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  • sarada1007
    Thanks Kamalakanta, I hope it goes without saying that you are really doing a supreme service to us all. Hearing a soundtrack gives us a sense of immediacy
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 2, 2004
      Thanks Kamalakanta,

      I hope it goes without saying that you are really doing a supreme
      service to us all. Hearing a soundtrack gives us a sense of
      immediacy that words cannot, and really makes us feel that we are
      being transported across to the event itself. Thank you so much for
      all your efforts. I don't know how much time all of this takes you,
      but please rest assured that your time is being very well spent.

      By the way, the race prayer was given on the 24th of July, not the
      23rd. That was my fault!

      --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, kamalakanta47
      <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > Dear Sarada, I just posted a recording of local singers in New
      > York singing the song from the 2-mile race on July 23, 2004.
      > Thanks you for posting the text!
      > To listen, please use the following shortcut to Radio Sri Chinmoy:
      > http://tinyurl.com/5sfo8 and enjoy!
      > Joy to all!
      > Kamalakanta Nieves
      > July, 2004
      > New York
      > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sarada1007
      > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
      > > Dear Friends,
      > >
      > > Am just back from New York and here are a few of my very vague
      > > and imprecise impressions. I hesitate to call them news as I
      > > have no facts or figures (and only one prayer) to back them up
      > > with.
      > >
      > > Sri Chinmoy is lifting alot still. He is doing some very heavy
      > > lifts of groups of people. On the court there was a period
      > > (Sunday morning?) when he was looking for some of the heavier
      > > men and lifting them four at a time. On one occasion he lifted
      > > Databir, Rupantar, Udar and er... one other together (sorry,
      > > can't remember!). These lifts totalled around 800lbs and over,
      > > so they superseded the "heavy man" lift which Nayak mentioned
      > > earlier.
      > >
      > > Sri Chinmoy is also playing his double bass a lot. He called for
      > > the 'excellent singers' at one point, and then there was a
      > > divine exchange in which Sri Chinmoy would play a song, and the
      > > singers would have to sing that same song. I think he played the
      > > double bass on both Saturday and Sunday morning at the court.
      > >
      > > In case no one has posted it already, here is the race prayer
      > > from Saturday morning, July 23:
      > >
      > > "I give my money-power to God.
      > > God smiles at me.
      > > I give my name, my fame, my joy and my pride to God.
      > > God smiles at me twice.
      > > I give my oneness-heart unreservedly to God.
      > > God smiles at me a million times
      > > And embraces me a million times.
      > > I give my cheerful, sleepless and unconditional
      > > surrender-breath to God.
      > > God smiles at me and deliberately forgets to stop,
      > > God embraces me and deliberately forgets to stop."
      > >
      > > At the court on Saturday, this prayer was put to music to make a
      > > song.
      > >
      > > On Saturday evening we had plays. Palash, Tanima and Lalita
      > > performed a very nice version of the 'Damodar' scene from Sri
      > > Chinmoy's Chaitanya play. This is a very cute scene in which
      > > Damodar tries to shoo a small boy out of the temple because he
      > > thinks that the place is only for adults who 'know how to pray
      > > and meditate.' Chaitanya intervenes and, of course, we realise
      > > that the child has a much better idea of prayer and meditation
      > > than does Damodar. We then had a play from Databir and Abakash
      > > based on a vignette from Sri Chinmoy's youth. Finally Aparajita
      > > performed from Everest- Aspiraton with Michael (who incidentally
      > > also did a very sweet portrayal of a younger Sri Chinmoy in the
      > > second play). The plays were great and a real treat to watch.
      > >
      > > Kamalakanta has already provided you with a recording of another
      > > occurrence from Saturday night: Somebody had given out a copy of
      > > a certain piece of Sri Chinmoy's writing ("There was a
      > > time..."). Guru read this to us line by line and we repeated it
      > > back to him. There was also a musical performance by Kodanda's
      > > group, which Kamalakanta has also provided for your listening
      > > enjoyment (and with what speed!).
      > >
      > > On Sunday afternoon, Sri Chinmoy visited a divine enterprise and
      > > composed a special song to celebrate the business and the
      > > occasion. Then he sat at the door of the shop whilst we all went
      > > inside to have a look around. The place has been very
      > > beautifully decorated and refurbished. Finally, we all took
      > > prasad (blessed food) - a delicious chocolate brownie and
      > > applesauce.
      > >
      > >
      > > With love, Sarada
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