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Ludwig van Beethoven – Part 2

Ludwig van Beethoven – Part 2

Last night we had our Program entitled “Music of the Beyond” on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven at our Panorama Coffee Shop. It was a beautiful celebration of one of the greatest creative geniuses that ever graced this earth. If considering that he as a composer became deaf later in his life, his work becomes even more incredible. The pianist Taisiya Pushkar (www.taisiyapushkar.com) gave a captivating performance of some of Beethoven’s Sonatas. In addition she offered insights into significant moments in Beethoven’s life.


Please find here some more comments on the essence of Beethoven’s music and the creative process.
We hope it will inspire you to discover your own artistic inclinations, in whatever field it may be!

Daniel Baremboim, world famous pianist and conductor: “I think there is a very important personal message in each one of the Beethoven pieces…How free is the human being? How does the human being deal with himself? How does he deal with his problems of existence? How does he see himself? How does he cope with his anxietes, with anguish? How does he cope with joy? How does he cope with all those things? All that, and much more is for me the substance of Beethoven.”

Sri Chinmoy, spiritual teacher: “The spiritual essence of Beethoven’s sound-creation-manifestation is that the outer life can be harmonised, liberated and fulfilled by the soul’s conscious guidance of the physical in us. Even if the outer life starts from the darkest ignorance, it has hope. It begins its journey with hope; but eventually its total transformation, illumination and perfection become certain.”
(Excerpt from God The Supreme Musician by Sri Chinmoy, 1976, p. 53.

 Sri Chinmoy: “What Beethoven says on music is true not only from the intellectual and emotional point of view, but also from the spiritual point of view:
“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. Although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet it is blessed in this creation, which, like every creation of art, is mightier than the artist.” Ludwig Van Beethoven

You as the seed,
You as the plant,
You as a huge tree
With an inimitable variety
Of flowers and fruits
Are indeed the grandeur-expression
Of Infinity’s power-fragrance.

This world of ours and its heart are absolutely at one with the admirer-mourner-woman at your funeral: “They are burying the general of the musicians.”
Sri Chinmoy, Music: Ecstasy’s heart-hunger, Agni Press, 1994

Beethoven may have passed behind the curtain of Eternity more than two hundred years ago but his influence on musical developments and the lives of millions of people has not ceased in the least. His music continues to inspire, encourage and uplift individuals and humanity as a whole and for this we are deeply grateful.

Recommended Sources:

BBC Documentary “The Genius of Beethoven”
BBC Documentary “Eroica”Beethoven’s Birthday: A celebration in Vienna with Leonard Bernstein
The Berlin Celebration Concert – Beethoven, Symphony No9, Bernstein 1989
Taisiya Pushkar, Collaborative Pianist

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The Music of the Beyond – Part 1, Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven Inspiration

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven Bust --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

It is only recently that I have started to discover the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven and his immortal music. I became very fascinated by his music, mainly by his 9th and last Symphony and the 4th movement “Ode to Joy”. I still have to discover much of the rest of this vast musical universe. In this and the next Blog I am trying to give a short insight into the life and work of this great “general of music” as a great admirer once named him.

Here is a comment about the Ninth Symphony by Leonard Bernstein one of the greatest conductor’s of the 20th century.

“In this Ninth Symphony, in the finale, the music goes far beyond the [Schiller’s] poem, it gives far greater dimension and vital energy and artistic sparks to these quaint old lines of Schiller. This music succeeds, even with those people for whom organized religion fails. Because it displays a spirit of Godhead and sublimity in the freest and least doctrinaire way. It has a purity and directness of communication that never becomes banal. It’s accessible without being ordinary. This is the magic that no amount of talk can explain.”

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Beethoven Hall New York

“[P]erhaps there was in Beethoven the man, a child inside that never grew up, that to the end of his life remained a creature of grace, innocence and trust, even in his moments of greatest despair. And that innocent spirit speaks to us of hope and future and immortality. And it’s for that reason that we love his music now, more than ever before. In this time of world agony, we love his music and we need it. As despairing as we may be, we cannot listen to this Ninth Symphony without emerging from it changed, enriched, encouraged. And to the man who could give to the world so precious a gift as this, no honor could be too great, and no celebration joyful enough. It’s almost like celebrating the birthday of music itself.



Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven!
God’s own Music-flowers
In your heart’s Eden.
(Song written in honor of Ludwig van Beethoven)
Sri Chinmoy, Four Summit-Height-Melodies, Agni Press, 1995
December 24th, 1978

On Friday, June 26th at 7.30pm, Panorama will host a special program about Beethoven, entitled “The Music of the Beyond.”

Starting from 6.30pm Panorama will serve one of Beethoven’s favorite dishes which was Pasta and Italian cheese. It will be accompanied by a mixed salad.


As a second part in the approach to the “Music of the Beyond”, Panorama will offer a program on Sri Chinmoy’s Music in July (exact date will be announced).

Please click here for biographical notes on Ludwig van Beethoven (from Wikipedia)


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Vegetarian Essentials Part 3

Food and C.7

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Photo: Sri Chinmoy, spiritual teacher, artist, composer and athlete

Dear Reader,

This Blog gives an insight into spiritual aspects of food, cooking and the vegetarian life-style in general.
It is taken from the Brochure “Vegetarian Essentials” that will be published soon.
Enjoy reading and have a wonderful week!

Question: What role does the vegetarian diet play in your teachings?
Sri Chinmoy: In my teachings the vegetarian diet plays a most important role. In order to become pure, a vegetarian diet helps us considerably. Purity is of paramount importance in our spiritual life. This purity we must establish in the physical, the vital and the mental. When we eat meat, fish and so forth, the aggressive, animal consciousness enters into us. Our nerves become agitated; we unconsciously become restless and aggressive. The mild qualities of vegetables, on the other hand, help us to establish in our inner life as well as in our outer life, the qualities of sweetness, softness, simplicity and purity.

But again, if you ask me whether by becoming a strict vegetarian you can realise God or not, then I would say “No,” a definite “No.” There are millions and millions of people on earth who are strict vegetarians, but I don’t think there are millions and millions of God-realised souls on earth. For God-realisation we need aspiration. But in answering your question, I wish to say that it is always advisable, if possible, to have a vegetarian diet in order to further one’s progress in the inner discipline, so that one can feel that even the body, with its purity, can help one’s inner aspiration to become more intense and more soulful.
Source: Sri Chinmoy, Earth’s Cry Meets Heaven’s Smile, Book I, San Juan, Puerto Rico: Aum Press, 1974, p. 115.

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Question: Why should we meditate on our food before eating it?
Sri Chinmoy: Before eating, it is obligatory to meditate. Before doing anything it is advisable for a spiritual person to meditate, to think of the Inner Pilot, the Supreme. The Supreme comes before everything we do, He is in the middle of everything we do, and He is at the end of everything we do. If we meditate before we eat, then His Compassion descends on us, and His Compassion is nothing short of energising power. So, along with the material food, if we can receive energising power, then naturally we will get double benefit from the food.
Source: Sri Chinmoy, Secrets of the Inner World, New York: Agni Press, 1980, pp. 46-47.

Question: How can we always feel that food is God?
Sri Chinmoy: When you pray and meditate, you are bound to feel that you are devouring God’s peace, love and light. Again, when you are eating material food, if you feel that this food is keeping you alive and in good health, which enables you to pray and meditate, then naturally you can keep both food and God in mind. When you pray, you feel that God is coming to you in the form of peace, light and bliss, which is your real food. Again, while you are eating material food, you feel that God in the form of this food is keeping you alive. At that time, food really helps you to think of your Beloved Supreme. Therefore, both food and God can easily be seen as one.
Source: Sri Chinmoy, Secrets of the Inner World, New York: Agni Press, 1980, pp, 44-45.

Question: How does the cleanliness of the surroundings affect the food you cook?
Sri Chinmoy: The cleanliness of the surroundings does not immediately or directly affect the food. First it affects the consciousness of the cook. When the cook is affected, then naturally his product will be affected. Cleanliness is of paramount importance, purity is of paramount importance and good feelings towards the pots and pans are of paramount importance. Everything is of paramount importance from the beginning to the end when you cook. Again, while cooking it is always advisable to speak as little as possible so that you can remain in your own highest consciousness. Otherwise, your consciousness may remain high, but the person with whom you are talking may be in a very low consciousness and then your food will be affected. So, you should always try to remain in a high consciousness and, for that, silence will be a considerable help. It will also be of considerable help if you can be in a meditative consciousness. Otherwise, outwardly you may remain silent, but inwardly your mind will be thinking of the entire world. That kind of so-called silence does not make any sense. But to remain both inwardly and outwardly silent will help you to enter into a higher realm of consciousness.
Source: Sri Chinmoy, Secrets of the Inner World, New York: Agni Press, 1980, pp. 49-50.

Question: What are some ways to maintain purity in cooking?
Sri Chinmoy: There are many ways. But the main way, the most important way, is to repeat the name of the Supreme or to repeat the name of the cosmic goddess Annapurna. If one repeats her name while cooking, then one is bound to be inundated with purity.
Source: Sri Chinmoy, Secrets of the Inner World, New York: Agni Press, 1980, p. 43.

Food and C.7

Question: Is there a special consciousness in which to cook for adults, children or other age groups?
Sri Chinmoy: While you are cooking for children, if you can maintain an innocent feeling along with your purity, then it will be of great help to the food-consciousness. While cooking for adults, if you can maintain a very dynamic quality, then it will be of great help to the food-consciousness for adults. And while cooking for the aged, you can try to maintain a very soft and tender feeling. You can try also to have a feeling that you are helping the old people to gain a new life. But especially a tender feeling and a concerned feeling will be of tremendous help if you cook for the aged.
Source: Sri Chinmoy, Secrets of the Inner World, New York: Agni Press, 1980, pp. 45-46.


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Premik Russell Tubbs – Insights into a fascinating life-journey

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Excerpts from an interview with Premik on May 16, 2015 at Annam Brahma Restaurant –  by Shashanka Karlen.

Premik Russell Tubbs

Premik’s life is as colorful and diverse as his music, full of improvisation and spontaneity, yet seemingly guided by an unseen hand.

Starting early at the age of 6, he got in touch with music, supported by his father who was also musician, and quickly discovered his love for all that is music and as he says “it became the thrill of a lifetime.”

His father took him to classical concerts, later he fell in love with Rock and Roll (who did not at that time?) and very quickly he realized that the Saxophone was “his instrument”.

Then suddenly there came a new and totally different influence with classical Indian Music.

Everything exploded at once.

It opened up a totally new world. There was Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar….

He soon joined a band but his musical and spiritual search continued. He got in touch with books like the Bhagavad Gita but still living a very free lifestyle and not knowing exactly where his life was taking him.

He enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston but only remained there for one semester as he felt it was not the right place for him at that time.

Around this time a former school teacher told him that he should really start going in one direction with his music and he gave him the phone number of Ornette Coleman, legendary Jazz musician. The summer he studied with him changed his life.
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Ornette Coleman

His inner search continued and one day a guitarrist friend gave him the number of Narada Michael Walden, world famous drummer and producer. This opened another new world for Premik and slowly brought him up and forward on to the big stage. Through Narada’s influence he eventually joined the legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra, played with Carlos Santana and on big hits of Whitney Houston, such as “How will I know”. His career was now fully launched.

Narada Michael Walden

These contacts  brought Premik also closer to the spiritual path of Sri Chinmoy and he “jumped into the boat” as he says in June of 1974, more than 40 years ago.

Sri Chinmoy

That is when “the real journey” started….

See and hear how Premik’s career has fully blossomed this coming Friday, May, 29 at 7.30 pm at Panorama Cafe. Guest performances will be by Sahishnu Szczesiul on Tabla and Girshel Javakhisvili on Piano.

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One of Premik’s favorite Meal, the Aloo Gobi (Potato-cauliflower curry, with rice and salad) will be served from 6.30-7.30pm.

The Panorama of My Silence-Heart Cafe, 84-73 Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, 11432

Reservation is strongly recommended at 347-462-7685

Premik Russell Tubbs official Website

Premik’s Biography

Mahavishnu John McLaughlin

Ornette Coleman

Narada Michael Walden

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Vegetarian Essentials, Part II

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Dear Reader,
Following is the second part of the Vegetarian Essentials that gives you ample reasons to make your first steps towards a plant-based Diet. Enjoy reading!

Why Switch to a Plant-Based Diet? Seven Life-Changing Benefits of Becoming a Vegetarian


1. Better health

The most common reason for people to move to a vegetarian life-style is for better health. Here is a selection of health benefits that a well-balanced vegetarian cuisine can offer:

  • You’ll live a lot longer

Vegetarians live about seven years longer, and vegans (who eat no animal products) about 15 years longer, than meat eaters, according to a study from Loma Linda University.

  • You’ll save your heart

Cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer in the United States, and the standard American diet (SAD), laden as it is with saturated fat and cholesterol from meat and dairy, is largely to blame. Cholesterol levels are 14% lower for vegetarians than for meat eaters.

  • You’ll reach your ideal weight and stay there

The battle of the bulge has become a serious health problem around the world. Being overweight or obese also causes many people a great deal of emotional, mental, and physical discomfort. Vegetarian foods balance your body so that you’re more in touch with what actually tastes good and makes you feel good at the same time.

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  • You’ll reduce your risk of cancer

Some studies have found that a plant-based diet helps protect specifically against prostate, colon and skin cancers. Studies done at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg suggest that this is because vegetarians’ immune systems are more effective than the immune systems of meat eaters in killing off tumors.

  • You’ll protect yourself from food-borne illnesses

According to the U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest, which has stringent standards of food safety, 25% of all chicken sold in the United States carries salmonella bacteria. In addition, the CDC estimates that 70-90% of chickens contain the campylobacter bacteria (some strains of which are antibiotic-resistant); approximately 5% of cows carry the lethal strain of E. coli O157:H7 (which causes virulent diseases and death!); and 30% of pigs slaughtered for food each year are infected with toxoplasmosis (caused by parasites).

  • You may get rid of your back problems

Back pain appears to begin, not in the back, but in the arteries. The degeneration of discs, for instance, which leads to pinched nerves, starts with the arteries leading to the back. Eating a plant-based diet keeps these arteries clear of cholesterol-causing blockages, thus helping to maintain a healthy back.

  • You’ll enjoy radiant skin and hair

Every year people spend literally billions of dollars on cosmetics and personal care products in their quest for youth and beauty. Yet just by choosing vegetarian foods, you’ll enjoy more beautiful skin and hair than you ever could by purchasing expensive beauty products. Vegetarian foods nourish your body from the inside out, providing a wide variety of invigorating antioxidants and nutrients.

2. You will enjoy a better conscience

• Becoming a vegetarian is in harmony with the yoga principle of ahimsa, or nonviolence. Raising animals for food causes untold suffering for no real purpose other than to satisfy people’s desire for meat. While some people make the argument that you have to kill living things even to survive as a vegetarian—and there is truth in this statement—the fact is that animals have a much higher consciousness than plants and experience far greater suffering when killed. Eating a plant-based diet is by far the more compassionate choice. Becoming a vegetarian helps us to cultivate qualities conducive to spiritual realization, such as compassion, self-control, and peacefulness. The toxins and stress hormones found in meat cause us to be more tired, stressed, and irritable. Vegetarian food choices have just the opposite effect. They uplift your mood, enhance your feelings of peace and optimism, and give you lots of exuberant energy.

3. Better for the environment


  • Vegetarian food choices make the best use of our world’s precious resources. They use just a small fraction of the amount of water, land, and fuel that it takes to raise animals for meat. Factory farms, where animals are raised for meat, are also one of the biggest polluters of our waterways.

Simply becoming a vegetarian is the biggest single step you can make to help protect the environment.

  • You’ll help reduce famine.

It takes 15 pounds of feed to get one pound of meat. But if the grain were given directly to people, there’d be enough food to feed the entire planet. In addition, using land for animal agriculture is inefficient in terms of maximizing food production. According to the journal Soil and Water, one acre of land could produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 40,000 pounds of potatoes, 30,000 pounds of carrots or just 250 pounds of beef!

4. More taste – more color – more joy!


  • Your meals will taste delicious

When transitioning from a meat-based diet, often rich in processed foods, to a vegetarian diet, your taste buds will regain a much more refined taste sensorium. This will greatly enhance the taste of your foods and increase your joy in eating. Vegetarian cuisine offers endless varieties and possibilities. It offers an ever-changing rainbow of flavors, textures and tastes.

  • You’ll add color to your plate

Meat, chicken and fish tend to come in boring shades of brown and beige, but fruits and vegetables come in all the colors of the rainbow. Disease-fighting phytochemicals are responsible for giving produce their rich, varied hues. So cooking by color can be a good way to ensure that you are eating a variety of naturally occurring substances that boost immunity and prevent a range of illnesses.

5. You will be a great role model for your kids.

If you set a good example and feed your children good food, chances are they’ll live a longer and healthier life. You’re also creating a market for vegetarian products and making it more likely that they’ll be available for your children in the future.

6. You will help to bring down the national debt

Most Western nations spend large amounts annually to treat the heart disease, cancer, obesity, and food poisoning that are byproducts of a diet heavy on animal products.
7. Going vegetarian is easy!

Vegetarian cooking has never been so simple. We live at a time that offers us all the possibilities, resources and ingredients.

Please see the previous Blogpost for numerous online resources.

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Vegetarian Essentials, Part 1



Over the next few weeks I will give a short introduction into different aspects of the Vegetarian World and how you can become more at home in it and enjoy your own journey and discoveries.

Today it is my personal account of what cooking and a vegetarian lifestyle mean to me. Enjoy reading!

I love cooking. For me cooking is something wonderful. Cooking helps me to find myself, to rebalance and re-center myself. I try to become receptive to inspirations, to combinations, colors and tastes and let the cooking become a truly creative act. At its perfection, cooking is something magic, it is an art. But it is even more than that. It is also a way of expressing myself, a way of offering something of myself that is absolutely personal, almost intimate. It is a way of offering good feelings, love, concern, affection and peace while cooking, so that these qualities can enter the food and be felt by the person that eats the food.

In these ways cooking can become a true service towards a better world. A famous chef in Switzerland once told me: “With every plate that goes out of the kitchen, a part of my soul goes with it.” This is much the way the restaurants of the Sri Chinmoy Centres around the world prepare food for their guests. “Love and Serve” has always been one of the central mottos and guiding principles of our chefs.

I also really love eating and I am always happy to try out new places and tastes. But with all the excitement and new trends that are coming and going, for me there is one constant standard bearer that I use. I try to feel the food as much as I taste it. Is it “full” (in other words, satisfying to the eye, the palate and the heart) or is it just an assortment of disconnected tastes and sense sensations? After eating a perfect meal you may leave the restaurant completely elevated, similar, for those who meditate, to the way you feel after a good meditation.

Of course with all this “high” talk about food, let us not forget that a meal, in the first place, serves the purpose of renewing our life-energy so that we may continue our life-journey with strength and enthusiasm.


Why do I mention these different aspects of cooking as we are looking at a vegetarian life-style? I do this because I believe it shows that food can be much more than just helping you to survive, that cooking and eating can happen on a deeper level and that both of them should be filled with joy, happiness and a rainbow of tastes and colors. This is exactly what a vegetarian lifestyle offers.

I have given dozens and dozens of cooking classes about vegetarian cooking, including the uses in it of tofu and other soy products. I have always emphasized that cooking has to be a joy and should not be based on an attitude of “oh now I have to cook vegetarian.” Instead of being something dull, something that “should” be done for ethical, health, ecological or other reasons, a vegetarian cuisine is, in the first place, a feast of colors and tastes with infinite possibilities of fusion and combination. I hope this short introduction will help you to discover and grow into the magic and joy of vegetarian cooking!

it is important to understand that each new activity that you integrate into your life needs some special attention in the beginning, until it has become a routine and is well-anchored in your daily life. Today, with all the cookbooks, cooking classes, cooking videos, blogs and websites, it has become much easier to become familiar with the vegetarian world. I have added some resources at the end to get you started.

Of course a great way to jump-start your vegetarian journey is to visit a vegetarian restaurant. Every city nowadays has one or several fully vegetarian restaurants; additionally there are vegan restaurants or fully raw food restaurants  .

I hope you will enjoy your journey and I wish you a flavorful and happy life!


Useful links

Links to vegetarian cookbook pages on the internet:

http://www.globalgourmet.com/food/special/vegetarian/#axzz16mB59cvZ http://www.happycow.net/shop/cookbooks.html http://vegetarian.about.com/u/ua/cookbookreviews/bestvegcookbooks.htm http://www.ehow.com/list_6684053_top-rated-vegetarian-cookbooks.html

Good Websites



Vegetarian Resource group: www.vrg.org The Veggie Table: www.theveggietable.com http://vegetarian.about.com/


http://www.vegan.com http://veganchef.com http://www.vegancooking.com/ Raw:

www.thebestofrawfood.com www.therawfoodworld.com/ www.rawglow.com www.rawguru.com


Recipe sites:

Vegetarian: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/ http://allrecipes.com/Recipes/Everyday-Cooking/Vegetarian/Main.aspx


http://www.thisdishisvegetarian.com/2011/12/the-top-10-best-vegan-recipe-websites.html http://www.theppk.com/


http://rawfoodrecipes.com/ http://bestrawfoodrecipes.org/ www.therawtarian.com

Vegetarian cooking “how to” videos:

http://www.videojug.com/tag/vegetarian-recipes http://vegetarian.about.com/od/videorecipes/Vegetarian_and_Vegan_Video_Recipes.htm http://www.vegetariantimes.com/video/ http://www.veggievision.co.uk/

Food Magazines


http://www.vegetariantimes.com/ – with a huge recipe collection


h http://vegnews.com/ – popular Vegan lifestyle magazine



Food Blogs



Vegan: http://psychologyofeating.com/50-top-vegan-blogs/



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Silence and Sound – a fascinating music journey!



A life on tour
Since the year 2000 Rageshri (Keyboards) and Kushali (Violin), the two musicians that form Silence and Sound, have offered almost 1000 concerts all over the world. For many years they gave more than 100 concerts a year and were practically non-stop on tour. The concert at Panorama this Friday will be their 977th concert. They have produced 5CD’s so far and are dreaming of their next one.

Ahead of their Live Concert at Panorama this coming Friday, April 24th, I had the chance to ask them a few questions about music, meditation, life and food. Here are excerpts from their answers:

About Music
Kushali: “Music is my life. Music is a way to find truth. Many life questions can be solved by playing music…”
Rageshri: “Through music I can get in touch with my soul. My spiritual name that I received from my teacher Sri Chinmoy is also linked to music, The Beauty and the Fragrance of the Soul-Melody in the Aspiration-Heart in boundless measure…, Music helps me to feel the beauty of life, it can be like a bouquet of beautiful flowers or a sweet piece of cake.”

About Meditation
Kushali:“Meditation is spreading like music. Music brings to the fore deeper experiences from meditation.”
Rageshri:“Meditation for me is the inner dimension of life, it is the nutrition that feeds the deeper part of my self.”

About Cooking
Rageshri is a passionate and excellent cook…
“Music and Cooking have many similarities. When I cook I try to offer something of myself, of my soul, offer my good feelings into the food. This helps to make the dish more beautiful, nutritious and delicious and the food is transformed. In a sense cooking is like composing, both are deeply creative.”

About running in the 6 day race
Both Rageshri and Kushali have participated for many, many years in the annual 6 or 10 day Multiday races in Flushing Meadow. Participants run as many miles as possible within 6 or 10 days. These are feats of extreme endurance and transcendence.
Rageshri: “While touring permanently you pick up a lot of energies and vibrations from your surroundings. These long races are like a cleaning session for the whole being from inside out. You also develop many qualities that are helpful in everyday life and therefore help for the life on tour.
Kushali: “Through the running we also get inspirations for arrangements that we use then on tour.”

About Panorama:
Rageshri:“For me, Panorama is like an ocean, deep, full of fulfilling inner peace, but at the same time also outer intensity. I feel a flow of life, colorful and much kindness and harmony.”
Kushali: “For me, Panorama is a place where the Supreme and the Supreme in man is served.”

About their dreams:
Rageshri:”My first dream is that there will be peace in my country(Ukraine). I also dream that one day we have an enterprise like Panorama in our country.”
Kushali:” My dream is to spread our teacher’s message and vision through music. I hope that in this way the essence of his message can be felt.”

Music samples of Silence & Sound
Music sample 1
Music sample 2

This concert is one of very few on the American continent and is a rare opportunity to dive into the sound universe of Silence & Sound.

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Kristin Hoffmann live at Panorama

Kristin.Favorite Meal

Kristin & Premik

There was not one free seat left when Kristin Hoffmann started her concert at Panorama last Friday. Then Kristin (accompanied masterfully by the great Premik Russel Tubbs) started her journey and took the listener to cosmic heights and at the same time into the intimacy of the heart. Her performance was quite simply overwhelming and I asked her partner Troy in the break if the experience is always like that. He replied that the environment of Panorama helped additionally but that she loves to play live and share her voice and feelings with the spectators.


This may also explain why some of the listeners at Panorama travelled for hours all the way from Baltimore to see her  on stage. Kristin Hoffman’s voice is extremely haunting and can put a spell on you!

You can find all the latest details on her records and live performances here.

We served one of Kristin Hoffmann’s favorite dishes before the concert: a vegetable-cashew-coconut curry with quinoa! Delish!

Kristin.Favorite Meal

Here are the ingredients (in the tradition of the Zen cuisine I do not indicate precise amounts for the ingredients and rather let you use your intuition and take into consideration the ingredients you have available):

Carrots, diced
Zucchini, diced
Red peppers, diced
Broccoli CrownsTofu, in cubes or fine slices
Cashed, roasted and salted
Coconut Milk
Thai Curry Paste, or Curry powder


Heat the Coconut Milk. Add the carrots. Cook for a few minutes, then add the red peppers, zucchini. Towards the end add the broccoli crown. Add salt and curry paste or powder to taste.In a separate pan saute the Tofu for a few minutes with little oil, then add a good amount of soy sauce and a little curry powder. Stir well and let stand for a moment. Add to the vegetable-curry.
In a separate pan cook the quinoa (ratio Quinoa-water is 1:2).
Bon appetit!

This week a student of St. Johns University in Queens wrote a Blog Post about Panorama Cafe.
Here is the link to it. Enjoy reading!

Kristin Hoffmann
Premik Russel Tubbs
The Tassajara Cookbook

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“President Thomas Jefferson” at the Oneness-Fountain-Heart

Thomas Jefferson

A fascinating presentation with Nripal Eric Petersen who came as “President Thomas Jefferson”, took place at the Oneness-Fountain-Heart last Sunday. Please read everything about the inspirational event here.

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