Wednesday Night Meditation in N.Y.,May 28
- Every week the magic of the Spring season and the new life and energy it
brings creates a very inspiring atmosphere conducive to meditation at
Aspiration-Ground. The budding flowers offer their all-pervading
fragrance, the birds sing inspiring melodies, and the leaves offer their
deep green life energy as the wind gently blows through the trees
creating a natural mantric resonance. All this is just the outer
creation that only adds to the depth of the inner peace and harmony
which pervades this spiritual oasis in the middle of the bustling
Borough of Queens.
We start our function with silent meditation or reading as Sri Chinmoy
sings chants from the Upanishads while playing a small organ on a
recording. After about 20 minutes we chant Supreme along with Guru 130
times, slowly and soulfully. Then we have a completely silent meditation
along with the sweetly chirping birds accompanying us.
After singing the Invocation, we have some performers offering their
renditions of Guru's music. Premik sweetly plays three songs on the
flute: He Krishna Karuna Sindhu, Hiya Pakhi, and Sundara Madhumoy.
Paree's singing group with 7 girls in it this week sing 13 songs
including some of the classic favorites such as Bhagaban, Age Nahi Bale,
Swapane Aso, Andar Guhai Parbona and others.
These were the only musical performances this week. We then watched some
videos. The first was about 9 minutes with Sri Chinmoy in a very soulful
meditation which ended with him starting to sing `My Lord Beloved
Supreme, With Every Breath of My Heart '. As the people there began
to sing it , Guru meditated quite powerfully during the rest of the
song. We sang along as well. It was a very sweet and powerful way to
bring the depth of this song into the meditation function.
The next video was a recent World Harmony Run video sent by the U.S.
team on the road. We saw inspiring clips from Crestview, Florida at a
school where the children were quite excited about the arrival of the
runners carrying the Torch. New Orleans was the next clip which started
by showing a group of locals there carrying the Torch through a
neighborhood still effected by the Katrina devastation a few years ago.
A celebration at a local Baptist church saw the Torch being passed
around as the congregation sang some very lively songs.
One more video was offered tonight and it was quite exciting as we saw
about 15 minutes of the Albert Hall Concert dedicated to Sri Chinmoy on
May 19. Purushottoma Boris Grenchnikov was the main musician who led
the large group of musicians in singing songs for Sri Chinmoy as well as
others offering their own songs to a fully packed hall of over 5000
people. The stage was quite large and beautiful with a giant photo of
Sri Chinmoy at the center. There are some links to videos from this
concert which you could find on some other posts here. It surely seemed
like a very significant event to be remembered for a long time.
We then got the book, `My Christmas-New
Year-Vacation-Aspiration-Prayers, Part 58'. These were 77 prayers that
Sri Chinmoy offered during his visit to Varna, Bulgaria and Bangkok,
Thailand in January 2007. The first one is:
"My Lord, please bless me
With two far-sighted eyes
And one deep-digging heart."
The last one is:
"The aspiring heart
Circles God's Feet
For all the inspiring prayers in between you must get this book. Each
book and each prayer, however short, has its own uniqueness and depth
which offers the mind ways to go beyond its limited perception and enter
into the stillness of the soul's reality. This in a way can be
compared to a Zen Koan which is very short and sometimes seems to baffle
the mind if viewed within the limits of a logical mind. But these
prayers are usually much more soulful and understandable as they
approach God's Reality as something quite practical and personal.
There was a fantastic Prasad which included one of the favorites, ice
cream. This was the only Prasad item that I knew the source of, as I
must say it was to honor a group of seven of us who had received our
spiritual names all on the same day 26 years ago, May 27.
Arpan(myself), Pulak, Dhanu, Premik, Saurjya, Dipak and
Pavaka(American), all got our names in a group at Progress-Promise
meditation hall in 1982. It was such a beautifully memorable evening
for us which ended with us going out to get Prasad for everyone. We
bought ice cream sandwiches that night, so just about every year since
then we have gotten ice cream for Prasad to celebrate that very
auspicious evening. We felt like Divine Soldiers on a mission as the
significance of receiving a spiritual name was truly an experience worth
remembering and celebrating.
After the good news and announcements that followed the Prasad some of
the people that were still around seemed as if they wanted to linger to
enjoy the atmosphere and the Prasad as well. Those of us who are
fortunate enough to live close by were able to walk home as we carried
with us some of the light and peace of the evening along with the
singing birds and the rustling trees, sharing with us their harmonious
joy and peaceful life energy late into the evening.
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