1st Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s Mahasamadhi

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

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)