Question: What is the difference between your songs and your poetry?

Sri Chinmoy: If somebody is wearing a white cotton sari, people will appreciate its beauty and simplicity. This is like my poetry. Then again, if the same person wears a silk sari, it looks so beautiful. This is like my songs. Natural beauty I want from my songs and also from my poems, but my songs have more luminosity.

Poetry, in my case, is like a spontaneous fountain, whereas my music, you can say, is like a flowing, murmuring river. Only a few hundred of my Bengali songs originated as poems. Most of my 8,000 Bengali songs were songs right from the beginning. But my English songs almost always began as poems.

Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 8.First published by Agni Press in 1997.

This is the 1157th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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