Impressions from Sabah

When spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) visited Sabah in 2001/2002 over Christmas and New Year time, I had a severe accident and only by the grace of God I survived. I was forced to stay in and around the hotel. To get some relief of my acute pains I decided to make a little film with the material I had captured during my vacation. And these were landscape scenes at the seashore and within the Resort we were staying in. Then I selected a series of new poems that Sri Chinmoy had written in Sabah and tried to fit them within my movie scenes. The result is “Impressions from Sabah”. – Kedar Misani

A special poem by Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy wrote a poem which he recommended to recite always on January 7th each year and his wish for his students is to repeat it as many times as the years of age! So to remember, here is the text of the poem:

My ever-increasingly compassionate Lord Supreme,
I am praying to You
with my heart’s silence-tears:
Do accept the cheerful surrender
of my mind’s freedom!

– Sri Chinmoy

The spiritual meaning of colours – Part 1: AUSTERITY

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Colours are essential for our life. As an artist himself Sri Chinmoy loved colours but he also had a feeling for which qualities come from particular colours. In 1974 the first edition of his book “Colour Kingdom” was published, presenting 52 different shades of colours together with the quality and one poem about the subject. In the next couple of weeks we will present you this series and start today with AUSTERITY. Feel free to make the color larger (by clicking on it). A video summary of all  52 colours and their meaning (Length: 44:49 min) can be found here: vimeo.com. The Color according to Sri Chinmoy is Pantone number 486. This information is contained in a new reprint edition by Perfection-Glory Press, Augsburg, 2014.

“A life of austerity can never be a guaranteed proximity to God’s Door.”

Selected Flower-Flames Poems by Sri Chinmoy

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After completing the 10,000 Flower Flames poem series, Sri Chinmoy selected 207 poems. In the introduction he wrote: “I have selected 207 poems out of 10,000 from my series, Ten Thousand Flower Flames, which was originally published in 100 volumes. Here the poet in me is soulfully satisfied, the reader in me is smilingly satisfied and the critic in me is surprisingly satisfied.” These are the first 20 poems; the whole collection is online here:

1. You Have Discovered

My Lord,
I came to You with empty hands,
But you have discovered
My empty heart, too.

2. I Came From God

I came from God
The Eternal Dreamer.
I am heading towards God
The Immortal Lover.

3. Your Happiness-Gift

Of all the gifts
You have offered to God,
Your happiness-gift
He treasures most.

4. The Mind Wants to Invent

The mind wants to invent
A new God.
The heart wants to discover
The ancient and eternal God.

5. Please Warn Me

My Lord,
Please warn me before You come.
Otherwise, You may come unrecognised
And go back unloved.

6. My Heart Says to My Mind

My mind says to my heart:
“Will you please praise God for me?”
My heart says to my mind:
“Will you please pray to God
To bless me?”

 7. The Fare

What is the fare
From earth to Heaven?
The fragrance-beauty
Of a gratitude-heart.

8. Every Time I Run Away From You

Every time I run away from You
And come back,
I see Your Eyes
More illumining than before.
And I feel Your Heart
More forgiving than before.

9. The Lord Of My Thoughts

My Lord, I am happy
Because You are the Lord of my life.
Can You not make me perfect
By becoming the Lord of my thoughts?

10. Two Miracles

The miracle of my sound-life:
It can chase God.
The miracle of my silence-life:
It can embrace God.

11. Two Secret Wishes

Two
Are my Secret wishes:
I shall show God
Man’s transformation-head.
I shall show man
God’s Compassion-Feet

12. Not Beyond Possibility

Not beyond man’s possibility
Is God-realisation.
Not beyond earth’s possibility
Is earth-transformation.
Not beyond my possibility
Is self-transcendence

13. I Do Not Interfere

I do not interfere in God’s Affairs.
Every day I let Him
Create a new world.
God does not interfere in my affairs
Either.
Every day He lets me
Destroy an old world.

14. A New Prayer

Your old prayer may not change God.
But God can grant you
A new prayer,
And this prayer
Will make you really happy.
What is your new prayer?
God-Satisfaction
In God’s own Way.

15. To Frighten and Enlighten

To frighten the animal in me
My God is all Justice.

To enlighten the human in me
My God is all Compassion

16. God’s Lion-Power

Yesterday
I desired to be
God’s Lion-Power.

Today
I desire to be
God’s Deer-Speed.

Tomorrow
I shall desire to be
God’s Lamb-Fondness

17. What You Did

God wanted you
To go to Him untouched.
But what you did,
You know!
You went to God unchanged!

18. Are You Tired, O Lord?

Are You, O Lord,
Tired of being good?
It seems You are.

Are You, O Lord,
Tired of being divine?
It seems You are.

Are You, O Lord,
Tired of being perfect?
It seems You are.

O my Lord Supreme,
Then do bless me
With your Goodness-Heart,
Divinity Life and Perfection-Role.

19. Two Observers

God watched me
From the sky
With His unchanging Compassion.
I watched God from the ground
With my increasing hesitation.

20. The Boon

Scold me, my Lord, untiringly.
Insult me, my Lord, unreservedly.
But, my Lord, do not forget Your Boon.
You told me millions of years ago
That You would grant me the capacity
To love You sleeplessly;
Something more, unconditionally.

Animal Kingdom 5 – Buffalo: Wisdom

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Sri Chinmoy wrote a fascinating little compendium on the spiritual meaning of animals which was published by Agni Press in 1973. Today’s poem features the buffalo.

Buffalo: Wisdom

Buffalo, my buffalo,
O bearer of Yamaraj,
King of death,
Your wisdom-sun
Controls humanity’s breath.
You teach the world:
Until Eternity’s Cry is won,
Until Immortality’s Smile is won,
Until earth-pangs and Heaven-Bliss
Are made supremely one,
Nothing is done, nothing is done.

Sri Chinmoy, Animal Kingdom, Agni Press, 1973

34th Anniversary of TRANSCENDENCE-PERFECTION

Transcendence-Perfection-Sri-ChinmoyThis Sunday it was exactly 34 years since Sri Chinmoy established a poetry record by writing 843 poems within 24 hours – and 1 day later a book with all poems was published entitled “Transcendence-Perfection”. This is the cover of the original edition. The poems can also be read online on srichinmoylibrary.com. Let me quote one of the poems:

I LIVE IN THE HOPE
I live in the hope of meeting Him.
I live in the hope of loving Him.
I live in the hope of pleasing Him.
I live in the hope of fulfilling and manifesting Him.
I live, I live.

 

60 x Gratitude

kedar-3aTo celebrate my 60th birthday I would like to offer 60 personal gratitude-prayers:

1. Gratitude for being on this lovely Earth
2. Gratitude for having the opportunity to realize God
3. Gratitude for 60 years of life in this incarnation
4. Gratitude for meeting my master 30 years ago
5. Gratitude for getting a second life after my accident in Sabah
6. Gratitude to have a healthy body
7. Gratitude for living in beautiful Switzerland
8. Gratitude for all the beautiful nature on this planet
9. Gratitude for having a lovely and soulful wife
10. Gratitude for having all I need for my living
11. Gratitude for working in a divine enterprise
12. Gratitude for having a meditation Centre in our town
13. Gratitude for our powerful sun that gives us energy every day
14. Gratitude for having produced 108 DVD’s on the live of my master
15. Gratitude for my daily meditations
16. Gratitude for the fruits of our garden
17. Gratitude for the air we can breath every day
18. Gratitude for having met my master numerous times personally
19. Gratitude for all that I can manifest daily
20. Gratitude for all the countries I could travel
21. Gratitude for our nice apartment
22. Gratitude for not having material problems
23. Gratitude for having met so many beautiful people
24. Gratitude for Mother Earth
25. Gratitude for Father Heaven
26. Gratitude for God who is guiding us all
27. Gratitude for all the colors that surround us
28. Gratitude for peace
29. Gratitude for being happy
30. Gratitude for our universe in which we live

31. Gratitude for all the flowers we can see daily
32. Gratitude for the beauty of all the trees
33. Gratitude for all the kind animals
34. Gratitude for all the masters that descended on Earth
35. Gratitude for getting a new life every day
36. Gratitude for the joy I can experience
37. Gratitude for all the people I could interview
38. Gratitude for the nature that I could film and photograph
39. Gratitude for the mineral kingdom
40. Gratitude for the plants that I have in my home
41. Gratitude for my spiritual life
42. Gratitude for my mother and father
43. Gratitude for the many books my master wrote
44. Gratitude for all the songs my master composed
45. Gratitude for all artworks that my master created
46. Gratitude for all creativity I experience daily
47. Gratitude for the fragrances of this world
48. Gratitude for the spiritual songs I learned by heart
49. Gratitude for the technique that allows me to preserve my creations
50. Gratitude for all moments I could capture in my life
51. Gratitude for the new energies that will be revealed soon
52. Gratitude for the mountains and their beauty
53. Gratitude for the springs that offer us fresh water
54. Gratitude for the birds that are singing
55. Gratitude for the vastness of the sea
56. Gratitude for all experiences I had in my life
57. Gratitude of experiencing the new age of Aquarius
58. Gratitude for the aspiration I have
59. Gratitude for learning more every day
60. Gratitude for the awareness of being one with God

“My own Gratitude-Heart is all that matters”  – Sri Chinmoy

Photograph by Mandu Trummer

50th volume of 77,000 Service-Trees published

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“Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees” was the latest major poetry project, realized by spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007). More than one year after his Mahasamadhi the 50th volume was published and presented together with the whole book series at “Aspiration-Ground” in Queens, New York, where more than 1000 of his students met for a week long celebration of his coming to the West 45 years ago. The poems in this final volume were mostly written by Sri Chinmoy while he was visiting Malaysia in January and February 2007. The author embarked upon this marathon poetic odyssey on 24 January 1998 at 4:30 am, just three hours after completing his first big poetry series “Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspration-Plants”, which had taken him some 14 years to write. By contrast, he wrote the 50,000 poems of the “Service-Trees” series in just over 9 years – a truly remarkable achievement. Sri Chinmoy began his “Service-Treees” project while he was visiting Cancun, Mexico. He got an inner command to start this ambitious poetry although he knew from the first moment that he might not finish it. The 50th and last published volume opens with the poem: “My life is full of God-hopes and God-dreams” and closes with these words: “My heart’s gratitude-tears every day I place at the feet of my Lord Supreme”.