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5338Re: French-British Joy Day

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  • kamalika_gyorgyjakab
    Jul 18, 2004
      Thanks for your evocative descriptions, Sumangali! At least I know
      what we (I mean people from Eastern France and Luxembourg) were
      compelled to miss due to the impossibility of finding affordable
      flights at the proper time.

      Anyway, reading your words comforts me a bit. It is half past
      midnight here and already I can learn what happened there today
      while we were deluged with rain here. You were really fast and
      efficient! Many thanks to all. Now at least I will go to bed with a
      much better feeling. If I manage to get to the next Joy Day
      somewhere in the future, I will try to do the same. However,
      distances are quite big in the smallest continent of the world! We
      never manage with less than a 6-7 hrs drive, but often it is rather
      12 or even more hours... :-)

      Love and gratitude,

      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sumangali_m
      <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > Here is some news of the latest French-British Joy-Weekend. It
      > took place in Lee Valley near Cheshunt, just north of London, and
      > a monumental 105 people attended! We took over an entire hostel
      > consisting of brand new purpose-built Swiss-style chalets on the
      > side of a lake. Oxford Centre did a fantastic job of organising
      > everything so efficiently, and made it an abundantly full, soul-
      > stirringly inspiring and fabulously fun time for all. Thanks again
      > for everything Oxford!
      > On Saturday night we had a meditation followed by each person
      > reading out one of Sri Chinmoy's aphorisms, then we all sang
      > together some of the Bengali songs that Sri Chinmoy composed
      > recently. After prasad, Sanjaya treated us to a video of Sri
      > Chinmoy's recent visit to Slovenia. I found it so overwhelming to
      > be in a room with so many from France, England, Ireland, Scotland
      > and Wales. It always feels so special when we can all get
      > together. I felt so proud of our Centres and how all the amazing
      > and beautiful qualities of each person come together in one place
      > to make such a divinely powerful family feeling.
      > In the morning we had a beautiful, peaceful hour-long meditation
      > incorporating performances from various singing groups. It was
      > such a luxury to have a place all to ourselves out in the country.
      > Somehow having that many people meditating in one room early in
      > the morning, and the peaceful surroundings, made such a tangible
      > stillness and timelessness. Add to that the soulful performances
      > of Sri Chinmoy's music ....et voila...Heaven!
      > Then there was a two-mile race through the woods surrounding the
      > lake. It was so encouraging to be in such a big race. As it was an
      > out-and-back course, and I was somewhere towards the back, I felt
      > the benefit of the faster runners speeding past me on the other
      > side of the path, which gave me extra inspiration! Everyone seemed
      > delighted when they finished, as practically everyone got a
      > personal best two- mile time. The glory only lasted a few seconds
      > until each person realised everyone was saying the same, so that
      > meant the course must be a little less than two miles! Still, that
      > moment of joy was nice while it lasted.
      > After a proper full English breakfast we had an auction to raise
      > money to support Abichal running the 3100 mile race. Sanjaya's
      > performance as auctioneer was most commendable - an experience not
      > to be missed! I think he missed his vocation! The whole thing was
      > so entertaining with Sanjaya talking nineteen to the dozen,
      > throwing in comments about the bidders and the items as he went
      > along. Richard F. starred as the porter, holding up the donated
      > items and trying to present them in an appealing way, but with
      > Sanjaya scolding him if he ran them down too much. What a
      > hilarious comedy double-act. It was also really touching to think
      > that the whole group was having so much fun while supporting our
      > heroic brother out there running 3100 miles!
      > Sanjaya then entertained us further with videos of Ashrita's
      > recent World Records - stomach crunches and hula-hooping. Also a
      > beautiful video of Sri Chinmoy talking fondly about Sudhahota Carl
      > Lewis.
      > Free-time came next, when we all did various things such as
      > walking to the historic Waltham Abbey, playing games (football as
      > usual in the men's case), and other fun things. Then there was a
      > short meditation followed by a bountiful and delicious lunch. In
      > the afternoon there were more games. The women had a gripping game
      > of giant Jenga. For anyone who is not familiar with it, there is a
      > tower of wooden blocks, and each person takes it in turn to remove
      > a block and place it on the top. The tower therefore gets higher
      > but less stable as the game goes on. There were many furrowed
      > brows and rounds of applause after each hair-raising turn! Luckily
      > no injuries were sustained by the participants or the
      > spectators.....
      > That's about it. The main thing was that we were all together,
      > which always gives us so much joy and inspiration. Thank you to
      > all my French, British and Irish brothers and sisters for being
      > there and for being so great and so awesomely inspiring!
      > Love from
      > Sumangali
      > :oD
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