Leonard Bernstein and Ode to Joy

Sri Chinmoy was a great admirer and friend of Leonard Bernstein – one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth Century. Fortunately Sri Chinmoy and Leonard Bernstein had the opportunity to meet on a number of occasion and could share their love of music

Extract From: Second Meeting with Leonard Bernstein

SRI CHINMOY: Our admiration for you is also boundless. Just recently in Central Park, you gave so much joy to 500,000 people-not for a fleeting second but for hours. It is beyond the flight of our imagination how a single God-lover can inspire, illumine and give joy to 500,000 people. For us, this is something unheard of!

LEONARD BERNSTEIN: I think the secret is what you said about not a fleeting second. The secret of music is that it makes time stop. We are all prisoners of clock time: “I have to be at my job” or “I have to see my wife” or “I promised I would be there at eight o’clock and it’s now that time.” What music does is release you from that, so that you can be in the time of the music.

The YouTube clip below is of Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. – I feel Ode to Joy is a fitting tribute to the musical life of Leonard Bernstein.

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The films have great wit, marvelous dialogue and are quite refreshing to watch. Other good Preston & Sturgess films include Christmas in July, Palm Beach Story and Lady Eve.

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Man: I think it was, “Blessed are the cheesemakers”!

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Gregory: Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.


New cycling blog selected links

New Cycling Blog – I like starting new blogs. I’ve lost count how many I have now. I don’t know why I didn’t start a cycling blog before. I will enjoy writing articles in the future. At the moment, I’m concentrating on quantity rather than quality

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How to effectively criticise yourself


I wrote an article for Pick the Brain about effective self criticism.

The inspiration for the article was this quote by Sri Chinmoy:

Not self-contempt

But self-improvement

Has to be our continuous choice.

Sometimes articles are difficult to write, sometimes they come quickly, this was relatively easy to write.

Sometimes, its hard to be honest with yourself and criticise your own motives. Our ego likes us to think we are always good.

Photo by Tejvan August, 2007


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