Interview with Utsahi

This interview fits so well for this site “Remembering the Life of Sri Chinmoy”. Canadian disciple Utsahi, who passed away last year aged 76, gave an interview one year before. He revealed how he found the way to Sri Chinmoy and what spirituality gave him. Very inspiring interview.

Ave Maria by Sri Chinmoy

Of Schubert, Sri Chinmoy said: “His immortal song Ave Maria comes from another world. Now millions and millions of people around the world sing that song. For me, it is a true miracle.” He also wrote: “For me, if ten million people cannot do something and then one individual comes who can do it, it is a miracle. If millions and millions of people cannot do something — on any plane — and one individual does it, it is a miracle. Only our mind gets stuck, that is why we do not use the word. If one individual writes an immortal song, a song that comes from another world — like ‘Ave Maria’ — then, according to me, that is a miracle.” In 1825 Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797–1828) composed a seven-song set based on Scottish writer Walter Scott’s poem “The Lady of the Lake.” These songs made up Schubert’s opus 52, “Liederzyklus von Fraulein vom See.” An opus number is a work number (opus is the Latin word for work) for a composition. The number often refers to the order in which a composer wrote something. One of the songs, titled “Ellens dritter Gesang” (“Ellen’s Third Song”), became the basis for the song “Ave Maria,” based on the Catholic prayer of the same name. Though Schubert did not compose the music for this song as a prayer, it has become one of the most popular and well-known Catholic songs. While Schubert’s song uses the words of Scott’s poem, the text of the prayer later was adapted to Schubert’s music. Ave Maria is the Latin name of the prayer Hail Mary. It is one of Schubert’s most popular works.

Lyrics: Ave Maria Gratia plena Maria, gratia plena Maria, gratia plena Ave, ave dominus Dominus tecum Bendicta tu in mulieribus Et benedictus Et benedictus fructus ventris Ventris tui, Jesus Ave Maria Translation: Hail Mary, full of grace, Mary, full of grace, Mary, full of grace, Hail, Hail, the Lord. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed, Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Thy womb, Jesus. Hail Mary!

Filmed during the April Celebrations 1992 in Queens, New York by kedarvideo.