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  • doriscott20002000
    I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction: One life became two lifes, One hive became two hives, One life, one hive again Silenced division pain. Sri
    Message 1 of 30 , Nov 2, 2005
      I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:

      "One life became two lifes,
      One hive became two hives,
      One life, one hive again
      Silenced division pain."

      Sri Chinmoy

      ************

      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
      <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      >
      >
      >
      > Dear Sharani,
      >
      > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru composed for
      > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow forgot about
      > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I sang a few of
      the
      > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I say. One of my
      > favourites you find here:
      >
      > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?sid=ckgsong100739511
      >
      > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
      >
      > "One life became two lifes,
      > One hife became two hifes,
      > One life one hife again,
      > Silenced division pain."
      >
      > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we all may feel
      > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much hope.
      >
      > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe tomorrow more.
      >
      > Doris
      >
      > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
      > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi Doris,
      > >
      > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the act of
      musing.
      > You
      > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at the beginning
      of
      > the
      > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and along the way I
      > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little sister
      (message
      > > 10561), another real keeper.
      > >
      > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the Berlin Wall. I
      > myself
      > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when Guru gave a
      > concert
      > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much chocolate I brought
      > back
      > > home with me when I read in your poem about throwing away a
      piece
      > of
      > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now. I have
      listened
      > to
      > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of being at the Wall
      and
      > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany and it has left
      an
      > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
      > >
      > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of wanting to be
      > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I wrote to you
      > recently
      > > touting that the best posts were acts of storytelling - stories
      > drawn
      > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message 15302). They somehow
      > end
      > > up being universal after all when we turn out the lights at the
      > end of
      > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York shortly after
      > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed much more
      acutely
      > how
      > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the functions that
      > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up teaching lessons but
      > what a
      > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
      > >
      > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post (message 15658)
      and
      > I am
      > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it is doubly true
      > when
      > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and everyone else that
      > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit that I haven't
      > hidden
      > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible English. I wonder
      if
      > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes? Despite this
      > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper place of communion
      > not
      > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that our shared
      > spiritual
      > > community with its truly global scope guarantees that we are
      > already
      > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves drinking from
      the
      > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
      > >
      > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have to do the same
      > > imagining when I read your posts until that day arrives.
      > >
      > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
      > > Sharani
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
      doriscott20002000
      > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > oh, dear Sharani,
      > > >
      > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say a few things
      I
      > was
      > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and didn't know
      how
      > to
      > > > wrap them.
      > > >
      > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice* stories and I
      smile
      > or I
      > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem to carry. I
      > > > especially liked the one about your time you spent in
      > Philadelphia.
      > > >
      > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply. Does the 'rest of
      > the
      > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert you mentioned
      and
      > I
      > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few hours there and
      > that
      > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word Philadelphia he
      > hears
      > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing when I hear the
      > word
      > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different fibration of your
      > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the inspiration-
      > letter
      > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I will definitely
      > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or at the
      > christmas
      > > > trip? Enough.
      > > >
      > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall attractive
      girl
      > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look like I always
      get
      > a
      > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like - what a dear
      > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
      > > >
      > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is that the A.M.
      > made
      > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would like to reply
      or
      > post
      > > > something when I have the feeling it is something universal,
      > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
      > > >
      > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say, that what I am
      > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others? Sometimes
      people
      > say
      > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is inspired by
      their
      > > > posts. Hm.
      > > >
      > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native language and
      it
      > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't have) to post
      > something
      > > > in good English.
      > > >
      > > > Have a nice weekend
      > > >
      > > > Doris
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
      sharani_sharani
      > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > Hi Sarah,
      > > > >
      > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to appreciate me since
      > I've
      > > > been
      > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and camaraderie that I used
      to
      > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the past. I guess
      I
      > > > wouldn't
      > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just writes away
      > > > regardless
      > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt like here most
      of
      > the
      > > > time
      > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
      > > > >
      > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing regardless of
      the
      > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even occasional replies or
      > nods of
      > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish to admit.
      Maybe
      > I
      > > > need
      > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when expectation
      ends."
      > > > When my
      > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon lights, I at
      least
      > > > console
      > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit they're there
      (eegods
      > even
      > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the operative
      motto
      > of my
      > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
      > > > >
      > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you heartfelt
      thanks
      > for
      > > > your
      > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a post from
      you,
      > I
      > > > always
      > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the second book I read
      > after
      > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed like the Bible
      of
      > the
      > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20 list (message
      > > > 15593), I
      > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in which I did
      intend
      > some
      > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
      > > > >
      > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
      > > > > Sharani
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
      > sarah_inseattle
      > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Hi Sharani,
      > > > > >
      > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more often (forgive me)
      > but
      > > > > > please know I do.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a special "plug"
      > for
      > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation classes more
      > than
      > > > ten
      > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about Sri Chinmoy's
      > path. I
      > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it all together.
      > Beyond
      > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not disappoint! It is
      a
      > > > pretty
      > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read the entire book,
      > cover-
      > > > to-
      > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
      > > > > > Gratitude,
      > > > > > Sarah
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
      > sharani_sharani
      > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the goal before it
      is
      > won
      > > > but I
      > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in all
      seriousness.
      > I
      > > > intend
      > > > > > to
      > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with various genres
      of
      > > > writing
      > > > > > > represented and every reply here is therefore more than
      > > > sincerely
      > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have already tackled
      the
      > > > task.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the Service-Trees.
      For
      > > > them and
      > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I will count
      the
      > > > series as
      > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-Plants,
      Service-
      > > > Trees,
      > > > > > The
      > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have twenty selected
      > songs
      > > > out
      > > > > > of
      > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list of selected
      > essential
      > > > > > books
      > > > > > > as well.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic news that an
      > entire
      > > > wing
      > > > > > of a
      > > > > > > university library overseas will be dedicated to Sri
      > Chinmoy's
      > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of Guru! His
      formal
      > > > > > schooling
      > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom needs at least
      an
      > > > entire
      > > > > > wing
      > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > Sharani
      > > > > > >
      > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
      > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
      > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > Hi all,
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to mention what
      > > > happened in
      > > > > > > > September?
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur (maybe Sept.
      > 13)
      > > > Sri
      > > > > > Chinmoy
      > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just given prasad
      on
      > the
      > > > > > occasion
      > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th book of our
      > Master's (I
      > > > > > mean the
      > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total). And then Sri
      > Chinmoy
      > > > > > wanted
      > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the big important
      > ones,
      > > > > > (actually
      > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones Sharani listed
      > > > here).
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to tell one of
      the
      > > > latest
      > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000 Service Trees".
      He
      > > > tested
      > > > > > our
      > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of the latest one
      (at
      > > > that
      > > > > > time it
      > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich Hungarian brother and
      > said
      > > > to
      > > > > > him:
      > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial quote)
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of these poetry
      and
      > > > > > aphorism
      > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they truly have such
      > > > > > inspirational
      > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can but recommend
      > them to
      > > > > > everyone.
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > Happy reading,
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > Kamalika
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
      dharmaja
      > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
      > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > D.
      > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
      > > > sharani_sharani
      > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine introduces a
      list
      > of
      > > > > > their
      > > > > > > > choice
      > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books written in English
      > during
      > > > the
      > > > > > time
      > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth (1923) to the
      > current
      > > > day.
      > > > > > They
      > > > > > > > have
      > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You can browse
      their
      > > > fiction
      > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website at:
      > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
      > > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting (surprise
      surprise!).
      > > > Some of
      > > > > > the
      > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me back to High
      School
      > > > English
      > > > > > and
      > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James Agee, etc.
      > > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S. Lewis "The
      > Lion,
      > > > the
      > > > > > Witch
      > > > > > > > and
      > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction list doesn't
      > > > necessarily
      > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with spiritual literature.
      > That
      > > > got
      > > > > > me to
      > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number of books that
      > Sri
      > > > > > Chinmoy
      > > > > > > > has
      > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of works all by him
      > would
      > > > > > still
      > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his complete body of
      > > > literary
      > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time to time we
      have
      > > > > > recommended
      > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How about top 10 or
      > top
      > > > 100 of
      > > > > > Sri
      > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
      > > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include Everest
      > Aspiration,
      > > > The
      > > > > > Inner
      > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of Joy, The
      Wisdom
      > of
      > > > Sri
      > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
      > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would add?
      > > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > > > Sharani
      > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this thread with only
      a
      > few
      > > > > > titles in
      > > > > > > > > > the hopes that others join in :-)
      > > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > > >
      > > > > > > >
      > > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
    • sharani_sharani
      Hi Doris, Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not familiar with them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about the words to this song when
      Message 2 of 30 , Nov 4, 2005
        Hi Doris,

        Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not familiar with
        them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about the words to
        this song when you first posted it. Usually the plural of life is also
        lives rather than "lifes" which would indeed make it rhyme with the
        word hives. The image of a a bee hive seems unique in Guru's music.
        Very interesting...

        Sharani

        --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
        <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        >
        >
        >
        > I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:
        >
        > "One life became two lifes,
        > One hive became two hives,
        > One life, one hive again
        > Silenced division pain."
        >
        > Sri Chinmoy
        >
        > ************
        >
        > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
        > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > >
        > >
        > >
        > > Dear Sharani,
        > >
        > > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru composed for
        > > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow forgot about
        > > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I sang a few of
        > the
        > > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I say. One of my
        > > favourites you find here:
        > >
        > > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?sid=ckgsong100739511
        > >
        > > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
        > >
        > > "One life became two lifes,
        > > One hife became two hifes,
        > > One life one hife again,
        > > Silenced division pain."
        > >
        > > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we all may feel
        > > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much hope.
        > >
        > > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe tomorrow more.
        > >
        > > Doris
        > >
        > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
        > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > >
        > > > Hi Doris,
        > > >
        > > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the act of
        > musing.
        > > You
        > > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at the beginning
        > of
        > > the
        > > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and along the way I
        > > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little sister
        > (message
        > > > 10561), another real keeper.
        > > >
        > > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the Berlin Wall. I
        > > myself
        > > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when Guru gave a
        > > concert
        > > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much chocolate I brought
        > > back
        > > > home with me when I read in your poem about throwing away a
        > piece
        > > of
        > > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now. I have
        > listened
        > > to
        > > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of being at the Wall
        > and
        > > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany and it has left
        > an
        > > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
        > > >
        > > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of wanting to be
        > > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I wrote to you
        > > recently
        > > > touting that the best posts were acts of storytelling - stories
        > > drawn
        > > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message 15302). They somehow
        > > end
        > > > up being universal after all when we turn out the lights at the
        > > end of
        > > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York shortly after
        > > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed much more
        > acutely
        > > how
        > > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the functions that
        > > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up teaching lessons but
        > > what a
        > > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
        > > >
        > > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post (message 15658)
        > and
        > > I am
        > > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it is doubly true
        > > when
        > > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and everyone else that
        > > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit that I haven't
        > > hidden
        > > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible English. I wonder
        > if
        > > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes? Despite this
        > > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper place of communion
        > > not
        > > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that our shared
        > > spiritual
        > > > community with its truly global scope guarantees that we are
        > > already
        > > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves drinking from
        > the
        > > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
        > > >
        > > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have to do the same
        > > > imagining when I read your posts until that day arrives.
        > > >
        > > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
        > > > Sharani
        > > >
        > > >
        > > >
        > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
        > doriscott20002000
        > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > > oh, dear Sharani,
        > > > >
        > > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say a few things
        > I
        > > was
        > > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and didn't know
        > how
        > > to
        > > > > wrap them.
        > > > >
        > > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice* stories and I
        > smile
        > > or I
        > > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem to carry. I
        > > > > especially liked the one about your time you spent in
        > > Philadelphia.
        > > > >
        > > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply. Does the 'rest of
        > > the
        > > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert you mentioned
        > and
        > > I
        > > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few hours there and
        > > that
        > > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word Philadelphia he
        > > hears
        > > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing when I hear the
        > > word
        > > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different fibration of your
        > > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the inspiration-
        > > letter
        > > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I will definitely
        > > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or at the
        > > christmas
        > > > > trip? Enough.
        > > > >
        > > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall attractive
        > girl
        > > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look like I always
        > get
        > > a
        > > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like - what a dear
        > > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
        > > > >
        > > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is that the A.M.
        > > made
        > > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would like to reply
        > or
        > > post
        > > > > something when I have the feeling it is something universal,
        > > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
        > > > >
        > > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say, that what I am
        > > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others? Sometimes
        > people
        > > say
        > > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is inspired by
        > their
        > > > > posts. Hm.
        > > > >
        > > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native language and
        > it
        > > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't have) to post
        > > something
        > > > > in good English.
        > > > >
        > > > > Have a nice weekend
        > > > >
        > > > > Doris
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > >
        > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
        > sharani_sharani
        > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > > > >
        > > > > > Hi Sarah,
        > > > > >
        > > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to appreciate me since
        > > I've
        > > > > been
        > > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and camaraderie that I used
        > to
        > > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the past. I guess
        > I
        > > > > wouldn't
        > > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just writes away
        > > > > regardless
        > > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt like here most
        > of
        > > the
        > > > > time
        > > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
        > > > > >
        > > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing regardless of
        > the
        > > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even occasional replies or
        > > nods of
        > > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish to admit.
        > Maybe
        > > I
        > > > > need
        > > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when expectation
        > ends."
        > > > > When my
        > > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon lights, I at
        > least
        > > > > console
        > > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit they're there
        > (eegods
        > > even
        > > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the operative
        > motto
        > > of my
        > > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
        > > > > >
        > > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you heartfelt
        > thanks
        > > for
        > > > > your
        > > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a post from
        > you,
        > > I
        > > > > always
        > > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the second book I read
        > > after
        > > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed like the Bible
        > of
        > > the
        > > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20 list (message
        > > > > 15593), I
        > > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in which I did
        > intend
        > > some
        > > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
        > > > > >
        > > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
        > > > > > Sharani
        > > > > >
        > > > > >
        > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
        > > sarah_inseattle
        > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > Hi Sharani,
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more often (forgive me)
        > > but
        > > > > > > please know I do.
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a special "plug"
        > > for
        > > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation classes more
        > > than
        > > > > ten
        > > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about Sri Chinmoy's
        > > path. I
        > > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it all together.
        > > Beyond
        > > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not disappoint! It is
        > a
        > > > > pretty
        > > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read the entire book,
        > > cover-
        > > > > to-
        > > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
        > > > > > > Gratitude,
        > > > > > > Sarah
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > >
        > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
        > > sharani_sharani
        > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the goal before it
        > is
        > > won
        > > > > but I
        > > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in all
        > seriousness.
        > > I
        > > > > intend
        > > > > > > to
        > > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with various genres
        > of
        > > > > writing
        > > > > > > > represented and every reply here is therefore more than
        > > > > sincerely
        > > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have already tackled
        > the
        > > > > task.
        > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the Service-Trees.
        > For
        > > > > them and
        > > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I will count
        > the
        > > > > series as
        > > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-Plants,
        > Service-
        > > > > Trees,
        > > > > > > The
        > > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have twenty selected
        > > songs
        > > > > out
        > > > > > > of
        > > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list of selected
        > > essential
        > > > > > > books
        > > > > > > > as well.
        > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic news that an
        > > entire
        > > > > wing
        > > > > > > of a
        > > > > > > > university library overseas will be dedicated to Sri
        > > Chinmoy's
        > > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of Guru! His
        > formal
        > > > > > > schooling
        > > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom needs at least
        > an
        > > > > entire
        > > > > > > wing
        > > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
        > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > Sharani
        > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
        > > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
        > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > Hi all,
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to mention what
        > > > > happened in
        > > > > > > > > September?
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur (maybe Sept.
        > > 13)
        > > > > Sri
        > > > > > > Chinmoy
        > > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just given prasad
        > on
        > > the
        > > > > > > occasion
        > > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th book of our
        > > Master's (I
        > > > > > > mean the
        > > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total). And then Sri
        > > Chinmoy
        > > > > > > wanted
        > > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the big important
        > > ones,
        > > > > > > (actually
        > > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones Sharani listed
        > > > > here).
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to tell one of
        > the
        > > > > latest
        > > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000 Service Trees".
        > He
        > > > > tested
        > > > > > > our
        > > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of the latest one
        > (at
        > > > > that
        > > > > > > time it
        > > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich Hungarian brother and
        > > said
        > > > > to
        > > > > > > him:
        > > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial quote)
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of these poetry
        > and
        > > > > > > aphorism
        > > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they truly have such
        > > > > > > inspirational
        > > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can but recommend
        > > them to
        > > > > > > everyone.
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > Happy reading,
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > Kamalika
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
        > dharmaja
        > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
        > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > D.
        > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
        > > > > sharani_sharani
        > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine introduces a
        > list
        > > of
        > > > > > > their
        > > > > > > > > choice
        > > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books written in English
        > > during
        > > > > the
        > > > > > > time
        > > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth (1923) to the
        > > current
        > > > > day.
        > > > > > > They
        > > > > > > > > have
        > > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You can browse
        > their
        > > > > fiction
        > > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website at:
        > > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
        > > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting (surprise
        > surprise!).
        > > > > Some of
        > > > > > > the
        > > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me back to High
        > School
        > > > > English
        > > > > > > and
        > > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James Agee, etc.
        > > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S. Lewis "The
        > > Lion,
        > > > > the
        > > > > > > Witch
        > > > > > > > > and
        > > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction list doesn't
        > > > > necessarily
        > > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with spiritual literature.
        > > That
        > > > > got
        > > > > > > me to
        > > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number of books that
        > > Sri
        > > > > > > Chinmoy
        > > > > > > > > has
        > > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of works all by him
        > > would
        > > > > > > still
        > > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his complete body of
        > > > > literary
        > > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time to time we
        > have
        > > > > > > recommended
        > > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How about top 10 or
        > > top
        > > > > 100 of
        > > > > > > Sri
        > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
        > > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include Everest
        > > Aspiration,
        > > > > The
        > > > > > > Inner
        > > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of Joy, The
        > Wisdom
        > > of
        > > > > Sri
        > > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
        > > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would add?
        > > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
        > > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this thread with only
        > a
        > > few
        > > > > > > titles in
        > > > > > > > > > > the hopes that others join in :-)
        > > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > > >
        > > > > > > >
        > > > > > >
        > > > > >
        > > > >
        > > >
        > >
        >
      • doriscott20002000
        Dear Sharani, Thank you for correcting me. I am so sorry for unnecessary mistakes. I found the appropriate songbook at home and browsed through it but did not
        Message 3 of 30 , Nov 5, 2005
          Dear Sharani,

          Thank you for correcting me. I am so sorry for unnecessary mistakes.
          I found the appropriate songbook at home and browsed through it but
          did not notice my mistake. Sometimes I can be so 'blind.' The more I
          try to improve the more 'mistakes' I seem to make. That is part of
          the game. :-)

          Doris



          --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
          <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          >
          > Hi Doris,
          >
          > Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not familiar with
          > them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about the words to
          > this song when you first posted it. Usually the plural of life is
          also
          > lives rather than "lifes" which would indeed make it rhyme with the
          > word hives. The image of a a bee hive seems unique in Guru's music.
          > Very interesting...
          >
          > Sharani
          >
          > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
          > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > >
          > >
          > >
          > > I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:
          > >
          > > "One life became two lifes,
          > > One hive became two hives,
          > > One life, one hive again
          > > Silenced division pain."
          > >
          > > Sri Chinmoy
          > >
          > > ************
          > >
          > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          doriscott20002000
          > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > >
          > > >
          > > >
          > > > Dear Sharani,
          > > >
          > > > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru composed for
          > > > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow forgot
          about
          > > > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I sang a few
          of
          > > the
          > > > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I say. One of
          my
          > > > favourites you find here:
          > > >
          > > > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?sid=ckgsong100739511
          > > >
          > > > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
          > > >
          > > > "One life became two lifes,
          > > > One hife became two hifes,
          > > > One life one hife again,
          > > > Silenced division pain."
          > > >
          > > > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we all may
          feel
          > > > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much hope.
          > > >
          > > > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe tomorrow more.
          > > >
          > > > Doris
          > > >
          > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          sharani_sharani
          > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > >
          > > > > Hi Doris,
          > > > >
          > > > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the act of
          > > musing.
          > > > You
          > > > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at the
          beginning
          > > of
          > > > the
          > > > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and along the way I
          > > > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little sister
          > > (message
          > > > > 10561), another real keeper.
          > > > >
          > > > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
          I
          > > > myself
          > > > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when Guru gave a
          > > > concert
          > > > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much chocolate I
          brought
          > > > back
          > > > > home with me when I read in your poem about throwing away a
          > > piece
          > > > of
          > > > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now. I have
          > > listened
          > > > to
          > > > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of being at the
          Wall
          > > and
          > > > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany and it has
          left
          > > an
          > > > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
          > > > >
          > > > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of wanting to
          be
          > > > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I wrote to
          you
          > > > recently
          > > > > touting that the best posts were acts of storytelling -
          stories
          > > > drawn
          > > > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message 15302). They
          somehow
          > > > end
          > > > > up being universal after all when we turn out the lights at
          the
          > > > end of
          > > > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York shortly
          after
          > > > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed much more
          > > acutely
          > > > how
          > > > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the functions
          that
          > > > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up teaching lessons
          but
          > > > what a
          > > > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
          > > > >
          > > > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post (message
          15658)
          > > and
          > > > I am
          > > > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it is doubly
          true
          > > > when
          > > > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and everyone else
          that
          > > > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit that I
          haven't
          > > > hidden
          > > > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible English. I
          wonder
          > > if
          > > > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes? Despite this
          > > > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper place of
          communion
          > > > not
          > > > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that our shared
          > > > spiritual
          > > > > community with its truly global scope guarantees that we are
          > > > already
          > > > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves drinking
          from
          > > the
          > > > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
          > > > >
          > > > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have to do the
          same
          > > > > imagining when I read your posts until that day arrives.
          > > > >
          > > > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
          > > > > Sharani
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > >
          > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          > > doriscott20002000
          > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > > oh, dear Sharani,
          > > > > >
          > > > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say a few
          things
          > > I
          > > > was
          > > > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and didn't
          know
          > > how
          > > > to
          > > > > > wrap them.
          > > > > >
          > > > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice* stories and I
          > > smile
          > > > or I
          > > > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem to carry. I
          > > > > > especially liked the one about your time you spent in
          > > > Philadelphia.
          > > > > >
          > > > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply. Does
          the 'rest of
          > > > the
          > > > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert you
          mentioned
          > > and
          > > > I
          > > > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few hours there
          and
          > > > that
          > > > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word Philadelphia
          he
          > > > hears
          > > > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing when I hear
          the
          > > > word
          > > > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different fibration of
          your
          > > > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the
          inspiration-
          > > > letter
          > > > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I will
          definitely
          > > > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or at the
          > > > christmas
          > > > > > trip? Enough.
          > > > > >
          > > > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall
          attractive
          > > girl
          > > > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look like I
          always
          > > get
          > > > a
          > > > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like - what a
          dear
          > > > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
          > > > > >
          > > > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is that the
          A.M.
          > > > made
          > > > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would like to
          reply
          > > or
          > > > post
          > > > > > something when I have the feeling it is something
          universal,
          > > > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
          > > > > >
          > > > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say, that what
          I am
          > > > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others? Sometimes
          > > people
          > > > say
          > > > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is inspired by
          > > their
          > > > > > posts. Hm.
          > > > > >
          > > > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native language
          and
          > > it
          > > > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't have) to post
          > > > something
          > > > > > in good English.
          > > > > >
          > > > > > Have a nice weekend
          > > > > >
          > > > > > Doris
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          > > sharani_sharani
          > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > > > >
          > > > > > > Hi Sarah,
          > > > > > >
          > > > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to appreciate me
          since
          > > > I've
          > > > > > been
          > > > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and camaraderie that I
          used
          > > to
          > > > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the past. I
          guess
          > > I
          > > > > > wouldn't
          > > > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just writes
          away
          > > > > > regardless
          > > > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt like here
          most
          > > of
          > > > the
          > > > > > time
          > > > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
          > > > > > >
          > > > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing regardless
          of
          > > the
          > > > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even occasional replies
          or
          > > > nods of
          > > > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish to admit.
          > > Maybe
          > > > I
          > > > > > need
          > > > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when expectation
          > > ends."
          > > > > > When my
          > > > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon lights, I at
          > > least
          > > > > > console
          > > > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit they're there
          > > (eegods
          > > > even
          > > > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the operative
          > > motto
          > > > of my
          > > > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
          > > > > > >
          > > > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you heartfelt
          > > thanks
          > > > for
          > > > > > your
          > > > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a post from
          > > you,
          > > > I
          > > > > > always
          > > > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the second book I
          read
          > > > after
          > > > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed like the
          Bible
          > > of
          > > > the
          > > > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20 list
          (message
          > > > > > 15593), I
          > > > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in which I did
          > > intend
          > > > some
          > > > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
          > > > > > >
          > > > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
          > > > > > > Sharani
          > > > > > >
          > > > > > >
          > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          > > > sarah_inseattle
          > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > Hi Sharani,
          > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more often (forgive
          me)
          > > > but
          > > > > > > > please know I do.
          > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a
          special "plug"
          > > > for
          > > > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation classes
          more
          > > > than
          > > > > > ten
          > > > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about Sri
          Chinmoy's
          > > > path. I
          > > > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it all
          together.
          > > > Beyond
          > > > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not disappoint!
          It is
          > > a
          > > > > > pretty
          > > > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read the entire
          book,
          > > > cover-
          > > > > > to-
          > > > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
          > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
          > > > > > > > Gratitude,
          > > > > > > > Sarah
          > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          > > > sharani_sharani
          > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the goal before
          it
          > > is
          > > > won
          > > > > > but I
          > > > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in all
          > > seriousness.
          > > > I
          > > > > > intend
          > > > > > > > to
          > > > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with various
          genres
          > > of
          > > > > > writing
          > > > > > > > > represented and every reply here is therefore more
          than
          > > > > > sincerely
          > > > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have already
          tackled
          > > the
          > > > > > task.
          > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the Service-
          Trees.
          > > For
          > > > > > them and
          > > > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I will
          count
          > > the
          > > > > > series as
          > > > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-Plants,
          > > Service-
          > > > > > Trees,
          > > > > > > > The
          > > > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have twenty
          selected
          > > > songs
          > > > > > out
          > > > > > > > of
          > > > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list of selected
          > > > essential
          > > > > > > > books
          > > > > > > > > as well.
          > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic news that
          an
          > > > entire
          > > > > > wing
          > > > > > > > of a
          > > > > > > > > university library overseas will be dedicated to Sri
          > > > Chinmoy's
          > > > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of Guru! His
          > > formal
          > > > > > > > schooling
          > > > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom needs at
          least
          > > an
          > > > > > entire
          > > > > > > > wing
          > > > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
          > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > Sharani
          > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          > > > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
          > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > Hi all,
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to mention
          what
          > > > > > happened in
          > > > > > > > > > September?
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur (maybe
          Sept.
          > > > 13)
          > > > > > Sri
          > > > > > > > Chinmoy
          > > > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just given
          prasad
          > > on
          > > > the
          > > > > > > > occasion
          > > > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th book of our
          > > > Master's (I
          > > > > > > > mean the
          > > > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total). And then
          Sri
          > > > Chinmoy
          > > > > > > > wanted
          > > > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the big
          important
          > > > ones,
          > > > > > > > (actually
          > > > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones Sharani
          listed
          > > > > > here).
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to tell one
          of
          > > the
          > > > > > latest
          > > > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000 Service
          Trees".
          > > He
          > > > > > tested
          > > > > > > > our
          > > > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of the latest
          one
          > > (at
          > > > > > that
          > > > > > > > time it
          > > > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich Hungarian brother
          and
          > > > said
          > > > > > to
          > > > > > > > him:
          > > > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial quote)
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of these
          poetry
          > > and
          > > > > > > > aphorism
          > > > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they truly have
          such
          > > > > > > > inspirational
          > > > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can but
          recommend
          > > > them to
          > > > > > > > everyone.
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > Happy reading,
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > Kamalika
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          > > dharmaja
          > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
          > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > D.
          > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
          > > > > > sharani_sharani
          > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine introduces
          a
          > > list
          > > > of
          > > > > > > > their
          > > > > > > > > > choice
          > > > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books written in
          English
          > > > during
          > > > > > the
          > > > > > > > time
          > > > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth (1923) to the
          > > > current
          > > > > > day.
          > > > > > > > They
          > > > > > > > > > have
          > > > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You can browse
          > > their
          > > > > > fiction
          > > > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website at:
          > > > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
          > > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting (surprise
          > > surprise!).
          > > > > > Some of
          > > > > > > > the
          > > > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me back to High
          > > School
          > > > > > English
          > > > > > > > and
          > > > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James Agee, etc.
          > > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S.
          Lewis "The
          > > > Lion,
          > > > > > the
          > > > > > > > Witch
          > > > > > > > > > and
          > > > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction list
          doesn't
          > > > > > necessarily
          > > > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with spiritual
          literature.
          > > > That
          > > > > > got
          > > > > > > > me to
          > > > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number of books
          that
          > > > Sri
          > > > > > > > Chinmoy
          > > > > > > > > > has
          > > > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of works all by
          him
          > > > would
          > > > > > > > still
          > > > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his complete body
          of
          > > > > > literary
          > > > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time to time we
          > > have
          > > > > > > > recommended
          > > > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How about top 10
          or
          > > > top
          > > > > > 100 of
          > > > > > > > Sri
          > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
          > > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include Everest
          > > > Aspiration,
          > > > > > The
          > > > > > > > Inner
          > > > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of Joy, The
          > > Wisdom
          > > > of
          > > > > > Sri
          > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
          > > > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would add?
          > > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
          > > > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this thread with
          only
          > > a
          > > > few
          > > > > > > > titles in
          > > > > > > > > > > > the hopes that others join in :-)
          > > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > > >
          > > > > > > >
          > > > > > >
          > > > > >
          > > > >
          > > >
          > >
          >
        • doriscott20002000
          AND NOW COMES THE CORRECT VERSION! One life became two lives, One hive became two hives, One life, one hive again, Silenced division pain. -Sri Chinmoy ...
          Message 4 of 30 , Nov 7, 2005
            AND NOW COMES THE CORRECT VERSION!

            "One life became two lives,
            One hive became two hives,
            One life, one hive again,
            Silenced division pain."

            -Sri Chinmoy


            --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
            <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            >
            >
            >
            > Dear Sharani,
            >
            > Thank you for correcting me. I am so sorry for unnecessary
            mistakes.
            > I found the appropriate songbook at home and browsed through it
            but
            > did not notice my mistake. Sometimes I can be so 'blind.' The more
            I
            > try to improve the more 'mistakes' I seem to make. That is part of
            > the game. :-)
            >
            > Doris
            >
            >
            >
            > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
            > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > >
            > > Hi Doris,
            > >
            > > Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not familiar
            with
            > > them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about the words
            to
            > > this song when you first posted it. Usually the plural of life
            is
            > also
            > > lives rather than "lifes" which would indeed make it rhyme with
            the
            > > word hives. The image of a a bee hive seems unique in Guru's
            music.
            > > Very interesting...
            > >
            > > Sharani
            > >
            > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            doriscott20002000
            > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > >
            > > >
            > > >
            > > > I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:
            > > >
            > > > "One life became two lifes,
            > > > One hive became two hives,
            > > > One life, one hive again
            > > > Silenced division pain."
            > > >
            > > > Sri Chinmoy
            > > >
            > > > ************
            > > >
            > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > doriscott20002000
            > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > >
            > > > > Dear Sharani,
            > > > >
            > > > > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru composed for
            > > > > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow forgot
            > about
            > > > > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I sang a
            few
            > of
            > > > the
            > > > > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I say. One
            of
            > my
            > > > > favourites you find here:
            > > > >
            > > > > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?sid=ckgsong100739511
            > > > >
            > > > > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
            > > > >
            > > > > "One life became two lifes,
            > > > > One hife became two hifes,
            > > > > One life one hife again,
            > > > > Silenced division pain."
            > > > >
            > > > > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we all may
            > feel
            > > > > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much hope.
            > > > >
            > > > > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe tomorrow
            more.
            > > > >
            > > > > Doris
            > > > >
            > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > sharani_sharani
            > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > >
            > > > > > Hi Doris,
            > > > > >
            > > > > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the act of
            > > > musing.
            > > > > You
            > > > > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at the
            > beginning
            > > > of
            > > > > the
            > > > > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and along the
            way I
            > > > > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little sister
            > > > (message
            > > > > > 10561), another real keeper.
            > > > > >
            > > > > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the Berlin
            Wall.
            > I
            > > > > myself
            > > > > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when Guru gave
            a
            > > > > concert
            > > > > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much chocolate I
            > brought
            > > > > back
            > > > > > home with me when I read in your poem about throwing away
            a
            > > > piece
            > > > > of
            > > > > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now. I have
            > > > listened
            > > > > to
            > > > > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of being at the
            > Wall
            > > > and
            > > > > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany and it
            has
            > left
            > > > an
            > > > > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
            > > > > >
            > > > > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of wanting
            to
            > be
            > > > > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I wrote to
            > you
            > > > > recently
            > > > > > touting that the best posts were acts of storytelling -
            > stories
            > > > > drawn
            > > > > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message 15302). They
            > somehow
            > > > > end
            > > > > > up being universal after all when we turn out the lights
            at
            > the
            > > > > end of
            > > > > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York shortly
            > after
            > > > > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed much more
            > > > acutely
            > > > > how
            > > > > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the functions
            > that
            > > > > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up teaching
            lessons
            > but
            > > > > what a
            > > > > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
            > > > > >
            > > > > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post (message
            > 15658)
            > > > and
            > > > > I am
            > > > > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it is doubly
            > true
            > > > > when
            > > > > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and everyone
            else
            > that
            > > > > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit that I
            > haven't
            > > > > hidden
            > > > > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible English. I
            > wonder
            > > > if
            > > > > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes? Despite
            this
            > > > > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper place of
            > communion
            > > > > not
            > > > > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that our
            shared
            > > > > spiritual
            > > > > > community with its truly global scope guarantees that we
            are
            > > > > already
            > > > > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves drinking
            > from
            > > > the
            > > > > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
            > > > > >
            > > > > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have to do the
            > same
            > > > > > imagining when I read your posts until that day arrives.
            > > > > >
            > > > > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
            > > > > > Sharani
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > > > doriscott20002000
            > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > oh, dear Sharani,
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say a few
            > things
            > > > I
            > > > > was
            > > > > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and didn't
            > know
            > > > how
            > > > > to
            > > > > > > wrap them.
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice* stories and
            I
            > > > smile
            > > > > or I
            > > > > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem to carry.
            I
            > > > > > > especially liked the one about your time you spent in
            > > > > Philadelphia.
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply. Does
            > the 'rest of
            > > > > the
            > > > > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert you
            > mentioned
            > > > and
            > > > > I
            > > > > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few hours
            there
            > and
            > > > > that
            > > > > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word
            Philadelphia
            > he
            > > > > hears
            > > > > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing when I
            hear
            > the
            > > > > word
            > > > > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different fibration of
            > your
            > > > > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the
            > inspiration-
            > > > > letter
            > > > > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I will
            > definitely
            > > > > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or at the
            > > > > christmas
            > > > > > > trip? Enough.
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall
            > attractive
            > > > girl
            > > > > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look like I
            > always
            > > > get
            > > > > a
            > > > > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like - what a
            > dear
            > > > > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is that
            the
            > A.M.
            > > > > made
            > > > > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would like to
            > reply
            > > > or
            > > > > post
            > > > > > > something when I have the feeling it is something
            > universal,
            > > > > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say, that
            what
            > I am
            > > > > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others?
            Sometimes
            > > > people
            > > > > say
            > > > > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is inspired
            by
            > > > their
            > > > > > > posts. Hm.
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native language
            > and
            > > > it
            > > > > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't have) to
            post
            > > > > something
            > > > > > > in good English.
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > Have a nice weekend
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > Doris
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > > > sharani_sharani
            > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > Hi Sarah,
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to appreciate me
            > since
            > > > > I've
            > > > > > > been
            > > > > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and camaraderie that I
            > used
            > > > to
            > > > > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the past. I
            > guess
            > > > I
            > > > > > > wouldn't
            > > > > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just writes
            > away
            > > > > > > regardless
            > > > > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt like here
            > most
            > > > of
            > > > > the
            > > > > > > time
            > > > > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing
            regardless
            > of
            > > > the
            > > > > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even occasional
            replies
            > or
            > > > > nods of
            > > > > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish to
            admit.
            > > > Maybe
            > > > > I
            > > > > > > need
            > > > > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when
            expectation
            > > > ends."
            > > > > > > When my
            > > > > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon lights, I
            at
            > > > least
            > > > > > > console
            > > > > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit they're there
            > > > (eegods
            > > > > even
            > > > > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the
            operative
            > > > motto
            > > > > of my
            > > > > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you heartfelt
            > > > thanks
            > > > > for
            > > > > > > your
            > > > > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a post
            from
            > > > you,
            > > > > I
            > > > > > > always
            > > > > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the second book I
            > read
            > > > > after
            > > > > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed like the
            > Bible
            > > > of
            > > > > the
            > > > > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20 list
            > (message
            > > > > > > 15593), I
            > > > > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in which I
            did
            > > > intend
            > > > > some
            > > > > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
            > > > > > > > Sharani
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > > > > sarah_inseattle
            > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > Hi Sharani,
            > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more often
            (forgive
            > me)
            > > > > but
            > > > > > > > > please know I do.
            > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a
            > special "plug"
            > > > > for
            > > > > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation classes
            > more
            > > > > than
            > > > > > > ten
            > > > > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about Sri
            > Chinmoy's
            > > > > path. I
            > > > > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it all
            > together.
            > > > > Beyond
            > > > > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not disappoint!
            > It is
            > > > a
            > > > > > > pretty
            > > > > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read the entire
            > book,
            > > > > cover-
            > > > > > > to-
            > > > > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
            > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
            > > > > > > > > Gratitude,
            > > > > > > > > Sarah
            > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > > > > sharani_sharani
            > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the goal
            before
            > it
            > > > is
            > > > > won
            > > > > > > but I
            > > > > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in all
            > > > seriousness.
            > > > > I
            > > > > > > intend
            > > > > > > > > to
            > > > > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with various
            > genres
            > > > of
            > > > > > > writing
            > > > > > > > > > represented and every reply here is therefore more
            > than
            > > > > > > sincerely
            > > > > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have already
            > tackled
            > > > the
            > > > > > > task.
            > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the Service-
            > Trees.
            > > > For
            > > > > > > them and
            > > > > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I will
            > count
            > > > the
            > > > > > > series as
            > > > > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-Plants,
            > > > Service-
            > > > > > > Trees,
            > > > > > > > > The
            > > > > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have twenty
            > selected
            > > > > songs
            > > > > > > out
            > > > > > > > > of
            > > > > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list of
            selected
            > > > > essential
            > > > > > > > > books
            > > > > > > > > > as well.
            > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic news that
            > an
            > > > > entire
            > > > > > > wing
            > > > > > > > > of a
            > > > > > > > > > university library overseas will be dedicated to
            Sri
            > > > > Chinmoy's
            > > > > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of Guru!
            His
            > > > formal
            > > > > > > > > schooling
            > > > > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom needs at
            > least
            > > > an
            > > > > > > entire
            > > > > > > > > wing
            > > > > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
            > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > Sharani
            > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > > > > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
            > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > Hi all,
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to mention
            > what
            > > > > > > happened in
            > > > > > > > > > > September?
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur (maybe
            > Sept.
            > > > > 13)
            > > > > > > Sri
            > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
            > > > > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just given
            > prasad
            > > > on
            > > > > the
            > > > > > > > > occasion
            > > > > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th book of our
            > > > > Master's (I
            > > > > > > > > mean the
            > > > > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total). And then
            > Sri
            > > > > Chinmoy
            > > > > > > > > wanted
            > > > > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the big
            > important
            > > > > ones,
            > > > > > > > > (actually
            > > > > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones Sharani
            > listed
            > > > > > > here).
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to tell
            one
            > of
            > > > the
            > > > > > > latest
            > > > > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000 Service
            > Trees".
            > > > He
            > > > > > > tested
            > > > > > > > > our
            > > > > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of the latest
            > one
            > > > (at
            > > > > > > that
            > > > > > > > > time it
            > > > > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich Hungarian
            brother
            > and
            > > > > said
            > > > > > > to
            > > > > > > > > him:
            > > > > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial quote)
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of these
            > poetry
            > > > and
            > > > > > > > > aphorism
            > > > > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they truly
            have
            > such
            > > > > > > > > inspirational
            > > > > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can but
            > recommend
            > > > > them to
            > > > > > > > > everyone.
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > Happy reading,
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > > > dharmaja
            > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
            > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > D.
            > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
            Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > > > > > > sharani_sharani
            > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine
            introduces
            > a
            > > > list
            > > > > of
            > > > > > > > > their
            > > > > > > > > > > choice
            > > > > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books written in
            > English
            > > > > during
            > > > > > > the
            > > > > > > > > time
            > > > > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth (1923) to
            the
            > > > > current
            > > > > > > day.
            > > > > > > > > They
            > > > > > > > > > > have
            > > > > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You can
            browse
            > > > their
            > > > > > > fiction
            > > > > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website at:
            > > > > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
            > > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting (surprise
            > > > surprise!).
            > > > > > > Some of
            > > > > > > > > the
            > > > > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me back to
            High
            > > > School
            > > > > > > English
            > > > > > > > > and
            > > > > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James Agee,
            etc.
            > > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S.
            > Lewis "The
            > > > > Lion,
            > > > > > > the
            > > > > > > > > Witch
            > > > > > > > > > > and
            > > > > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction list
            > doesn't
            > > > > > > necessarily
            > > > > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with spiritual
            > literature.
            > > > > That
            > > > > > > got
            > > > > > > > > me to
            > > > > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number of
            books
            > that
            > > > > Sri
            > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
            > > > > > > > > > > has
            > > > > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of works all
            by
            > him
            > > > > would
            > > > > > > > > still
            > > > > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his complete
            body
            > of
            > > > > > > literary
            > > > > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time to time
            we
            > > > have
            > > > > > > > > recommended
            > > > > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How about top
            10
            > or
            > > > > top
            > > > > > > 100 of
            > > > > > > > > Sri
            > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
            > > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include Everest
            > > > > Aspiration,
            > > > > > > The
            > > > > > > > > Inner
            > > > > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of Joy,
            The
            > > > Wisdom
            > > > > of
            > > > > > > Sri
            > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
            > > > > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would add?
            > > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
            > > > > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this thread with
            > only
            > > > a
            > > > > few
            > > > > > > > > titles in
            > > > > > > > > > > > > the hopes that others join in :-)
            > > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > > >
            > > > > > > >
            > > > > > >
            > > > > >
            > > > >
            > > >
            > >
            >
          • sharani_sharani
            Doris, Ende gut, alles gut! Sharani
            Message 5 of 30 , Nov 7, 2005
              Doris,

              Ende gut, alles gut!

              Sharani

              --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
              <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              >
              >
              >
              > AND NOW COMES THE CORRECT VERSION!
              >
              > "One life became two lives,
              > One hive became two hives,
              > One life, one hive again,
              > Silenced division pain."
              >
              > -Sri Chinmoy
              >
              >
              > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
              > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Dear Sharani,
              > >
              > > Thank you for correcting me. I am so sorry for unnecessary
              > mistakes.
              > > I found the appropriate songbook at home and browsed through it
              > but
              > > did not notice my mistake. Sometimes I can be so 'blind.' The more
              > I
              > > try to improve the more 'mistakes' I seem to make. That is part of
              > > the game. :-)
              > >
              > > Doris
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
              > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > >
              > > > Hi Doris,
              > > >
              > > > Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not familiar
              > with
              > > > them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about the words
              > to
              > > > this song when you first posted it. Usually the plural of life
              > is
              > > also
              > > > lives rather than "lifes" which would indeed make it rhyme with
              > the
              > > > word hives. The image of a a bee hive seems unique in Guru's
              > music.
              > > > Very interesting...
              > > >
              > > > Sharani
              > > >
              > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > doriscott20002000
              > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > >
              > > > > I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:
              > > > >
              > > > > "One life became two lifes,
              > > > > One hive became two hives,
              > > > > One life, one hive again
              > > > > Silenced division pain."
              > > > >
              > > > > Sri Chinmoy
              > > > >
              > > > > ************
              > > > >
              > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > doriscott20002000
              > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Dear Sharani,
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru composed for
              > > > > > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow forgot
              > > about
              > > > > > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I sang a
              > few
              > > of
              > > > > the
              > > > > > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I say. One
              > of
              > > my
              > > > > > favourites you find here:
              > > > > >
              > > > > > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?sid=ckgsong100739511
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
              > > > > >
              > > > > > "One life became two lifes,
              > > > > > One hife became two hifes,
              > > > > > One life one hife again,
              > > > > > Silenced division pain."
              > > > > >
              > > > > > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we all may
              > > feel
              > > > > > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much hope.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe tomorrow
              > more.
              > > > > >
              > > > > > Doris
              > > > > >
              > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > sharani_sharani
              > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > Hi Doris,
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the act of
              > > > > musing.
              > > > > > You
              > > > > > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at the
              > > beginning
              > > > > of
              > > > > > the
              > > > > > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and along the
              > way I
              > > > > > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little sister
              > > > > (message
              > > > > > > 10561), another real keeper.
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the Berlin
              > Wall.
              > > I
              > > > > > myself
              > > > > > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when Guru gave
              > a
              > > > > > concert
              > > > > > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much chocolate I
              > > brought
              > > > > > back
              > > > > > > home with me when I read in your poem about throwing away
              > a
              > > > > piece
              > > > > > of
              > > > > > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now. I have
              > > > > listened
              > > > > > to
              > > > > > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of being at the
              > > Wall
              > > > > and
              > > > > > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany and it
              > has
              > > left
              > > > > an
              > > > > > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of wanting
              > to
              > > be
              > > > > > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I wrote to
              > > you
              > > > > > recently
              > > > > > > touting that the best posts were acts of storytelling -
              > > stories
              > > > > > drawn
              > > > > > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message 15302). They
              > > somehow
              > > > > > end
              > > > > > > up being universal after all when we turn out the lights
              > at
              > > the
              > > > > > end of
              > > > > > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York shortly
              > > after
              > > > > > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed much more
              > > > > acutely
              > > > > > how
              > > > > > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the functions
              > > that
              > > > > > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up teaching
              > lessons
              > > but
              > > > > > what a
              > > > > > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post (message
              > > 15658)
              > > > > and
              > > > > > I am
              > > > > > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it is doubly
              > > true
              > > > > > when
              > > > > > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and everyone
              > else
              > > that
              > > > > > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit that I
              > > haven't
              > > > > > hidden
              > > > > > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible English. I
              > > wonder
              > > > > if
              > > > > > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes? Despite
              > this
              > > > > > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper place of
              > > communion
              > > > > > not
              > > > > > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that our
              > shared
              > > > > > spiritual
              > > > > > > community with its truly global scope guarantees that we
              > are
              > > > > > already
              > > > > > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves drinking
              > > from
              > > > > the
              > > > > > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have to do the
              > > same
              > > > > > > imagining when I read your posts until that day arrives.
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
              > > > > > > Sharani
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > >
              > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > > > doriscott20002000
              > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > oh, dear Sharani,
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say a few
              > > things
              > > > > I
              > > > > > was
              > > > > > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and didn't
              > > know
              > > > > how
              > > > > > to
              > > > > > > > wrap them.
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice* stories and
              > I
              > > > > smile
              > > > > > or I
              > > > > > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem to carry.
              > I
              > > > > > > > especially liked the one about your time you spent in
              > > > > > Philadelphia.
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply. Does
              > > the 'rest of
              > > > > > the
              > > > > > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert you
              > > mentioned
              > > > > and
              > > > > > I
              > > > > > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few hours
              > there
              > > and
              > > > > > that
              > > > > > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word
              > Philadelphia
              > > he
              > > > > > hears
              > > > > > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing when I
              > hear
              > > the
              > > > > > word
              > > > > > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different fibration of
              > > your
              > > > > > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the
              > > inspiration-
              > > > > > letter
              > > > > > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I will
              > > definitely
              > > > > > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or at the
              > > > > > christmas
              > > > > > > > trip? Enough.
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall
              > > attractive
              > > > > girl
              > > > > > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look like I
              > > always
              > > > > get
              > > > > > a
              > > > > > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like - what a
              > > dear
              > > > > > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is that
              > the
              > > A.M.
              > > > > > made
              > > > > > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would like to
              > > reply
              > > > > or
              > > > > > post
              > > > > > > > something when I have the feeling it is something
              > > universal,
              > > > > > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say, that
              > what
              > > I am
              > > > > > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others?
              > Sometimes
              > > > > people
              > > > > > say
              > > > > > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is inspired
              > by
              > > > > their
              > > > > > > > posts. Hm.
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native language
              > > and
              > > > > it
              > > > > > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't have) to
              > post
              > > > > > something
              > > > > > > > in good English.
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > Have a nice weekend
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > Doris
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > > > sharani_sharani
              > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > Hi Sarah,
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to appreciate me
              > > since
              > > > > > I've
              > > > > > > > been
              > > > > > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and camaraderie that I
              > > used
              > > > > to
              > > > > > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the past. I
              > > guess
              > > > > I
              > > > > > > > wouldn't
              > > > > > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just writes
              > > away
              > > > > > > > regardless
              > > > > > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt like here
              > > most
              > > > > of
              > > > > > the
              > > > > > > > time
              > > > > > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing
              > regardless
              > > of
              > > > > the
              > > > > > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even occasional
              > replies
              > > or
              > > > > > nods of
              > > > > > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish to
              > admit.
              > > > > Maybe
              > > > > > I
              > > > > > > > need
              > > > > > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when
              > expectation
              > > > > ends."
              > > > > > > > When my
              > > > > > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon lights, I
              > at
              > > > > least
              > > > > > > > console
              > > > > > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit they're there
              > > > > (eegods
              > > > > > even
              > > > > > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the
              > operative
              > > > > motto
              > > > > > of my
              > > > > > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you heartfelt
              > > > > thanks
              > > > > > for
              > > > > > > > your
              > > > > > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a post
              > from
              > > > > you,
              > > > > > I
              > > > > > > > always
              > > > > > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the second book I
              > > read
              > > > > > after
              > > > > > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed like the
              > > Bible
              > > > > of
              > > > > > the
              > > > > > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20 list
              > > (message
              > > > > > > > 15593), I
              > > > > > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in which I
              > did
              > > > > intend
              > > > > > some
              > > > > > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
              > > > > > > > > Sharani
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > > > > sarah_inseattle
              > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > Hi Sharani,
              > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more often
              > (forgive
              > > me)
              > > > > > but
              > > > > > > > > > please know I do.
              > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a
              > > special "plug"
              > > > > > for
              > > > > > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation classes
              > > more
              > > > > > than
              > > > > > > > ten
              > > > > > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about Sri
              > > Chinmoy's
              > > > > > path. I
              > > > > > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it all
              > > together.
              > > > > > Beyond
              > > > > > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not disappoint!
              > > It is
              > > > > a
              > > > > > > > pretty
              > > > > > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read the entire
              > > book,
              > > > > > cover-
              > > > > > > > to-
              > > > > > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
              > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
              > > > > > > > > > Gratitude,
              > > > > > > > > > Sarah
              > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > > > > sharani_sharani
              > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the goal
              > before
              > > it
              > > > > is
              > > > > > won
              > > > > > > > but I
              > > > > > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in all
              > > > > seriousness.
              > > > > > I
              > > > > > > > intend
              > > > > > > > > > to
              > > > > > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with various
              > > genres
              > > > > of
              > > > > > > > writing
              > > > > > > > > > > represented and every reply here is therefore more
              > > than
              > > > > > > > sincerely
              > > > > > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have already
              > > tackled
              > > > > the
              > > > > > > > task.
              > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the Service-
              > > Trees.
              > > > > For
              > > > > > > > them and
              > > > > > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I will
              > > count
              > > > > the
              > > > > > > > series as
              > > > > > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-Plants,
              > > > > Service-
              > > > > > > > Trees,
              > > > > > > > > > The
              > > > > > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have twenty
              > > selected
              > > > > > songs
              > > > > > > > out
              > > > > > > > > > of
              > > > > > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list of
              > selected
              > > > > > essential
              > > > > > > > > > books
              > > > > > > > > > > as well.
              > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic news that
              > > an
              > > > > > entire
              > > > > > > > wing
              > > > > > > > > > of a
              > > > > > > > > > > university library overseas will be dedicated to
              > Sri
              > > > > > Chinmoy's
              > > > > > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of Guru!
              > His
              > > > > formal
              > > > > > > > > > schooling
              > > > > > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom needs at
              > > least
              > > > > an
              > > > > > > > entire
              > > > > > > > > > wing
              > > > > > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
              > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
              > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > > > > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
              > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > Hi all,
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to mention
              > > what
              > > > > > > > happened in
              > > > > > > > > > > > September?
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur (maybe
              > > Sept.
              > > > > > 13)
              > > > > > > > Sri
              > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
              > > > > > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just given
              > > prasad
              > > > > on
              > > > > > the
              > > > > > > > > > occasion
              > > > > > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th book of our
              > > > > > Master's (I
              > > > > > > > > > mean the
              > > > > > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total). And then
              > > Sri
              > > > > > Chinmoy
              > > > > > > > > > wanted
              > > > > > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the big
              > > important
              > > > > > ones,
              > > > > > > > > > (actually
              > > > > > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones Sharani
              > > listed
              > > > > > > > here).
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to tell
              > one
              > > of
              > > > > the
              > > > > > > > latest
              > > > > > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000 Service
              > > Trees".
              > > > > He
              > > > > > > > tested
              > > > > > > > > > our
              > > > > > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of the latest
              > > one
              > > > > (at
              > > > > > > > that
              > > > > > > > > > time it
              > > > > > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich Hungarian
              > brother
              > > and
              > > > > > said
              > > > > > > > to
              > > > > > > > > > him:
              > > > > > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial quote)
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of these
              > > poetry
              > > > > and
              > > > > > > > > > aphorism
              > > > > > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they truly
              > have
              > > such
              > > > > > > > > > inspirational
              > > > > > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can but
              > > recommend
              > > > > > them to
              > > > > > > > > > everyone.
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > Happy reading,
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > > > dharmaja
              > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
              > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > D.
              > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
              > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              > > > > > > > sharani_sharani
              > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine
              > introduces
              > > a
              > > > > list
              > > > > > of
              > > > > > > > > > their
              > > > > > > > > > > > choice
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books written in
              > > English
              > > > > > during
              > > > > > > > the
              > > > > > > > > > time
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth (1923) to
              > the
              > > > > > current
              > > > > > > > day.
              > > > > > > > > > They
              > > > > > > > > > > > have
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You can
              > browse
              > > > > their
              > > > > > > > fiction
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website at:
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
              > > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting (surprise
              > > > > surprise!).
              > > > > > > > Some of
              > > > > > > > > > the
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me back to
              > High
              > > > > School
              > > > > > > > English
              > > > > > > > > > and
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James Agee,
              > etc.
              > > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S.
              > > Lewis "The
              > > > > > Lion,
              > > > > > > > the
              > > > > > > > > > Witch
              > > > > > > > > > > > and
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction list
              > > doesn't
              > > > > > > > necessarily
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with spiritual
              > > literature.
              > > > > > That
              > > > > > > > got
              > > > > > > > > > me to
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number of
              > books
              > > that
              > > > > > Sri
              > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
              > > > > > > > > > > > has
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of works all
              > by
              > > him
              > > > > > would
              > > > > > > > > > still
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his complete
              > body
              > > of
              > > > > > > > literary
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time to time
              > we
              > > > > have
              > > > > > > > > > recommended
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How about top
              > 10
              > > or
              > > > > > top
              > > > > > > > 100 of
              > > > > > > > > > Sri
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
              > > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include Everest
              > > > > > Aspiration,
              > > > > > > > The
              > > > > > > > > > Inner
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of Joy,
              > The
              > > > > Wisdom
              > > > > > of
              > > > > > > > Sri
              > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would add?
              > > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this thread with
              > > only
              > > > > a
              > > > > > few
              > > > > > > > > > titles in
              > > > > > > > > > > > > > the hopes that others join in :-)
              > > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > > >
              > > > > > > >
              > > > > > >
              > > > > >
              > > > >
              > > >
              > >
              >
            • doriscott20002000
              Oi, German!! :-) Yes, that was true for yesterday. For today I d better say: Was lange währt wird gut. ;-) Doris ... doriscott20002000 ... it ... more ...
              Message 6 of 30 , Nov 8, 2005
                Oi, German!! :-) Yes, that was true for yesterday. For today I'd
                better say: "Was lange währt wird gut." ;-)

                Doris


                --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
                <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                >
                > Doris,
                >
                > Ende gut, alles gut!
                >
                > Sharani
                >
                > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
                > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > >
                > >
                > >
                > > AND NOW COMES THE CORRECT VERSION!
                > >
                > > "One life became two lives,
                > > One hive became two hives,
                > > One life, one hive again,
                > > Silenced division pain."
                > >
                > > -Sri Chinmoy
                > >
                > >
                > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                doriscott20002000
                > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > Dear Sharani,
                > > >
                > > > Thank you for correcting me. I am so sorry for unnecessary
                > > mistakes.
                > > > I found the appropriate songbook at home and browsed through
                it
                > > but
                > > > did not notice my mistake. Sometimes I can be so 'blind.' The
                more
                > > I
                > > > try to improve the more 'mistakes' I seem to make. That is
                part of
                > > > the game. :-)
                > > >
                > > > Doris
                > > >
                > > >
                > > >
                > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                sharani_sharani
                > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > >
                > > > > Hi Doris,
                > > > >
                > > > > Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not
                familiar
                > > with
                > > > > them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about the
                words
                > > to
                > > > > this song when you first posted it. Usually the plural of
                life
                > > is
                > > > also
                > > > > lives rather than "lifes" which would indeed make it rhyme
                with
                > > the
                > > > > word hives. The image of a a bee hive seems unique in Guru's
                > > music.
                > > > > Very interesting...
                > > > >
                > > > > Sharani
                > > > >
                > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > doriscott20002000
                > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > >
                > > > > > I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:
                > > > > >
                > > > > > "One life became two lifes,
                > > > > > One hive became two hives,
                > > > > > One life, one hive again
                > > > > > Silenced division pain."
                > > > > >
                > > > > > Sri Chinmoy
                > > > > >
                > > > > > ************
                > > > > >
                > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > doriscott20002000
                > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > Dear Sharani,
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru composed
                for
                > > > > > > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow
                forgot
                > > > about
                > > > > > > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I sang
                a
                > > few
                > > > of
                > > > > > the
                > > > > > > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I say.
                One
                > > of
                > > > my
                > > > > > > favourites you find here:
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?
                sid=ckgsong100739511
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > "One life became two lifes,
                > > > > > > One hife became two hifes,
                > > > > > > One life one hife again,
                > > > > > > Silenced division pain."
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we all
                may
                > > > feel
                > > > > > > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much hope.
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe tomorrow
                > > more.
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > Doris
                > > > > > >
                > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > sharani_sharani
                > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > Hi Doris,
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the act
                of
                > > > > > musing.
                > > > > > > You
                > > > > > > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at the
                > > > beginning
                > > > > > of
                > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and along
                the
                > > way I
                > > > > > > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little
                sister
                > > > > > (message
                > > > > > > > 10561), another real keeper.
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the Berlin
                > > Wall.
                > > > I
                > > > > > > myself
                > > > > > > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when Guru
                gave
                > > a
                > > > > > > concert
                > > > > > > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much chocolate
                I
                > > > brought
                > > > > > > back
                > > > > > > > home with me when I read in your poem about throwing
                away
                > > a
                > > > > > piece
                > > > > > > of
                > > > > > > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now. I
                have
                > > > > > listened
                > > > > > > to
                > > > > > > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of being at
                the
                > > > Wall
                > > > > > and
                > > > > > > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany and
                it
                > > has
                > > > left
                > > > > > an
                > > > > > > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of
                wanting
                > > to
                > > > be
                > > > > > > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I wrote
                to
                > > > you
                > > > > > > recently
                > > > > > > > touting that the best posts were acts of storytelling -

                > > > stories
                > > > > > > drawn
                > > > > > > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message 15302).
                They
                > > > somehow
                > > > > > > end
                > > > > > > > up being universal after all when we turn out the
                lights
                > > at
                > > > the
                > > > > > > end of
                > > > > > > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York
                shortly
                > > > after
                > > > > > > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed much
                more
                > > > > > acutely
                > > > > > > how
                > > > > > > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the
                functions
                > > > that
                > > > > > > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up teaching
                > > lessons
                > > > but
                > > > > > > what a
                > > > > > > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post (message
                > > > 15658)
                > > > > > and
                > > > > > > I am
                > > > > > > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it is
                doubly
                > > > true
                > > > > > > when
                > > > > > > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and
                everyone
                > > else
                > > > that
                > > > > > > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit that I
                > > > haven't
                > > > > > > hidden
                > > > > > > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible
                English. I
                > > > wonder
                > > > > > if
                > > > > > > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes?
                Despite
                > > this
                > > > > > > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper place of
                > > > communion
                > > > > > > not
                > > > > > > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that our
                > > shared
                > > > > > > spiritual
                > > > > > > > community with its truly global scope guarantees that
                we
                > > are
                > > > > > > already
                > > > > > > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves
                drinking
                > > > from
                > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have to do
                the
                > > > same
                > > > > > > > imagining when I read your posts until that day
                arrives.
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
                > > > > > > > Sharani
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > > > doriscott20002000
                > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > oh, dear Sharani,
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say a
                few
                > > > things
                > > > > > I
                > > > > > > was
                > > > > > > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and
                didn't
                > > > know
                > > > > > how
                > > > > > > to
                > > > > > > > > wrap them.
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice* stories
                and
                > > I
                > > > > > smile
                > > > > > > or I
                > > > > > > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem to
                carry.
                > > I
                > > > > > > > > especially liked the one about your time you spent
                in
                > > > > > > Philadelphia.
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply. Does
                > > > the 'rest of
                > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert you
                > > > mentioned
                > > > > > and
                > > > > > > I
                > > > > > > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few hours
                > > there
                > > > and
                > > > > > > that
                > > > > > > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word
                > > Philadelphia
                > > > he
                > > > > > > hears
                > > > > > > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing when I
                > > hear
                > > > the
                > > > > > > word
                > > > > > > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different
                fibration of
                > > > your
                > > > > > > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the
                > > > inspiration-
                > > > > > > letter
                > > > > > > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I will
                > > > definitely
                > > > > > > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or at
                the
                > > > > > > christmas
                > > > > > > > > trip? Enough.
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall
                > > > attractive
                > > > > > girl
                > > > > > > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look like I
                > > > always
                > > > > > get
                > > > > > > a
                > > > > > > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like -
                what a
                > > > dear
                > > > > > > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is
                that
                > > the
                > > > A.M.
                > > > > > > made
                > > > > > > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would like
                to
                > > > reply
                > > > > > or
                > > > > > > post
                > > > > > > > > something when I have the feeling it is something
                > > > universal,
                > > > > > > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say, that
                > > what
                > > > I am
                > > > > > > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others?
                > > Sometimes
                > > > > > people
                > > > > > > say
                > > > > > > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is
                inspired
                > > by
                > > > > > their
                > > > > > > > > posts. Hm.
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native
                language
                > > > and
                > > > > > it
                > > > > > > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't have) to
                > > post
                > > > > > > something
                > > > > > > > > in good English.
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > Have a nice weekend
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > Doris
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > > > sharani_sharani
                > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > Hi Sarah,
                > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to
                appreciate me
                > > > since
                > > > > > > I've
                > > > > > > > > been
                > > > > > > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and camaraderie
                that I
                > > > used
                > > > > > to
                > > > > > > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the
                past. I
                > > > guess
                > > > > > I
                > > > > > > > > wouldn't
                > > > > > > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just
                writes
                > > > away
                > > > > > > > > regardless
                > > > > > > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt like
                here
                > > > most
                > > > > > of
                > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > time
                > > > > > > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
                > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing
                > > regardless
                > > > of
                > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even occasional
                > > replies
                > > > or
                > > > > > > nods of
                > > > > > > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish to
                > > admit.
                > > > > > Maybe
                > > > > > > I
                > > > > > > > > need
                > > > > > > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when
                > > expectation
                > > > > > ends."
                > > > > > > > > When my
                > > > > > > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon
                lights, I
                > > at
                > > > > > least
                > > > > > > > > console
                > > > > > > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit they're
                there
                > > > > > (eegods
                > > > > > > even
                > > > > > > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the
                > > operative
                > > > > > motto
                > > > > > > of my
                > > > > > > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
                > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you
                heartfelt
                > > > > > thanks
                > > > > > > for
                > > > > > > > > your
                > > > > > > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a
                post
                > > from
                > > > > > you,
                > > > > > > I
                > > > > > > > > always
                > > > > > > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the second
                book I
                > > > read
                > > > > > > after
                > > > > > > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed like
                the
                > > > Bible
                > > > > > of
                > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20
                list
                > > > (message
                > > > > > > > > 15593), I
                > > > > > > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in which
                I
                > > did
                > > > > > intend
                > > > > > > some
                > > > > > > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
                > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
                > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > > > > sarah_inseattle
                > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > Hi Sharani,
                > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more often
                > > (forgive
                > > > me)
                > > > > > > but
                > > > > > > > > > > please know I do.
                > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a
                > > > special "plug"
                > > > > > > for
                > > > > > > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation
                classes
                > > > more
                > > > > > > than
                > > > > > > > > ten
                > > > > > > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about Sri
                > > > Chinmoy's
                > > > > > > path. I
                > > > > > > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it all
                > > > together.
                > > > > > > Beyond
                > > > > > > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not
                disappoint!
                > > > It is
                > > > > > a
                > > > > > > > > pretty
                > > > > > > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read the
                entire
                > > > book,
                > > > > > > cover-
                > > > > > > > > to-
                > > > > > > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
                > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
                > > > > > > > > > > Gratitude,
                > > > > > > > > > > Sarah
                > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the goal
                > > before
                > > > it
                > > > > > is
                > > > > > > won
                > > > > > > > > but I
                > > > > > > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in all
                > > > > > seriousness.
                > > > > > > I
                > > > > > > > > intend
                > > > > > > > > > > to
                > > > > > > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with
                various
                > > > genres
                > > > > > of
                > > > > > > > > writing
                > > > > > > > > > > > represented and every reply here is therefore
                more
                > > > than
                > > > > > > > > sincerely
                > > > > > > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have already
                > > > tackled
                > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > task.
                > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the
                Service-
                > > > Trees.
                > > > > > For
                > > > > > > > > them and
                > > > > > > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I
                will
                > > > count
                > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > series as
                > > > > > > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-
                Plants,
                > > > > > Service-
                > > > > > > > > Trees,
                > > > > > > > > > > The
                > > > > > > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have twenty
                > > > selected
                > > > > > > songs
                > > > > > > > > out
                > > > > > > > > > > of
                > > > > > > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list of
                > > selected
                > > > > > > essential
                > > > > > > > > > > books
                > > > > > > > > > > > as well.
                > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic news
                that
                > > > an
                > > > > > > entire
                > > > > > > > > wing
                > > > > > > > > > > of a
                > > > > > > > > > > > university library overseas will be dedicated
                to
                > > Sri
                > > > > > > Chinmoy's
                > > > > > > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of
                Guru!
                > > His
                > > > > > formal
                > > > > > > > > > > schooling
                > > > > > > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom needs
                at
                > > > least
                > > > > > an
                > > > > > > > > entire
                > > > > > > > > > > wing
                > > > > > > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
                > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > > > > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
                > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > Hi all,
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to
                mention
                > > > what
                > > > > > > > > happened in
                > > > > > > > > > > > > September?
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur
                (maybe
                > > > Sept.
                > > > > > > 13)
                > > > > > > > > Sri
                > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                > > > > > > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just
                given
                > > > prasad
                > > > > > on
                > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > > > occasion
                > > > > > > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th book of
                our
                > > > > > > Master's (I
                > > > > > > > > > > mean the
                > > > > > > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total). And
                then
                > > > Sri
                > > > > > > Chinmoy
                > > > > > > > > > > wanted
                > > > > > > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the big
                > > > important
                > > > > > > ones,
                > > > > > > > > > > (actually
                > > > > > > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones
                Sharani
                > > > listed
                > > > > > > > > here).
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to
                tell
                > > one
                > > > of
                > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > latest
                > > > > > > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000
                Service
                > > > Trees".
                > > > > > He
                > > > > > > > > tested
                > > > > > > > > > > our
                > > > > > > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of the
                latest
                > > > one
                > > > > > (at
                > > > > > > > > that
                > > > > > > > > > > time it
                > > > > > > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich Hungarian
                > > brother
                > > > and
                > > > > > > said
                > > > > > > > > to
                > > > > > > > > > > him:
                > > > > > > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial quote)
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of
                these
                > > > poetry
                > > > > > and
                > > > > > > > > > > aphorism
                > > > > > > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they truly
                > > have
                > > > such
                > > > > > > > > > > inspirational
                > > > > > > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can but
                > > > recommend
                > > > > > > them to
                > > > > > > > > > > everyone.
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > Happy reading,
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > > > dharmaja
                > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
                > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > D.
                > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                > > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                > > > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine
                > > introduces
                > > > a
                > > > > > list
                > > > > > > of
                > > > > > > > > > > their
                > > > > > > > > > > > > choice
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books written in
                > > > English
                > > > > > > during
                > > > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > > > time
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth (1923)
                to
                > > the
                > > > > > > current
                > > > > > > > > day.
                > > > > > > > > > > They
                > > > > > > > > > > > > have
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You can
                > > browse
                > > > > > their
                > > > > > > > > fiction
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website at:
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting (surprise
                > > > > > surprise!).
                > > > > > > > > Some of
                > > > > > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me back to
                > > High
                > > > > > School
                > > > > > > > > English
                > > > > > > > > > > and
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James
                Agee,
                > > etc.
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S.
                > > > Lewis "The
                > > > > > > Lion,
                > > > > > > > > the
                > > > > > > > > > > Witch
                > > > > > > > > > > > > and
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction list
                > > > doesn't
                > > > > > > > > necessarily
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with spiritual
                > > > literature.
                > > > > > > That
                > > > > > > > > got
                > > > > > > > > > > me to
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number of
                > > books
                > > > that
                > > > > > > Sri
                > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                > > > > > > > > > > > > has
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of works
                all
                > > by
                > > > him
                > > > > > > would
                > > > > > > > > > > still
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his
                complete
                > > body
                > > > of
                > > > > > > > > literary
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time to
                time
                > > we
                > > > > > have
                > > > > > > > > > > recommended
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How about
                top
                > > 10
                > > > or
                > > > > > > top
                > > > > > > > > 100 of
                > > > > > > > > > > Sri
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include
                Everest
                > > > > > > Aspiration,
                > > > > > > > > The
                > > > > > > > > > > Inner
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of
                Joy,
                > > The
                > > > > > Wisdom
                > > > > > > of
                > > > > > > > > Sri
                > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would add?
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this thread
                with
                > > > only
                > > > > > a
                > > > > > > few
                > > > > > > > > > > titles in
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > > the hopes that others join in :-)
                > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > > >
                > > > > > > > > > >
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              • sharani_sharani
                Now to translate since English is the official language here. I said in German All s well that ends well and Doris said Which lasts for a long time, becomes
                Message 7 of 30 , Nov 9, 2005
                  Now to translate since English is the official language here. I said
                  in German "All's well that ends well" and Doris said "Which lasts for
                  a long time, becomes good"

                  Tschus (Bye)
                  Sharani :-)

                  --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
                  <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Oi, German!! :-) Yes, that was true for yesterday. For today I'd
                  > better say: "Was lange währt wird gut." ;-)
                  >
                  > Doris
                  >
                  >
                  > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
                  > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > >
                  > > Doris,
                  > >
                  > > Ende gut, alles gut!
                  > >
                  > > Sharani
                  > >
                  > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
                  > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > AND NOW COMES THE CORRECT VERSION!
                  > > >
                  > > > "One life became two lives,
                  > > > One hive became two hives,
                  > > > One life, one hive again,
                  > > > Silenced division pain."
                  > > >
                  > > > -Sri Chinmoy
                  > > >
                  > > >
                  > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > doriscott20002000
                  > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Dear Sharani,
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Thank you for correcting me. I am so sorry for unnecessary
                  > > > mistakes.
                  > > > > I found the appropriate songbook at home and browsed through
                  > it
                  > > > but
                  > > > > did not notice my mistake. Sometimes I can be so 'blind.' The
                  > more
                  > > > I
                  > > > > try to improve the more 'mistakes' I seem to make. That is
                  > part of
                  > > > > the game. :-)
                  > > > >
                  > > > > Doris
                  > > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > sharani_sharani
                  > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > Hi Doris,
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not
                  > familiar
                  > > > with
                  > > > > > them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about the
                  > words
                  > > > to
                  > > > > > this song when you first posted it. Usually the plural of
                  > life
                  > > > is
                  > > > > also
                  > > > > > lives rather than "lifes" which would indeed make it rhyme
                  > with
                  > > > the
                  > > > > > word hives. The image of a a bee hive seems unique in Guru's
                  > > > music.
                  > > > > > Very interesting...
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > Sharani
                  > > > > >
                  > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > doriscott20002000
                  > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > "One life became two lifes,
                  > > > > > > One hive became two hives,
                  > > > > > > One life, one hive again
                  > > > > > > Silenced division pain."
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > Sri Chinmoy
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > ************
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > doriscott20002000
                  > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > Dear Sharani,
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru composed
                  > for
                  > > > > > > > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow
                  > forgot
                  > > > > about
                  > > > > > > > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I sang
                  > a
                  > > > few
                  > > > > of
                  > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I say.
                  > One
                  > > > of
                  > > > > my
                  > > > > > > > favourites you find here:
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?
                  > sid=ckgsong100739511
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > "One life became two lifes,
                  > > > > > > > One hife became two hifes,
                  > > > > > > > One life one hife again,
                  > > > > > > > Silenced division pain."
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we all
                  > may
                  > > > > feel
                  > > > > > > > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much hope.
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe tomorrow
                  > > > more.
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > Doris
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > sharani_sharani
                  > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > Hi Doris,
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the act
                  > of
                  > > > > > > musing.
                  > > > > > > > You
                  > > > > > > > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at the
                  > > > > beginning
                  > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and along
                  > the
                  > > > way I
                  > > > > > > > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little
                  > sister
                  > > > > > > (message
                  > > > > > > > > 10561), another real keeper.
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the Berlin
                  > > > Wall.
                  > > > > I
                  > > > > > > > myself
                  > > > > > > > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when Guru
                  > gave
                  > > > a
                  > > > > > > > concert
                  > > > > > > > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much chocolate
                  > I
                  > > > > brought
                  > > > > > > > back
                  > > > > > > > > home with me when I read in your poem about throwing
                  > away
                  > > > a
                  > > > > > > piece
                  > > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now. I
                  > have
                  > > > > > > listened
                  > > > > > > > to
                  > > > > > > > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of being at
                  > the
                  > > > > Wall
                  > > > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany and
                  > it
                  > > > has
                  > > > > left
                  > > > > > > an
                  > > > > > > > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of
                  > wanting
                  > > > to
                  > > > > be
                  > > > > > > > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I wrote
                  > to
                  > > > > you
                  > > > > > > > recently
                  > > > > > > > > touting that the best posts were acts of storytelling -
                  >
                  > > > > stories
                  > > > > > > > drawn
                  > > > > > > > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message 15302).
                  > They
                  > > > > somehow
                  > > > > > > > end
                  > > > > > > > > up being universal after all when we turn out the
                  > lights
                  > > > at
                  > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > end of
                  > > > > > > > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York
                  > shortly
                  > > > > after
                  > > > > > > > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed much
                  > more
                  > > > > > > acutely
                  > > > > > > > how
                  > > > > > > > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the
                  > functions
                  > > > > that
                  > > > > > > > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up teaching
                  > > > lessons
                  > > > > but
                  > > > > > > > what a
                  > > > > > > > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post (message
                  > > > > 15658)
                  > > > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > I am
                  > > > > > > > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it is
                  > doubly
                  > > > > true
                  > > > > > > > when
                  > > > > > > > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and
                  > everyone
                  > > > else
                  > > > > that
                  > > > > > > > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit that I
                  > > > > haven't
                  > > > > > > > hidden
                  > > > > > > > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible
                  > English. I
                  > > > > wonder
                  > > > > > > if
                  > > > > > > > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes?
                  > Despite
                  > > > this
                  > > > > > > > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper place of
                  > > > > communion
                  > > > > > > > not
                  > > > > > > > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that our
                  > > > shared
                  > > > > > > > spiritual
                  > > > > > > > > community with its truly global scope guarantees that
                  > we
                  > > > are
                  > > > > > > > already
                  > > > > > > > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves
                  > drinking
                  > > > > from
                  > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have to do
                  > the
                  > > > > same
                  > > > > > > > > imagining when I read your posts until that day
                  > arrives.
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
                  > > > > > > > > Sharani
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > > > doriscott20002000
                  > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > oh, dear Sharani,
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say a
                  > few
                  > > > > things
                  > > > > > > I
                  > > > > > > > was
                  > > > > > > > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and
                  > didn't
                  > > > > know
                  > > > > > > how
                  > > > > > > > to
                  > > > > > > > > > wrap them.
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice* stories
                  > and
                  > > > I
                  > > > > > > smile
                  > > > > > > > or I
                  > > > > > > > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem to
                  > carry.
                  > > > I
                  > > > > > > > > > especially liked the one about your time you spent
                  > in
                  > > > > > > > Philadelphia.
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply. Does
                  > > > > the 'rest of
                  > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert you
                  > > > > mentioned
                  > > > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > I
                  > > > > > > > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few hours
                  > > > there
                  > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > that
                  > > > > > > > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word
                  > > > Philadelphia
                  > > > > he
                  > > > > > > > hears
                  > > > > > > > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing when I
                  > > > hear
                  > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > word
                  > > > > > > > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different
                  > fibration of
                  > > > > your
                  > > > > > > > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the
                  > > > > inspiration-
                  > > > > > > > letter
                  > > > > > > > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I will
                  > > > > definitely
                  > > > > > > > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or at
                  > the
                  > > > > > > > christmas
                  > > > > > > > > > trip? Enough.
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall
                  > > > > attractive
                  > > > > > > girl
                  > > > > > > > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look like I
                  > > > > always
                  > > > > > > get
                  > > > > > > > a
                  > > > > > > > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like -
                  > what a
                  > > > > dear
                  > > > > > > > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is
                  > that
                  > > > the
                  > > > > A.M.
                  > > > > > > > made
                  > > > > > > > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would like
                  > to
                  > > > > reply
                  > > > > > > or
                  > > > > > > > post
                  > > > > > > > > > something when I have the feeling it is something
                  > > > > universal,
                  > > > > > > > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say, that
                  > > > what
                  > > > > I am
                  > > > > > > > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others?
                  > > > Sometimes
                  > > > > > > people
                  > > > > > > > say
                  > > > > > > > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is
                  > inspired
                  > > > by
                  > > > > > > their
                  > > > > > > > > > posts. Hm.
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native
                  > language
                  > > > > and
                  > > > > > > it
                  > > > > > > > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't have) to
                  > > > post
                  > > > > > > > something
                  > > > > > > > > > in good English.
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > Have a nice weekend
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > Doris
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                  > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > Hi Sarah,
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to
                  > appreciate me
                  > > > > since
                  > > > > > > > I've
                  > > > > > > > > > been
                  > > > > > > > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and camaraderie
                  > that I
                  > > > > used
                  > > > > > > to
                  > > > > > > > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the
                  > past. I
                  > > > > guess
                  > > > > > > I
                  > > > > > > > > > wouldn't
                  > > > > > > > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just
                  > writes
                  > > > > away
                  > > > > > > > > > regardless
                  > > > > > > > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt like
                  > here
                  > > > > most
                  > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > time
                  > > > > > > > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing
                  > > > regardless
                  > > > > of
                  > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even occasional
                  > > > replies
                  > > > > or
                  > > > > > > > nods of
                  > > > > > > > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish to
                  > > > admit.
                  > > > > > > Maybe
                  > > > > > > > I
                  > > > > > > > > > need
                  > > > > > > > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when
                  > > > expectation
                  > > > > > > ends."
                  > > > > > > > > > When my
                  > > > > > > > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon
                  > lights, I
                  > > > at
                  > > > > > > least
                  > > > > > > > > > console
                  > > > > > > > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit they're
                  > there
                  > > > > > > (eegods
                  > > > > > > > even
                  > > > > > > > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the
                  > > > operative
                  > > > > > > motto
                  > > > > > > > of my
                  > > > > > > > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you
                  > heartfelt
                  > > > > > > thanks
                  > > > > > > > for
                  > > > > > > > > > your
                  > > > > > > > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a
                  > post
                  > > > from
                  > > > > > > you,
                  > > > > > > > I
                  > > > > > > > > > always
                  > > > > > > > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the second
                  > book I
                  > > > > read
                  > > > > > > > after
                  > > > > > > > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed like
                  > the
                  > > > > Bible
                  > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20
                  > list
                  > > > > (message
                  > > > > > > > > > 15593), I
                  > > > > > > > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in which
                  > I
                  > > > did
                  > > > > > > intend
                  > > > > > > > some
                  > > > > > > > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
                  > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > > > > sarah_inseattle
                  > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Hi Sharani,
                  > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more often
                  > > > (forgive
                  > > > > me)
                  > > > > > > > but
                  > > > > > > > > > > > please know I do.
                  > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a
                  > > > > special "plug"
                  > > > > > > > for
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation
                  > classes
                  > > > > more
                  > > > > > > > than
                  > > > > > > > > > ten
                  > > > > > > > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about Sri
                  > > > > Chinmoy's
                  > > > > > > > path. I
                  > > > > > > > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it all
                  > > > > together.
                  > > > > > > > Beyond
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not
                  > disappoint!
                  > > > > It is
                  > > > > > > a
                  > > > > > > > > > pretty
                  > > > > > > > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read the
                  > entire
                  > > > > book,
                  > > > > > > > cover-
                  > > > > > > > > > to-
                  > > > > > > > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
                  > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Gratitude,
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Sarah
                  > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                  > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the goal
                  > > > before
                  > > > > it
                  > > > > > > is
                  > > > > > > > won
                  > > > > > > > > > but I
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in all
                  > > > > > > seriousness.
                  > > > > > > > I
                  > > > > > > > > > intend
                  > > > > > > > > > > > to
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with
                  > various
                  > > > > genres
                  > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > > > writing
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > represented and every reply here is therefore
                  > more
                  > > > > than
                  > > > > > > > > > sincerely
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have already
                  > > > > tackled
                  > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > task.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the
                  > Service-
                  > > > > Trees.
                  > > > > > > For
                  > > > > > > > > > them and
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I
                  > will
                  > > > > count
                  > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > series as
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-
                  > Plants,
                  > > > > > > Service-
                  > > > > > > > > > Trees,
                  > > > > > > > > > > > The
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have twenty
                  > > > > selected
                  > > > > > > > songs
                  > > > > > > > > > out
                  > > > > > > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list of
                  > > > selected
                  > > > > > > > essential
                  > > > > > > > > > > > books
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > as well.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic news
                  > that
                  > > > > an
                  > > > > > > > entire
                  > > > > > > > > > wing
                  > > > > > > > > > > > of a
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > university library overseas will be dedicated
                  > to
                  > > > Sri
                  > > > > > > > Chinmoy's
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of
                  > Guru!
                  > > > His
                  > > > > > > formal
                  > > > > > > > > > > > schooling
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom needs
                  > at
                  > > > > least
                  > > > > > > an
                  > > > > > > > > > entire
                  > > > > > > > > > > > wing
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                  > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                  > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > > > > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > Hi all,
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to
                  > mention
                  > > > > what
                  > > > > > > > > > happened in
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > September?
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur
                  > (maybe
                  > > > > Sept.
                  > > > > > > > 13)
                  > > > > > > > > > Sri
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just
                  > given
                  > > > > prasad
                  > > > > > > on
                  > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > > > occasion
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th book of
                  > our
                  > > > > > > > Master's (I
                  > > > > > > > > > > > mean the
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total). And
                  > then
                  > > > > Sri
                  > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                  > > > > > > > > > > > wanted
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the big
                  > > > > important
                  > > > > > > > ones,
                  > > > > > > > > > > > (actually
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones
                  > Sharani
                  > > > > listed
                  > > > > > > > > > here).
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to
                  > tell
                  > > > one
                  > > > > of
                  > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > latest
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000
                  > Service
                  > > > > Trees".
                  > > > > > > He
                  > > > > > > > > > tested
                  > > > > > > > > > > > our
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of the
                  > latest
                  > > > > one
                  > > > > > > (at
                  > > > > > > > > > that
                  > > > > > > > > > > > time it
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich Hungarian
                  > > > brother
                  > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > said
                  > > > > > > > > > to
                  > > > > > > > > > > > him:
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial quote)
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of
                  > these
                  > > > > poetry
                  > > > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > > > > > aphorism
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they truly
                  > > > have
                  > > > > such
                  > > > > > > > > > > > inspirational
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can but
                  > > > > recommend
                  > > > > > > > them to
                  > > > > > > > > > > > everyone.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > Happy reading,
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                  > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > > > dharmaja
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > D.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                  > > > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > > > > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine
                  > > > introduces
                  > > > > a
                  > > > > > > list
                  > > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > > > > > their
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > choice
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books written in
                  > > > > English
                  > > > > > > > during
                  > > > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > > > time
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth (1923)
                  > to
                  > > > the
                  > > > > > > > current
                  > > > > > > > > > day.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > They
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > have
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You can
                  > > > browse
                  > > > > > > their
                  > > > > > > > > > fiction
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website at:
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting (surprise
                  > > > > > > surprise!).
                  > > > > > > > > > Some of
                  > > > > > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me back to
                  > > > High
                  > > > > > > School
                  > > > > > > > > > English
                  > > > > > > > > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James
                  > Agee,
                  > > > etc.
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S.
                  > > > > Lewis "The
                  > > > > > > > Lion,
                  > > > > > > > > > the
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Witch
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > and
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction list
                  > > > > doesn't
                  > > > > > > > > > necessarily
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with spiritual
                  > > > > literature.
                  > > > > > > > That
                  > > > > > > > > > got
                  > > > > > > > > > > > me to
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number of
                  > > > books
                  > > > > that
                  > > > > > > > Sri
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > has
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of works
                  > all
                  > > > by
                  > > > > him
                  > > > > > > > would
                  > > > > > > > > > > > still
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his
                  > complete
                  > > > body
                  > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > > > literary
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time to
                  > time
                  > > > we
                  > > > > > > have
                  > > > > > > > > > > > recommended
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How about
                  > top
                  > > > 10
                  > > > > or
                  > > > > > > > top
                  > > > > > > > > > 100 of
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Sri
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include
                  > Everest
                  > > > > > > > Aspiration,
                  > > > > > > > > > The
                  > > > > > > > > > > > Inner
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of
                  > Joy,
                  > > > The
                  > > > > > > Wisdom
                  > > > > > > > of
                  > > > > > > > > > Sri
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would add?
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this thread
                  > with
                  > > > > only
                  > > > > > > a
                  > > > > > > > few
                  > > > > > > > > > > > titles in
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > the hopes that others join in :-)
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > > >
                  > > > > > >
                  > > > > >
                  > > > >
                  > > >
                  > >
                  >
                • doriscott20002000
                  Yes, Sir! ;-) ... said ... for ... doriscott20002000 ... through ... The ... the ... of ... rhyme ... Guru s ... composed ... sang ... say. ... all ... hope.
                  Message 8 of 30 , Nov 10, 2005
                    Yes, Sir! ;-)

                    --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
                    <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    >
                    > Now to translate since English is the official language here. I
                    said
                    > in German "All's well that ends well" and Doris said "Which lasts
                    for
                    > a long time, becomes good"
                    >
                    > Tschus (Bye)
                    > Sharani :-)
                    >
                    > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, doriscott20002000
                    > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > >
                    > > Oi, German!! :-) Yes, that was true for yesterday. For today I'd
                    > > better say: "Was lange währt wird gut." ;-)
                    > >
                    > > Doris
                    > >
                    > >
                    > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
                    > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > >
                    > > > Doris,
                    > > >
                    > > > Ende gut, alles gut!
                    > > >
                    > > > Sharani
                    > > >
                    > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    doriscott20002000
                    > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > >
                    > > > >
                    > > > >
                    > > > > AND NOW COMES THE CORRECT VERSION!
                    > > > >
                    > > > > "One life became two lives,
                    > > > > One hive became two hives,
                    > > > > One life, one hive again,
                    > > > > Silenced division pain."
                    > > > >
                    > > > > -Sri Chinmoy
                    > > > >
                    > > > >
                    > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > doriscott20002000
                    > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > > Dear Sharani,
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > > Thank you for correcting me. I am so sorry for unnecessary
                    > > > > mistakes.
                    > > > > > I found the appropriate songbook at home and browsed
                    through
                    > > it
                    > > > > but
                    > > > > > did not notice my mistake. Sometimes I can be so 'blind.'
                    The
                    > > more
                    > > > > I
                    > > > > > try to improve the more 'mistakes' I seem to make. That is
                    > > part of
                    > > > > > the game. :-)
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > > Doris
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > >
                    > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > sharani_sharani
                    > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > Hi Doris,
                    > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > Thanks for sharing about the Germany songs. I was not
                    > > familiar
                    > > > > with
                    > > > > > > them. I have to admit that I was pretty baffled about
                    the
                    > > words
                    > > > > to
                    > > > > > > this song when you first posted it. Usually the plural
                    of
                    > > life
                    > > > > is
                    > > > > > also
                    > > > > > > lives rather than "lifes" which would indeed make it
                    rhyme
                    > > with
                    > > > > the
                    > > > > > > word hives. The image of a a bee hive seems unique in
                    Guru's
                    > > > > music.
                    > > > > > > Very interesting...
                    > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > Sharani
                    > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > doriscott20002000
                    > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > I made a spelling mistake, here is the correction:
                    > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > "One life became two lifes,
                    > > > > > > > One hive became two hives,
                    > > > > > > > One life, one hive again
                    > > > > > > > Silenced division pain."
                    > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > Sri Chinmoy
                    > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > ************
                    > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > doriscott20002000
                    > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > Dear Sharani,
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > Thank you for reminding me of the 22 songs Guru
                    composed
                    > > for
                    > > > > > > > > Germany. I used to sing them very often but somehow
                    > > forgot
                    > > > > > about
                    > > > > > > > > them since I am living in Switzerland. Yesterday I
                    sang
                    > > a
                    > > > > few
                    > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > m that came to my mind and heart and...what can I
                    say.
                    > > One
                    > > > > of
                    > > > > > my
                    > > > > > > > > favourites you find here:
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > http://www.srichinmoysongs.com/songs/?
                    > > sid=ckgsong100739511
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > Another one I like is as follows: (Unofficial)
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > "One life became two lifes,
                    > > > > > > > > One hife became two hifes,
                    > > > > > > > > One life one hife again,
                    > > > > > > > > Silenced division pain."
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > It has a very haunting melody and expresses what we
                    all
                    > > may
                    > > > > > feel
                    > > > > > > > > from time to time: Division. Yet it carries so much
                    hope.
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > Unfortunately I have to leave this place. Maybe
                    tomorrow
                    > > > > more.
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > Doris
                    > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > sharani_sharani
                    > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > Hi Doris,
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > Your posts have a way of also drawing me in to the
                    act
                    > > of
                    > > > > > > > musing.
                    > > > > > > > > You
                    > > > > > > > > > even sent me looking for your poem shared here at
                    the
                    > > > > > beginning
                    > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > year that I liked so much (message 10483) and
                    along
                    > > the
                    > > > > way I
                    > > > > > > > > > revisited Jeromoy's rainbow story about his little
                    > > sister
                    > > > > > > > (message
                    > > > > > > > > > 10561), another real keeper.
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > Then I was remembering back to the fall of the
                    Berlin
                    > > > > Wall.
                    > > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > myself
                    > > > > > > > > > have only ever been to Frankfurt in Germany when
                    Guru
                    > > gave
                    > > > > a
                    > > > > > > > > concert
                    > > > > > > > > > there in 1991. I chuckle to recall how much
                    chocolate
                    > > I
                    > > > > > brought
                    > > > > > > > > back
                    > > > > > > > > > home with me when I read in your poem about
                    throwing
                    > > away
                    > > > > a
                    > > > > > > > piece
                    > > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > > chocolate - ah but I'm being far too literal now.
                    I
                    > > have
                    > > > > > > > listened
                    > > > > > > > > to
                    > > > > > > > > > friends discuss their powerful impressions of
                    being at
                    > > the
                    > > > > > Wall
                    > > > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > > attending concerts in both East and West Germany
                    and
                    > > it
                    > > > > has
                    > > > > > left
                    > > > > > > > an
                    > > > > > > > > > impact upon me even hearing of it second-hand.
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > Life is full of paradoxes and your discussion of
                    > > wanting
                    > > > > to
                    > > > > > be
                    > > > > > > > > > universal sent me spinning back to the message I
                    wrote
                    > > to
                    > > > > > you
                    > > > > > > > > recently
                    > > > > > > > > > touting that the best posts were acts of
                    storytelling -
                    > >
                    > > > > > stories
                    > > > > > > > > drawn
                    > > > > > > > > > from our own *unique* perspectives (message
                    15302).
                    > > They
                    > > > > > somehow
                    > > > > > > > > end
                    > > > > > > > > > up being universal after all when we turn out the
                    > > lights
                    > > > > at
                    > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > end of
                    > > > > > > > > > the day. That's the beauty of it! When in New York
                    > > shortly
                    > > > > > after
                    > > > > > > > > > musing about the art of storytelling, I noticed
                    much
                    > > more
                    > > > > > > > acutely
                    > > > > > > > > how
                    > > > > > > > > > Guru was an absolute fountain of stories at the
                    > > functions
                    > > > > > that
                    > > > > > > > > > weekend. His stories always seem to end up
                    teaching
                    > > > > lessons
                    > > > > > but
                    > > > > > > > > what a
                    > > > > > > > > > wonderful way to impart wisdom.
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > Sarah expressed that it takes courage to post
                    (message
                    > > > > > 15658)
                    > > > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > I am
                    > > > > > > > > > the first to say "yes it does!" I am guessing it
                    is
                    > > doubly
                    > > > > > true
                    > > > > > > > > when
                    > > > > > > > > > one writes in a non-native tongue. For you and
                    > > everyone
                    > > > > else
                    > > > > > that
                    > > > > > > > > > takes up the mantle, I am so grateful. I admit
                    that I
                    > > > > > haven't
                    > > > > > > > > hidden
                    > > > > > > > > > my preference for proper spelling and sensible
                    > > English. I
                    > > > > > wonder
                    > > > > > > > if
                    > > > > > > > > > sensible English is somehow like sensible shoes?
                    > > Despite
                    > > > > this
                    > > > > > > > > > perspective, I can see that there is a deeper
                    place of
                    > > > > > communion
                    > > > > > > > > not
                    > > > > > > > > > easily contained in printed words. I surmise that
                    our
                    > > > > shared
                    > > > > > > > > spiritual
                    > > > > > > > > > community with its truly global scope guarantees
                    that
                    > > we
                    > > > > are
                    > > > > > > > > already
                    > > > > > > > > > at least glimpsing this truth and find ourselves
                    > > drinking
                    > > > > > from
                    > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > same well where the world mirrors as one family.
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > You're right that we haven't met. I guess I have
                    to do
                    > > the
                    > > > > > same
                    > > > > > > > > > imagining when I read your posts until that day
                    > > arrives.
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > Looking forward to a proper introduction,
                    > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > > > doriscott20002000
                    > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > oh, dear Sharani,
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > With your post you are giving me the pass to say
                    a
                    > > few
                    > > > > > things
                    > > > > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > was
                    > > > > > > > > > > musing (I learned that word here :-)) about and
                    > > didn't
                    > > > > > know
                    > > > > > > > how
                    > > > > > > > > to
                    > > > > > > > > > > wrap them.
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > Your writing for me is like reading *nice*
                    stories
                    > > and
                    > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > smile
                    > > > > > > > > or I
                    > > > > > > > > > > just enjoy the serenity that your stories seem
                    to
                    > > carry.
                    > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > > > especially liked the one about your time you
                    spent
                    > > in
                    > > > > > > > > Philadelphia.
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > Somehow I didn't know what and how to reply.
                    Does
                    > > > > > the 'rest of
                    > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > world' care to know that I was at the concert
                    you
                    > > > > > mentioned
                    > > > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > > > too liked the city although I spent only a few
                    hours
                    > > > > there
                    > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > that
                    > > > > > > > > > > Sri Chinmoy said, that when he hears the word
                    > > > > Philadelphia
                    > > > > > he
                    > > > > > > > > hears
                    > > > > > > > > > > a bell ringing and that I hear a bell ringing
                    when I
                    > > > > hear
                    > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > word
                    > > > > > > > > > > Cologne, or that I have a totally different
                    > > fibration of
                    > > > > > your
                    > > > > > > > > > > personality since I saw a picture of you on the
                    > > > > > inspiration-
                    > > > > > > > > letter
                    > > > > > > > > > > site, and that I know you by face, and that I
                    will
                    > > > > > definitely
                    > > > > > > > > > > introduce myself to you next time in New York or
                    at
                    > > the
                    > > > > > > > > christmas
                    > > > > > > > > > > trip? Enough.
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > When I see your name "Sharani" I think of a tall
                    > > > > > attractive
                    > > > > > > > girl
                    > > > > > > > > > > with black hear. Now that I know how you look
                    like I
                    > > > > > always
                    > > > > > > > get
                    > > > > > > > > a
                    > > > > > > > > > > very soft feeling when I read your posts, like -
                    > > what a
                    > > > > > dear
                    > > > > > > > > > > person...what selfconfidence e.t.c.
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > To come back to what I actually wanted to say is
                    > > that
                    > > > > the
                    > > > > > A.M.
                    > > > > > > > > made
                    > > > > > > > > > > me think of the word "universal." Yes, I would
                    like
                    > > to
                    > > > > > reply
                    > > > > > > > or
                    > > > > > > > > post
                    > > > > > > > > > > something when I have the feeling it is
                    something
                    > > > > > universal,
                    > > > > > > > > > > something the *world* can get some benefit from.
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > Another question I asked myself. How can I say,
                    that
                    > > > > what
                    > > > > > I am
                    > > > > > > > > > > posting or replying to is inspiring for others?
                    > > > > Sometimes
                    > > > > > > > people
                    > > > > > > > > say
                    > > > > > > > > > > that they are satisfied if only one person is
                    > > inspired
                    > > > > by
                    > > > > > > > their
                    > > > > > > > > > > posts. Hm.
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > Another aspect is that English is not my native
                    > > language
                    > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > it
                    > > > > > > > > > > would take me quite some time (that I don't
                    have) to
                    > > > > post
                    > > > > > > > > something
                    > > > > > > > > > > in good English.
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > Have a nice weekend
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > Doris
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                    > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > Hi Sarah,
                    > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > I wonder if the "universe" bribed you to
                    > > appreciate me
                    > > > > > since
                    > > > > > > > > I've
                    > > > > > > > > > > been
                    > > > > > > > > > > > missing the feeling of repartee and
                    camaraderie
                    > > that I
                    > > > > > used
                    > > > > > > > to
                    > > > > > > > > > > > shamelessly enjoy here more frequently in the
                    > > past. I
                    > > > > > guess
                    > > > > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > > > wouldn't
                    > > > > > > > > > > > make a happy blogger or diary keeper who just
                    > > writes
                    > > > > > away
                    > > > > > > > > > > regardless
                    > > > > > > > > > > > of any audience since that's what I've felt
                    like
                    > > here
                    > > > > > most
                    > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > time
                    > > > > > > > > > > > lately - minus the 100 book thread of course.
                    > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > I've chastised myself enough to keep writing
                    > > > > regardless
                    > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > > reaction or lack of reaction but even
                    occasional
                    > > > > replies
                    > > > > > or
                    > > > > > > > > nods of
                    > > > > > > > > > > > encouragment are valued by me more than I wish
                    to
                    > > > > admit.
                    > > > > > > > Maybe
                    > > > > > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > > > need
                    > > > > > > > > > > > continual reminders that "Peace begins when
                    > > > > expectation
                    > > > > > > > ends."
                    > > > > > > > > > > When my
                    > > > > > > > > > > > failings seem thusly to blink at me in neon
                    > > lights, I
                    > > > > at
                    > > > > > > > least
                    > > > > > > > > > > console
                    > > > > > > > > > > > myself that I have the courage to admit
                    they're
                    > > there
                    > > > > > > > (eegods
                    > > > > > > > > even
                    > > > > > > > > > > > publicly!). Accept then transform will be the
                    > > > > operative
                    > > > > > > > motto
                    > > > > > > > > of my
                    > > > > > > > > > > > life if I'm lucky :-)
                    > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > So now you know why I so sincerely offer you
                    > > heartfelt
                    > > > > > > > thanks
                    > > > > > > > > for
                    > > > > > > > > > > your
                    > > > > > > > > > > > kind reply. Please also know that when I see a
                    > > post
                    > > > > from
                    > > > > > > > you,
                    > > > > > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > > > always
                    > > > > > > > > > > > eagerly read it. "Beyond Within" was the
                    second
                    > > book I
                    > > > > > read
                    > > > > > > > > after
                    > > > > > > > > > > > becoming Sri Chinmoy's student and it seemed
                    like
                    > > the
                    > > > > > Bible
                    > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > > path at that time. As you can see in my top 20
                    > > list
                    > > > > > (message
                    > > > > > > > > > > 15593), I
                    > > > > > > > > > > > placed it quite near the top of the list in
                    which
                    > > I
                    > > > > did
                    > > > > > > > intend
                    > > > > > > > > some
                    > > > > > > > > > > > element of ranking within even the 20.
                    > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > thanks again for your encouragement,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                    > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                    Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > > > > sarah_inseattle
                    > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Hi Sharani,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > I love your posts! I should say so more
                    often
                    > > > > (forgive
                    > > > > > me)
                    > > > > > > > > but
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > please know I do.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > RE: the 100 books, I would like to put in a
                    > > > > > special "plug"
                    > > > > > > > > for
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Beyond Within. When I was taking meditation
                    > > classes
                    > > > > > more
                    > > > > > > > > than
                    > > > > > > > > > > ten
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > years ago, I was so hungry to learn about
                    Sri
                    > > > > > Chinmoy's
                    > > > > > > > > path. I
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > asked if there wasn't a book that pulls it
                    all
                    > > > > > together.
                    > > > > > > > > Beyond
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Within was suggested to me. It did not
                    > > disappoint!
                    > > > > > It is
                    > > > > > > > a
                    > > > > > > > > > > pretty
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > long book (500+ pages) but I eagerly read
                    the
                    > > entire
                    > > > > > book,
                    > > > > > > > > cover-
                    > > > > > > > > > > to-
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > cover. It totally resonated with me.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Keep up the great posts!
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Gratitude,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Sarah
                    > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                    Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > Perhaps it is premature to announce the
                    goal
                    > > > > before
                    > > > > > it
                    > > > > > > > is
                    > > > > > > > > won
                    > > > > > > > > > > but I
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > have decided to take up this question in
                    all
                    > > > > > > > seriousness.
                    > > > > > > > > I
                    > > > > > > > > > > intend
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > to
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > take a stab at choosing 100 titles with
                    > > various
                    > > > > > genres
                    > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > > > writing
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > represented and every reply here is
                    therefore
                    > > more
                    > > > > > than
                    > > > > > > > > > > sincerely
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > appreciated, especially if others have
                    already
                    > > > > > tackled
                    > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > task.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika thanks for the feedback on the
                    > > Service-
                    > > > > > Trees.
                    > > > > > > > For
                    > > > > > > > > > > them and
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > other multi-volume poetry series,I think I
                    > > will
                    > > > > > count
                    > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > series as
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > one title towards the 100, e.g. Aspiration-
                    > > Plants,
                    > > > > > > > Service-
                    > > > > > > > > > > Trees,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > The
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > Dance of Life, Flower-Flames... We have
                    twenty
                    > > > > > selected
                    > > > > > > > > songs
                    > > > > > > > > > > out
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > the thousands - now it's time for a list
                    of
                    > > > > selected
                    > > > > > > > > essential
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > books
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > as well.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > Also: Hot off the press is the fantastic
                    news
                    > > that
                    > > > > > an
                    > > > > > > > > entire
                    > > > > > > > > > > wing
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > of a
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > university library overseas will be
                    dedicated
                    > > to
                    > > > > Sri
                    > > > > > > > > Chinmoy's
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > complete literary works. I am so proud of
                    > > Guru!
                    > > > > His
                    > > > > > > > formal
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > schooling
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > was limited but his outpouring of wisdom
                    needs
                    > > at
                    > > > > > least
                    > > > > > > > an
                    > > > > > > > > > > entire
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > wing
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > to contain its formidable contents.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                    > > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > kamalika_gyorgyjakab
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Hi all,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > in this connection may I just pop in to
                    > > mention
                    > > > > > what
                    > > > > > > > > > > happened in
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > September?
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > During an evening function in Winterthur
                    > > (maybe
                    > > > > > Sept.
                    > > > > > > > > 13)
                    > > > > > > > > > > Sri
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > called up a (Hungarian) boy who had just
                    > > given
                    > > > > > prasad
                    > > > > > > > on
                    > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > occasion
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > of having finished reading the 700th
                    book of
                    > > our
                    > > > > > > > > Master's (I
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > mean the
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > boy had just read 700 books in total).
                    And
                    > > then
                    > > > > > Sri
                    > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > wanted
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > him to tell titles, asked him about the
                    big
                    > > > > > important
                    > > > > > > > > ones,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > (actually
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > they happen to be more or less the ones
                    > > Sharani
                    > > > > > listed
                    > > > > > > > > > > here).
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > And Guru very much expected Tibi also to
                    > > tell
                    > > > > one
                    > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > latest
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > series, the "thick books", the "77000
                    > > Service
                    > > > > > Trees".
                    > > > > > > > He
                    > > > > > > > > > > tested
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > our
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > brother whether he knew the number of
                    the
                    > > latest
                    > > > > > one
                    > > > > > > > (at
                    > > > > > > > > > > that
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > time it
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > was 43) that had come out this summer...
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > At the end he blessed our Zürich
                    Hungarian
                    > > > > brother
                    > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > said
                    > > > > > > > > > > to
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > him:
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > "I am very proud of you." (unofficial
                    quote)
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > I was so happy that I have read some of
                    > > these
                    > > > > > poetry
                    > > > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > aphorism
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > books (unfortunately not all 43), they
                    truly
                    > > > > have
                    > > > > > such
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > inspirational
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > strength and so much wisdom. I too can
                    but
                    > > > > > recommend
                    > > > > > > > > them to
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > everyone.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Happy reading,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Kamalika
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                    > > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > > > dharmaja
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > My big fave is Descent of the Blue.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > D.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > --- In
                    > > > > Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    > > > > > > > > > > sharani_sharani
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > The current issue of Time magazine
                    > > > > introduces
                    > > > > > a
                    > > > > > > > list
                    > > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > their
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > choice
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > of the 100 best fiction books
                    written in
                    > > > > > English
                    > > > > > > > > during
                    > > > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > time
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > period of Time magazine's birth
                    (1923)
                    > > to
                    > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > current
                    > > > > > > > > > > day.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > They
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > have
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > a 100 best movies list as well. You
                    can
                    > > > > browse
                    > > > > > > > their
                    > > > > > > > > > > fiction
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > selections on the magazine's website
                    at:
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > http://www.time.com/100books
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > I find such topics interesting
                    (surprise
                    > > > > > > > surprise!).
                    > > > > > > > > > > Some of
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > titles on the list catapulted me
                    back to
                    > > > > High
                    > > > > > > > School
                    > > > > > > > > > > English
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > homework assignments analyzing James
                    > > Agee,
                    > > > > etc.
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > I suppose with the exception of C.S.
                    > > > > > Lewis "The
                    > > > > > > > > Lion,
                    > > > > > > > > > > the
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Witch
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > and
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > the Wardrobe" this classic fiction
                    list
                    > > > > > doesn't
                    > > > > > > > > > > necessarily
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > intersect very closely with
                    spiritual
                    > > > > > literature.
                    > > > > > > > > That
                    > > > > > > > > > > got
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > me to
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > thinking of the extraordinary number
                    of
                    > > > > books
                    > > > > > that
                    > > > > > > > > Sri
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > has
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > penned and how a best 100 list of
                    works
                    > > all
                    > > > > by
                    > > > > > him
                    > > > > > > > > would
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > still
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > represent only a fraction of his
                    > > complete
                    > > > > body
                    > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > > > literary
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > achievements. I know that from time
                    to
                    > > time
                    > > > > we
                    > > > > > > > have
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > recommended
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > favorite spiritual titles... How
                    about
                    > > top
                    > > > > 10
                    > > > > > or
                    > > > > > > > > top
                    > > > > > > > > > > 100 of
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Sri
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy?
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > For starters, my list would include
                    > > Everest
                    > > > > > > > > Aspiration,
                    > > > > > > > > > > The
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > Inner
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Promise, Beyond Within, The Wings of
                    > > Joy,
                    > > > > The
                    > > > > > > > Wisdom
                    > > > > > > > > of
                    > > > > > > > > > > Sri
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Chinmoy,
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > My Flute... any others you would
                    add?
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > >
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > Sharani
                    > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > p.s. I'm purposely starting this
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                    > > > > > > > > > > > > titles in
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