The "Swiss" Himalayas
- Dear Arpan and all,
Yesterday I returned from a what we call a joyday in Germany. Usually
it gives me joy. This time maybe the inclement weather made it a
little more difficult. It was wet-cold and very windy.
I had been planning for a long time to reply to two of your running
Running in the cold:
Running (and/or walking tips):
Somehow I took a day off today and felt like going for a run; a third
attempt after ten months of having had health problems. I am very
grateful for your and many other runners' inspiration. I love running
and am missing it a lot.
I am lucky to live very close to the hills and so I slowly started
walking up the steep hill that begins almost right behind my house
and leads to the woods. Those who are living in this area are also
lucky to have several Finnish round courses up there. These are
round courses that are equipped all around with little chips of wood
so that you feel like running on a soft material that treats one's
joints and bones carefully - and it does.
The sun was shining so brightly that I encouraged myself to go
further up and leave the round course. First I passed by the sheeps
and they mÃ¤Ã¤Ã¶hhhd at me. I stopped running and talked a little with
them telling them nice things that Guru had said about them and other
animals. They even had names imprinted in a plastic label hanging
around their necks.
I was also reminded of a movie I had been watching when I was a kid
of maybe six or sevenâ¦
I think the story led back to the Middle Ages. At that time sheeps
did not wear plastic labels around their necks, no, they were branded
with a hot iron thing. I do not remember the whole story, only that
one owner's name was Dominitschi and the other one's was Bonfilio.
Some of the sheeps were branded with a D and some other with a B.
On this fresh and sunny day I didn't want to be reminded of the movie
in which mysteriously the D-sheeps disappeared and B-sheeps remained,
their numbers even encreased. And so I went on running and thought of
Sri Chinmoy who had been visiting New Zealand in 2002 where he had
lifted one thousand sheeps.
Also read # 1 by Sri Chinmoy Inspiration:
And # 8 by Agraha:
"The Saviour Christ had a very
special affection, love and fondness for the lambs...As soon as we
say lamb, all our divine qualities come forward: innocence,
softness, tenderness and mildness. Lambs invoke all our own good
qualities." (unofficial quote from Sri Chinmoy)
Trying to focus on running I reached a place where I had a sunny
overview over the whole valley. And there they were! The Swiss Alps
on the horizon! They were open as they say here meaning they were not
rapt in clouds - a rather rare view. As I had to look against the sun
I kept my eyes half closed blinking and it seemed as if the mountains
were so close that they were reachable in the twinkling of an eye ï¿½"
just with one finger one was able to jump over the whole mountain
range, from summit to summit.
And I was reminded of an Indian storyâ¦ The Ramayana. It could have
been a great pleasure for Hanuman to fly to the mountains if the
circumstances had not been of a serious case and so in his rush he
took a whole mountain on which the life saving herb was growing and
brought it to Lakshmana who was seriously wounded in the final
*battle* against Indrajeet and would have died without getting the
medicine on time.
I think this site is very nice to read especially for children:
It may sound childish but I got so much joy from viewing the snow
capped Swiss Alps with this orange shining sky beyond and I decided
not to dwell on any battles anymore. They seemed to be so far and so
near at the same time. Out of joy I called them the Swiss Himalayas.
Such beauty to view them that I am unable to describe it.*
As I am standing there inhaling the cold air and marvelling at the
scenery's beauty I am reminded of a postcard I received from New York
on February 10, 1995. The front part of it shows Mount Everest â¦A
Coice Member of the Supreme Himalayas, The Kingdom of Nepal and on
the backside it reads:
You are a blessing-gift
Of Mother Gauri and Father Shankar.
Do open my heart's silver door
And awaken me with Immortality's Dawn.
-Sri Chinmoy (unofficial)
Then follows an advice by Sri Chinmoy how to meditate on the
particular mountain and concludes:
"For the disciples this mountain has to be constant inspiration and
aspiration. "Himalayan aspiration." This was 13 years ago.
Slowly I walked back down the hill as this also treats the joints
carefully and went home happily.
May I develop Himalayan aspiration!
*This reminds me of what I read somewhere else by Sri Chinmoy about
what Swami Vivekananda had said on beauty:
"Tagore was an adorer of beauty, while the dominant trait of
Vivekananda was the expression of power. But Vivekananda, too,
possessed a deep sense of appreciation of subtle beauty. 'Beauty,'
says he, 'is not external, but already in the mind.' Here we are
reminded of what his spiritual daughter Nivedita wrote about her
Master. 'It was dark when we approached Sicily, and against the sunset
sky, Etna was in slight eruption. As we entered the straits of
Messina, the moon rose, and I walked up and down the deck beside the
Swami, while he dwelt on the fact that beauty is not external, but
already in the mind. On one side frowned the dark crags of the Italian
coast, on the other, the island was touched with silver light.
"Messina must thank me," he said; "it is I who give her all her
beauty."' Truly, in the absence of appreciation, beauty is not beauty
at all. And beauty is worthy of its name only when it has been
appreciated. Further, they are not many in number who really have the
power of appreciating it." -Sri Chinmoy (unofficial)
- Hi Doris,
Your story of running and the mountains was a nice read - thanks for
sharing it. I recently was thinking of Guru and lambs because of some
photographs I saw last Friday. Vijali was showing me her progress in
putting her many photographs into albums and scrapbooks (for larger
prasad items, etc.). I have one small black and white photo of Guru
feeding a lamb a bottle of milk taken many years ago. However in
Vijali's album there were MANY quite old photos of Guru and a little
lamb (not ones from the New Zealand Christmas trip). They were beyond
adorable! If someone owns these photos and has a gallery album, I do
hope they scan them and add them to an online collection for all to enjoy.