30 years ago: Sri Chinmoy’s big Concert in Zurich

On March 31, 1985, ecxactly 30 years ago,  spiritual master Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) gave his first big concert in the Zurich Hallenstadion, a prestigious hall, where normally large sports events, musicals or pop concerts take place. Sri Chinmoy transformed the hall into a vessel of spiritual manifestation. About 6000 seekers from all over Europe attended the performance that was divided into three parts an lasted for more than three hours. The motto: “Humanity’s Perfection-Dance in God’s Heart-Garden”. Sri Chinmoy often meditated between the different instruments. Enjoy this historical recording. Length: 2:07 h. It is also available as a DVD. All together more than 100 DVD’s on Sri Chinmoy’s life are available from kedarvideo, see: srichinmoydvd.wordpress.com. And these were the original tickets:

To commemorate this event, the Zurich disciples of Sri Chinmoy organize a special concert in a Zurich church tonight playing and singing the music of Sri Chinmoy.

Devashishu’s visit to Zurich

devashishu1dThere were about 50 people at the class yesterday night. Afterwards I spoke to some young seekers from Columbia, Italy, India and Switzerland. They had some very interesting questions about the nature of happiness and how is it possible to pursue your spiritual aspiration and at the same time deal with all your responsibilities in life. Somebody asked me, “Are you really as happy as you seem?”. I answered that like everyone else, I go through ups and downs. But one thing I learned from my Master, Sri Chinmoy, is that Happiness is the nature of our soul, and to be happy is a conscious choice that we can make. Real happiness comes from offering the world our dedicated love and oneness. People were very keen to hear my personal experiences with Sri Chinmoy. I told them about my first meeting with him on a street in London when I was 8 years old. There, in a minute of silence, he conveyed an overwhelming abundance of love and joy that I have never forgotten. At the time I didn’t know it was meditation, but it sowed the seed, and 2 years later I began my daily practice.

We sang three mantras, and the group were not shy at all. The sound was tuneful and powerful. We sang “Aum Govindaya Nama”, “Aum Aparajitaya Nama” and “My Own Gratitude Heart”. After each mantra we held the silence in the room for a full minute. The audience were extremely attentive and keen to experience meditation. I told them that I myself had come to Zurich when I was 17. It was a great time for me. I had just had a turbulent time at College in London, but in Zurich I was able to really focus on re-establishing my daily discipline of meditation. For me, the city of Zurich has a wonderful sense of peace and purity, which are both tremendously conducive to meditation.

– Devashishu Torpy

The first Organ Improvisation of Sri Chinmoy

On May 26, 1987, spiritual master and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) opened a new musical chapter with his first pipe organ performance in a church in the centre of Zurich, Switzerland. It was one day before he gave his first big 7-hour concert in the Swiss mountain village of Davos. Sri Chinmoy does not play the pipe organ as you would expect. He creates spontaneous and powerful improvisations seemingly connected to another world. He does not prepare any written music nor did he study at a music school. His approach is purely from his heart; you would say these are expressions of his feelings. The result is unforgettable and it was the first of many more improvisations on famous and less famous pipe organs in churches and music halls all over the world that followed.

The performance in Zurich was one the longest ever. It lasted for 38 min. and was later titled by Sri Chinmoy as “The Summit-Song of Self-Transcendence”. Although there was a problem with the recording and we could not capture the whole performance visually you can enjoy the full length of the audio and the middle part of around 17 min also with video.

37th Anniversary of Peace Tree Planting in Zurich

32 years ago, in June of 1976 peace advocate and philosopher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) planted this tree in the Rietberg Museum park in Zurich. It is a monument for peace and harmony, frequently visited by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre as well as hundreds of visitors who come here every year. The tree is a  Morinda Spruce or West Himalayan Spruce (Picea smithiana) which is a spruce native to the western Himalaya and adjacent mountains, from northeast Afghanistan east to central Nepal. It normally grows at altitudes of 2,400-3,600 m in forests together with Deodar Cedar, Blue Pine and Pindrow Fir.