Thank you Nayak for your wonderful Trip news! To describe everything
so carefully, in so much detail that it becomes like a living picture
for those who read it is a real self-giving. We are getting so much
joy from reading it!
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com
> 2 February 2004
> The best thing is to start with a poem, so here is one of Sri
> Chinmoy's prayer's from 30 January 2004 (unofficial).
> "The earthly races are for the God-seekers.
> The heavenly races are for the God-discoverers."
> This prayer followed the morning two-mile race, and even though it
> was not THE race prayer itself, it is certainly a cheer for our
> spiritual race. This prayer was from one of the last morning
> functions at our previous hotel. That was a very, very nice hotel,
> but the hotel that we have moved into now is a real palace. Lest the
> causal reader think that our group is rich (we arte not), consider
> the advantage that our group has in presenting 400 guests as a
> package for a hotel manager. Plus, our team that scouts for hotels
> has years of experience at it.
> In any case, that last hotel had some very nice features, among them
> being a spectacular view from the high-rise dining room. In
> addition, the chef was a food-sculpture genius. Each evening we were
> presented with carvings of food--such as an old man's head carved
> from a watermelon, and the outer white rind cleverly presented to
> mimic the gray hair. Another tableau made from fruits and vegetables
> showed fish amidst sea vegetation, and then some days we had
> sculptures from butter, including the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning
> Tower of Pisa. This food sculptor was not just very good, he was
> great, something like a genius at his art. He has won many
> international competitions with his work. On the last day the chef
> carved a bust of Sri Chinmoy, which he presented to our Teacher in
> our function room amidst thunderous applause of the group. The bust
> had a beautiful expression, a beautiful smile, and it showed the
> esteem and affection that the Balinese staff of the hotel held for
> our Guru. After receiving the sculpture, Guru asked this outstanding
> food artist to come and pose for a picture with him, and then a
> second picture was taken with the two assistant chef-sculptors.
> On that day, Guru also received a very nice award from an important
> Hindu Association. A delegation of several members of the
> association visited for the award and then stayed for about an hour
> when Guru talked about Hinduism today. During this talk he
> demonstrated some different kinds of samadhi for them (including
> savikalpa and nirvikalpa samadhi).
> Back to that morning two-mile race. It was the 26th race of the trip
> and the 10th 2-mile race. The winner was Horst of Austria in 10:23,
> followed by Sanjay in 10:27 (a personal best) and then Snatak
> (10:41, also a personal best). Among the women, Dhavala of Scotland
> took first (12:06), then Kirtivati (12:35) and Agnikana (12:37). The
> race was special again because Sri Chinmoy sat at the turnaround and
> observed the race.
> On our last day in that hotel, Sri Chinmoy did his best mile time of
> the trip--under 16 minutes, which is marvelous because of the
> injuries he has, and because he has such determination to improve
> his time even in the face of this body-foe.
> At various times during the trip Guru has composed songs for
> Parvati's group, a group that sings his short aphoristic English
> songs. On the next-to-last day at that hotel, Guru found that he was
> within a long hop of 100 songs for this group on this trip, and he
> wanted this singing group and their Composer-Teacher to reach this
> goal, so he composed several songs to bring the total up to 100. He
> asked them to perform 16 that very evening and 16 the next morning,
> before Parvati's departure for New York. It was a very nice scene.
> In the function room with glass doors offering a view of the sea,
> the group sat in front of Guru as he spontaneously set his poems to
> music. He says that these songs will serve as mantras in the future
> and that in "400 years" they will be very widely used. They are, he
> says, like devotion-magnets. When we sing them we become like little
> children. We should all try to be little children in spirit, that
> was his wish. Parvati's group was seen practicing steadily until
> their evening performance and then again in the morning for their
> last performance before Parvati's departure for home.
> Here are some selections from the Parvati group song list
> My heart exports my God-loving tears to heaven.
> My soul imports peace and bliss from above.
> God-obedience is the only subject that I must study.
> I can never devour enough the golden dust of My Lord's Feet.
> God's Compassion-Eye is never out of function.
> A CD of Guru singing 37 of these songs was available the day that
> the group last sang, and I am listening to it as I type. Lest anyone
> feel that God will never appear to them, I must add this selection
> from the CD:
> "My Master reveals the unseen God to me at the very right moment."
> It is very difficult to comprehend that this trip, that has become a
> way of life, will draw to a close in less than two weeks. But that
> is so.
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