Here in Auckland, we have seen such a large number of new immigrants
adding to the cultural mix of our city - and indeed to the
population of New Zealand in general. When I was younger, we had a
much smaller population and a very narrow range of cultures that fit
into the early development of our young country's modern history.
With the globalisation thing, which seems to have really picked up
momentum since the 1980's, that has all changed rather dramatically.
It's really nice to have all these diverse cultures meet together,
and it seems to be happening all over the world - as if humanity is
being shuffled like a deck of cards. It has certainly added cultural
variety to our little city, and I think that is for the better.
There is always that period of time where everyone is getting to
know each other, but after a generation or so, the effect seems to
be a broadening of attitudes and acceptance that adds to the
maturity of a nation and its people. We all have something to offer
each other and also to accept from each other.
Our meditation classes are a real example of cultural diversity, and
it is often the case that the so-called non Kiwi's outnumber the
"locals". "Spot the Kiwi" we call it! (This is in no way a reference
to the "Little Spotted Kiwi", which is a cute, small, rare and
flightless native NZ bird with a really long beak!) Of course many
of the visitors to our meditation classes are traveling and move on
again, but they are seekers, and who knows where they will end up
and what impact coming to meditation classes will have in their
lives as time goes by.
We often have people come to classes and tell us that they have been
to our Meditation Centres somewhere else in the world. They enjoy
the atmosphere of our Centre culture very much - like members of our
extended family. They take tremendous inspiration from Sri Chinmoy's
teachings and example, and feel so comforted to be able to visit our
Centres and enterprises as they travel the globe. Sometimes these
people seem to be seekers of the exemplary type, and we take great
inspiration and encouragement from them. Generally speaking, the
fixed population of Auckland is really becoming diverse, and it
shows in the classes.
For sure, the cultural profile of the Auckland Sri Chinmoy Centre
members is a reflection of the times. We have a small United Nations
happening now. Not only do we boast New Zealanders of mixed
European, Maori and Pacific Island descent, but we also have members
from Australia, India (Hindu and Muslim), Armenia, China, England,
Czech Republic/Slovakia, Canada, Ireland, Germany, South Africa,
Zimbabwe, Yugoslavia, Thailand und Germany. I am sure that the other
NZ centres could add to the list.
So the world's borders seem to be blurring; which is great. "Variety
is the spice of life" as someone once said. Sri Chinmoy has often
spoken about the fact that humanity is but "one big family". This
has indeed been the message of all the spiritual masters throughout
the sweep of the ages.
With all the immigration that is happening these days, there
certainly seems to be a greater opportunity to allow that reality to
blossom in the world. May we all learn to live in harmony and
oneness - and fulfill God's Dream for His Creation.
Love to all - Shardul.
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com
> [From Nurari]
> London is such a multicultural city, even more so now we have new
> brothers and sisters in the European community. Many people come
> from other countries to live and work in London. The Sri Chinmoy
> centre in London reflects this. A richly diverse group of people
> come together twice a week to meditate. It shows how meditation is
> for everyone from anywhere in the world, and how all of our common
> aim to plumb the depths of our beings and discover our true selves
> transcends the barriers of country and culture, to create a deeply
> harmonious meditative atmosphere.