Re: Sri Chinmoy's Piano Improvisation
- Wonderful article Jogyata - thanks. Sri Chinmoy certainly does bring a
whole new dimension to the old phrase 'tickling the ivories' -
something my father used to say. Watching the video clip on Sri
Chinmoy TV, Sri Chinmoy's fingers dance so playfully across the keys
with such spontaneity and joy.
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, jogyata <no_reply@...>
> In the 1970's, some years before a growing interest in meditation
> changed the course of my life, I worked for some time in the North
> West of Australia in an iron-ore mine. Every few weeks a tropical
> storm would banish the sweltering heat and endless days of sunshine
> and for a few wonderful hours heavy rain would drench the parched
> earth. Overnight the red plains would explode with flowers and all
> night long the breeze out of the dark would carry the fragrance of red
> earth, eucalyptus and the essence of desert.
> When I hear Sri Chinmoy playing the piano I am somehow reminded of
> this. Just as the occasional fragrance of eucalyptus still evokes
> memories of those outback years, so do Sri Chinmoy's wonderful piano
> improvisations evoke the fragrance of a meditative, inner world, the
> musical downpour nourishing the beautiful, wide open spaces of the
> soul. Amidst the sweetness, playfulness, power and freedom of the
> music you can unmistakably feel something extraordinary - for me it is
> a glimpse of the human soul, a fragrance of God.
> Many people some day will come to recognise that Sri Chinmoy's vast
> pantheon of creative outpourings - his musical, literary, artistic
> legacy - forms one of the most remarkable accomplishments of all time.
> One of the secrets of this stunning legacy is that the artist has
> saturated all of his creation with his own profoundly spiritual
> consciousness, a fragrance that permeates everything that he has done.
> Among these many jewels, like so many bright stars in the dark sky of
> human life, you will be able to find some aspect, a star that will be
> your personal doorway into the life divine.
> Someone will look at Sri Chinmoy's bird sketches and feel their purity
> and freedom and delight - another may read a poem that deeply touches
> the heart. A third may pick up one of Sri Chinmoy's books and in
> between the knowledge conveyed by language, by words, there it is
> again, the fragrance of an illumined soul, the beckoning open doorway
> that takes you out among the bright stars.
> Sri Chinmoy's piano improvisations are one of my favourite doorways.
> Often at the end of the day, I light a little incense, put the phone
> on no rings and sink back into my old armchair in my meditation space.
> The volume needs to be loud - this is the powerful face of meditation,
> the swift brushstrokes of the artist portraying a cosmic canvas.
> Perhaps at first nothing much seems to be happening. But if you
> persist a little, listen with a widening heart, still mind, you'll
> start to feel something - as though glimpsing through a small clear
> window another inner, higher world. If you practise meditation a
> little, this window will gradually open wider. Some days you're
> overwhelmed by a feeling of indescribable beauty and peace, your eyes
> fill with tears at this engulfing joy and you're having the best
> meditation of your life.
> Beethoven once said that whoever truly understands his music will
> forever be freed from sadness - I do believe that anyone who really
> understands Sri Chinmoy's piano improvisations, indeed his music as a
> whole, can become liberated from everything. Free of all constraint
> and limitation, free from mind, thought, ego, these rapturous
> performances are a celestial music of heart-melting sweetness, a
> glorious sound born out of the artist's absolute oneness with the
> I feel so grateful to this traveller from the bright stars who lives
> among us for a while, scattering his music, songs, poetry - this
> stardust from the Heavens - and lifting our eyes and hearts upward,
> playing the piano and pointing with his music to our home high above.
> - Jogyata.
> Links to Sri Chinmoy's Piano performances:
> Radio Sri Chinmoy: http://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/radio/107
> Sri Chinmoy TV: http://www.srichinmoy.tv/tv/64