Recollections on Sri Chinmoy: Memories of disciples who have passed on
- When I came to the Centre in the late 90's, I got to know an old woman from one of the New Jersey Centres. I will call her Alice. Alice had been with Guru about ten years. I think the story of how she came to Guru is interesting.
For many years Alice had been in a terrifying, abusive marriage. Her husband used to find fault with every little thing she did. The only way she could make him stop attacking her was by falling to her knees and crying, asking for his forgiveness. This went on for years and years.
One day, Alice got sick and decided to see a homeopathic doctor in Princeton. This doctor kept some flyers in his office advertising meditation classes. The classes I think were Christian-Science based. She attended these classes and learned a special technique for dealing with angry people: simply sit quietly and count to a hundred out loud.
A week later, while she was eating dinner with her husband, he began criticizing her food and her housekeeping and started screaming. She simply turned around in her chair to face the wall, and slowly began counting to a hundred. She did not apologize. She did not cry.
Her husband had never encountered this before and started saying, "Oh my God, o my God!" as if something was seriously wrong now that she was not caving in and crying!
He went upstairs and went to sleep, not knowing how to deal with it.
He screamed at her a few more times after that, but she simply ignored him, counting to a hundred while facing the wall.
About a month later she visited the homeopathist again in Princeton. This time she saw a flyer announcing an upcoming Peace Concert with Sri Chinmoy at Princeton University. She went to the concert and was absolutely stunned by Sri Chinmoy's presence of peace. She told me she had never felt that kind of peace before. To her, Sri Chinmoy was another Jesus Christ. She applied to become a disciple immediately and was accepted.
She started going up to Queens to meditate with the Master, ignoring her husband's repeated threats and screaming fits.
Then, soon after, she had a dream.
In her dream, she was asleep in her bed, when she heard a loud knocking on the door.
"Let me in!" said a loud voice.
She thought it was her husband so she did not open the door.
"Let me in! Let me in!" repeated the voice, accompanied by louder and louder knocks.
Finally, helpless, with nowhere to go, she opened the door with utmost fear and trepidation.
There she saw Sri Chinmoy standing and smiling at her, holding divorce papers.
She divorced her husband a week later, got a restraining order on him, and also the sole ownership of the house.
She stayed with the Master for many years, until her death, and lived an extremely devoted spiritual life.
- Very touching ..Thanks to post it..
By: Pravina Ghimire
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