Re: Jane on the Subway
- Dear Niriha,
Thank you for the happy moments we shared at the Aspiration Ground
in New York and thank you for offering me your computer to respond
to the A.M.'s post, in which he said he felt bad about imposing his
personal issues on people.
It was a nice imagination to share your computer with me, but
somehow it didn't happen. You were so busy.
I don't want to repeat what you already said, but it's true;
whenever I see a spelling mistake of mine or any other mistake, I am
missing something or somebody.
Whatever the A.M. may feel as imposing for me was a great
encouragement to give my best and I am still trying to do so
remembering his advice.
I still don't have my own computer at home, therefore my posts are
short and spontaneous.
Hope you would come back and moderate again, dear A.M.
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
> This reply is somewhat late and I do not know if you are stillbad
> reading assistantmummer. Regarding your words:
> "One reason I stepped down as assistant moderator is that I felt
> about imposing my personal issues on people. I'm very glad thatthe
> new moderators have been able to bring more people in under thetent
> and to please some people I found it difficult to please."as
> The former (this site recently had a handover of the baton)
> moderators undoubtedly deserve much credit. I feel sorry that I
> well as some other contributors to this site have given them ahard
> time regarding the grammatical and/or spelling errors thatappeared
> here. I am sure that like you when you were the assistantmissing
> moderator, they worked overtime to say the least to moderate this
> site. At the same time, the feeling expressed amongst the
> contributors here, is that something is missing and what is
> is your special talent. We are hoping that you will see fit tolend
> a hand even if the idea of moderating as you did before isdaunting.
> Because this is the time that most of the contributors to this
> are away from their computers, there may not be messagesresponding
> to my claim that something is missing. I am saying this based on
> many conversations and lamentations to this effect.
- Dear Assistant Mummer,
Your point is well taken and I might add that it was made in your
truly inimitably funny manner. (Just practicing my adverbs).
Your characterization of me was spot on and really made me laugh. The
colony is in order but it would be in better shape if, if...nope, not
gonna say it, not gonna say it. I am mending my ways. ;-)
I submitted "overbark" to Airfare Watchdog. Stay tuned. And speaking
of staying tuned: the short story you are working on, might we read it
in "New Yorker" magazine in the near future?
As for "getting life right. . ." it strikes me that you are doing
something right to dream of rainbows!(#15212) I am trying to get
translations for the two poems you posted that were on the subject of
rainbows so please check in.
It was truly kind of you to provide a link to my home page. I did not
acknowledge this because truth to tell, I was mortified. It is in
such a raw state. I was stopped in my tracks when submitting stories
because a couple of lines from my first story needed to be taken out.
One of those lines in particular was for me the salient point of the
story. I just have not gotten a move on viz a vie the site since then
but I will.
When next you visit the trumpets will be silenced or at least muffled.
I cannot promise anything regards the noise our happy hearts might make.
PS I responded to your post a week ago the borders were closed so I
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, assistantmummer
> The Moderators wrote:
> > It is not an hyperbole when we say that each and every
> > single member of this group will be the happiest person on
> > earth the day you would even consider helping us all once
> > again.
> It may not be hyperbole, but it's also not factually accurate. I will
> take it as kind words from people who are forgiving in nature and like
> to emphasize the positive. Thank you!
> > You were and are our mentor, teacher, guide, wise
> > grandfather and our very guardian angel on the Internet.
> Uh-oh... Sounds like I'm ready for a gold watch and a ticket to the
> glue factory!
> There's clearly a battle of courtesy going on, and the last one
> standing *doesn't* have to moderate the Inspiration Group - no
> inconsiderable perk. ;-) "May I say, Sir, you are truly the most
> estimable individual on the face of the planet! You are loved by men,
> women, children, dogs, and even cartoon characters - who would have no
> reason to lie."
> Thank you also to those I have not already replied to*: Morris,
> Palyati, Kamalika, Prachar, and Projjwal. Martanda, look out with that
> ramdhanu - you'll do yourself an injury! Morris, I'm afraid I'm tapped
> out on inspiration. Thank you for remembering me. Good luck with
> Inspiration-Letters, the bestest name in the WHOLE UNIVERSE!!! (nod to
> Niriha, I truly appreciate all your kindness, and don't always know
> how to respond. I'm used to writing dialogue where when one character
> goes high, the other goes low. So when you get "inspirational," my
> tendency is go cynical and make jokes. I can't help but indulge that
> tendency a bit, but I want you to know that I really do sense your
> kindness as a person, and it means a lot to me, as I know it does to
> others. (I could say the same thing to many people who've tried to
> show me kindness.)
> You're a very loyal friend in the Inspiration Group, and perhaps at
> times you do get carried away singing my praises. I'm basically a
> narcissist at heart. I gravitate to the situation where I can get the
> most attention with the least possible work, and you're feeding right
> into that. Instead of letting me live off my hump, your attitude
> should be: "The A.M. was okay once, but what has he done for us
> lately?" That reminds me of a joke: Did you hear about the new Apple
> vacuum cleaner? It's called the iSuck! (Of course, "Nothing sucks like
> a Vax.")
> Spiritual life is integral life. It's not about getting the words
> right, it's about getting the *life* right. Until I can do better
> there, I will try and post more selectively. I don't want my mummings
> to interfere with the more on topic material, nor my resume to say
> "I'm not a spiritual seeker, but I play one on the Internet."
> I would like to stop in now and then, without it raising a fuss. Look
> at it this way: On rare occasions, people who've spent a lot of time
> volunteering at Annam Brahma just go there to *eat*. (Um, thanks
> Nishtha. I couldn't help noticing there was a dishrag in my salad. Is
> that some kind of hint?)
> Now for my high/low dialogue with Niriha:
> > As proof of my praise, I would like to offer a brief revue
> > of the constant newness you injected into the Inspiration
> > Group...
> Oh, goody! Now if brother Pradhan will only play the harmonica! In a
> world in which there is no lack of balloon juice, you've proved that I
> have an above average quantity. I was a veritable syringe of newness.
> > I feel that many new members will gain much by reading a
> > small sampling of your posts which though perhaps written a
> > year or more ago, are ever current and inspirational.
> I defer to Commander Datta, whose memory banks contain records of all
> the Inspiration Group colonists.
> > The reader can find more of his posts merely by scanning
> > each day's postings and looking for "Srichinmoyinspiration".
> I was, to paraphrase language used on The Prisoner, "the old Number
> Two," locked in "Degree Absolute" with psychologist Niriha, whose
> resemblance to Leo McKern is only passing.
> Anyway, my "Overbark" routine (message #15314) went over like a lead
> balloon. Guess I'd better sell it to Kenny Banya...
> *Ending a sentence with a preposition is sometimes the friendly thing
> to do, even though it's ungrammatical.
> "After years of abstinence, the World Harmony Run reached again
> Austrian soil." [and promptly got drunk???]
> --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, niriha7
> <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > Dear Assistant Moderator,
> > Forgive me for not using your new name but to us you are our one and
> > only Assistant Moderator.
> > I simply could not believe my eyes when I read your response to
> > SriChinmoyInspiration:
> > ". . .I think it's not quite fair to the new moderators if people keep
> > asking when I'm coming back. The journey lies ahead, not behind."
> > First of all, when you say, "it's not quite fair to the new moderators
> > if people keep asking when I'm coming back" can you possibly mean it?
> > THEY were the ones who wrote the following!!!!:
> > "It is not an hyperbole when we say that each and every single
> > member of this group will be the happiest person on earth the
> > day you would even consider helping us all once again."
> > Regarding "the journey lying ahead". . .yes indeed with you at the
> > helm. What is "behind" about that? The Inspiration Group was in a
> > constant state of transcendence with your loving and expert guidance.
> > All ships need a captain. Though it was a demanding task for you to
> > moderate the group, I am sure there is a way for you to resume but in
> > a manner that affords you less involvement. I recall you said you
> > felt a demand for your personal attention by others. But, for
> > example, there is no reason you should have to spend time personally
> > answering e-mails. As for the clerical end of things, that too could
> > be delegated.
> > As for your statement, "When I was A.M., I tried to please some
> > people. Now I am trying to please others by not being A.M." I was
> > shocked by that. I could only wonder, "Was he constantly critized by
> > member of the Inspiration Group to say that?!!!" I cannot imagine
> > that the ones you are trying to please by not being A.M. are more than
> > a handful. Is it not more important to serve the greater good?
> > This is not meant to "beg" you to resume - I am confident that you can
> > make decisions for yourself. However, as someone who benefited greatly
> > by your presence on the Inspiration Site during the six short months I
> > was posting prior to your departure, I simply cannot bear to read that
> > you are trying to please others by not being A.M. In my humble
> > opinion, you are far too brilliant and caring to make such a
> > statement. By exercising restraint, I am not putting an adjective
> > before the word "statement".
> > You no doubt noticed the injection of renewed energy that your latest
> > postings garnered. In my case, I wrote (if I am remembering correctly)
> > one of the few if not the only function report I have written since
> > you stepped down. I was inspired after your recent postings.
> > I only hope that you continue reading for some time after you post
> > because I happen to know of persons who wish to respond to you who
> > have not done so yet - I for one. I would like to respond
> > specifically to your recent post which by the way, was very much
> > enjoyed by more readers than you can even imagine. (This post is a
> > response to your comment at the end of post #15328)
> > As you know perhaps better than most, certain persons are endowed with
> > specific gifts to fulfill God's dream here on earth. Many years past,
> > Sri Chinmoy said that in the future there would be a few admirers,
> > followers and former students of his that would manifest his vision
> > and do much for his mission of peace. In the short time that I have
> > been aware of your contribution, I have felt strongly that you were
> > one of those to whom Sri Chinmoy was referring. So indeed, it seems
> > that in your case there is no such thing as "behind" in response to
> > your comment: "The journey lies ahead, not behind." You are a chosen
> > instrument endowed with truly special gifts that are valued and needed
> > here.
> > As proof of my praise, I would like to offer a brief revue of the
> > constant newness you injected into the Inspiration Group. This is
> > especially for those who have joined the group after the time that you
> > went on sabbatical. I feel that many new members will gain much by
> > reading a small sampling of your posts which though perhaps written a
> > year or more ago, are ever current and inspirational. Also, I feel
> > that it will help newer members have a sense of the breadth of scope
> > and inspiration that is possible in this forum.
> > For those who joined the Inspiration Group after March 30, 2005 I
> > offer the numbers of some posts by our Assistant Moderator (now known
> > as Assistant Mummer) that I am certain you will find to contain
> > beauty, depth, humor, degrees of brilliance and most of all great
> > heart. Just a few. . .
> > #2618 - This post garnered nine responses, all worth reading.
> > #3032 - A thought provoking post on the topic of women and
> > spirituality
> > #3311 - Further exploration of the topic on women and spirituality
> > #3363 - Response to question of the connection between Christianity
> > and Sri Chinmoy's Path
> > #3530 -
> > #3609 - A final and beautiful response to the poster who compares
> > Christianity and Sri Chinmoy's Path (see #3363)
> > #3731 - Gives post numbers of all those who responded to the Assistant
> > Moderator's post #3032
> > #3732 - Gives post numbers of all those who responded to the Assistant
> > Moderator's post # 3032
> > #4189 - The title of this post is "Of Artists, Heroines and Heroes"
> > #4219 - Important description of the Inspiration Group
> > Actually, I am stopping here. These posts are a mere sampling as I
> > mentioned. I feel that to understand the Inspiration Group's
> > objectives and how it can offer something valuable to the public at
> > large, reading these posts by the Assistant Moderator (Assistant
> > Mummer) are essential and as an added bonus, deeply inspirational in
> > their innate and expressed spirituality. The reader can find more of
> > his posts merely by scanning each day's postings and looking for
> > "Srichinmoyinspiration". There is a year's worth of posts that follow
> > #4219 as listed above.
> > With regard to all,
> > Niriha
> > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, srichinmoyinspiration
> > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > >
> > > Dearest Assistant Moderator,
> > >
> > > It is not an hyperbole when we say that each and every single
> > > member of this group will be the happiest person on earth the
> > > day you would even consider helping us all once again.
> > >
> > > On behalf of all the members of this group, soulfully we join
> > > Projjwal in claim you as much more than a Moderator. You were
> > > and are our mentor, teacher, guide, wise grandfather and our
> > > very guardian angel on the Internet.
> > >
> > > We are not asking when you will come back, since in our
> > > hearts you never left. We are so very grateful to have you as
> > > one of us.
> > >
> > > In deepest gratitude
> > >
> > > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration Group moderators
> > >
> > >
> > > > When I was A.M., I tried to please some people. Now I am
> > > > trying to please others by not being A.M. Fortunately, Sri Chinmoy
> > > > Centre creates a very gentle, compassionate culture where
> > > > encouraged to forgive each other and not snipe at each other.
> > > > Otherwise, I'm sure some people would speak up about how they are
> > > > dancing with joy now that the group has more of an open posting
> > > > and no one is trying to impose their idea of how it should be
> > > structured.
> > > >
> > > > I very much like to stop in now and then, because I can use the
> > > > spiritual support. I like it when people say nice things about
> me, but
> > > > I think it's not quite fair to the new moderators if people keep
> > > > asking when I'm coming back. The journey lies ahead, not behind.