Re: Read This if you Dare
- No Heidelberg? :)
Just back from a "short" run (1 h) Instead of working (some translations are waiting) here I am again reading the latest posts
and checking my last one.
Here it was raining - a thunderstorm is supposed to be approaching,
but I had missed running yesterday and this morning and want to go
for 51 km next Saturday, so I thought I better get out there! Looking
out of the window you could hear and see the raindrops falling
heavily in the black night on the dimly lit asphalt, with the wind
picking up. Well - as my father used to say, there is no bad weather,
only inappropriate clothing. Plus there is a special charm to running
at night, along a river, towards the sparkling lights, like diamonds,
of a little town nestled between two hills, even in the rain - this
feeling of braving the elements - aren't we all heroes and warriors
The funny thing was, as soon as I went out, the rain and wind abated,
and I took down my hood, enjoying this bit of more freedom. As I
crossed the bridge across the river, I saw a couple of bizarre black
clouds in the distance, being swept across the sky, against a lighter
background. It looked a bit threatening, but well, let the weather
come... I stood on the bridge for a while, enjoying the turbulent
waters under me, when I suddenly realised that the "black clouds"
were the sky, and the "white background" were the clouds, now coming
closer and covering the black. I had to laugh - how often do we see
black and think black, but if we brave things they may turn out white?
On my way back along the other side of the river it struck me that
the rain had almost completely ceased, as if a blessing for my going
out to run. A few hundred metres before my house it picked up again.
Inwardly I was joking with the "higher forces": can't you wait just a
little longer please, I am almost home! As soon as I was inside, it
picked up like anything again.
It reminded me of something Guru had once said in regard to Channel
swimming, when a number of his students had not made it, to the point
that outer conditions can change very easily and quickly, if you have
faith. I don't know where to find this quote right now, but I found
something similarly inspiring on the Library Website, which also
matches a little what Arpan has said about outer conditions:
"If we are absolutely dedicated
To the divine cause,
And if we can listen to the dictates
Of our inner being
At every moment,
Our inner being will create
Outer circumstances that will help us
In our spiritual life." - Sri Chinmoy
Of course I have also gone out running in pouring rain and it became
even worse, but today's experience still has happened many times in
(not giving up learning to listen)
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, arpan_deangelo
> Smarana (and other posters, however infrequently),
> Thank you for your contributions as well. We all know that to
> contribute here means sitting in front of a computer and typing
> For many people it is not their idea of an inspiring way to spendthat
> their time. But for sharing and manifestation purposes it is yet
> another way to express ourselves in a spiritually rewarding way,
> is if you can stand the computer screen and keyboard, which some ofus
> obviously have no problems with.to
> I hope you still have time for running, considering how busy you
> described it to be there in Vienna. Yes, you are right about the
> 'grass being greener on the other side'. I always dreamed of going
> Vienna and I almost made it there with Shambhu in 2001 when we werefrom
> going to come for the last week of the Peace Run that year. But it
> never happened because of 9/11 tragedy. There are other European
> cities I would love to visit as well as I get so much inspiration
> disciples in those Centres such as Prague, Bratislava, Vienna,proximity
> Zurich, Budapest, Edinburgh, London, Milan and others.
> Don't get me wrong, I love it here in 'good ole' N.Y. and my
> to all the Enterprises and Aspiration-Ground. I have been here forrelative
> over 30 years after moving from Connecticut which seemed so far away
> in the early days of the Centre, but it was only an hour drive or so
> to get down here. So it seems that physical location is very
> and at the same time irrelevant to our inner aspiration. As Sriafar,
> Chinmoy sings in 'Songs From The Upanishads': "Seated he travels
> lying down he journeys everywhere." [unofficial]type
> (So I think I will lay down for a while.)
> (Still seated) If we do not allow ourselves to get 'hung up' or
> attached to our outer circumstances and instead accept where we are
> and what we are doing at the time, then we can relax into a happy
> of aspiration where the real experiences and joys come from within.runner
> Some people will never understand what other people experience
> inwardly when it seems that outwardly life is not that appealing or
> For example, many people do not understand how a long distance
> can get enjoyment or fulfillment from spending hours on the road ormind
> going around in circles. If one tries to understand this with the
> then certainly the feeling of boredom or suffering comes into play.put
> But when we can experience running or any other seemingly unexciting
> activity such as chopping vegetables, selling merchandise, etc. with
> an inner vision and higher consciousness, then everything is new and
> As you can see that once I get going I have no trouble typing away,
> perhaps too much. Maybe it's all the long distance training I have
> in over the decades. I really should get out of this comfortablechair
> and go for a long run.dreary
> We just had our first snowfall in New York and it is very damp,
> and cold out there. As I sit here typing and meditating on the freshsense
> snowfall out on Normal Road I feel a sense of gratitude for the
> opportunities given us all to be able to do the daily things that we
> take for granted such as working, walking, running, even typing and
> meditating. I try to do some or all of these everyday to keep my
> of dynamic gratitude alive and well.lives.
> When I visit some of my friends in the hospital which I have been
> doing on a regular basis, I see how much we can take for granted in
> our own `normal' or healthy lives. Many of those bedridden people
> cannot walk, or run, or type, or work, or struggle with the normal
> activities that we sometimes consider burdens in our own daily
> So as I get prepared to get up and out into the `nasty' weather, I
> will change my attitude and try to see only beauty and peace in it
> in all the experiences which may come my way today. And I amgrateful
> that we have brothers and sisters all over the world who we canshare
> these important experiences with in similar ways. It is a testamentto
> our wonderful Spiritual Father who has given so much over the last
> five decades to unite so many people from all corners of globe and
> such varying walks of life in very spiritual enriching ways.
> Keep working, running, meditating and writing,
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I've been a silent reader for a long time.
It's a very inspiring forum really!
Arpan, you dared me, I do type with ten fingers and decided to drop
a line or two. I am a disciple from Almaty, Kazakhstan (former
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- Dear Arpan and Vasanti,
Your running posts are totally inspiring! I already went for a run
today, but my legs are itching to get out again into the night rain
and log a few miles. Ah well, let me write this post instead.
There is something very special about running in inclement weather.
Some of my best runs have been in the pouring rain or the biting cold.
The way nature lashes down on you and the way you hold your head high
and just put one leg in front of the other, enjoying the trance-like
rhythm of your feet dancing away the road...
And suddenly nature surrenders! I know what Vasanti is talking about,
I have also experienced it many times.
I like what Emile Zatopek said about it:
"There's a great advantage in training under unfavourable conditions."
I also enjoy Sri Chinmoy's comment on that utterance:
"For when victory dawns, everything becomes sweet, illumining and
fulfilling. At that time, unfavourable conditions are no longer seen
as unfavourable but as necessary steps to bring to the fore the
runner's ultimate capacity."
Two weeks ago I participated in a big 15K race in the city I grew up
in, which is called Nijmegen and lies in the East of Holland, close to
the German border. This race - the "7 hills race" - is very popular,
drawing almost 30,000 people. It also holds the world record for 15K.
To me a race is the summit of running joy. It is a test of strength,
will and courage: how deep will you go? It is painful and at the same
time it is joyful, especially after crossing the finish line! And
running together with thousands of others creates such a powerful
feeling of oneness. It is also at the perfect time of year, in the
middle of autumn when the trees are at their heights of beauty, with
falling leaves of gold preceding you wherever you turn. Oh, I do love
Keep on running and smiling and becoming!
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, vasanti_hd
>translations are waiting) here I am again reading the latest posts
> No Heidelberg? :)
> Just back from a "short" run (1 h) Instead of working (some
> and checking my last one.http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/sri-chinmoy-service-trees/part16/283.html
> Here it was raining - a thunderstorm is supposed to be approaching,
> but I had missed running yesterday and this morning and want to go
> for 51 km next Saturday, so I thought I better get out there! Looking
> out of the window you could hear and see the raindrops falling
> heavily in the black night on the dimly lit asphalt, with the wind
> picking up. Well - as my father used to say, there is no bad weather,
> only inappropriate clothing. Plus there is a special charm to running
> at night, along a river, towards the sparkling lights, like diamonds,
> of a little town nestled between two hills, even in the rain - this
> feeling of braving the elements - aren't we all heroes and warriors
> The funny thing was, as soon as I went out, the rain and wind abated,
> and I took down my hood, enjoying this bit of more freedom. As I
> crossed the bridge across the river, I saw a couple of bizarre black
> clouds in the distance, being swept across the sky, against a lighter
> background. It looked a bit threatening, but well, let the weather
> come... I stood on the bridge for a while, enjoying the turbulent
> waters under me, when I suddenly realised that the "black clouds"
> were the sky, and the "white background" were the clouds, now coming
> closer and covering the black. I had to laugh - how often do we see
> black and think black, but if we brave things they may turn out white?
> On my way back along the other side of the river it struck me that
> the rain had almost completely ceased, as if a blessing for my going
> out to run. A few hundred metres before my house it picked up again.
> Inwardly I was joking with the "higher forces": can't you wait just a
> little longer please, I am almost home! As soon as I was inside, it
> picked up like anything again.
> It reminded me of something Guru had once said in regard to Channel
> swimming, when a number of his students had not made it, to the point
> that outer conditions can change very easily and quickly, if you have
> faith. I don't know where to find this quote right now, but I found
> something similarly inspiring on the Library Website, which also
> matches a little what Arpan has said about outer conditions:
> "If we are absolutely dedicated
> To the divine cause,
> And if we can listen to the dictates
> Of our inner being
> At every moment,
> Our inner being will create
> Outer circumstances that will help us
> In our spiritual life." - Sri Chinmoy
> Of course I have also gone out running in pouring rain and it became
> even worse, but today's experience still has happened many times in
> similar ways.
> (not giving up learning to listen)
- It is very nice to hear from you, Vlad.
Bolshoia spaciba!(I love the Russian language and studied it many
years ago for a while but forgot much of the little I learned.)
We would love to hear more from you and any inspiring experiences or
feelings you wish to share here. Even just a reply, like the one you
just sent, is very welcome. We hope others will do the same even if
they feel they have not much to say.
The fact is that some of us like to talk, or in this case, write more
than others. It's not so much that we like to hear ourselves talk or
see what we write in public, but more as a sharing from the heart in
ways that we feel creates more of a sense of oneness in the way our
great Master, Sri Chinmoy, encouraged and taught us.
Although his teaching was essentially a silent teaching and inner
teaching, Sri Chinmoy's ability to manifest and share this deep inner
reality and Truth was remarkably creative and innocent. It could be
something as simple as a sweet story or rhyming poem. There is no
necessity to have literary skills or even perfect English. Just write
from the heart and make it simple.
In your case, many people are curious about your part of the world.I
know one or two people from Kazakhstan and I have heard of how
beautiful it is there. Would love to hear more. Maybe we could even
practice a few Russian phrases here like: (Ochin Pryatna
pahznahkomitsah- Very happy to meet you). Don't laugh too hard when I
try to speak your language, but it's fun.
'Paka' for now,