On the day 8 years ago Sri Chinmoy opened the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain. As already in 1993 in Chicago, he was invited to open this important worldwide spiritual event. After being introduced, he gave a silent meditation and continued by playing on his favorite instrument, the Indian esraj. About 5,000 people were present in and around the auditorium in Barcelona. Camera & Edit: Kedar Misani
Today marks the 39th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s big Peace Concert odyssey with a major performance at the Sporthalle in Cologne, Germany. Thousands of people came to this event from all over Europe and what is most important Sri Chinmoy himself considers this concert as his best and most favourite. I am happy that I still have an original poster of this concert which was entitled “Peace: God’s Beauty in His Oneness-Home” and above all it is signed by the master himself. I am also happy that RadioSriChinmoy just released a 52-minutes audio summary of this historical concert featuring performances on the flute, cello, esraj, harmonium (with singing) and his dedication to Germany.
On February 17 we can celebrate the 34th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s esraj playing. It was on that date in 1974 that the spriritual master from Bengali origin, for the first time played on this popular Indian instrument. While Sri Chinmoy used hun- dreds of musical instrument of all sizes, origin and sound category he especially loved the esraj. After an opening meditation he usually started his concerts – and there were 777 in his lifespan – with this string instrument, which for him was more a mediative vehicle than a purely musical one. During playing he was in deep trance and offered his peace and light to the audience. This instrument has a very sweet, ethereal quality in its tone, and enables Sri Chinmoy to express his meditative music most powerfully and, at the same time, in a most sublime way. You can listen to an earlier Esraj Celebration concert on RadioSriChinmoy.org and watch a video of a performance on August 27, 2005 when Sri Chinmoy celebrated his 74th birthday in New York and more than 1000 visitors from around the world witnessed his esraj playing.