Wednesday Night Function- Nov. 1
- I must start with a Happy 31st Birthday greeting to Morris Klein, our
great author and literary expert. It is also the 31st Anniversary of
Transcendence Perfection by Sri Chinmoy. In a 24 hour period in 1975
on November 1 he wrote 843 incredible poems. I am sure Morris will
share some with us here. The first one is:
Beloved Lord Supreme,
Do you approve of
"My son, not only do I approve
But it is I who will
Sing in you,
Sing through you
My Eternity's Vision-Reality-Song."
I wish to try and briefly describe the soulful and relatively long
function tonight which took place in the large Tent at
Aspiration-Ground. It was a rather warm night in comparison to last
week. Today the temperature was almost 68 F or 20 C. Lighter jackets
were seen tonight as we enjoyed the warmer night air in New York.
Mr.Ramamoorthy was the first performer as usual. He sounded very
strong and soulful, singing Sri Aurobindo He Param Pita Prabhu. After
his performance, Sri Chinmoy read out the prayers for next week in the
`My God-Hunger Cry' series. One I particularly liked for Monday,
November 6 is:
"My each heart-song
Cancels my one wrong."
We then had a walking meditation past a series of tables with the
latest Jharna Kala Bird drawings. They were created in San Diego this
morning from 4:00 a.m. to 4:45 a.m. in a hotel. Sri Chinmoy says that
whenever he travels he gets inspired to draw more birds. These were
done on very colorful and flowery paper and were quite sweet, simple
and beautiful. During the walk-past Sri Chinmoy also told some stories
of his short visit to San Diego.
Next, Rashmani and Hiyaphul came up to perform two songs. Rashmani
played violin and Hiyaphul sang, but Sri Chinmoy joined them on flute
for both songs, Jatri Chal and My Own Gratitude Heart. He also sang
with them on the repetition.
Two Japanese doctor disciples sang the Japan song `Nihon' next. It was
very sweet and they received some gifts from Sri Chinmoy afterwards.
Tyagini who has been acting as their interpreter also received a gift.
Sri Chinmoy mentioned that there was some difficulty in translating
the difference between the words `ache' and `pain'.
Sri Chinmoy then read out from the Nolini Centenary book that he
received from the authors in 1989. A tribute from Sri Chinmoy was in
the book, the second one only after Indira Ghandi's tribute. There was
also an article by Sri Chinmoy called `Nolini's Athletics' which he
read out to us. He also told some stories about Nolini in the Ashram
days. He even talked about sprinting and discussed his best times with
Sakshat and Bhaswar who used to be the fastest sprinters in the
Centre. He gets so much joy when talking about sprinting and the
The Swanson brothers, Unmesh and Ranjit performed some traditional
Indian devotional songs, I think one by Dilip Roy who Sri Chinmoy
likes a lot. They are dressed in orange turbans and play simple one
stringed instruments and a small drum called a mridanga. Sri Chinmoy
also played it a little tonight.
Satyajit's group then performed. We sang two songs, Nimne Dharanir and
Nirab Amare, and the musicians played two more songs as Satyajit
recited a series of poems and aphorisms by Sri Chinmoy on devotion.
Ending with Prasad and couple of birthdays, tonight's function was a
great way to start the month of November, especially with such nice