Subject: He runs the fastest...
- Atmatyagi, your anecdote reminds of a song by Sri Chinmoy:
Chale Sei Drutatama
He runs the fastest who does not run at all,
And who, like Lord Shiva, is in deep meditation,
Like day and night.
And those who run toward the oasis in the deserts
How can they run in search of the Light Supreme?
I have not seen Bagger Vance, and have also missed the two Tolkien
epics which were filmed in New Zealand. But I have always enjoyed Lord
of the Rings in book form. There's a fascinating passage from The
Fellowship of the Ring dealing with the subject of apostasy:
"I am Saruman the Wise, Saruman Ring-maker, Saruman of Many Colours!"
I looked then and saw that his robes, which had seemed white, were not
so, but were woven of all colours, and if he moved they shimmered and
changed hue so that the eye was bewildered.
"I liked white better," I said.
"White!" he sneered. "It serves as a beginning. White cloth may be
dyed. The white page can be overwritten; and the white light can be
"In which case it is no longer white," said I. "And he that breaks a
thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom." (!!!)
The great sage of ancient China, Lao Tzu, did not care to choose either
the pure white light, or the creation of many colors, in which some
doubt may arise. To him, each was an aspect of the other. He wrote:
"Am I a man dreaming that I am a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming
that I am a man?"
When I read Sri Chinmoy's visionary poem, The Sun Is Dancing, I ask
myself: Does this poem express the consciousness of man discovering
that he is infinite, or the consciousness of God divinely enjoying His
finite creation? This question cannot be answered in words, but only in
the deep silence of spiritual contemplation.
The Sun Is Dancing
The sun is dancing,
The moon is dancing,
The stars are dancing.
I am dancing this moment
With the sun, moon and stars.
Next moment I am sailing
With the sky.
The sky makes me feel
That I am the vastness of Infinity's Heart;
The sun, moon and stars make me feel
That God's creation is for ecstacy's beginningless birth
And endless journey.
© Sri Chinmoy
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> I just returned from this morning's one mile race and I wanted
> to share a little experience. As I was going to the race my
> thoughts were running something like this: "In order for me to
> run a respectable time in this race, I am going to have to put
> out effort and push my body. I know for sure that this is going
> to be painful. It would have been so much easier to just stay
> in bed..." I seemed doomed to the brooding of my mind when
> suddenly a totally different thought/feeling came over me like
> a wave: "You are not the one running. The Supreme is running
> through you. Let Him do the running. All you have to do is show
> up." Just then I realized what a crystal bright morning it was.
> I saw Databir and he said, "Atmatyagi what's going on?" I said,
> "I'm just happy to be alive, to be on the path, to be here at
> the race this morning." He said something like, "Wow"! It's
> amazing what the tiniest blessing from the Supreme can do --
> change the darkness of the mind into an illumined inspiration.
> And the lesson I learned is the more I can allow the Supreme to
> be present in my life the more fulfilling and beautiful life's
> experience will be -- not to mention easier. This all reminds
> me of a line from the film Bagger Vance when the
> mythical/spiritual guide Bagger Vance is giving Matt Damon's
> character advice on how to recover his magical golf stroke:
> "There's a perfect shot out there waiting for every one of us.
> All we have to do is get out of its way." All we have to do is
> get out of the Supreme's way. Yes indeed! From Atmatyagi