The Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 5

Enterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

If you are trying to operate an enterprise, how can you avoid letting your own consciousness be affected by what goes on?


SRI CHINMOY: Do not think of yourself as the owner or the manager or the boss. You will be affected if you think that you are the boss, the owner, the proprietor. But if you can sincerely feel, “My Guru is the boss” or “The Supreme is the Boss,” then you will not be affected. Just say to yourself, “I am only a worker and an observer. My business is to report to my superior. When I report sincerely to my superior, to my Guru, my role is over. My role is not to judge or criticise or punish others. My role is only to send the message to my Guru.”

Unfortunately, you are affected because you are taking part in what is going on. You are saying, “He has done something very wrong; she has misbehaved.” Do not allow your mind to scold or criticise others. Only feel that an incident has taken place, and that incident you are reporting to your Guru. That is your job. Then let your Guru take care of it. If you feel that as the owner or manager, you have to enter into others’ misdeeds or problems, then your consciousness will be affected.

Your business is only to send the message to me, and not to hold it. When you hold that person’s misdeed in your mind, then you start judging the person. First you harbour; then you judge; then you scold the person. But if you do not allow yourself to keep the incident in your mind, then you are safe. When you see that someone has done something wrong, just feel that you have touched ink. Then what will you do? You will immediately run and wash yourself. Each time you see somebody’s imperfection, before you identify completely with the situation, before the ink can stain the palm of your hand, just go and wash yourself by giving the message to me.

So just because you are the owner and the manager, do not think of yourself as a judge. There is somebody to do that job for you, and that is your Guru. If you did not have a Guru, then this question would not arise. You would be in charge of everything, and you would fire the workers at your sweet will. Other restaurant owners and managers have no superior. Once they become the owners, who can lord it over them? They can fire people; they can do everything they want. But you have taken somebody as your superior, so that superior should make the decisions for you. Then your problem is over. You have to make yourself feel that you are just another worker. The other two titles—“owner” and “manager”– just forget! Tell yourself, “I am a worker and an observer.” More than that if you become, then today you will have a headache and tomorrow you will have a heart attack!

This is exactly what I do when problems arise: I give them to the Supreme. Again, sometimes the Supreme will say, “You deal with it.” Similarly, many times I tell you people when you make complaints, “You deal with it. I will take your side, whatever you say.” When I get all the problems and complaints from the disciples, I refer them to the Supreme; I do not keep them. But sometimes He tells me, “No, you have to deal with it.” Then I deal with it. Otherwise, all the millions of problems that I have got over the years, do you think I could have solved? I would have died long ago! But I gave them to my Boss, the Supreme. I said, “You take them.” Occasionally He will tell me, “No, this one you deal with. I have faith in you.” So I do it. But otherwise, if I had been brave enough or stupid enough to take upon myself all the problems that I have had over the years, if I had tried to solve them, I would not have remained on earth.

The Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 4

Enterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

What makes a perfect divine enterprise?
SRI CHINMOY: The perfect divine enterprise is the joint contribution of perfect workers. A divine enterprise embodies the golden opportunity to serve the Supreme in a very significant and tangible manner. The owners of the divine enterprise must always remember that their divine enterprises are supreme Gifts of the Supreme, to be utilised by the Supreme Himself. The owners and the managers must develop, if they have not developed already, a magnanimous heart—an ocean-vast heart. They have to sympathise with the workers and they have to feel the needs of the workers at every moment. They must feel that they and their workers are part and parcel of the same family. Divine enterprise owners must not think of being multimillionaires in the outer life. They can become millionaires in the inner life just like those who work there.

Your inspiration is infinitely more important than dollars in the bank. You come into the world with a special mission and vision. Wherever you are, you have the mission to do something special for the Supreme. Your mission comes from vision, and your vision comes from a higher source, which is your Guru.

Oneness, oneness, oneness! The perfect enterprise is perfect oneness in the inner world and perfect oneness in the outer world. People who work in a divine enterprise should feel that they are extremely fortunate. When you want to do something, the opportunity is given; whereas when you work in other places, the opportunity may not be given. Perhaps the person beside you is unaspiring, and you will have to listen to his undivine conversation. The money-power that is needed, God will give. Heart-power, also, God will give. But if you pray for more money-power than you actually need, it makes Him sad. God knows that it will destroy your consciousness. You can pray for heart-power as much as you want and He will give it; but if you pray for money-power, it makes Him sad.

The Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 3 – Creating Harmony

ckg-enterpriseEnterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

What can we do to create harmony?
SRI CHINMOY: When we do not have harmony, we remain in the abysmal abyss. It is all darkness: screaming, fighting, wrestling, strangling, boxing, kicking! Lack of harmony comes when I feel that I know how to do something better than you. Lack of harmony is the song and dance of superiority. Because everybody feels superior, disharmony at every moment is entering into our lives. But what is this feeling of superiority if not a feeling of inferiority expressed in a clever way.

Even if we know perfectly well that so-and-so is absolutely wrong, we have to be wise and remain silent. Eventually, the other person will see the light. But if we are all the time fighting and quarrelling, we will only destroy our subtle nerves, which are needed to expedite our spiritual journey. So, if we use our wisdom, automatically self-effacement (in Deutsch: Zurückhaltung) comes. Self-effacement is the easiest and the most effective way to establish harmony. One thing we can do is practice japa, repeating, “Self-effacement, self-effacement, self-effacement.” If we do this japa, we walk on a road that is sunlit and we reach our destination.

A Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 2 – Criticism

Enterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

How can I not criticise others and what can I do when others criticise me?
SRI CHINMOY: When somebody criticises you, think of that person as an insect or worm and feel that you are the strongest and largest elephant. Since you are larger than the largest, you do not have to pay any attention to a little insect or worm. So, when others criticise you, you have to convince yourself that you are infinitely stronger than the criticism that you are getting. When you are inspired to criticise someone, immediately feel that what is disturbing you in the other person is some weakness that he/she has. Feel that the wrong thing that he or she is doing arises out of some deplorable weakness. Then, try to feel that your criticism of the other person is only increasing his or her weakness and making it worse.

Also, you have to feel that your criticism is causing all kinds of ailments inside the other person. Then try to pull these ailments into your own system – into your hands and legs or head. Immediately you will say, “My God, it is so painful, so painful!” Then you will see how much suffering you are causing that person. Or imagine that your words of criticism are like an arrow that you have hurled at the other person, and now his/her entire being is bleeding. When you see him/her bleeding, your sympathetic oneness will make you feel miserable. It is the same kind of sympathetic oneness that Lord Buddha felt when he picked up the bird that had been wounded with an arrow. When you identify yourself with the other person’s suffering. you will feel, “No matter how imperfect and useless he/she is, I have no right to cause this kind of suffering in him/her. I have come into the world to establish my oneness with others and not to destroy others with my criticism.” Then your heart of oneness will make you stop criticising the other person. These ideas I am giving you are very practical.

Here is still another way. Each time you criticise someone, feel that you have created a black spot on the moon of his/her heart. By diminishing the beauty of his/her heart’s inner moon, you can never get real joy. Also, you have to feel that if your criticise him/her, he/she also will criticise you and ruin the beauty of your inner moon. By destroying one another’s inner beauty, neither one of you can be happy. So, you have to feel that your happiness can come only with the other person’s happiness; it has to be simultaneous. If you do not darken his/her moon, he/she will not darken yours, and both of you will be happy.

A Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 1 – Harmony

ckg-enterpriseEnterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

How can we work more harmoniously in enterprises?
SRI CHINMOY: To keep harmony when you are dealing with other individuals, do not use your justice-light. Forget about justice! There is no justice on earth. Only think of wisdom-light. Always be as humble as possible. Even if you feel that others are idiots, use absolute humility – if necessary, forced humility. Force yourself to be at the other person’s feet, not on the other person’s head. Let them increase their stupidity. Let their ego-ballon become large, larger and largest. One day it will burst. True, by becoming humble, you are pumping them up. But at least you are not increasing the disharmony. It is not something you have to do all your life. For one or two months or a few years you will do it. Then you will see that eventually the other person’s ego-balloon will burst and he will be on the same level as you are. Otherwise, without humility, there is no way to have harmony.

If you think you are a better person
Than somebody else,
Then become infinitely better
By proving that you can establish
Divine harmony with everyone.