8959Re: French-British Joy in Southern England
- Nov 2 12:05 PMThumbs, windows and baize all remained in tact in fact, dear A.M. I
must say in defence that there are some very talented British female
pool players in the Centre. I am not one of them, but I managed not
to put anyone in hospital (not this time at least) :-)
(a poor fool at pool)
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sumangali_m
> "Do you see the face?" I ask, "I always think the moon appears to be
> singing very soulfully."
> "Yes, and it seems to be a 'he.' Some say it's a 'she.' Some see a
> "Don't show me the rabbit!" I reply.
> "I might not see the face anymore!"
> The moon hangs as a polished bronze disc on our journey east.
> "Have you ever seen it look quite like that though?" I ask.
> "No," they both reply.
> One theory is pollution; another city lights. Auspicious augury?
> Yes, we all agree.
> We arrive to silent meditation, followed by a dynamic Soul Bird
> Dream Songs performance of Sri Chinmoy's recent English songs. A
> hilarious play then delights us all: spiritual teaching deeply
> nested in the mischief of British humour. We are soon held captive
> by the joy of Sanjaya's videos in a magical sequence of European
> A session of bhajans (devotional songs) rounds off the programme.
> These sessions always seem pitifully short to me! I smile and sing,
> surrounded by the warm glow of instrumental sound. Entering the
> blissful, musical mantra, I never want to leave! It's been a long
> day though, and I appreciate the hospitality of this civilised
> country conference centre.
> We meet at 6 a.m. for meditation, followed by two singing
> performances. First is Udasina's group, and then Fran's group
> singing Sri Chinmoy's devotional English songs with such soft
> Sanjaya brings August Celebrations back before our eyes on video.
> Especially fascinating is a behind the scenes documentary of the
> record-breaking 101,000-rose bouquet for Sri Chinmoy's birthday.
> Such a complex and delicate operation! Circular saws and lateral
> ladders played surprisingly significant roles. Pavitrata offers a
> very beautiful laminated collage for prasad, even translated into
> French for our Continental guests. (You can see it in his glorious
> gallery album.)
> If I were you, I would not let a successful hill-climbing cyclist
> measure out your two-mile race route. Richard, had I the energy left
> at the end of that one-mile hill I would have shaken my fist very
> menacingly at you :-) This out and back, down and up route has now
> faded to seem just an invigorating start to the day. I have Bithika
> to thank for not allowing me to give up, even when walking would
> have been quicker. First prize: a pineapple, second: a mango, third:
> an apple. Needless to say, no small enough fruit has yet been
> cultivated to represent my position in the race.
> After breakfast we journey through an autumnal kaleidoscope to the
> country residence of Benjamin Disraeli (Prime Minister during Queen
> Victoria's reign). This unusual red brick manor wears ornate gables
> and clusters of towering chimneys, and nestles amongst grand
> monkey-puzzles and firs.
> There is a distinctly female monopoly on the pool table before lunch
> (and for the duration of our stay in fact).*
> Our closing meditation is followed by a French vocal and
> instrumental performance, including a soulful rendition of one of my
> favourite songs by Sri Chinmoy: "Tomar Adesh Shunbo." A newly formed
> female instrumental group of London-based musicians delights us all
> with their debut. Ananda ends the musical programme with some
> favourite arrangements, as well as some new ones. Finally we read
> out some of Sri Chinmoy's new prayers from Niagara Falls and Ongkar
> gives us a first-hand account of the Canadian trip.
> Thanks Bristol Centre for a weekend of perfection!
> *I sincerely hope that no one's thumbs were broken. ;-)
> -Assistant Moderator
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