Meeting with Maestro Kurt Masur

19 November 1991

Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Mr. Masur (greeting Sri Chinmoy): I am so honoured to meet you, and I thank you very much for coming here. I have been filled with expectation to meet with you and to know something about your music.

Sri Chinmoy: I am extremely grateful to you. (He presents Mr. Masur with copies of the songs he has written in his honour.)

(A choir of Sri Chinmoy’s students performs the song dedicated to Mr. Masur, with a special arrangement by Sri Chinmoy.)

Mr. Masur: How did you do that? It is breathtaking how well you sing together. You don’t need a conductor; that’s very disturbing. This song is really very, very touching for me. I can’t express my feelings. I just want to learn how you are doing this. Sri Chinmoy, are these all your students, not only in singing, of course, but in meditation?

Sri Chinmoy: We are all sailing in the same boat. They are my students, but we are all learning together. We pray and meditate, and from our prayers and meditations we receive Blessings from Above, from God. We feel that we need God’s Blessings at every moment, in whatever we do.