Announcing Inspiration-Letters 15: Silence
- Dear Friends,
I am writing here to announce the publication of the fifteenth issue
of Inspiration-Letters, devoted to the theme of "silence". It is
among our finest issues, and I think that our readers will agree with
me on this. You can find it here:
I introduced the issue by discussing an experience I had with a tree
shortly after our Master's departure. I also discuss some apparently
symbolic dreams that I had around the time of his Mahasamadhi.
Jogyata wrote "Remembering October", a touching article on his
experiences this October in New York. A gifted poet, Jogyata lifts us
into a realm of deep feeling and wonder. Each of his pieces is a
document, and this article is no different. What may make this
article special, however, is the incredible polish and grace of each
Palyati offered "Defining Silence", an interesting reflection on the
uses of silence in everyday life. She also wrote about how the
practise of inner silence, or meditation, can radically reshape the
circumstances of our outer life. Her piece is food-for-thought and
poetically beautiful as well.
Abhinabha is a free-lance journalist. I'm just mentioning this
because his writing has such a remarkable flow to it. He has a
wonderfully light, clear and poised style that comes through strongly
in "My First Dance with Silence". The words he uses: "wonder, grace
and natural calm" to describe the silence of wild places surprisingly
sums up his own writing as well.
Arpan, the most seasoned World Harmony Run (www.worldharmonyrun.org)
pioneer and also the oldest finisher ever of the 3100-mile Race
(http://www.3100.ws/) offers us his own take on the value of silence
in "Silence Please!", as expressed through Sri Chinmoy's aphoristic
poetry. The poems he has chosen and/or excerpted are really
remarkable, and I appreciate his valuable interpretations of them,
too. To read Arpan's own poetic masterpiece (in my humble opinion)
read "Journey Into the Unknown" here:
Barney wrote "Seven Drops of Silence" which amply displays his
eclectic intellectual interests and true love of language. Barney
apparently brings life-times of study and knowledge to all of his
pieces, which yet remain childlike and entertaining. The two words I
would use to describe his writing are `depth' and `intensity'.
Sharani brought us "Silence Solo Style". For those of us who have not
attended any of Sri Chinmoy's magical "Christmas Trip" spiritual
retreats, her article offers many lovely insights as to how Sri
Chinmoy feeds his students' hearts and souls with songs, poems, and
spiritual wisdom. Like all of Sharani's essays, this piece is
gracious and reportorial. Her knack for combining erudition with
eloquence is second to none.
I wrote "Silence", my meditation on Sri Chinmoy's silent, blessingful
presence, and also the creative fountain that flowed forth from his
illumined mind and life.
Here's a poem from Sri Chinmoy's "The Golden Boat" series that I
O emptiness of ages,
I eat your silence-food.
To you I offer my gratitude-heart.
O silence of Eternity's Vision-dawn,
You fulfil your sound-manifestation
Through my life's inner cry.
To you I offer my certitude-soul.
Very, very special and heartfelt gratitude to our great Webmaster,
Sumangali, for assembling this and every other edition of
Inspiration-Letters. Thank you a million times, Sumangali, for
designing yet another gorgeous issue.
With profound gratitude to all of our readers, writers, friends and,
most of all, to our beloved Guru, Sri Chinmoy,