Last Tuesday was the one year anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's April
2003 visit to San Francisco! Looking back on last year's events...
Those two days were filled with the lifting of several San Francisco
athletes, authors and homeopathic doctors. There was also a special
dinner at Ananda Fuara.
It was just after April Celebrations. I was in the process of moving
to San Francisco and had not yet started working at Ananda Fuara.
After the Lifting Up The World program, the Ananda Fuara crew served
dinner to all the visiting students. Sri Chinmoy sat at the head
table (#C6!!) overlooking the restaurant activity. Serving took
awhile because there were sixty seats and a few hundred to be
served; but no one seemed to mind the wait. I happened to be in the
final sitting for dinner.
As the meal was finishing, Sri Chinmoy called up all the Ananda
Fuara staff in front of him. I had not started my first day of work,
but my friends pushed me up to join the "employees" in front!
Sri Chinmoy gave a very long talk about how we should work at Ananda
Fuara: shower before coming, begin with singing and meditation, have
a sense of newness with each customer, do not be angry with each
other, fresh flowers on the tables, build water fountains, do not
get angry at each other (did I already mention that one?!), meditate
at the close of the day, play the tape of the conch blowing, etc. I
couldn't help thinking "this is my complete initiation, training,
and final installation as an Anada Fuara waiter directly by Sri
So here we are one year later...
After we played the conch blowing for the closing meditation last
night, I didn't quite feel ready to leave. There were about ten of
us. So I said to them, "It has been exactly one year since we sat
here with Sri Chinmoy! What do you remember about that talk that he
gave us after dinner was served that night?"
One woman kept saying, "I can't remember - all I can remember is
this one thing!" I said to her, "If we just concentrate, so much
will come back. It was a very significant day for us!" As one memory
was described, another came forward - and another and another.
People kind of looked around, but then slowly and with gathering
speed, the memories started flowing. The recorded tapes from the
talk that day somehow did not come out clearly. The recollections
are what we have now. It was fantastic to hear the discussion. And
especially as a group, to look around and realize the progress made
in the past year with Sri Chinmoy's guidance.
The most senior woman on the Ananda Fuara staff told me she is sure
my Mother is quite happy with what I am doing now!
Thank you so much, for an amazing year here at Ananda Fuara Sri
One other thing:
If you did not get a copy of the new book, A Perfect Divine
Enterprise, sold at Celebrations, published by Guru-Noka
Publications (Moscow) - FIND IT - ORDER IT!
A must have for every Divine Enterprise employee!