22566Sri Chinmoy's talk on gratitude
- Apr 30, 2008Dear friends, this talk by Sri Chinmoy was published in the book "Sri
Chinmoy Answers, part 1" in 1995.
Here is the link to it:
And here is the talk itself. I found it while looking for a particular
poem, and I feel it is most significant, not only for Sri Chinmoy's
students, but for any seeker who is aspiring for conscious oneness
with the Supreme.
Sri Chinmoy gave the following talk on gratitude on 16 January 1994.
A glass mirror is brittle. If it drops, it breaks into pieces. But I
have come to realise that a mirror has a longer lifespan than the
gratitude of human beings. In order for a mirror to break, it has to
drop either from Heaven or from a few feet above the ground. So it
takes time-a few seconds. But it does not take even a fleeting second
for human ingratitude to come to the fore.
If anything can disappear sooner than the soonest from our heart, then
that thing is nothing other than our gratitude. Again, if anything on
earth is really beautiful, really meaningful and really fruitful, if
anything on earth can sustain our golden connecting link with God, our
Source, then that very thing is also gratitude. Dear ones, I am
telling you, if you have an iota of sincere gratitude and if you
preserve that gratitude as the most precious thing in your life, then
the breath of that gratitude will keep you alive in the Heart of God,
your Lord Supreme. You people misbehave and torture your Master in so
many ways; sometimes you even want to give up the spiritual life. But
I assure you, if you keep gratitude alive in your heart, the beauty
and fragrance of that divine quality will save you from your spiritual
downfall and destruction.
I am speaking about sincere gratitude-the kind of gratitude whose
living presence you can only feel inside your heart. If you feel that
gratitude is your inner name and also your outer name, if you feel
that your only name is gratitude, then immediately your gratitude will
jump to the fore and establish its inseparable oneness with your
Gratitude is a most powerful weapon in your life. There is nothing
undivine that you cannot get rid of by virtue of the gratitude in your
life. Again, there is nothing divine in your life that you cannot
increase in boundless measure on the strength of your gratitude. There
is only one thing that you need in order to increase your divinity,
and that thing is gratitude. If every day you consciously strengthen
your gratitude-not to Sri Chinmoy but to the Supreme, who is your
Guru, my Guru and everybody's Guru-you will see how much progress you
will make and how many wrong forces you will be able to get out of
your system. I tell you, all the physical, vital, mental and emotional
fever that you are suffering from comes from the fact that you have
lost your heart's gratitude-breath. If your heart's gratitude-breath
is functioning well, then keep it so forever. This is unmistakably the
right way to run fast, faster, fastest to the destined Goal.
Gratitude is not a mere word; it is not a mere concept. It is the
living breath of your real existence on earth. There is nothing that
God will not do for you if you really treasure the gratitude-breath
inside your aspiring heart. Please, please, to each and every one of
you I am telling this: If you want to run the fastest, then discard
the thing that is delaying you. The thing that is making you lame or
paralysed in your spiritual life is ingratitude. If you can always
maintain your gratitude-breath, then nothing can stand in your way and
nobody can prevent you from doing the right thing and becoming the
right person: the most perfect instrument of our Lord Beloved Supreme.
Gratitude, gratitude and gratitude. The soul you do not know; the
Supreme you do not know. And at this stage in your spiritual
development you do not have to know them. But gratitude you do have to
know if you want to connect yourself with your own Highest, with the
Supreme. If you want to connect yourself with the Real in you, then
your gratitude-breath you have to claim as your own, very own.
with gratitude, Kamalakanta
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