The Oslo statue
- Last weekend in Oslo was one of the brightest and finest in my life.
Sri Chinmoy's bronze statue, masterfully crafted by Kaivalya, was
unveiled on the main pier in the centre of Norway's capital. Standing
two metres or six foot seven tall, clad in a bronze dhoti and folding
his hands in prayerful supplication Sri Chinmoy's statue looks out
over the waters of the harbour with a serene, poised and majestic
I have never witnessed such power and consciousness imbued into
lifeless metal. It is the quintessence of spiritual art. Sculptor
Kaivalya deserves eternal thunderous applause for his work, yet his
ever humble comment rang, "It is 99.9 per cent Guru's work. I was just
Over a hundred of Sri Chinmoy's students from all over the world
celebrated this historic dedication with three days of gatherings and
festivities. Against the backdrop of Oslo's unprecedented beauty and
mother nature's rich storehouse of blessings, I felt transported to
the very halls of Heaven.
Disciple musicians served up a banquet of musical delight in a Songs
of the Souls concert on Sunday night, staged in one of the most
elegant concert halls I have ever seen. Waves of harmony brimming with
inner beauty washed over me as I listened trance-bound to the rich
melodies unearthed by our revered teacher and arranged by his talented
students, who seemed touched by Saraswati Herself.
Evenings were spent in the Fragrance of the Heart café. Unforgettable
gatherings with friends, eating, singing and telling stories to our
heart's delight. Then we would all march off together to challenge the
chilly air and in a miniature pilgrimage walk the half mile towards
the sacred statue, where we would stand around in a semi-circle,
rooted to the spot and soak up the stream of compassion and grace
flowing from the bronze portrait of Sri Chinmoy.
Time stood still and saluted us there. I never wanted this weekend to end.