I wish to comment on Mahiruha's assertion: "I look at the world a little differently from most people because of my physical disabilities."
I think you look at the world differently not because of any physical disabilities but mostly because of the fact that you are a Transcendence-Perfection `baby'. You know what I mean by that but let me explain it to others here. You were born on the exact day that the immortal book of 843 poems in 24 hours was created by Sri Chinmoy, called 'Transcendence-Perfection', Nov.1, 1975. I do not know of any other disciple who was born on that same day of the same year. It is very auspicious indeed.
I do hope you got my birthday greetings then. We also celebrated the Anniversary of Transcendence-Perfection, 35 years, (wow, you're getting 'old'), in New York at a function on Wednesday evening. After a brief introduction about the amazing achievement of Sri Chinmoy, we recited some poems from the book and then sang some of the songs that Guru had composed from some of the poems on December 20 of that same year.
Here are the three songs we sang:
He is really something!
He always likes to compete with himself
And transcend himself.
God smiles with joy
Because he competes with himself.
God cries with joy
Because he does really
At long last,
At long last,
At long last I have
Come to know who I am.
I am humanity's success-life
Song # 43
Each soulful song
Is a flame in the aspiring heart.
Where is that heart?
It is in the supreme art
Of constant self-giving.
We also watched a video of some photos taken of Guru the next night as he read out some of the poems as we listened to a recording of him reading them out. It was quite special to recall what an amazing display of non-stop creative energy Guru offered to us which is now preserved in this precious book.
And you, Mahiruha, I am sure are carrying some of that special energy with you as you were destined to find your Guru, the one who welcomed your soul to this world with such an auspicious and awesome creative achievement. You could say that your soul has a special connection with or affinity for transcendence on your path to perfection. I hope you keep experiencing both, never giving up the search or the hope that you will reach the goal, and I hope to see you there as well.