The Inner Experience of Light

Last modified February 23, 2019

A recording from a spiritual lecture on ‘The Inner Experience of Light’ by Sri Chinmoy given in 1973. As well as the profound wisdom of the talk, the recording captures the meditative atmosphere before, during and after the talk – which included Sri Chinmoy chanting.

From the notes on the CD jacket:

“In the spring of 1973, spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy was invited to give a series of six lectures on the spiritual life by the Earl Hall Center for Religious Activities at Columbia University in New York City. The lectures were offered in St. Paul’s Chapel on the University campus. Sri Chinmoy meditated with the audience before each lecture, and answered questions afterwards. The six lectures and a selection of the questions and answers were published later that year in Sri Chinmoy’s book Promised Light from the Beyond. “The Inner Experience of Light” was Sri Chinmoy’s third lecture in the series, given on April 11, 1973 at 7:30 p.m. After the lecture Sri Chinmoy’s disciples sand two songs that he had composed to Sanskrit mantras from the Upanishads. After the question and answer session, Sri Chinmoy and his disciples sang “Phire Chalo Apana Ghare”, a well-known Bengali devotional song. Before these songs were sung, Sri Chinmoy recited his translations of the Sanskrit and Bengali words.”

Note: Sri Chinmoy’s talks were customarily edited by him, or under his direction, before they appeared in written form. These recorded talks are presented here as Sri Chinmoy spoke them; at times they differ from the published versions.


During the second recording, Sri Chinmoy invited questions, which include this first question on  What is wisdom?

Sri Chinmoy: What is wisdom? Wisdom is the knowledge of the soul. Wisdom is the light of the soul, which gives us the knowledge of the soul. Wisdom is a spark of the inner sun. Wisdom is one’s conscious awareness of one’s ultimate Reality, and this ultimate Reality is the realisation that man is God yet to be manifested and God is man yet to be realised fully. This is the ultimate wisdom.

Sri Chinmoy, Promised Light from the Beyond


This is a sublime recording of Sri Chinmoy sharing, in spoken form, the fruits of his prayers and meditations. Through his talks, music, art, prose and poetry, as well as through his silent meditation, Sri Chinmoy sought to share with humanity at large the inner beauty, peace and delight of the inner life.

it is our hope that the love, light and wisdom in this talk will inspire seekers in their upward and inward journey.

Artist: Sri Chinmoy
Name: The Inner Experience of Light
Composer: Sri Chinmoy
Release year: 1973
Duration: 50:49
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy
Tracks uploaded and published: Kamalakanta Nieves/Tejvan Pettinger
Format: Advanced Audio Coding

 

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