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Friday, June 15, 2007

Show Review: Sri Chinmoy @ Copley Symphony Hall

Jyoti Bihanga (San Diego Vegetarian Restaurant)

Sri Chimnoy is a 75 year old indian born/american bred religious leader/vegetarian restaurant entrepreneur who runs his rackets out of Baltimore, Maryland.

On occasion, he will give "Concerts for Peace" in various cities. These concerts are always free, and after the fact I'm always like "Dang, I missed it." I, personally, have been solicited about attending such concerts in cities like Washington DC (in the 90s) and San Francisco, CA(00's). As far as I can remember- the marketing is always exactly the same- Sri Chimnoy, beatific smile on his face, strumming a sitar or similar Indian (as in "from India") stringed instrument.

But the fact is- the man runs a damn fine chain of vegetarian restaurants- they are always located in fairly run down parts of town, but they always- ALWAYS bring the vegetarian eating thunder. Their "Neatloaf" as they call it- is far better then any Meatloaf I've ever tasted, and, as an added bonus it isn't filled with beef anus and whatnot (typical content of hamburger- yum!)

So I think the idea was "let's give Sri a chance to Wow us with his music!"

Probably the first warning I had that Sri might not as be as skilled a musician as restaurant entrepreneur would be the programs referral to his maginificent "synthesizer improvisation" and the repeated reference to his music as "Avant Garde". I read this section literally as the lights went down and the performance was about the begin. Inside, a small high pitched voice (in tremolo falsetto, no less), said "Uh oh!"

What the program significantly fails to mention about Sri Chinmoy is that it is far (FAR!) from clear that he actually knows how to play his instruments. Indeed, his lack of... um... skill in this department made his pre-concert video claim that he had "Played... 170 instruments at a concert in Switzerland" damn near terrifying.

The form of the concert was basically that he was sitting down on the stage, and there were twenty different instruments arrayed on tables in front of him, and he would pick one up play a "song" for five or six minutes, but that one down, pick up a new one and play that for a similar length of time. There was also some acapella singing.

Before the performance started he played a fifteen minute video that showed him meeting and greeting world leaders like Nelson Mandela, Gorbachev, all of the Secretary General's of the United Nations (cue eye rolling) AND! AND! demonstrating is unique feats of strength.

I don't understand why bragging about your incredible man strength is so de rigeur among hindi holy men? Obv, humbleness is not one of the traits- or maybe he's being incredibly humble by travelling the world and lifting Carl Lewis (yes- that Carl Lewis) half of an inch off a platform with one arm?

As far as the ubiquitous cult accusations surrounding Sri- hey- haters are going to hate, right? One man's cult is another man's Mormonism or Christian Scientist church or whatever. Those accusations don't even cause me to raise an eyebrow. People can be totally happy in a cult- to each his or her own, that's what I say.

"Sri Chinmoy is a Scary Cult Link Round Up"
Sri Chinmoy wiki- With the Wiki "This entry reads like an ad" Warning!!!"
Sri Chinmoy (Official Site)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ca va t'effrayer. La personne qui me la envoyé a dit que son voeu s'est réalisé 10 minutes après l'avoir lu. Mais pas de triche. Ce jeu a un drôle/effrayant dénouement.. Ne lis pas en avance mais fais-le dans l'ordre, point par point. Ca prend env. 3 min. et ca vaut la peine. Prends d'abord une feuille et un crayon.

Quand tu choisis les noms, sois sûr que ce sont des personnes que tu
et fais-le d'après ton premier instinct .Descend ligne par ligne. Ne lis pas en dessous, tu gâcheras tout le fun parti
1. Ecris les chiffres de 1 a 11 dans une colonne
2. A côté des chiffres 1 et 2, écris 2 nombres aux choix
3. A côté des chiffres 3 et 7, inscrit le nom d'une personne de sexe opposé (noms différents)
Ne regarde pas trop bas ou ca ne marchera pas. Avance point, par point...
4. Ecris le nom de n'importe qui (par ex.: amis, famille) à côté des chiffres 4, 5 et 6. (Noms différents)
Ne triche pas ou tu regretteras
5. Ecris quatre titres de chansons en 8, 9, 10 et 11
6. Finalement, fais un voeu Ici est la clef du jeu

1.Tu dois parler de ce jeu à un certain nombre de personnes (le nombre qui est à côté du 2).
2. La personne en place 3 est celle que tu aimes.
3. Celle en place 7 est quelqu'un que tu apprécies beaucoup mais avec qui ça ne marche pas.
4. La personne que tu as mise en 4 est qqn à qui tu tiens vraiment beaucoup.
5. La personne que tu as nommée en place 5 est celle qui te connait très bien
6. La pers. que tu as inscrite en 6 est ta personne porte-bonheur
7. La chanson en 8 est celle qui s'associe avec la personne en 3.
8. Le titre en 9 est la chanson pour la personne en 7
9. La chanson en 10 est celle qui t'en dit le plus sur ton esprit
10. La chanson en 11 est celle qui révèle tes sentiments par rapport à la vie.

Mets cela sur 10 blogs dans l'heure qui suit ta lecture de ce mot. Si tu le fais ton voeu se réalisera. Si tu ne le fais pas, ça deviendra l'inverse ! Sacrément bizarre... Mais ça à l'air de marcher... fait seulement copier/coller

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