Songs of the Soul in Kathmandu

Excerpts of a beautiful concert of spiritual music with compositions by Sri Chinmoy in Kathmandu Nepal early 2011. Performers are the European group “Vedic Fire”, Vijay Shankar Mishra’s Group from India and Skihandini from Russia. Enjoy these meditative melodies.

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Early pictures of Sri Chinmoy

During his lifetime, he was hailed as an apostle of peace and a visionary humanitarian whose simple but powerful programmes inspired millions. An artist, philosopher, poet, athlete and musician, Sri Chinmoy was a renaissance man who channeled his profound creativity into the upliftment of his fellow brothers and sisters. This slideshow consists of early photos of the master, taken in the 1970s.

Soulful songs by Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov

Russian singer Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov (BG) visited Sri Chinmoy in Queens, NY, in August 2007 where he gave a beautiful performance, attended by almost 2000 seekers and guests from around the world. This was only 6 weeks before Sri Chinmoy passed away. Let’s end this year with this soulful performance.

Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov’s performance at the UN

In August 2007 Purushottama Boris Grebenshikov performed a concert at the United Nations, attended by Sri Chinmoy. Filmed by Mridanga Spencer. Enjoy these beautiful melodies of one of the most gifted Russian singers! This is the first of 10 parts that are now online on YouTube. You may also watch an interview with him, that was published as part of the LIFE Voices series.

Facelift for Blog on DVD’s by Sri Chinmoy

The blog Sri Chinmoy on DVD appears in a new layout with larger illustrations of the 100 DVD’s that kedarvideo, Switzerland has produced over the last 25 years. If you want to meditate with a true spiritual master, if you want to watch dozens of unique musical and artistic performances of Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), then you are welcome to check it out. DVD’s can be ordered through this Blog; just send in a comment and mention the required volumes. All DVD’s carry an identification number. On the blog you have also a short summary of each video.

Bhoiravi Achenbach performs Bach and Ysaye

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Violonist Bhoiravi Achenbach from Austria plays Partita 2 in d-moll – Sarabande by J.S. Bach and Solosonate No.4, Allemanda Lento Maestoso by E.Ysaye in the cloister of the famous Schlosskirche in Mondsee Austria. Recorded in May 2010.

Sri Chinmoy: Pipe Organ Improvisation

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In June 1989 spiritual teacher and musician Sri Chinmoy was visiting France and England and also performed at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London where he culminated his concert with a powerful improvisation on the Pipe Organ. Watch this piece in full length: 8:53 min.

Winter Solstice is being celebrated today worldwide

Today, December 21st,  marks the Winter Solstice day. A solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun’s apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. The name is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the apparent movement of the Sun’s path north or south comes to a stop before reversing direction. The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In some cultures they are considered to start or separate the seasons while in others they fall in the middle.

This day is being celebrated worldwide. u.a. in the St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York. Paul Winter who conducts this Solstice Celeberation Concert, says: “Thirty years ago, the Consort and I were invited to be artists-in-residence at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. We aspired to create music appropriate to this extraordinary acoustic space—two football fields long and tall enough to accommodate the Statue of Liberty. I dreamed of presenting a musical celebration that could resonate with all people regardless of background or age. It occurred to me that the most universal milestone we could celebrate would be the winter solstice. The event’s significance is best illustrated in this Thomas Berry poem. Over the years, this event has become a shared rite of passage through the longest night of the year. The Cathedral’s all-embracing vastness overwhelms our differences, and yet welcomes and affirms our diversity.  Of all the places I’ve played in America, only two could host a concert on this scale: the Cathedral and the Grand Canyon. Traditionally, Solstice has been a time of reflection, gratitude, forgiveness and renewal. My aspiration is that the audience will come away with their spirits awakened, and with a deepened sense of relatedness to the family of life, to the Earth, and perhaps even to the cosmos. Please join us, along with our special guests Russia’s Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble and New York’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, as we celebrate the rebirth of the sun.

Winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Traditionally, it is a time of both foreboding and expectancy, as the longest night leads to the revival of the sun. And yet it is a turning point, when the sun reaches its southernmost point from the equator and seems to pause before reversing course. “Solstice” in Latin means “the sun standing still.” In ancient times, observers watched the sun sink lower in the sky each day, and feared it would disappear completely and leave them in darkness. People practiced special rituals intended to entice the sun’s return. Bonfires and candles, with their imitative magic, helped fortify the waning sun and ward off the spirits of darkness. These symbols live on in our modern seasonal customs: the candles of Hanukkah and Christmas are kin to the fiery rites of old, which celebrated the miracle of the earth’s renewal. These traditions reflect our need to come together in times of extended darkness. We celebrate not only the rebirth of the sun, but the community of life on earth.

Bannya performs songs in Bengali by Sri Chinmoy

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Renowned Indian vocalist Rezwana Choudhury “Bannya” from Bangladesh performs spiritual Bengali songs by spiritual teacher and composer Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) in a concert commemorating the music of Sri Chinmoy, called “Songs of the Soul”. The concert took place on August 28th 2009 in the NYU Skirball Center in New York. Bannya was part of a whole evening program celebrating the music of Sri Chinmoy. Upcoming events of “Songs of the Soul” concerts you can find here: songsofthesoul.com.