The power of our spiritual family
- I often feel strange after the last day of school for the year. I
liken it to finishing marathon, the last week is like that last
home stretch and you just push that little bit more to see it
through to the end. Then you are elated, exhausted, happy, depressed
all at the same time.
Yesterday was no exception, and because of some political tensions
at school during the last week, the exhausted and depressed side won
I moped around, slept, did a few odd jobs, but I was definitely
feeling in a low consciousness.I didn't want to meditate, sing,
read; nothing. I was getting tired of myself when I got an inner
feeling to call a dear friend in NY and chat. Talking to other
disciples usually helps.
We had a really nice chat and we tried to support each other as she
wasn't feeling great that day either. We talked for quite a long
time and the more we talked the more inspiring the conversation
When we got off the phone something had completely changed in me.I
felt that I had just been filled with light, light, and more light.
I sat at my shrine and I had the best meditation I'd had since
Then when I woke up this morning I felt filled once again with this
light, like some heavy burden I'd been carrying had been lifted.
It felt like Guru was sending light from NY directly through the
phone line using my friend as an instrument.
This experience was just another powerful reminder about the
importance of our spiritual family. With Guru working through us we
have the ability to lift each other up.
Gratitude to Guru who has given us such a wonderful spiritual family.
- Purnakama - That's the effect reading this Inspiration Site has on me
and why I often look at it when I reach home - even if I'm very tired
and its late night. Guru works in and through each disciple so we
really do inspire each other!
I don't finish the term for another three weeks but mentally and
emotionally, now that the reports are finished, I am in the
end-of-term space. Since I will be leaving I'm trying to cover
subjects which are important even if they weren't scheduled - and
trying to 'touch' my students inwardly in a way which will inspire
them and leave them with some light.
Sometimes I really feel that there has been a 'connection' and
sometimes it happens in an unexpected way, coming from a student and
not through anything I have tried to do. There were a few incidents
like that recently. Last Thursday, Jordan,a year 10 boy (age about
15)- who is usually disruptive and uncooperative and hardly does any
work, asked me during the lesson, when everyone was getting on with an
exercise, if I would mind answering a question. It was clearly
something personal so I went over.
He said that he'd been having a lot of problems so a friend of his
mother's, who practices meditation, had taught him some exercises to
empty his mind of thoughts. He was having some success with this but
he had started to hear all kinds of noises and voices coming into his
mind and sometimes quite audible although not with his ordinary ears.
They were scaring him and he didn't know whether to continue trying
the meditation exercises.
I said that he really needed a path and a teacher. I mentioned the
importance of having a divine focus for your mind and your aspiration,
to be aiming for something divine in meditation, not just open to
anything. I explained the the importance of purity (physical
cleanliness to start with, a special, pure place to sit for
meditation, with flowers and images that inspire you to feel close to
God or spiritual truth.) I suggested that if he had no connection with
a religious tradition he could try photographs of the sea and the sky
because their vastness and beauty symbolises God. I'm going to lend
him Wings of Joy and exchange emails when I leave.
On Friday I was annoyed when Ben, a year 9 boy, had no pen and then
broke the one I lent him. I threw the pieces in the bin and gave him a
detention. There were four people in detention. My detentions are not
very long but they are quite strict and formal. Students have to sit
straight, arms folded, feet flat on the floor, not looking around or
fidgeting. Two or three minutes is usually enough to get the point
across. Three of them complied but Ben just slouched in the chair and
refused to follow my instructions so when the others had gone it was
just Ben and myself. I asked him what was the matter, why he was in
such a bad mood. He said it was me. Why was I so rude. I didn't need
to shout and snatch the pen like that and throw it in the bin. If I
was more polite perhaps he would be more inclined to follow my stupid
I apologised and said I was just sick of the way so many students come
without pens and then if they borrow our stock they either fail to
return them - or even break them, as he had done. The school 'rule' is
that we ask for student's 'planners' in exchange for lending pens, and
then exchange them back at the end of the lesson - and I know that
works for many teachers - but a lot of my students - Ben included -
say they have no planner and I end up loosing pens. We've gone through
several boxes of pens this term.
By this time we were just talking like friends about the frustrations
of life and Ben told me that he was on bail at the moment and likely
to go into custody for burglary. So nothing like a pen really mattered
much to him at the moment. He couldn't concentrate on the work anyway.
We had a deep conversation about life and how when things aren't right
in the inner worlds things go wrong outwardly. I asked him to think
about what made him get into this mess. Think of a time some years ago
when he was just a happy kid without any cares. What had happened
since then, to send his life in this unfortunate direction. He said he
guessed it was boredom and wanting to have friends and have a laugh in
the evenings. Going around with that crowd was fun. But what seemed
like a bit of a laugh to them was actually seen very differently by
the owner of the house they had gone in. He'd never thought of it as
I said I think that life is for progress and we all make mistakes. He
needs to accept the consequences as they unfold, because it was a
mistake. But what matters most is that he's learning, becoming more
aware and growing inwardly wiser from the experience. I urged him to
try using prayer to ask what his life is for, why he has been given
this life, and for the strength to come through this experience as a
stronger wiser and better person, able to fulfill 'God's Purpose'.
It's all part of growing from a thoughtless, aimless kid into a good
man. And if life is from God then it is about deepening our
relationship with God, growing in awareness of his Presence and
Guidance in our lives and following that way. If he tries that he will
find that even if it is not such 'fun' as going with the crowd it is
much more satisfying. And to start that conscious search now, at such
a young age, will be a real blessing. A lot of people spend half their
life unconscious and make all kinds of serious mistakes before they
start thinking and waking up to questions like these.
Both these students have given me plenty of trouble over the year -
but they are both young men I will remember with special fondness and
- Durga Mata, your answer to Purnakama came just after a nice
experience I had the day before when I got to my class at high school.
It happens to be an extremely noisy group of teenagers. I was so
tired that afternoon that I was not expected to be very patient with
them. But things changed for the better all of a sudden when I looked
at the blackboard and read in Spanish -¨world peace will be achieved
when the power of love replaces the love of power¨ along with the
peace logo below.
I couldn´t believe my own eyes! ¨Guru´s poem is here!¨ I said to
myself. And I took my time to read it again and again.
As soon as I could get out of my surprise, I asked them -¨who has
written this beautiful aphorism?¨ As nobody answered affirmatively,
one of the boys said that ¨it has been written by the morning
students, we haven´t done it.¨ That was the great and good chance to
discuss about the deep meaning of these sacred words and see together
the benefits of putting them into practice.
When the formal lesson started, most of them remained quiet and more
receptive to deal with others in ´a normal way´ and do their
You say that many things happen in an unexpected way, that there is
always a kind of ¨connection and God´s Purpose¨ and I fully agree
It was probably another student who gave his or her own
interpretation to this poem created by Guru many years ago.
He might have read it in http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/books/0015
thanks to the vast power of our spiritual family
- Dear Suchana, your post gave me so much joy. What an experience! I am
sure I would have been surprised as you were. May I add my little
experience I had some days ago?
After (still) painting walls and doors of our new Centre every day
which is actually a house I got into the bus late in the evening and
started reading a book by Sri Chinmoy. It's title is O My Mind.
It is all about the Supreme talking to the mind. I was wondering why
I had chosen this book when a voice from behind asked
quietly, "Excuse me?" I heard it but didn't react. The voice asked
again, "Excuse me." I turned around and an African man said, "I am
sorry I just read a few lines of the poems you are reading and I like
them. He asked, "Where can I buy this book?" I replied that I doubted
he can buy it because it was published in 1988 in New York. But I was
able to write the address of Sri Chinmoy's website in his cell-phone.
I told him that one thousand and some hundreds of Sri Chinmoy's books
are available on his website (what I am impressed about myself!!) and
that they would be expressing the same message in essence.
When I got off I handed him the book and he accepted it happily and
I am grateful to God that he uses me in some small but hopefully
important way - in this case to give a book by Sri Chinmoy to the man
who was so happy to receive it.
- What a wonderful experience. I have never had such a surprise. But I
do have posters of Guru on my classroom walls. they are 'hidden'
because there are so many pictures and posters etc. No-one has yet
asked about them except to comment on the fact that the biggest one is
from a German Concert so they thought it should be in the Languages
department. I explained that there are no lines between subjects in
the real world. We only put them there in school because teachers
can't know everything - but all the subjects link up and overlap.
So many times a day I look at Guru on the wall and he lifts me and
makes me smile. He is my secret Friend.
In London Centre there is a series of classes at the moment and I have
one poster from these classes by the door in the entrance lobby to the
'hut' where my classroom is. I see it every time I come in and leave.
The poster is mainly green which is a calm colour - and Guru is meditating with closed eyes. It's such a peaceful and at
the same time powerful image. I feel so privileged to be able to see
it so many times a day - as part of my work. I really feel my
classroom is a Divine Enterprise.
We are so fortunate, so blessed as teachers to be able to share
something of Guru's Light with our students. Thanks again for your
message. I hope to see you in August.
All the best
- Yours is a most inspiring and direct experience, dear Doris!
It also gives me so much joy because unexpected experiences are
always full of the Supreme's unconditional Love and Joy for His
children. We are so fortunate! :)
While reading your nice message the question of human receptivity to
a higher Light and a better understanding arises. So as I have a
little extra time this weekend, I am searching on Guru's library and
find over 500 entries for the item called 'receptivity'.
Maybe our unknown seekers-travellers were also asking themselves the
question that Guru answered nearly 38 years ago:
¨Alan: When will perfection dawn here on earth?
Sri Chinmoy: It entirely depends on earth's aspiration and earth´s
receptivity. Earth's aspiration and earth's receptivity are entirely
responsible for the dawn of perfection on earth.¨ (unofficial)
Excerpt from 'Perfection-World' by Sri Chinmoy in
I hope you are enjoying many more soulful experiences like this one!
- You are so kind, Suchana. I thought your experience was much more
delicate. But why compare?
If you not have already done so why not respond to the poem that was
written on the black-board in a similar way. I leave it to your
I do not know what our seeker travellers are having in their minds
and I do not doubt their sincere questions in any way but I must
never be "blue-eyed."
Here in Zurich there are many refugees and each of them have their
own dreams. I am not suspicious in any way only alert. Many of the
refugees have problems to get a residence permit in Switzerland and
they have to leave the country after some time. So sometimes they are
using ways to get it in some more or less smart but strange ways. We
cannot blame them.
All the best to you