- Dear friends, brothers and sisters all, Yesterday a musical idea came, and I had to decide quickly what name to give to the arrangement before recording. AndMessage 1 of 3 , Jun 28, 2010View SourceDear friends, brothers and sisters all,
Yesterday a musical idea came, and I had to decide quickly what name to give to the arrangement before recording. And the word that inspired me was "attempt". My entire life seems an attempt at reaching a higher consciousness, a deeper and more soulful vantage-point.
Music is my consolation in life, and when I say music I mean Sri Chinmoy's melodies, and doing arrangements of them. playing with them, and them playing with me.
I have used this analogy before, but for those who have not heard it...arranging Sri Chinmoy's music is, for me, like being a divine child who is playing with spheres of light in different colors. Sri Chinmoy's melodies are these "spheres of light", and while juggling them, I receive light; their radiance inundates my being with beauty and joy.
Another analogy which I feel reflects the inner dynamics of this interaction is this: Sri Chinmoy's melodies are like pure white light, which contains all the colors. My heart is like a prism, and when this light strikes my heart-prism, it reflects in different colors.
Here are some of Sri Chinmoy's prayer/poems with the word "attempt":
"An attempt gives enlightenment.
Enlightenment gives freedom.
Freedom gives fulfilment.
Fulfilment gives contentment.
Contentment is God-hunger in man
And man's feast in God."
Excerpt from Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 11 by Sri Chinmoy
Any Eager And Intense Attempt
"Any eager and intense attempt
Will carry the God-lover
Far beyond the domain
Of his own persistent demands."
Excerpt from Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 34 by Sri Chinmoy
"My sweet Lord Beloved Supreme,
My life is an attempt;
My heart is an experience.
My life-attempt-tree and
I place at Your Feet cheerfully."
Excerpt from I Pray Before I Lift, I Meditate While I Lift, I Offer My Gratitude-Cries And Gratitude-Smiles by Sri Chinmoy
"My Lord Supreme, out of Your infinite Compassion, in June You said to me: "My son, failure is not your name. Your name is constant attempt."
Excerpt from Four Hundred Gratitude-Flower-Hearts by Sri Chinmoy
I have posted an arrangement titled "Attempt (Hiya Pakhi)" on sendspace.com. When you click on the download link, choose the slow download; it is free! Here is the download link:
Joy to all!
- I really enjoyed this post, those wonderful aphorisms taught me (or rather, reminded me) that there is a power in the attempt that goes beyond the resultsMessage 2 of 3 , Jun 29, 2010View SourceI really enjoyed this post, those wonderful aphorisms taught me (or rather, reminded me) that there is a power in the attempt that goes beyond the results thereof. May all of our attempts be "eager and intense".
Thank you also for including your arrangement of one of my favorite songs, it was moving and well-mixed. The meaning of the song 'Hiya Pakhi' is so poignant:
"O bird of my heart,
Fly on, fly on,
Look not behind.
Whatever the world gives
Is meaningless and useless
And utterly false."
These few simple, but powerful, words inspire me to bring more intensity and one-pointedness to my spiritual life and remind me to focus on the inner reality and not the outer illusion.
All of Sri Chinmoy's poems and songs possess such depth and meaning, they are truly a gift to humanity.
- Thank you, Caitlin, I will attempt to continue being creative... Creativity Each person is meaningless and fruitless if he or she does not enter into theMessage 3 of 3 , Jul 2, 2010View SourceThank you, Caitlin,
I will attempt to continue being creative...
"Each person is meaningless and fruitless if he or she does not enter into the field of creativity. Without inner and outer creativity, man is nothing but a great failure, not only in the eyes of humanity, but in the Eye of God, too. Each soul is endowed with creativity. But the soul finds it extremely difficult to convince the mind, the vital and the physical that they can consciously co-operate with the soul, that they all can create together and fulfil the Divine here on earth.
Creativity does not mean that one has to write poems or articles, or compose songs. Creativity means one's inner concern for the expansion of what he is or what he has. When one consciously wants to go beyond his capacity and beyond his achievement, only then do we find real creativity, only then can creativity have its proper value, worth and purpose.
Where does one find the source of creativity? If one wants his creation to be permanent and eternal, then that creation must come from the soulnot from the mind, not from the vital, not even from the heart. In the heart, in the mind, in the vital and even in the gross physical, one can also see creativity, but the achievements of that creativity can never be lasting. It is only the soul's creativity that can be abiding. So creativity can be in the physical, in the heart, in the mind, in the soulanywhere. But if it is in the inner life, the soul's region, then only can the aspirant be truly happy.
Each moment man can create in the inner world. He can easily bring his creation to the fore through his constant inner urge. Without creativity, man is no better than an animal. With creativity, man can divinely claim that he is God's true and worthy son. One who really creates something, inner or outer, but especially inner, is God's true Pride. Creativity man must cherish; creativity he must adore."
Excerpt from Illumination-Fruits by Sri Chinmoy