is the preparation of his life’s hunger for perpetual joy.
God’s Music kills God with its infinite luminosity.
Man’s music kills man with its undying curiosity.
Music in the unlit body is destruction. Music in the unlit vital is passion.
Music in the unlit mind is confusion. Music in the unlit heart is frustration.
Music in the aspiring body is creation. Music in the aspiring vital is purification.
Music in the aspiring mind is liberation. Music in the aspiring heart is revelation.
Sri Chinmoy, excerpt from God The Supreme Musician, Agni Press, 1976.
Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Name: Sri Chinmoy, Royal Albert Hall- London
Composer: Sri Chinmoy
Release year: 2003
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
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