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Re: In Praise of Whites

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  • snehashila2
    OK Jogyata..... As soon as someone buys 5 pairs of whites, I ll immediately get started on that memoir of the now famous Buffalo Concert. And I ll really try
    Message 1 of 7 , Nov 27, 2005
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      OK Jogyata.....

      As soon as someone buys 5 pairs of whites, I'll immediately get started on that memoir of
      the now "famous" Buffalo Concert. And I'll really try to make it sizzling!
      Hummmmmm....how am I gon'na pull that off?

      Really enjoyed reading your great poem. You should write more often. Fun!!

      Snehashila


      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, Nayana wrote:
      >
      > [Nayana - please follow instructions to hide your email address. Thank you for posting!]
      >
      > Jogyata,
      >
      > It's so nice to have humerous, magazine quality entries to read.
      > Actually, I've just started looking at the site, and makes me want to
      > look and read more. Thanks!
      >
      > Nayana
      > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, Jogyata wrote:
      > >
      > > What a strange race we are. For millions of years our ancestors
      > > contentedly roamed the planet clad only in Mother Nature's minimalist
      > > finery – in the colder climes, a caribou fur or fox pelt overcoat, in
      > > the tropics a fetching plant fibre loin cloth or cotton wrap around
      > > -simple, yes, but more than adequate. In those socially carefree days,
      > > out hunting you wore the fox skin furs; bed time pyjamas, it's the fox
      > > skin furs; someone's getting married, it's the fox furs again -
      > > practical, warm, de rigueur for all hunter-gatherers and nomads and
      > > unanimously accepted. In our post-neanderthal 'civilisation', what to
      > > wear is a major preoccupation, at least for those incarnating in the
      > west.
      > >
      > > One of the great things about our path though, is the reduction of our
      > > contemporary overabundance down to one magnificent multipurpose
      > > garment - your set of whites! My favourite whites hang poised in my
      > > cupboard like a knight's armour, waiting to be donned for some new
      > > adventure. In this one resplendent outfit, I can honestly and
      > > sincerely claim to have:
      > >
      > > - Met and shook hands with the former President of Sri Lanka
      > > - Swum the turgid cauldron of the Wanganui River in flood
      > > - Attended meditation functions on four continents
      > > - Painted and plastered the Dublin Centre meditation room under
      > > Mangala's hawkish eye
      > > - Washed mountains of malodorous dishes at the Blue Bird Café in
      > Auckland
      > > - Dined with princes and kings (Indonesia's former Royal family)
      > > - Skydived in them
      > > - Visited the United Nations and hobnobbed with great men
      > > - Lifted lambs into pens during Sir Chinmoy's one thousand lamb lifts
      > > in New Zealand
      > > - Climbed Mt. Pihanga and abseiled 150 metres down into the crater
      > > - Played frisbee, soccer, tennis in them
      > > - Sung the Gayatri mantra hundreds of times
      > > - Survived two car accidents
      > > - Slept in them
      > >
      > > I remember purchasing my first really trendy set of white trousers and
      > > still go all misty eyed when I recall that moment – the perfectly
      > > straight immaculate crease plunging like a knife edge from waist to
      > > ankles, the stylish lines, the almost dazzling whiteness. Only minutes
      > > after lifting them carefully, reverently from their shopping bag and
      > > slipping them on, I somehow got lured into a game of soccer. Oh God!
      > > Special moments like this inspire a touch of poetry...
      > >
      > > I bought myself a pair of whites
      > > The year was '87
      > > They shone resplendent, clean and bright
      > > I thought I'd gone to Heaven.
      > >
      > > I thought "let's see how tough these are"
      > > I played a game of soccer
      > > Oh God the mess, I could've wept
      > > I flung them in my locker.
      > >
      > > A week went by, I couldn't sleep
      > > I even phoned my mother
      > > "My boy" she said "just trust your whites,
      > > They're sturdy like no other."
      > >
      > > I listened to her sage advice
      > > My doubts I had to squash
      > > I took them to the laundromat
      > > Committed to 'The Wash'.
      > >
      > > I watched the minutes ticking by
      > > My heart was all aflutter
      > > First wash, then rinse, then spin, Oh God.
      > > My knees had turned to butter.
      > >
      > > I wrung my hands, I looked on high
      > > "Oh Lord, I may erred!"
      > > The wash attendant hung her head
      > > For clearly she concurred.
      > >
      > > At last the fateful moment came
      > > I lifted up the lid
      > > Oh yippee yippee yippee yay!
      > > I chortled like a kid.
      > >
      > > My whites were spotless, gleaming white
      > > As pure as winter snow
      > > "Oh Lord!" I cried, "a miracle!"
      > > My face was all aglow.
      > >
      > > So brothers dear, revere your whites
      > > My words you mustn't mock
      > > And should you yearn for extra grace
      > > Just wear them round the clock.
      > >
      > > And when 'tis time to leave this world
      > > And no one can arouse ya
      > > Ensure your mortal frame is clad
      > > In-yes-your laundered trousa.
      > >
      > > Yes, when the soul had fled the cage
      > > Winged upward to the light
      > > Make sure you're scrubbed up, buffed and clean
      > > Angelic all in white.
      > >
      > > And when the good Lord finds the time
      > > To have a tete a tete
      > > Be sure you're free of curry stains
      > > For God's sake don't forget!
      > >
      > >
      > > Since news of my unabashed fondness for white trousers and shirts has
      > > spread, I've been deluged with practical enquiries from revivalist boy
      > > shoppers from all over the world. Here's some handy hints pertaining
      > > specifically to your sports questions.
      > >
      > > - Frisbee: Yes Kripabindu, you can play Frisbee in your whites. For
      > > those spiritual giants who enjoy the game decked out in their white
      > > trousers, this is a highly commendable practise with huge merit points
      > > in the inner worlds. After a particularly muddy game simply add 30%
      > > more detergent and a dash of Nappy-San to your wash - those
      > > bespattered trousers will emerge in their original pristine condition.
      > > Ironing of course will not be necessary!
      > >
      > > - Rugby: Whites provide a tasteful and hard-wearing uniform and raise
      > > the consciousness of this otherwise unfortunate game, Dinesha. Soaks
      > > up the blood well and easily cleaned.
      > >
      > > - Golf: Bashing a little white ball around a paddock with a stick is
      > > a depressing indictment of the entire human race. Never stoop,
      > > Hiyamallar, to this futile and geriatric practise and never demean
      > > your whites by stepping out onto a golf course in said garments. A
      > > clown costume a la big feet and red plastic nose would be far more
      > > appropriate. Shame on you!
      > >
      > > - Skydiving: Interesting point, Mridanga. Yes plunging toward earth
      > > at a velocity of 120 ft per second would normally shred even the
      > > hardiest of sportswear, but in multiple test jumps from an altitude of
      > > 30,000 ft, in all cases our whites coped well and saw our skydivers
      > > return to terra firma looking immaculate enough to attend any August
      > > celebration evening function. Highly recommended.
      > >
      > > - 100 metre dash: Good question Durdam. You can shave up to 1/10th of
      > > a second off your PB by taking advantage of the enhanced aerodynamics
      > > employed in the customised Sprint model. Talk to your local whites
      > > stockist directly.
      > >
      > > Sensational Breaking News!! I've just spoken to the staff at my own
      > > local whites shop and they are offering some truly amazing incentives
      > > for bulk purchases:
      > >
      > > - Buy 50 pairs of whites: win a free 7 day Caribbean cruise with the
      > > ever loveable Utthal as your cabin companion – plus $200 spending money.
      > > - Buy 10 pairs: free dental check with Maral.
      > > - Buy 5 pairs: free copy of Snehashila's sizzling, tell-all new
      > > memoir - Buffalo Concert: the inside story.
      > >
      > > All purchases automatically go into a draw for an additional free
      > > breakfast at 'The Smile of the Beyond' - personally hosted by the
      > > affable Sahishnu. See you all in your whites on the Christmas trip.
      > >
      > > - Jogyata
      > >
      >
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