Celebrating the Master without the Master

This past week nearly 1000 students of Sri Chinmoy came together for the celebration of the day the master had came to America from India in 1964. In the past we were lucky enough to have the master in the physical, but this April we “only” had is inner presence. Many of us had a mixed feeling, coming all the way to New York this time. But I can tell you, we were rewarded by a volley of inspiring activities: spiritual plays, poems and songs from the many thousands Sri Chinmoy has written or videos of his early meditations in New York. It was a different atmosphere but not less intense. We all know that the master has left an immense body of work in all fields, and we all know that his words, mantras, songs and teachings will be accepted and lived more and more. It was also beautiful to see that our big spiritual family can and will offer love, harmony and understanding among us as well as to the world at large. We planned or next projects to manifest Sri Chinmoy’s light and we all look forward to our next gathering: the celebration of his birthday on August 27, 2008. Five years ago this picture was taken on the same “Aspiration-Ground” where we still hold our current meditations and perform our programs. (Photograph by Mandu Trummer)