Laptop melodies and singing birds
- I am so happy to be in my home away from home for a brief oasis of
retreat. Picture a laptop propped up on a sweater with a view out of
the window of a bush brightened with red berries, a tree across the
street ready to pop with flowers and a practical riot of chirping
birds drunk on the season of spring perfectly audible through a closed
window. The flowers are vying for center stage with hyacinths,
daffodils and other flowers covered in droplets of rain in
Snehashila's front yard.
The magnolia trees are already blooming and dandelions are already
defying gardeners after the well-manicured lawn (I think I'm an ally
of the dandelions more than the gardeners after them).
I almost didn't bring my laptop and am now so glad I did. Just like a
person can play many different roles in the world - parent, child,
brother, boss, friend - the laptop is a marvel creation when you stop
and think about it. Right now it is serving as music player (currently
playing "Blue Sky, Red Sun" by Silence and Sound the Ukrainian duet of
Kushali and Rageshri) while I write "letters" to no one in particular
that don't require any postage to reach their destination.
This morning it served as DVD player so that I could continue my now
established routine of meditating on a video of Guru himself
meditating. I typically watch "Sri Chinmoy's Wednesday Night
Meditations in the 1990's"- Part 1 or 2. Since this particular laptop
belongs to my place of employment, most of the time it serves as a
place to read and send work correspondence and use website design tools.
The roiibos decaf chai I am drinking (takeout from the Smile of the
Beyond) has a saying on the teabag "Sing from your heart" and that is
a lot of what I'm being treated to while in New York for a brief
visit. The sun is peaking out right now so I really must go take a
picture of those flowers in Snehashila's yard before I head off to my
day's activities ahead. I hope everyone reading can feel the happiness
and grace brimming over in this little corner of the universe offering
a tangible and soul-revealing taste of Sri Chinmoy's final published poem.
"My physical death
is not the end of my life.
I am an Eternal Journey."
[unofficial] -Sri Chinmoy
- It's always great to read your posts,
and I was so happy to see you in the Smile of the Beyond. It was
crowded and hectic, but that added to the atmosphere of camaraderie
that I found so fulfilling and necessary during this Celebrations.
By the way, great news about the job!
- Hi Purnakama,
Since I knew you had just come for a week a little bit ago, I didn't
expect to even see you in NY for any of April Celebrations. Running in
to you at the Smile was a very pleasant surprise. In that laptop
melodies post, I mention wanting to take photos of flowers in
Snehashila's front yard and thought I would link to them here so that
if Snehashila is reading she will know where to see her floral and
snail friends. I really liked the way the raindrops still clung to the
petals yet the sun was breaking through the clouds heralding a nice
Luckily that prior night was the only rain during the few days I came
and even that was just at the very end of the evening's function. The
weather forecasters had predicted rain for Saturday through Monday and
it felt like a special blessing to have that weather prediction prove
- Beautiful photos Sharani!
I too was pleased by the weather change.
I always check the weather before I go to NY, and I was disheartened
to see that it was supposed to rain every day of the short 3 days I
What a blessing that the clouds did a little turn and gave us lovely
- Hello everyone,
I was in New York very briefly and it added to my outer money-problems
but I am so glad I dared to go. When I arrived on Saturday most people
were at the Circus and I just sat in Aspiration Ground for about an
hour on my own. The sun shone, the birds sang, I felt all the tensions
and troubles disolving away and disappearing. Peace and Bliss replaced
them. It was a very precious time. I send my special love and
greetings to Manini, Anita, Praphulla and Jadranka for their special
love and oneness - but all my love to everyone who I met and who
contributed to making it such a special time.
It was very important to get to New York for 13th. What a joy. Now
home again it is hard to maintain my aspiration and happiness but my
laptop and I-POD are helping a lot. My son bought me the I-Pod for my
Christmas present and put on it many videos of Guru and songs. I often
wear it around my neck and can make inspiring use of any free minute.
Then for my birthday he bought a special device which converts it into
radio signals that can be recieved by the car radio - so I can listen
to Guru singing as I drive. Its BRILLIANT and is really helping me to
stay happy and positive.
- Dear Durga Mata
I just wanted to thank you for your very long messages about the
flowers. I was also in NY but saw you omly when I passed you. You were
talking with a lot of girls already then.
Perhaps we can talk next time, in August. Waiting for the next
Celebration to come and being there again
- Dear Durga-Mata,
Belatedly I wish to say I enjoyed surprising you at Annam Brahma as we
sat next to each other (me just about finished with an early AM
breakfast fruit chopping shift) and saying, "I bet you don't know who
I am. I am Sharani." Tee-hee :-) you did not. It is such an unusual
thing to converse and share oneness with folks here and then meet them
in person at a later time. If I seemed somewhat quiet, I was in a haze
of tiredness. Maybe it wasn't the pinnacle of wisdom to stay up to the
wee hours of the morning playing with photos of daffodils when I had
to be on duty by 5 a.m. I am certainly glad it worked out for you to
come to New York for April 13th.
- Hello Sharani
Thankyou for saying 'hello' again, unexpectedly again, through
Inspiration site this time. I was thrilled and a bit shy meeting you
like that in Annam Brahma. I didn't notice your tiredness - but I
was sorry not to meet you again, before I had to leave New York. I
was only there for one full day and two 'bits' so it wasn't possible
to do much - but how glad I am that I was able to go. It was a
deeply significant experience.
All love and gratitude for your friendship.