21385Re: Books By Disciples of Spiritual Masters
- Dec 3, 2007Hello Tejvan,
I agree with you 100% and I have read a number of the books you
mentioned myself. Paul Brunton was one of the first ones right when I
started meditating. Later I was deeply impressed and inspired by the
Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. Before I got into practical meditation I
very much loved the stories about Zen-masters, less devotional, but
to the point, and laster I always had the feeling Guru had something
of a Zen master about him, his teaching could be very "straight", not
explaining, but making aware.
I am sure you know Madhuri's book about Guru, which offered so much
understanding of Guru's early years in the West and seemed to bring
them to life so vividly. Probably not everyone has the capacity to
express inner realities (or even be aware of them enough to write
about them), but there must be lots of talent in the Centre that
maybe has not come to the fore yet - and lots that is already
shining. I remember when Guru one time asked for a drawing competition regarding a special song or poem about his life. We had contributions from people who we had no idea were so gifted in drawing!
So maybe this is a great suggestion to also spread off board to all
those concerned who might not be reading here. I am thinking for
example of Pradhan, Chidananda or Anjali etc. who have shared so
eloquently in many other ways. Sometimes a personal invitation may
even be helpful or to start off with a short interview - I am just
musing, trying to figure out the possible "gospel-writers".
As you said, also simple, individual reminiscences or stories on
certain subjects or aspects of our life with Guru are great (like
the "miracle or compassion stories"), without the intention of
writing a whole book, like a collection of "glimpses of my life with
Sri Chinmoy" or "what Sri Chinmoy meant/means to me" or "how I found
my teacher" (something of this kind may be in the works). But they
should be whole stories in themselves, not embedded in other musings
like on this site...
Most definitely the best time to start is now, when our memories are
still as fresh as possible and when re-living those memories will help us appreciate even more deeply what we have been blessed to
experience - and lift us up at the same time.
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