Sri Chinmoy’s Christ-Songs in Symphony

End of 2014 the “Gandharva Loka Orchestra”, a group of 50 musical and spiritual enthusiasts, came together in Amsterdam to perform two symphonic concerts based on Christ songs of Sri Chinmoy (“Why hast thou forsaken me” & “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”). Arrangement by Panchajanya Burri & Timothy Corlis. Some photos by the lululightning.com of the rehearsals accompany the music.

European Peace Run 2015 began in Croatia

peacerun-dubrovnikThe Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run began 2015, on the first of January, with an event in Croatia. Members of the Peace Run, run through the walls of Dubrovnik. It was part of a 10km race through the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. The Peace Run was featured on Croatian national TV and in several newspapers. On January 5th the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team hosted a race in Ston, a village and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia. It took place along the streets and walls in the city.

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Meditation-Silence

This is the 32nd episode of the series “Meditation-Silence” which focuses on the power of early morning meditation. It also includes a meditation video of Sri Chinmoy, taken this time during a meditation in February 2007 in Thailand. This was his last trip to an Asian country before his passing on October 11, 2007. More episodes can be watched on srichinmoy.tv. Produced and filmed by kedarvideo, Switzerland; narration: Kanan Roberts; “Flute Music for Meditation” © Sri Chinmoy.

A special poem by Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy wrote a poem which he recommended to recite always on January 7th each year and his wish for his students is to repeat it as many times as the years of age! So to remember, here is the text of the poem:

My ever-increasingly compassionate Lord Supreme,
I am praying to You
with my heart’s silence-tears:
Do accept the cheerful surrender
of my mind’s freedom!

– Sri Chinmoy

Paul Avgerinos shares message of love and devotion

Bhakti-Paul-AvgerinosPaul Avgerinos is one of the “Giants of New Age Ambience” according to the writers at All Music Guide. BHAKTI, his 21st album, celebrates East and West with Avgerinos’ compositions performed by an impressive list of top talent on classical Eastern and Western instruments mixed with Bollywood beats and uplifting vocals; Avgerinos himself sings and directs sound design, as well as performing on keyboards and bass, nylon, steel, 12-string, and echo slide guitars. Members of The Recording Academy embraced the popular album with a Grammy® nomination for Best New Age Album for the 57th Grammy Awards®, to be held on Feb. 8 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, and broadcast live on television by CBS. “The Grammy® nomination for BHAKTI honors the spirit of love and devotion; this is a victory of the heart, a celebration of the goodness within all of us,” Avgerinos said, expressing immense gratitude for the nomination from his Redding, CT-based Studio Unicorn, which is also home to his independent record label, Round Sky Music.

An established artist with 21 albums to his name, Avgerinos rarely seeks the spotlight, preferring a quiet life composing, producing and licensing not only his music, but artists in every genre. However, upon completion of BHAKTI, the album so captured his appreciation for uniting Eastern and Western beliefs and music that he felt a calling to share it with an audience beyond his own fan list; before long, his peers were suggesting that he submit it for Grammy® consideration. Bhakti is a Sanskrit word meaning love and devotion, and indeed this album may be one of Avgerinos’ most joyful and uplifting projects to date.

A review by Russill Paul, musician and author of The Yoga of Sound & Jesus in The Lotus, deftly pinpoints the album’s subtle achievement when he writes “Veteran New Age composer, Paul Avgerinos, blends his consummate skills, not just musically, but also spiritually, to produce Bhakti. His connection to Christianity and Yoga shine together in a way that neither tradition outshines the other in his devotion, setting a model for the inter-spiritual future we may all embrace one day.”

Where does such a vision begin? Brought up in the Greek Orthodox Church, Avgerinos became a student of the Bhakti yoga guru Sri Chinmoy from India when he was 16. Since then, he has practiced yoga, meditation, chanting and devotional singing while also being active in a small Christian church near his home, singing and praying there. Enjoying both paths, he was increasingly inspired to blend the most personally-meaningful aspects of Bhakti yoga and Christianity together in a harmony of pure divine love, presenting a new sound, one of devotion and joy that is accessible to a wide audience.

Source: prweb.com