Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji to pay tribute to 9/11 victims in NYC concert

Sri Swamiji during his visit to the Jayalakshmi Datta Yoga Center at Clarksburg in Maryland on November 27, 2023. PHOTO: T. Vishnudatta Jayaraman, News India Times

“Atma Shanti Raga Sagara,” a unique meditation and healing concert to pay tribute to victims and families affected by 9/11, will be presented by His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore, India, on December 2, 2023, at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In an exclusive interview with News India Times on November 27, 2023, at the Jayalakshmi Datta Yoga Center (JDYC) in Clarksburg, Maryland, Sri Swamiji said, “Atma Shanti Raga Sagara embodies the essence of soul healing. In particular, this concert extends its healing embrace to the souls affected by the 9/11 tragedy and the COVID pandemic. It will serve as a source of solace and recovery for those victims and families in need.”

Sri Swamiji noted that as all departed souls embark on their journey towards the divine, each follows a unique trajectory – some finding immediate solace, while others traverse a more extended path. This concert is an attempt to facilitate a serene transmigration for all departed souls using distinctive and powerful vibrations, sounds, and ragas. The intense resonance of these sounds has the capacity to permeate the entire universe, providing the essential vibrations for souls to attain eternal peace, he added.

“Attendees of the concert stand to gain immense healing benefits as well. The unique vibrations transmitted through the music resonate within their nerves, offering a profound therapeutic experience,” Sri Swamiji said. “While some may experience immediate relief, others may undergo a more gradual healing process, complemented by a combination of medical intervention and the therapeutic power of music.”

Flyer for the Atma Shanti Raga Sagara on December 2, 2023, at Carnegie Hall in New York City. PHOTO: Yoga Sangeeta

Emphasizing that this concert will “truly benefit attendees with a transformative experience it offers” Sri Swamiji expressed this musical endeavor not only imparts “Atma Shanti – healing the soul” to departed souls but also bestows “Mana Shanti – peace of mind” for those who are living.

Internationally renowned violin maestro, Padma Bhushan, Dr. L. Subramaniam will accompany Sri Swamiji’s celestial musical troupe at the concert. Around 3000 in-person attendees and millions virtually around the world will have the opportunity to witness the concert.

“New Yorkers have faced significant challenges in recent decades, from the profound impact of the 9/11 tragedy to the testing of the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Krishna Gurram, one of the main organizers of the concert, told News India Times. “As a physician who has cared for patients since 9/11, witnessing the pervasive stress and daily struggles they endure, it became evident that a comprehensive healing approach was needed –from the individual to the broader issues affecting many New Yorkers.”

As such, Dr. Gurram, along with other core organizers requested Sri Swamiji, who is renowned for performing over 300 meditation and healing concerts around the world, to perform at Carnegie Hall. Recognizing the importance of the concert and the potential benefits it offers for healthcare workers, CEO of Elmhurst Hospital in New York City, Helen Arteaga, has immensely supported this initiative, he added.

In line with Sri Swamiji’s vision “to uplift individuals holistically – mind, body, and soul – while also providing financial support,” Dr. Gurram said the proceeds from the concert will be donated to communities impacted by 9/11. They include the New York City Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services Helpline, Friends of Firefighters, Wounded Warriors, and the Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

Sri Swamiji releasing the special commemorative T-shirt for the concert, during the inauguration of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Datta Yoga Center on November 26, 2023, in Burlington, New Jersey. PHOTO: T. Vishnudatta Jayaraman, News India Times

Sri Swamiji also released a special commemorative T-shirt for the concert, during the inauguration of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Datta Yoga Center on November 26th in Burlington, New Jersey.

On November 27th, on the special occasion of Kartika Purnima, Sri Swamiji visited JDYC, in Maryland, which was inaugurated in July earlier this year for the benefit of DC, Maryland, and Virginia residents, and performed Rudrabhisheka and puja for Lord Shiva. During his address, he emphasized the importance of the lunar month of Kartika and elucidated the significance of reciting the name of Lord Shiva during the auspicious month. He also conveyed that chanting the name of Lord Shiva is crucial for purging sins and maintaining good health and peaceful life.

Since its inauguration, JDYC has been facilitating participation of children and adults in activities such as Baladatta classes, yoga and music sessions, spiritual discourses, puja ceremonies, and Bhagavad Gita recitals at its Maryland center.



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