The Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Inner Mounting Flame

1. Meeting of the Spirits - (6:50)
2. Dawn - (5:15)
3. The Noonward Race - (6:27)
4. A Lotus on Irish Streams - (5:41)
5. Vital Transformation - (6:14)
6. The Dance of Maya - (7:15)
7. You Know You Know - (5:06)
8. Awakening - (3:30)

Total time: 46:10

John McLaughlin - acoustic guitar (4.), electric guitar
Jerry Goodman - violin (4.), electric violin
Jan Hammer - piano (4.), electric piano
Rick Laird - bass (all except 4.)
Billy Cobham - drums (all except 4.)

Recorded in New York City, August 14, 1971.
Produced by John McLaughlin. All compositions by John McLaughlin.


Aspiration, in its simplest definition, is a lovely flame climbing Heavenward.
True aspiration can and does make us feel that if God is for us, who can eventually stand against us?
We feel a desire to have God on our side. But we need the aspiration to throw ourselves on God's side.
The sun is the only remedy for dark clouds in the sky. Similarly, there is no other medicine than aspiration for our troubled hearts.
Aspiration is the first rung of the sky-kissing ladder; Realisation is the last.
True human aspiration has three intimate friends: Purification, Quietude and Intensity. Aspiration has an enemy called impatience.
Aspiration is the mounting flame of our divine wish to raise ourselves to the crest and crowning of Divine Perfection.
The body aspires through action.
The vital aspires through struggles.
The mind aspires through self-search.
The heart aspires through the feeling of union.
The soul aspires through the perfection of God's manifestation.

Sri Chinmoy

© 1970 Sri Chinmoy Kumar Ghose.

(Review) Album review by Walter Kolosky.

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