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  1. Dear All! This is such a wonderful station! Ever since it was aired, I have been listening to it on a regular basis. Each time I tune in, especially after a hectic day in the big city, the music choice just seduces me and I become sooo relaxed! Thank you a million times for building this project and sharing it with the world!
    Music makes our souls dance!
    Namaste
    Qayyum

  2. Hi Vakil
    Fantastic web radio service! great selection of artists too!
    Thank you for having us onboard…may scardemusicradio.org continue to be ever more succesfull, grow to reach as many people as possible & touch their souls postively with the amazing music on offer!
    Blessings
    Illumina xx

  3. Est ce des musiques sacrées de Zoroastre?
    Merci pour votre réponse.

    Je cherche des Radio spécifiques sur la musique Zoroastrienne.
    Merci

    1. Esteve,
      Thank you so much for your email. Sorry my French is not so good but I hope you can translate my English. So few people appreciate the profound effect “Zoroastrienne” has had on the religion of our planet. What music would you suggest we play? Can you send us some music? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for taking so long to reply. Thank you, Vakil.

  4. Hi..
    I’ve just found you radio station and love it. Thank you so much. I plan to support with a donation ( :
    I have a quick question.. I’ve noticed there is a choice of SMR 1 and SMR 2. Could you tell me the difference please?
    Best Wishes
    George

    1. Hi George,

      Many thanks for your kind words and donation.

      SMR 1 plays from a vast selection of sacred music from around the world. SMR 2 draws on a much more limited selection of more well known music. Regards Vakil

  5. Thank you so much, Vakil, for Sacred Music Radio. So many times I’ve been
    browsing the Internet in mental turmoil, and this service has brought peace
    to my soul, re-orienting me to beauty and harmony as expressed through many
    traditions and cultures. May the good you do return to you a hundredfold.

    Ya Shakur!

    with abiding gratitude,

    Sitara in Australia and Washington.

  6. Featuring not only the sacred music of the church long familiar to lovers of art music in the West, Sacred Music Radio helps to make known the richness of the musical traditions of the world’s major faiths. In so doing, Sacred Music Radio performs a valuable service for those who appreciate sacred music, not only as beautiful works of art, but as ways of drawing near to the One who has loved us into existence.

    Fr. Russ McDougall, C.S.C.
    Rector
    The Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Israel

  7. Such a wonderful service you are offering humanity – music of the spheres. The universal language of music inspires, heals and connects us. Thanks for featuring the Seven Pillars Soundscape.

    With appreciation for what you do,
    Rabia

  8. Fantastic tracks from the new albuy by Juan Santamaria singing the poetry of one of the great mystical of the Spanish and universal Literature as St. Therese of Avila is. I recomend you to listen to this album on spotify and see his concerts!!

  9. Hello,My name is Victoria, I live far away from you in Belarus, but in spite of that I know about you and regular listen with you family,your Radio station on the Internet for several years .On I really love .Hopefully and more you will delight us with their interesting programs.I’ve heard a lot about I’m would be asked to send some sort of souvenir from your Radio show, if possible.
    Good luck!
    My address:
    Victoria

  10. How wonderful that this is available. How kind you are to provide this for us. Many thanks, Dear Vaquil. Stephen and I remember well all the good work you did in recording the wonderful words of Pir when we attended his seminars so long ago. It is good to know you are sill there sending out this beauty and joy. Love and Blessings, Tasha Basira

  11. I was going to give you money until suddenly, like the brash voices of kids running into the living room screaming, I heard “COMMENT – ON OUR TWITTER AND FACEBOOK SITE etc.”
    I am not saying you meant it to be brash. It quite simply is much louder than any of the music (as radio people, if you are, you should know that perceived loudness differs from peak loudness by mathematical measures which are easy to obtain on the net), and aside from that, the intent of it is quite simply advertising, which is contradictory to the intent of all bonafide spiritual music.
    The Buddha told his monks to go from house to house with their bowls, but: it was an absolute rule that they must say nothing at all. (they also must not choose which houses to pause in front of, but must go to each house on the street sequentially).
    I’m stopping listening to your stream now because of the pollution.

    1. Sorry this comment offended you. Words can have that effect and at Sacred Music Radio we use very few. Our Twitter and Facebook sites are to spread the message of “Peace Through Music”. As I am sure you are aware the world can be offensive to all of us. I try and rarely succeed in remaining detached where necessary. To quote from the Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan “The sea of life is in constant motion, no one can stop its ever-moving waves. The Master walks over the waves, the wise man swims in the water”.

      Sorry you will stop listening but maybe if you are so moved in the future you will listen again.

      Vakil

  12. Thank you to Sacred Music Radio confirming you will be featuring one of our band’s (Transference) music on your site we are delighted you will be playing Winged Serpent & Zarathustra. Zarathustra will also be made available as a free download on the band’s bandpage & both these tracks are from Transference’ upcoming album entitled “The Navigators” with live bonus tracks to be made available also. The artwork for this album is stunning & hope you agree will become a true collectors piece.

    We love your inspirational site & all the beautiful music played here.

  13. Greetings Sacred Music Radio,this is Brother Stair from the Overcomer Ministry situated on a farm in Walterboro in the USA. After viewing the website I invite you to listen in to the broadcast either via the website or over the radio by many short wave frequencies stated on the website. With deep conviction by the annointing of the holy spirit this is the last day prophet of God proclaiming profoundly that this is the last generation. The overcomer ministry broadcasts 24 hours a day online and you are welcome to listen in to the tabernacle and leave a comment or question upon the broadcasts or scripture.The Ministry address is Po Box 691,Walterboro,SC 29488,USA.By Telephone,1-843-701-5053.I have had 60 years in the ministry,Maranatha. There is freedom in God and I was happy to view your website,you are welcome to come to our tabernacle. Jesus is the truth,the life and the only way,Glory to God.

  14. Listening to SMR since the very beginning, I am full of gratitude for this enormous, inspiring, holesome expression of the multitude of hearable beauty on our planet. I love, that amoungst the tracks is only very scarcley one, were people simply perform, but many, with palpable joy and devotion of the musicians! SACRED in its best sense!
    Thank you!

    And also a big compliment for the website, that is so much more menagable and rich, than in the beginning. I can also sense the joy of the makers in here. How beautiful!

    …and a personal request . I love European Classical Sacred music — more of it, please 🙂

    1. dear Amaite, many thanks for your kind words. We are adding to our web site all the time. do check out our latest article on healing through sacred music by Asher Kenton. You request is noted.Vakil

  15. A multitude of praise for the Sacred Music Radio, which fosters healing, enlightenment, and entertainment through continuous tracks of bountiful music delicacies. Yours, Dr. DaBeth Manns

    1. Arjun, really good to hear from you. We go back more years than I care to remember but what is time anyway.

      Thanks to you and others more and more people appreciate the benefit of coming from the heart.

      Vakil

  16. Questions from Sacred Music Radio to Katie Rose.
    1. What inspired you to get into music originally?
    I always sang, as a child – just as many children do. Luckily I had a musical family so I was encouraged. There were also many permutations of Christianity in my family and so I grew up singing in churches and around the piano at Christmas time.
    2. What have been the best or most rewarding events in your music career so far?
    I am very blessed to experience daily rewards in my musical career. I am continually touched, uplifted and humbled by witnessing the power of music at work – whether that’s a breakthrough in the expression of a vulnerable young person or a hospital patient discovering the benefits of singing for their breathing. It is such an enormous honour to share these moments with groups and individuals.
    Professionally, recent events that have been very significant for me as an artist include:
    Composing a piece for Road to Peace a film about the Dalai Lama and performing at the DVD Launch at Union Chapel in 2013,
    Performing with the Barefoot Doctor and Tim Wheater at The Big Om in 2012
    Performing Grey Lady Morning, a cover of Dave Evans song, at Ghosts in the Basement at Cecil Sharpe House in 2010
    Participating in and organising mass choral events with Sing for Water, fundraising for WaterAid which demonstrate the powerful difference music can make in the world.
    3. Who would you say is your biggest influence?
    On a personal level my Dad, who also sings and has always encouraged me to follow my creativity.
    Artistically, Kate Bush is a great inspiration to me as a female artist who maintains her artistic and personal integrity.
    4. How important is faith or spirituality to your music?
    For me, music is the embodiment of spirit – it allows us to communicate that which words cannot. We often describe people as singing with spirit because music allows us to express our most essential qualities. It is a bridge between the seen and unseen – enabling us to voice the unheard, to give expression to that which is deepest and dearest to us. Music making requires us to enter a creative state of sustained concentration where we become aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations. As such it is a meditative practice which has a host of potentially healing and transformational effects. Singing and music making in groups brings people together and helps them to remember their connectedness. It’s a universal language which has the capacity to communicate across all known boundaries of faith, race, creed and culture. There are important historical instances where music has been used as a peaceful means of reconciliation and transformation – such as the Singing Revolution in Estonia which saw a non-violent liberation of the country from Russian Occupation in 1995 or Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern-Divan Orchestra which brings together Israeli and Arabic musicians. The word spirit originates from the Latin word to breathe or inspire – so when we sing, we literally breathe new life into ourselves, our communities and our world.
    5. What are your hopes or plans for the future in your music and/or personally?
    My aim is always to be developing as an artist and facilitator so that I can make a positive contribution through music.
    I love singing and I love helping other people sing – so I plan to continue enjoying singing with organisations such as Singing for Breathing at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital, Sing for Water and my own groups (HeartSong and Forest Hill Singing Group)
    I am working on some exciting new composition projects at the moment, including a new album, which I look forward to sharing when they are ready.
    Details of all forthcoming musical happenings can be found on my website. I also write bi-monthly articles and updates which are free for subscribers.
    Generally I feel that music is a calling. It is a force that continually transforms my life, which means there are many wonderful surprises along the way – so I look forward to whatever comes next 
    It would be really helpful to have any links to your website or YouTube page, as well as your Twitter handle. Any images would also be appreciated.
    My website – http://www.therosewindow.org
    Twitter @katierosewindow
    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/katierosewindow
    https://www.facebook.com/therosewindow
    Google Plus
    https://plus.google.com/+KatieRoseWindow/posts
    Linked In
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/katierosewindow
    Attaching a headshot with this email – if you would like further images please look at the Gallery page on my website and request any you would like.

  17. Hello Aziz. I would love it if you would consider playing my music on your program! I am a master of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). I have two CDs that I think would interest you. The first, “Shingetsu” is made up of traditional Zen Buddhist pieces and the second, “Moon” is improvised meditation music. You can here excerpts of both at these links: http://bronwynkirkpatrick.com/?page_id=240 http://bronwynkirkpatrick.com/?page_id=243

    I would be happy to send you copies of these CDs if you are interested in including them in your program.

    Kind regards,
    Bronwyn

  18. This project is GREAT! I am listening every now and then to the radio and discovering new beautiful, inspiring music.
    I am doing my best to promote it amongst my contacts and hope other listeners will do the same to support this oasis of light 🙂

    I am also very happy to be featured and hope that you’ve enjoyed and appreciated my track “Om Ma Ni Pe Me Hum” which has been played recently.
    You can find more of my music at this link:
    http://luen.bandcamp.com/

    Love & Light

    Simone

  19. Hi music lovers, I really hope you enjoy ‘Songs of Love’ being featured at the moment. Do take a look at my website for more devotional music and I’d love to hear from you.

    Much love

    Rashid

  20. I am so happy to have access to this beautiful, varied music. What a wonderful service! Thank you. Is it possible to to listen to this through the radio waves..through the waves of the air?

    In gratitude,
    Daena Candace Mathews

    Daena,

    Many thanks for your kind words. I suggest you obtain a mobile device with unlimited data to listen wherever you like.

    Michael Vakil

  21. Hello Vakil,

    Thank you for this. The radio is amazing – I listen to it and I have bought music that I like best to support these artists. A playlist on my iPhone and the best way to wake up in the mornings 🙂

    Will spread the word to people I feel will be receptive to it, if it’s ok for me to do it that way. Facebook is an excellent idea too.

  22. Hi Congratulations to the team on this wonderful season of Christmas with the launch of Sacred Music Radio.com. We wish you all the success on this new venture and may you bring people together to listen to holy music each day. Cheers and God Bless David http://www.musicunplugged.in

  23. From: MICHAEL R.
    Sent: 01 April 2013 13:36
    Subject: Congratulations!

    Congratulations Michael, on going live with the sacred music radio station.

    What a great accomplishment!

    Fulfilling a demand in the Uk for music that NEEDS to be available to many people.

    I salute you for you endeavour and entrepreneurialshipness!

    …..that’s it really, just a quick not of congratulations. I’ve looked briefly at the site and listened to a few tracks. When I’ve listened more, I may be in a position to send you some more feedback.

    To Your Very Best Health

    Michael R

    Hi Michael,

    Many thanks for your kind words.

    The aim is to use our current achievements in creating SMR and building on them. All suggestions are welcome.

    Love to all.

    Michael

  24. Listeners Comments as at 27.03.2013

    WOW!!!
    what a beautiful gift.
    may You be blessed by every note played.
    transformative easter greetings from
    Latifa

    Such a gift to the global sangha of sacred music! I also appreciate the
    > quotes and images on the site. May the Message spread far & wide.
    >
    > In deep gratitude,
    >
    > Junayad (santa cruz, ca)

    Dear Aziz,

    A very nice idea and worked out beautifull!
    Thank you,
    Akbar and Latifa (Belgium)

    Absolutely brilliant!
    Bless you both for doing this. Great to be able to access the wonderful music anywhere in the world
    Listening to it now after a stressful 3 days and it’s really working! It’s all prefect really
    Stewart

    G reat!!!
    > Love Safed

    What a gift, thanks so much Aziz. Much Love, Dilkusha

    Wow, Aziz et al., this is just fantastic. I don’t think I have ever
    > heard of anything that represents spreading the message in a more
    > striking way. Congratulations, and deep gratitude. Love, Sharif
    > Munawwir

    Dear Aziz,

    I am enjoying listening to the site. thank you very much, it is enriching my morning.

    Aziz
    Thank you for this beautiful site, my new favorite radio station!!, love, Taj

    Aziz

    >T his is certainly a gift to the Universe! Thank you!!
    > Love, Amira
    Aziz

    Hi Aziz,
    Thank you for making sacredmusic.org . I am thrilled. In gratitude, Risala
    Howard
    Just ‘getting’ the deep magic that has been created with this radio station. What an absolute treasure. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks thanks thanks x
    Dear Aziz

    I’ve been forwarding your message and here is a nice response from Azim below.
    And from me – how wonderful! Thank you so much. What a gift to us all of your amazing music collection plus plus.

    Much love, dearest guide,

    NurJamil

    > Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 17:22:24 +0000
    >
    > Gosh, how wonderful. Already added to my browser toolbar. Competition at
    > last for Radio 3! A big thank-you to Aziz and all involved (nice to see
    > a new Jeremy Foster design!).
    >
    > Love,

    > Azim

    Thankyou thankyou this is wonderful and beautiful. What a treat! Dixey

    Really wonderful thanks, have shared link on fb, so as many people as possible can listen and share also JoJamila x x x
    T hank you!
    >
    > Beautiful!
    >
    > Shekinah Cynthia
    > Decatur, GA

    Alhumdullilah! Magnificent!
    >
    > Many thanks and deep blessings for this great Work
    >
    > Rabia
    >
    Dear Aziz,
    This is wonderful-thanks!
    I’ll pass it on to my interfaith contacts around Oxford if Ok.
    Love
    Latifa Shahab
    T hank you Aziz- this is spectacular! Katherine Feist- New Mexico
    >
    G reat, great, great ! Thank you very much Aziz. It shall take me some days to
    > know how it works. but it will do.
    > Have you Spem in alium from Tallis ?
    >
    > Thanks again
    >
    > Warmly
    >
    > Tajalli
    > Le 24 mars 2013 à 11:43, Aziz a écrit :

    This is totally amazing and visionary.
    It will be a fantastic resource.
    Good luck with the venture and thank you.
    Love and Best Wishes
    Jez

    Many congatulations and thanks Aziz what a great thing to do x

    Chers Amis,

    voici une très belle initiative musicale universelle de nos amis anglais.

    La suite est en anglais, mais il suffit de cliquer sur le lien de sacredmusicradio.org.

    Félicitations à toute l’équipe et à Aziz.

    Le secrétariat

    L’UNIVERSEL
    Dear Aziz, dear Vakil,
    >
    > What a precious and endless oportunity to let the heart sing and dive in the
    > soul of so many traditions, the heart of so many peoples and people!
    >
    > May the world link up in beauty!
    >
    > Thousand and one Thanks from a swinging heart.
    > Amaité
    >
    > PS: I gave the news to the German Info-List. May the message spread far and wide
    > 🙂

    > What a wonderful alternative to traveling hundreds if not thousands of miles and
    > spending at least as many dollars to achieve illumination! Absolutely free!
    >
    > Many thanks again!
    >
    > Amidha

    >

  25. Thank you, dear makers of this beautiful web-site!
    I love the function of the star, to vote, wote we like best.
    And also this third button with each song – for learning to know more about the artist…

    What a gift to be showered with so suprisingly different beauties all day long, if wanted.
    … and to know, that many friends all over the world are listening the same music at the same time!
    I love it!

    Blessings for the site, the makers, the musicians and the listeners!

    Amaite

  26. Hi Mikhail,

    Just reading your short essay on “Why Sacred music” at http://sacredmusicradio.org/why-sacred-music/

    I wanted to pick up on your statement that “Jewish music excels in putting us in touch with pain and suffering and then transmuting them.”

    That is a bit of a steriotype isn’t it? As though we Jews spend all our lives as suffering victims. I am not saying that there is not this in some Jewish sacred music – just it is much too narrow.

    Jewish sacred music has traditionally been characterised by the unaccompanied (mostly) male voice (because of rules about not using musical instruments in syangogue or on the sabbath) though lately it has broadened into accompanied singing and music of modern religious musicians. It can be joyful, mouning, prayerful, rousing, awed, solemn, soulful, medatitive and more.

    When I think of Jewish sacred music I think of the music of the Day of Atonement for example the “Kel Nora ‘Alila” of the Spanish and Portuguese (Sephardi) Jewish tradition – a prayer at the closing of the gates of the day of repentance, some of the Biblical psalms sung in Hebrew, some of the recently composed songs and prayers of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, the chants used for the Torah reading, or some of the modern sacred music coming out of Israel today – perhaps even “Al Kol Ele” sung by Naomi Shemer, the wordless “nigunim” or tunes of the Chasidim.

    Here are some links :

    Spanish & Portuguese choir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhvdYthydMc
    Rabbi Dovid Zeller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kD_zlDG–c
    Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (A Psalm sung to welcome the Sabbath)
    My beloved teacher Rabbi Yehoshua Engleman’s largely original holy music: http://yehoshuaengelman.bandcamp.com
    Kel Nora Allila – choir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhvdYthydMc
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHWmjncxfOU
    Al Kol Ele http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gbw2FTYHCTg (not Naomi Shemer singin but still quite nice)
    Torah chanting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8E5XUe7z2Rg
    Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) http://torahreading.dafyomireview.com/cd.php?cdall=Shir_HaShirim
    Song of Moses chorus (a lively modern boys choir version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hJHqOoKGWM
    Ilu Finu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1n5Y7gmlW0
    …Or more musically but less decorously: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMwGEwU0dPA

    (I am sure others more musical than me will have better ideas and probably better links)

    Anyway my point is we are not all all suffering servants 🙂

    Best wishes with the new web site – it is good –

    Jonathan

    1. Dear Jonathan.
      Thanks for your excellent comments on my essay.
      Unfortunately I am traveling and have not had the opportunity to listen to any of the links you have provided. I do look forward to the chance to do so. Let me just say that I know of no other sacred music tradition that can compare to the way that Jewish music is able to transmute suffering into joy. Shlomo especially; do you know for example his song “I heard the Stones of the Wall Crying? In saying that it excels in transmuting suffering into joy I did not mean in any way to say it lacked the other qualities you mention, just that this is a quality rarely found in the music of other traditions. Perhaps I am wrong. Do you know of comparable examples in other religious music?
      Sincerely yours – Mikhail Horowitz

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