Dear Lunthita & Begabati,
How timely to get your posts--engaging reminders for us to be more
meaningfully involved with our lives. I'm chuckling as I peruse Sri
Chinmoy's anthology, "Retirement Not Granted." The first poem reads:
God does not want me
To have any retirement,
Not to speak of
The last poem shares:
My sweet heart-melodies
Are the sweet results
Of my Sweet Lord's
Nowhere is this more evident than in the lives of those who have
found their life's calling and purpose--and with it, the secret to
living life as true Artists. We see the constant outpouring of fresh
new ideas from Sri Chinmoy's activities, from sports in the
pioneering arena of ultra-day races (e.g., 3100 Mile Race and
others) to his musical compositions, poetry, writings, and
Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing three artists who have
also discovered that the secret to happiness lies not in competing
with others, but in pursuing and discovering joy with their God-
blessed talents. If age be the criteria of going with the flow of
our soul's light and delight, here are three good souls I'd like to
briefly mention. They are sweet heart-melodies of their God-given
artistry, and delightful manifestations as gracious instruments,
92-year old Agnes Martin is the doyenne of minimalist art. Not
unlike those with new ideas to share, artists are vulnerable to
critics too. However, Ms. Martin steadfastly continues to paint,
announcing, "I paint with my back to the world!"
86-year old Florence Pierce still works in her studio, fashioning
exquisitely subtle resin reliefs much sought after by collectors of
modern art from all over the world.
The youngest of the trio, 85-year old Frederick Hammersley, is a
pioneer of computer-generated art in the 1970's when computers were
based on the punch-card system. Mr. Hammersley is affectionately
collected not only for his early California modernist art, but also
for his witty social statements.
A prominent museum curator told me, "I'm just so heartened by these
artists because retirement is not in their vocabulary."
Here's reason to keep smiling and trucking on!
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com
> I was extremely grateful to read Sri Chinmoy's poem on projects. We
> have all experienced the hesitation, fear or less-than-eager
> approach we have sometimes when asked or placed in a position to
> serve on a project. The mind takes the lead and overshadows the rest
> of us. Eventually the mind surrenders and we are blessed with the
> joy, satisfaction and realization about the progress we made.
> Over the years I've said to several coworkers and family members,
> "Everyone needs a project." This usually came as a response to them
> feeling frustrated with an elderly family member who seemed to be
> creating more work/trouble when trying to accomplish something like
> pay bills.
> The last 10 years or so prior to my grandmother's passing, her
> health seriously deteriorated and she had difficulty walking. Barely
> speaking English, she insisted on travelling alone between the
> Caribbean (her birthplace), New York, Miami and Melbourne, Florida
> to visit her six children and to sometimes 'help' where she felt she
> was needed.
> Not only did all the travelling worry everyone (once on her way to
> New York she ended up in Guatemala!), it was looked upon as an
> inconvenience. She travelled with tons of luggage and boxes and
> would try to sell things and sometimes even sew clothing. She was
> also considered the 'Robin Hood' of the family--take from her
> children and grandchildren, then give away to helpers, street
> vendors and other 'adopted' ones.
> The question always came up, "Why doesn't she just stay put?" So one
> day I replied to my mother, "She's getting old and it's good for her
> to stay active. Everyone needs a project." My mother understood and
> Those words rung in my mind ever since I was first a member of the
> Sri Chinmoy Centre in Miami. The Centre leaders, Drishti and
> Durjaya, had a rabbit (as well as a parakeet). About once a week or
> so, Drishti would put something in his cage like the cardboard from
> a finished roll of paper towels. I never really questioned it and
> figured that he really liked chewing on cardboard. Once I laughed
> and Drishti said to me, "You know, everyone needs a project."
> --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, begabati
> <no_reply@y...> wrote:
> > I'm working on a great project for August Celebrations -- you'll
> > see the results soon!
> > In the meantime, here's a favorite poem:
> > "Why does everyone need a project?
> > Everyone does not need a project,
> > But if anyone wants to make very fast progress in his spiritual
> > life,
> > Then he definitely needs a project.
> > When he has a project,
> > God cheerfully and powerfully gives him three injections:
> > Inspiration-injection,
> > Consecration-injection
> > And perfection-injection."
> > --Sri Chinmoy
> > (Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, 1915)