The late and greatly esteemed meditation Master Sri Chinmoy used to travel the world endlessly, offering free concerts of his music to capacity auditoriums. He was very fond of Australia and visited five times, giving seven concerts and a number of talks about meditation and spirituality.
In the 1970s the name "Sri Chinmoy" was linked with great musical luminaries such as John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana and later with Roberta Flack, who spent time with the master gaining a deeper understanding of how music moves the spirit.
"Music," according to Sri Chinmoy, "is a universal language." He used this medium to engage his audiences in up to two hours of meditative silence while they listened to his performances on esraj, flute, harmonium, piano, organ and cello. It was for him a way of giving audiences an opportunity to join him on an inner journey, as he wove his meditative melodies across a vista of uplifting soundscapes.
Sri Chinmoy received acclaim from a wide cross-section of musicians ... Ravi Shankar, Yehudi Menuhin, Paul Horn, Leonard Bernstein and Boris Grebenschikov, to name but a few ... who all agreed that the spiritual qualities of his music are sublime and uplifting.
"Sri Chinmoy himself is music ... his music is very healing, an experience deep in my heart and beyond words," quoted Paul Horn.
In the same tradition, some of Sri Chinmoy's musically gifted students now travel the world offering free concerts of his music titled "Songs of the Soul", interpreted in classical, contemporary and "world music" genres. Together theses performers have fashioned a repertoire for an evening that creates a richly diverse and inspirational musical experience.
For lovers of magical, peaceful and uplifting music, the Australian Sri Chinmoy Centres are sponsoring and producing a series of three Songs of the Soul concerts in November.
By popular demand, a second Perth concert is to be staged on Sunday 13th November, 4.00pm at the Hale School, Wembley Downs. The evening concert is already at capacity.
Tickets are FREE but bookings are required - please visit www.songsofthesoul.org to secure your tickets or call 6161 4156.