The Smile of the Master

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As photographer and videographer I came accross many pictures of Sri Chinmoy’s smile. All are beautiful and all are part of an universal consciousness of love emanating from the face of the master. This particular photograph was taken out of an HD video that I did during the last Christmas Trip of Sri Chinmy early February of 2007.

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New book on Sri Chinmoy’s ashram life

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The inner experiences of a spiritual Master are what we crave to hear above all else. Even a few spellbinding insights into the vast realms of the soul, a world that we ourselves have perhaps glimpsed only on rare occasions, fall like sweetest nectar on our ears. And how thrilling these experiences were for the youth who had made his home at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram – to be woken occultly by Sri Aurobindo in the early hours of the morning, to see Lord Krishna in each leaf and fruit of a mango tree, to witness the Supramental Light descending to permeate the earth atmosphere. Sri Chinmoy once reflected, “Those were the days, the golden days, in my Ashram life.” Meanwhile, far from the remote seaside village of Pondicherry in South India, the West was forging ahead in every field, save spirituality. A new generation of seekers craved to know the answers to the most profound questions of life.  To assuage this thirst would come a young man. This is the story of his growing awareness of his Destiny.

Golden Days in Sri Chinmoy’s Ashram Life, by Vidagdha Bennett; Publisher: Equilibrium Books; 276 pages, July 2014

Vajra’s secret: Always stay in the Heart

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Utpal Marshall, who is doing an outstanding job, covering the current 3100 mile race in Queens, New York, with his blog Perfection-Journey, published an audio interview with Vajra, one of the early disciples of Sri Chinmoy. Vajra is an example of a cheerful disciple, massaging tight muscles, setting up the camp in the morning, picking up trash around the course and much more. He says:  “Everything that comes along I gladly accept, and whole heartedly perform, with all my heart. I try and make that a 24 x 7, 365 days a year attitude.” Utpal asked him how it is possible for  him to be so cheerful and so accepting.  “The trick is to stay in your heart.  That’s it.  I can’t say it any better than everything transpires within the heart. I start at 4:30 in the morning and set up for the runners.  These days I am pretty fortunate in that I don’t have to work two shifts.  I used to pretty much have to work around the clock.” Listen to the interview on yesterday’s post on Perfection-Journey.

Photo by Utpal Marshall