22729Gratitude, Humility-Qualities that Sri Chinmoy Embodied
- May 29, 2008It is sometimes difficult for me to talk about Sri Chinmoy. How do you
describe the Infinite?
Maybe because of things like this, it is the reason that poetry exists, and also the reasonthat Masters usually teach in allegories.
All I can say right now is this: I felt all the divine qualities, such
as purity, humility, peace, light and bliss, in infinite measure, in
Sri Chinmoy. I felt this in his meditation (see
http://www.srichinmoy.tv/c_/video/tv/110/110-1-3.mov), in the serenity
of his loving meditative gaze
in the inner love and concern reflected in his eyes
I feel it in his music
(http://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/channels/meditation-2), in his art
(http://www.srichinmoyart.com/), in his writings
This morning, as usual, I wanted to choose an aphorism to share with
you all. I chose this one, featured in the book "The Wings of Gratitude":
"Gratitude is something in our heart
That helps us
Transcend our experience of earth
Intensify our realisation of God."
Excerpt from Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 27 by Sri Chinmoy
and then I was drawn, within the Sri Chinmoy Library site, to other
writings on gratitude, and I found this, which moved me to the core:
Question: First of all, I thank you. I have been very much struck by
your beautiful poems, your stories, your great creative gift to do so
much and your paintings. Do you have something to say about that great
capacity to produce beautiful things through imagination that relates
to spiritual knowledge?
Sri Chinmoy: In the spiritual life, when we go deep within, what
we call "imagination" is not imagination. It is something else. It is
actually the precursor of inspiration. And what we call "inspiration"
is not inspiration as such. It is something else. When you go deep
within, you see it is aspiration hiding in inspiration. And
"aspiration" is not aspiration, but something else. It is something
higher, something deeper. In aspiration itself is realisation.
So when I do something, paint or write, I feel that my Inner Pilot is
having an experience in and through me and that experience is
aspiration. But the same Pilot, the Inner Pilot, would like to have
another experience in and through you. At that time He might want the
experience of realisation or inspiration. The seeker has to remember
that he is not the doer, he is the instrument. The Inner Pilot is the
doer. I know and I tell my students that I am not the doer and they
are not the doers. The doer is somebody else. The doer is the Inner
Pilot. Since He is the doer, we have to offer our inmost gratitude to
Him, because it is He who is utilising us.
Today He is utilising me. Tomorrow, if I misbehave, if I do not listen
to His inner command, inner dictates, immediately He will cast me
aside and will give somebody else a chance to be His instrument. There
are about 250 seekers here. On earth there are millions of human
beings. But how many people are consciously praying to God or
meditating on God? In comparison to the world population, very few
people are praying and meditating. So you see, people who are praying
and meditating are already chosen and selected for a special purpose.
God could have chosen somebody else, selected somebody else. But just
because He has given us the opportunity to become His instruments, we
feel it is our bounden duty to be of constant gratitude to Him. So
when I do something as an instrument of His, before I begin, I offer
Him my gratitude, soulful gratitude. And while He is having the
experience, while He is acting in and through me, when I see that it
is He that is doing everything through me, I am all gratitude to Him.
At the end, when I see the result that He produces, I offer Him
gratitude again. So if you ask me what I do, I will say from the
beginning to the end I try to become a gratitude-heart placed at the
Feet of the Lord Supreme. This is the only experience that I can share
Excerpt from Earth-Bound Journey And Heaven-Bound Journey by Sri
And it struck me how humble Sri Chinmoy is, how sincerely humble!
He always saw himself as an instrument of God. In 2005 Sri Chinmoy
gave a concert in Puerto Rico. The concert happened on October 17,
2005, my birthday!
I will eventually write a post about these experiences, but in the
meantime let me just say that, after the concert, Sri Chinmoy invited
my family to come on stage and take a photo with him. My father
approached him, held his hands and said, "you are an instrument of
God", and Sri Chinmoy spontaneously answered "We are all instruments
of God, you are an instrument of God, he is an instrument of God, she
is an instrument of God". My father was so moved! He came, like a
little child, behind me and whispered in my ear: "He is humble! That's
how I like it!"
And I remember reading in one of Sri Chinmoy's writings that humility
is based on our oneness with God. Which means that the more oneness we
have with God, the more humble we are! And if we look, in any
tradition, at any of the great saints and Masters, they were all
humble! Very humble!
Which brings me to the next selection from Sri Chinmoy's writings:
God in His highest and in His deepest quality is humility. If we ask
why God is so great, the immediate answer is that God is great just
because He is soulfully humble. God is omniscient and omnipotent, but
all His divine qualities are housed in one divine quality of His, and
that is His humility. If God had only played the part of the
omnipotent God, then we would have made little progress by this time.
But He comes to us as a sincere beggar in all humility just to awaken
us from our self-chosen sleep.
One who knows the meaning of humility is truly divine. Humility is not
a sign of cowardice. Humility does not mean false modesty. Humility is
true divinity. It is the inner being that sustains, supports, guides,
moulds and shapes us, but it does so with all humility. The inner
being sees us through the eyes of constant humility. Very rarely do we
see the inner being, but when we do see the inner being, we see it
with pride of vanity.
The mother loves her child with affection and compassion. But if the
mother goes one step beyond this love and compassion, then she feels
in the child the presence of the divine. At that time she is all
humility. She feels that it is the greatest honour to feed the child,
to run with the child, to bring up the child, for in him she sees and
feels God Himself.
It is through humility that we can dive the deepest and climb the
highest in our meditation. The easiest way to enter into the universal
Consciousness during our day-today activities is through humility.
When we show humility, we immediately enter into the universal
Consciousness, which is all-humility. In humility is oneness, and in
oneness is our divine Reality.
Excerpt from Life-Tree-Leaves by Sri Chinmoy.
What can I say? I felt Sri Chinmoy was a Divine Child walking on this
Earth, spreading love, peace, light and bliss, and goodwill among
Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude!