745Re: Inspiration in Australia
- Jun 5, 2003Salil, What an enjoyable story. Absorbing and inspring.
Thank you very much.
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, salil_wilson
> During the Gold Coast portion of the 2002-2003 Christmas tripthis
> Sri Chinmoy was fond of having afternoon meditation sessions.
> Seated on one of his little vehicles he would drive laps around
> our function room. As the room was quite small the course
> would take him into the aisles between the seats. It was quite
> unique to be sitting in meditation and for Sri Chinmoy, absolutely
> still in lofty meditation, to be slowing passing close by at 45
> second intervals.
> These meditation sessions were a real favorite among Sri
> Chinmoy's students. To make things even more special, you
> were never exactly sure when, or if, Sri Chinmoy was going to
> begin. However, once the meditation began the doors were
> categorically closed. Some people would wait two hours only to
> get locked out due to an untimely bathroom visit. While others
> would just happen to show up in the nick of time. Mostly though,
> if you genuinely wanted to be there you would be.
> During the actual meditation Sri Chinmoy would drive a number
> of different vehicles and alternate directions that he would travel
> around the room. Sometimes you would have Sri Chinmoy
> coming towards you for the entire length of the straight and other
> times you would just see Sri Chinmoy's strong shoulders
> retreating towards the end of the room. Another aspect of this
> experience was that each little vehicle was powered by its own
> particular electric motor which, in turn, had its own peculiar
> pitched whirr. So as the vehicle varied so did the accompanying
> sound track. My favorite was the big red one purchased in
> Cairns that sounded to me exactly like Luke Skywalker's
> personal transport machine in Star Wars episode four.
> After one of these wonderful meditation sessions Sri Chinmoy
> was heading towards the elevator. He saw a bunch of us boys,
> looked at us pointedly and said, "What, no Frisbee?" Now
> please understand that this is a fairly rare comment for Sri
> Chinmoy to make and given the somber tone of the Gold Coast
> visit it seemed somewhat incongruous. However, it was also
> extremely welcome. What could a better thing to do after a
> beautiful meditation than to run around on the beach with your
> friends playing the great game of Ultimate Frisbee.
> For the next 10 minutes I took it upon myself to tell every likely
> candidate I could think of that Sri Chinmoy said we should go
> and play Frisbee. While these may not have been Sri Chinmoy's
> exact words I felt justified in capturing the spirit expressed.
> Fifteen minutes later about twelve of us were fully immersed in
> an intense battle of Frisbee down on the beach. As I remember,
> our team won the first game so I was feeling absolutely
> delighted. Unfortunately, things started to go horribly wrong in
> the second game and the score line soon read 5 to 2 and in a
> game which is most always played to seven this was indeed
> very bad news for us.
> Just as we were to begin the next point I saw Jogyata and Udar,
> of the other team, running into the surf. Indignant, I thought
> is no time to be having a swim and how utterly inconsiderate and
> disrespectful. Just as I was about to make some disparaging
> remark about their behaviour it became apparent that something
> more serious was a foot.
> The next thing I saw was them carrying Kritartha out of the ocean
> with quite a deep and nasty gash in his calf muscle. I ran back
> to the hotel and got the van to take him to hospital. Maral, a
> dentist, also happened to be in the lobby so I told him and he
> went down to take a look.
> By the time I got back to the beach the boys had Kritartha up near
> the road and were bandaging his leg with a first aid kit procured
> from a nearby apartment building. Maral's prognosis was that
> he definitely needed stitches. We got Kritartha into the van and
> drove about 10km to the hospital. Maral said he would inform Sri
> After going through the usual bureaucratic maze of admitting
> someone into Outpatients we got him into see a doctor. We left
> Mukul with the doctor and Kritartha while Bakul, Harald and I
> drove back to the hotel to get Kritartha's things and inform Sri
> Chinmoy of proceedings.
> Bakul went to get into Kritartha's room and I went into the
> function room to explain the situation to Sri Chinmoy. This was
> the first time I have ever given news like this to Sri Chinmoy and
> it was fascinating to watch Sri Chinmoy's reaction. Sri Chinmoy
> was very focused and with each nuance of the situation he would
> take it in and meditate for a second or two.
> The gist of the news was that injury happened while he was
> surfing and it is fairly common. The cut was quite deep and there
> may have been muscle damage. If there was muscle damage
> they would then need to cut the leg further to enable them to have
> room to stitch the inner muscle. Fortunately, this turned out not
> to be the case and I am convinced it was due to the force Sri
> Chinmoy put on the situation.
> After I told Sri Chinmoy all the news he inquired, "Why were you
> on the beach, were you surfing?"
> "No," I replied, "We were playing Frisbee like you said
> Sri Chinmoy looked at me fixedly and with a twinkle in his eye
> said, "See, sometimes the Supreme speaks to me. It would
> have been much harder for him if you all had not been there."
> I mumbled something in agreement while wondering if there
> was ever a time when the Supreme actually didn't speak to Sri
> Chinmoy. I personally don't think Sri Chinmoy utters a single
> word or even thinks a single thought without it coming from the
> On my way out of the function room I heard Sri Chinmoy very
> lovingly reassure Akshaya, Kritarthar's wife, saying to her,
> worry, don't worry, don't worry. Everything will be
> Harald, Bakul and I then headed back to the hospital and picked
> up Mukul and Kritarthar who was by now all stitched up and
> looking a lot better.
> Kritarthar spent the rest of the trip on crutches but is now fully
> healed and running again.
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