This Saturday, October 11, it is one year since a great spiritual master left us, at least on the physical plane. On the subtle plane Sri Chinmoy is more present than ever. Through his many thousand students world-wide he continues to nourish us and all aspiring souls of the world with his infinite peace and poise. Many things changed since his passing and our life is not the same anymore. We changed and all our activities seem to be different. We cannot contact the master outwardly anymore and ask him questions that occupy us. We have to find our own solutions. But we are also riper, grown-up. We manifest his light as good as we can and are loking forward to reach our soul’s goals in this lifetime. We play a divine play and the better we do it, the more rewarded we will be in our next incarnations. So with these thoughts I will approach October 11, which by the way is also my birthday at the same time. So joy and sorrow are tied together and hopefully divine happiness will result as the final goal. This picture is part of a series of Sri Chinmoy in his early years in the West when he started to establish his spiritual centres in the U.S. Some of these photos are published regularly in the photo blog srichinmoyphotos. – Kedar Misani
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)
When I was reading the immense numbers of tributes to the life of Sri Chinmoy, some thoughts came into my mind concerning the role this contemporary and modern spiritual master had, and what kind of impact he continues to have on humanity. People who only captured the outer achievements – and there were many – saw only one aspect of Sri Chinmoy’s life: the aspect of the “outer Guru”. He gave 777 concerts, he composed thousands of songs, he wrote 1600 books, he painted 150,000 paintings, he lifted elephants and airplanes, and that is not all. The general public may interpret these feats as a striving for records and numbers. But what is lacking in several articles being published after passing on October 11, 2007, is the understanding of what was behind this great number of achievements.The outer Guru was active, very active. In his youth he was a most gifted athlete. He was among the first in sports activities at the ashram in Bengal where he spent his early years, before coming to the West in 1964. At the same time he translated texts, gave great importance to his spiritual life and started to write his first poems. At the age of 12 he also attained a high state of consciousness: God-realisation. From there his activities and manifestations of the divine goal became his top priorities.
Sri Chinmoy’s days were filled to the brim. Only spending a couple of hours asleep, he was a real fountain of creativity. And here we start to understand why he was so active for the whole span of his 76 years on earth. He had a mission that he got directly from God: to manifest divine light and peace on earth, and recruit crying souls who are eager to make progress: People who want to direct their lives more intensively to spirituality and who are attracted to his path, which is the path of the heart.Unfortunalety not all obituaries gave enough credit to the essence of the “inner Guru”. This Guru, who was meditating day and night, almost 24 hours. This Guru, who was always in a meditative state – when he spoke with luminaries of this world, when he met politicians and heads of states, when he spoke to his own disciples. This state of continuous meditation and contemplation was unique. We can only guess what was happening inside him. And this part was the important one, not the outer achievements. These were vital only to capture the attention of our minds. The real inner work Sri Chinmoy did for the betterment of this world will be remembered for ages to come.
If we only partially understand the “inner Guru”, we realize that all the outer achievements also had their role, and now – as he is no more longer outwardly alive – his spirit will continue to live through these manifestaions of the divine: his poems, his mantras, his songs, his talks, his creative works. It is so inspiring to realize that we – as his students, his followers, his readers – now can and should do our homework: browsing his large body of creative output and teachings, to continue his mission of spreading peace and goodwill to the people around us.