Sri Chinmoy Centre Celebrates Mother Language Day
- This past weekend, as well as on Tuesday evening, the Sri Chinmoy Centre
participated in some very inspiring and meaningful programs based on the
celebration of `Mother Language Day'. Originating in Bangladesh
in February of 1952, which was East Pakistan at the time, this event
sprung from the need to maintain cultural and national identity by
preserving their `mother tongue', or national language. Various
protests and events led to the Declaration of Independence for East
Pakistan which eventually became the country of Bangladesh, also
preserving its mother tongue of the beautiful Bengali language.
Two of the events and various personal experiences were very beautifully
expressed by Mahatapa, our Bengali New York disciple who made all the
connections and arrangements for our participation. My own personal
experience can be summed up as a realization that Guru's Bengali
songs have truly touched the hearts not only of spiritual seekers around
the world but of all Bengali nationals who can appreciate the beauty of
his poetry and music expressed in their own sweet and lyrical language.
I now wish to quote some of Mahatapa's own comments on what happened at
one of the five functions we participated in:
"It was wonderful that Consul General Haque of Bangladesh gave the
floor to the Sri Chinmoy Centre right after Ambassador Qader, Councilman
Nabi, Ambassador Bubb, and the NY State Bilingual association.
Adhiratha represented the Sri Chinmoy Centre beautifully and offered the
Torch Bearer Award to the Society of Foreign Consuls. What an excellent
way for the many Consuls General present there to hear about the WHR. He
also gave the article written by Agraha and a few other
books and CDs to the Ambassador of Bangladesh. I also had the
opportunity to give, Mr. Haque, the Bangladesh Consul General, and the
organizer of the program, a copy of that article.
The multicultural segment of the program was at the end of the evening.
It started after 9 pm. At about 9:30 when the Sri Chinmoy Centre singers
came out to perform the audience had thinned out considerably. However,
our singers, manifested Guru's philosophy of oneness so
amazingly at this point and stayed on to listen to the Bengali singers
who were still waiting. The Consul General and the Bengali singers were
very touched by this solidarity and there was a real feeling of family
at the end.
The Consul General at the closing even said that "The program could not
have happened without the Sri Chinmoy Centre's support." And I believe
that we made some real friends by just staying on.
It is quite amazing to me the love that Bangladeshi's have for their
language. Perhaps it is because they sacrificed so much for it. It is
also amazing for me to hear them talk about the two men who have put the
Bengali language on the world map: Mujib-ur-rahman, the father of the
nation, the one who led their country to freedom and Sri Chinmoy,
because of whom thousands of non-Bengalis from all over the world are
singing Bengali songs and love the Bengali language.
Hopefully, we can continue to manifest Guru's songs and philosophy among
this group who are so receptive and have such respect for him.
With gratitude to all of you and most of all to Guru,
The following are the words delivered by Adhiratha representing the Sri
Chinmoy Centre at the Society of Foreign Consuls function which Mahatapa
described and we later sang for.
"It is a great honour for the Sri Chinmoy Centre to participate in
this commemoration of the International Mother Language Day 2010.
Although the mother language of most of our members present here tonight
is English, we have been extremely fortunate to develop a deep love for
the Bengali language by learning the lyrical songs of Sri Chinmoy, our
spiritual teacher and our mentor in world service. In so doing, we feel
that we have been touched by the heart of Bengal itself.
We wish to offer our deep gratitude to Mr. Haque for extending to us the
kind invitation to participate in tonight's programme, and for so
graciously considering us
true friends of Bangladesh.
Throughout his life, Sri Chinmoy remained a devoted son of Bengal, even
as he became a renowned citizen of the world. Indeed, Sri Chinmoy taught
us to love the Motherland that nurtured us in childhood, and then to
expand our love to embrace the entire world family.
(on delivery Added that CKG had said that only if we love ourselves then
our family, community and country would we be able to love the world )
Sri Chinmoy devotedly served the United Nations Goals, and he traveled
to many countries to share his message of oneness.
We are delighted to see in this gathering the representatives of so many
of the world's nations, united in the enthusiastic sharing of
language and culture.
We thank you all for embodying the spirit of oneness, and we wish to
take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Society of
Foreign Consuls in a tangible way.
As you may know, Sri Chinmoy founded the World Harmony Run, a global
relay run in which a torch is passed from hand to hand with the message
of peace. Just last week I had the privilege of participating in the
World Harmony Run in the Bahamas with Dr. Davidson Hepburn, recently
elected as the President of the 35th General Conference of UNESCO.
President Hepburn was for many years Ambassador to the UN and is a
long-standing friend of Sri Chinmoy and The Peace Meditation at the
The Torch Bearer Award was then offered to representatives of the
Society of Foreign Consuls as they shared in holding the Torch along
with Adhiratha. After a variety of speeches from representatives of many
countries present, we participated in the multi-cultural program of
music and dance. We sang a number of Guru's songs including his main
song on Bangladesh. We did not dance though we saw a traditional
Balinese dance and heard some amazing music from India, Estonia, and
Below is an excerpt from Mahatapa to those of us who were able to sing
some of Guru's songs at these functions. These words sum up the
sentiment that was felt by most of those who attended, especially the
grateful Bengali organizers.
Mr. Momtazuddin Ahmed called today and expressed his deep gratitude to
all of you for so beautifully presenting Guru's songs on Bangladesh.
He said that the audience was deeply moved and touched and "that it
glorified the event. He said that many people told him afterward how
much they appreciated your singing and how it gave them a thrill to hear
westerners sing Bengali songs and express their love for
I am sure you will be hearing more about these events which so
wonderfully manifested Guru's beautiful Bengali songs to such
appreciative and receptive multi-cultural audiences.
Arpan and Singers
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- Thank you, Arpan, for sharing your participation in this cultural and spiritual event.
It is so true that Sri Chinmoy´s songs can touch the heart of any listener in the world. I remember how happy radio presenters have been when listening at them and learning that Guru and Tagore came from the same land.