'When you perform for me, always choose devotional songs.'
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When we performed in New York for Guru with Mountain-Silence, we played three songs as always. We liked these songs very much. After some other people performed, Guru called for me and talked to me.
He said, “Gunthita, not even one of the three songs performed were devotional. Please, please, in the future, when you perform for me, always choose devotional songs.”
Then he said, "When you give concerts and you play with devotion, then the people will receive." Guru said, "They will receive something from me." Guru meant from him and from our souls. He said that the only and most important thing is to play with devotion. The songs don't have to be slow or fast, but the devotion is the most important thing.
Guru suggested, "Why don't you play Christ songs? They are always devotional."
A few days later at the Celebrations, Guru told me, "Gunthita, I am giving your group another chance. Tomorrow morning at 11, you can perform for me."
That morning, we were practising and practising. We prepared seven songs just in case there was more than one performance. We chose Christ songs and only songs which we knew from the translation were very devotional.
Then we sat with no audience, just Guru. We performed just for Guru at the front of Aspiration-Ground. At that time, it was not yet the temple. It was just a small little house.
We played one song and another song and another song. Guru meditated and meditated. He said, "One more, one more." Exactly up to seven songs. And then Guru bowed.
Later on in his house, Guru said that when we performed for him, "I was very moved, I was very moved."
We meditate on the Christ.
We repeat his name countless times.
Without the Christ-consciousness
Our life is totally lost.
Christ is for all.
He is our divinity’s Son
And humanity’s Father.
Sri Chinmoy 1
- 1. Illumination-Song and Liberation-Dance, part 5, Agni Press, 1976
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My inner callingPurnakama Rajna Winnipeg, Canada
A 40-Year BlessingSarama Minoli New York, United States
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'I could find out myself, but it was so much easier asking your soul'Mridanga Spencer Ipswich, United Kingdom
The day my Guru accepted me as his discipleBanshidhar Medeiros San Juan, Puerto Rico
interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students