Re: Disciple life
- Dear brothers Aparajita, Nayak and Richard. Thank you so much for
your helpful advices. I am glad I asked my questions, now I feel
reassured. For some reason, the prospect of becoming a disciple of
Sri Chinmoy seemed distant and uncertain, somewhat unreal. After
reading your advices, your expriences I am thinking in more real
ways, I feel more confident about what I need to do. For that please
accept my heartfelt gratitude. I may not be able to communicate my
mind but trust me you have been very helpful :)
I have been slowly reading Sri Chinmoy's writings for the last 3
years or so. I took a few meditation classes from disciples of Sri
Chinmoy but was not very serious. If it wasn't for the flute music
that was playing in the meditation room I wouldn't go past the first
meditation class and wouldn't by any of Sri Chinmoy's books. At some
point I wanted to become a disciple but as soon as I learned that I
had to give up some things like smoking, alcohol, vital life, etc. I
quickly abandoned the idea and forgot about it (that explains why I
ask you questions that probably had been answered before). I realize
it was a mistake, I lost valuable time. However, as Sri Chinmoy says
the past is dust. Now I will try to give a fresh start.
As to the outer activities, Richard said:
"Otherwise, instead of running you can join people like me. At
races, I either serve on the water table or count runners go by!"
I think I can practice self-transcendence in this field :)
Gratitude to all the wonderful people around.
Your (lost and confused) brother,
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, nayaknayaknayak
> Dear, Sassoon,
> I am sorry I did not reply earlier--I got hit with a wonderful
> cold, and not much has happened in days. I am happy to see that
> others are responding to you. It is the same question that
> everyone asks as they consider our path.
> It is as Aparajita says, we take inspiration from everywhere. For
> example, we love listening to our own Master's music, but we
> listen to other inspiring music, as well. What we do not do is try
> to do multiple spiritual disciplines at the same time. That is
> like having one's feet in two boats. We fall in the water in
> between. Can you imagine learning tennis from two different
> teachers when one says hold the racket this way and the other says
> hold it that way? How can you do both?
> When my wife and I returned to America after our stay in Thailand,
> where I also spent a few months as a Buddhist monk, we were avidly
> looking for a teacher. I visited several groups and teachers and
> listened to others on the radio. This seems to be what you are
> doing now, and it is very healthy to look around. As for which
> teacher is the best, here is a passage by Sri Chinmoy that
> addresses the question:
> Question: How do we know who is our real teacher?
> Sri Chinmoy: When you see four or five persons in front of you,
> automatically one person attracts most of your attention, or gives
> you much more joy. Four persons are walking along the street, but
> when you look at one of them, you will get tremendous joy. That
> means that you have already become aware in the inner world of
> your affinity with that particular person. Your mind cannot
> account for it, but your soul has already recognised its oneness.
> A teacher is supposed to be your most intimate, eternal friend. If
> I give you more joy than other teachers, then I am your teacher.
> If somebody else gives you much more joy, then that person is your
> teacher. It is like choosing a school. There are quite a few
> schools; so you go to a school that you like. You are under no
> compulsion to go to a particular school. Just because you like a
> particular school, just because you like the teachers of that
> school, you will go there. In the spiritual life also, when a
> seeker sincerely wants help from a spiritual Master, he makes a
> choice. The one that gives him utmost joy, the one for whom he
> feels utmost love, is the right one for him.
> I would urge you to explore the Sri Chinmoy web site to see if you
> are getting a feeling for our Teacher:
> We would be crazy to say that our path is the best for everyone,
> but we can certainly say that it is the best for some of us, and I
> am one of those. I love it and grow with it every day.
> Again, I do wish you well in your quest, dear brother.
> --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, skosian
> <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > Brother Nayak, thank you for your illumining answer :) I do feel
> > hunger for spiritual life although that maybe not as much as I
> > would like. Perhaps I wouldn't hesitate asking to become a
> > disciple of Sri Chinmoy if I had more hunger.
> > It is an interesting way you put it - what seem requirements to
> > me are in fact capacities for those who have done the
> > "requirements" :) That is certainly encouraging to know.
> > I will try and be in contact with a Sri Chinmoy center near me
> > to ask them more specific questions. Perhaps I can ask 2 general
> > questions to brother Nayak and other brothers and sisters on the
> > board.
> > When I first learned about Sri Chinmoy and started reading his
> > immortal wisdom my whole outlook changed tremendously. I became
> > more spiritual. I felt certain attraction to this new world that
> > Sri Chinmoy had opened for me. Prior to that my sole spiritual
> > understanding was limited to a certain not very deep
> > understanding of Christianity. Sri Chinmoy helped me to
> > understand not only Christianity but also the essence of
> > religion in a purer, deeper and more universal way.
> > I have recently started reading Swami Vivekananda and
> > Paramahansa Yogananda. I must say that I feel an attraction to
> > these great masters the same way as I felt to Sri Chinmoy
> > although there are definite differences in the type of
> > consciousness that comes from each of them. I have read a little
> > bit of and about Sri Aurobindo, particularly from what Sri
> > Chinmoy says about him, and I do feel an attraction to him also.
> > I also feel attraction to other sources and scriptures.
> > I feel great joy listening to Sri Chinmoy's music, I also feel
> > great joy listening to Qawwalas, or listening to Hindu
> > devotional music. I feel attraction to the Buddha Consciousness.
> > I could name more things that enjoyable ... :)
> > (I must point out that before knowing of Sri Chinmoy I had
> > practically no interest in anything else than a limited version
> > of Christianity. So it would be fair to say that Sri Chinmoy has
> > given me a spark of spiritually.)
> > I hope I am explaining my feelings correctly. In other words, I
> > have a whole wonderful bouquet at my disposal to enjoy and
> > nurture my spiritual needs, and I am sure there is much more of
> > the world's spiritual heritage that I am not yet aware of but
> > would also enjoy. So now, my question is - if I were a disciple
> > of Sri Chinmoy would it be a proper thing to continue this type
> > of a broadly focused spirituality?
> > My second qeustion - unfortunately I have never been keen to
> > running. I get bored and tired after 10-15 minutes :( Being that
> > running is such a big part of a disciple life, would it be OK
> > not to run? :) (hmmm... not to sound too lazy, I do go to the
> > gym quite often).
> > Thank you very much.
> > Best regards to all,
> > Sassoon
> > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, nayaknayaknayak
> > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > Hello, Sassoon,
> > >
> > > May I say simply that the number one requirement is a hunger
> > > to find out who you are and to make spiritual progress? The
> > > ultimate goal of our path is to realize God, and the
> > > activities that take us there are inner, such as prayer and
> > > meditation, and outer, such as self- giving service to the
> > > world. You must already have, I presume, some feeling that our
> > > teacher, Sri Chinmoy, has the capacity to help you get there,
> > > to that ultimate goal. Everything else follows from love of
> > > God and a feeling for the capacity of the Teacher.
> > >
> > > When I joined this path, I initially had a lot of contact with
> > > other members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre, and I would say that
> > > was essential in helping me to decide that this was "the real
> > > thing." If there is a Sri Chinmoy Centre near you, I would
> > > recommend that you be in touch with them to make this a much
> > > more "live" exchange than a web page.
> > >
> > > You have probably already heard about our vegetarian lifestyle
> > > and not using recreational drugs, such as tobacco, marijuana
> > > and alcohol. You have probably read in these pages that we
> > > lead a pure life, a life rooted in the spiritual truth that we
> > > are all brothers and sisters and God's children.
> > >
> > > You asked about requirements, but may I offer another word:
> > > capacity? When you adopt a truly spiritual life, the choices
> > > that I mentioned are liberating rather than restricting, and
> > > you begin to discover positive capacity that you were never
> > > aware of. To me, the spiritual life is truly the free life and
> > > the normal state of things.
> > >
> > > Good luck on your quest, Skosian!
> > >
> > > Your brother,
> > >
> > > Nayak
> > >
> > > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, skosian
> > > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > > > I am interested to know what are the requirements of
> > > > becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy. Is there a webpage that
> > > > lists the do's and don't's of such lifestyle? I know some
> > > > things but probably not everything, just want to make sure.
> > > > Thanks.