World Youth Meet 2017 – November 21 2017, Day 3 – Evening
The day started with Vedic invocation of Sarva Devata Gayatri by the students from Prasanthi Balamandira English Medium Girls High School, Chikkaballapur.
A youth delegate, Spencer Lewensen from Arizona, USA gave the summary of the November 21 2017 morning proceedings for the benefit of all gathered. He comes from a family who had been visiting Prasanthi Nilayam from the early 1960s to partake the divine bliss. He is currently pursuing his education in music and plays the trumpet as well. He is actively involved in all the activities in United States during Swami’s visit and also transcribes Swami’s messages during the visits for the benefit of devotees.
The hall was decorated by the devotees from Turkey and Greece. The wall hangings and their flags silently hummed the music of their land, keeping everyone expectant to hear their music. Before starting with the Turkish chords and Greek tones, there was a Japanese ritual music played. The Japanese musicians who came for the day were traditional shrine builders. When Swami visited Japan earlier this year, He commanded them to build an Ashram at Japan. They carried traditional instruments of the flute and drums, which formed an integral part of their every religious event.
From the reverberating drums of Japan, everyone travelled to the country which lies in the cusp of Europe and Middle east, Turkey. Music has always been of spiritual significance for Turkish people. Asiks are one of the brilliant and distinguished music performers in traditional Turkish culture. These people carried out a religious as well as social function of music. A majority of them were Sufis. Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi is an example of one of the great masters of Sufi path. The day’s music programme will also include performance by the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey. A Dervish is an initiate of the Sufi path. The term ‘Whirling Dervishes’ represents a spiritual journey through mind and love towards perfection. Having achieved such maturity, the traveller is ready to be of service to the entire creation. The programme will consist of three types of Turkish music. Ottoman Turkish Classical composed by Ottoman Sultan, Turkish Pope music composed by Asiks and Sufi Hymns composed by Rumi’s son, Sultan Walad. These types of music are spiritual in essence and the songs perfectly exemplify Unity in Diversity. There were 9 musicians and 3 Whirling Dervishes for the day to offer their soul of music at the Divine Lotus feet.
The next country of performance was Greece. Music is an integral and internal part of the lives of Greek people. The countries that were handpicked by Swami for the World music festival, had one thing in common. All of them attributed music to God and nature. Greek music has myriad forms and styles. Island music, Music from Pontiac, Music from Crete, Music from Thraki were some of the styles that were performed by 14 musicians from various parts of Greece.