Christ Lives begins with footage from the 2008 live performance of the Oratorio in Palo Alto, California. Swamiji describes how the music came to him while meditating at sacred spots on pilgrimage in the Holy Land in 1983. While there, he experienced the deep inspiration of Christ as a living presence and wrote each piece from that uplifted state of awareness.
The photographs were taken by Swami Kriyananda while on that same pilgrimage in 1983 and include: David’s Tomb, the grotto of St. John, the Church of Domination where the Virgin Mary is believed to have died, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, the river Jordon in Galilee where Christ was baptized, the Church of Agony in Gethsemane, the place of Christ’s crucifixion in Golgotha, and Mt. Tabor, where Christ’s transfiguration is said to have been.