Highlights of the Birthday Celebrations 2006: Opening Meditation, Ashrita’s world record birthday cake (made out of popcorn and sugar), performances of Maestro Sri Chinmoy on two new samplers, and the meeting with Ashrita’s father, including the presentation of the 13,000th song. Filmed by kedarvideo, Switzerland.
In the autumn of 2004 Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) visited Europe for a successful concert tour with a total of 27,000 spectators in five concerts; two each in Vienna and Budapest and one large concert in Prague. In this video you can witness the Maestro performing in Vienna. Filmed and edited by kedarvideo, Switzerland.
Sri Chinmoy demonstrates the three steps of Samadhi: Savikalpa, Nirvikalpa and Sahaja. See unofficial transcript of text below (thanks to Adrien). August 1993. Filmed by kedarvideo, Switzerland.
“Now, I will embody and reveal and manifest what we call SAVIKALPA samadhi, this samadhi allows thought-waves to come in, but not to be affected at all. It is like the flight of birds, they are flying but the sky is not affected, the sky is not scratched. So thought may come but you are not perturbed, you are not disturbed you are not affected in any way. Your indomitable will is infinitely stronger than the thought-waves that your mind is encountering.
Now NIRVIKALPA samadhi, here there will be no thought, no iota of thought, nothing.You are in your loftiest consciousness, your aspiration-flame is up rising high, higher, highest. Nothing can prevent you from entering into your own highest transcendental consciousness and nothing will follow you. You and your own aspiring consciousness, and if you are already realized then with your realization consciousness. Nothing. You and your highest, no thought whatsoever. No incident, nothing. Absolutely you are in the world of blossoming peace, you can say blossoming peace or peace in its absolute tranquility. Here vastness and immensity and transcendental height are inseparable, and you are growing into that divinity’s reality. Nirvikalpa is infinitely higher than Savikalpa.
Now comes the third one. Believe it or not, I am telling you, even I am now playing with this (tapping the mic), most of you think that I am in my most ordinary consciousness, only my Beloved Supreme knows, whether I am in my absolute highest consciousness or not. When I cut jokes with you, when I scold you, bark at you, that consciousness I do not lose, that’s Sahaja samadhi. It becomes part and parcel of your life breath, you can’t separate your life breath from Sahaja samadhi. It is natural, more than natural, anything that you call natural in your life. It is something that not only you have but you have become, it is not only higher than the highest, it encompasses everything, the entire world, universe. The song of self transcendence. I always say that our Lord Beloved Supreme, who is my Guru, your Guru, everybody’s Guru, there is only one Guru, here on earth there in heaven, it is the Supreme.” – Sri Chinmoy
Concert of Sri Chinmoy in Bratislava in March 1999 as part of a European tour, with meditations and performences on the okarina, Indian harmonium and the piano. Filmed by kedarvideo, Switzerland.
In March of 1999 spiriritual teacher and musician Sri Chinmoy visited Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary and participated in ceremonies, inaugurating these countries as “Sri Chinmoy Peace – Blossom Nations”. They are part of an international program dedicating sites and places to peace. Filmed and edited by kedarvideo, Switzerland.
Highlights of Sri Chinmoy’s April Celebrations 1995, entitled 31 years in the West. Walking meditations, meditation close-ups, a poetry recitation, singing with harmonium as well as the opening ceremony of the “Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run” in Manhatten, including speeches by invited guests, a performance by singer Addwitiya Roberta Flack and Sri Chinmoy blessing the torch. Filmed by kedarvideo, Switzerland.
Meditation close-ups, soulful songs, among them the performance of the “longest song” are the highlights of the 1995 Birthday Celebration of Sri Chinmoy in Queens, New York. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani. For those of you you are interested in numerology, the video has a length of 1:27:07 h and the running number on vimeo is 188888868 !