Oneness-Dream: International Goodwill Initiative
Scotland Pilgrimage (6-14 September 2014)
The inspiration for the Oneness-Dream tour came, naturally enough, from Sri Chinmoy. When I took on the challenge of organising it, my first thought was to follow the same path as the Iceland – most of the spiritually significant spiritual sites in Scotland are quite difficult to get to, abandoned, off the beaten track – that meant no possibility of attracting audiences, just pilgrimage pure and simple, with, again like Iceland, perhaps one or two public concerts.
I think Sri Chinmoy had other ideas and that’s why Brother Stephen became the catalyst for a different sort of tour. It was really encouraging and inspiring to see the galvanising effect that the planning of the tour had on him. At first, I bobbed along on the backwash of that enthusiasm, but gradually it changed my ideas on how the tour should develop.
Engaging with the different communities, having to go and talk to them about Sri Chinmoy and the unique spiritual legacy of his songs, became truly inspiring in itself, regardless of outcome. Although Oneness-Dream sang at 15 different sites we approached many more and had very positive experiences even when dates and times could not be matched up and no concert took place.
Indeed, while I can claim credit for landing many of the bigger fish (Iona, Rosslyn, Findhorn), the singers should be grateful that Stephen paid almost fanatical attention to journey times, accommodation and restaurants. It was a true partnership and one that stretched my capabilities in a way that Sri Chinmoy would have approved of.
The seeds have now been sown for future activities across Scotland.
Choose a venue to see and hear more …
Sunday: September 7th
Monday: September 8th
Tuesday: September 9th
- St. Mungo’s Cathedral, Glasgow, 9am
- St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, 10am
- St. Ninian’s Episcopal Church, Glasgow, 11am
- The Hidden Gardens, Glasgow, 11.45am
- Kilmartin Church, 4pm