- Hello everyone! I just arrived in New York for August Celebrations,
a period of spiritual activities taking place every August
surrounding Sri Chinmoy's birthday on the 27th.
It is a real, real blessing to be here. The spiritual vibrations
here are top notch. What you have is an atmosphere created by
spiritual seekers coming here from every corner of the globe to work
on their prayer and meditation lives, and to make spiritual
progress. During this period one has the opportunity to see Sri
Chinmoy in abundant measure. The difference between the vibrations
one will find here and the vibrations one will experience back home
"in the world" is like black and white. It's a massive difference.
You can come here and, even without doing anything particularly
special yourself, a huge change takes place. Most of us have heard
the expression, "Money doesn't just fall from the sky." Well, when
I'm here I feel like the inner wealth is absolutely raining down,
and if you're here you're gonna get hit.
During Celebrations you can become inwardly rich. The inner gifts
that you get here can't be bought for any amount of money in the
world. You can have 100 billion dollars, but this won't buy you the
first thing in the inner world. The inner world runs on a whole
other kind of currency. And that currency, here at Celebrations,
seems to come from Guru's Heart. It's a really amazing thing and I'm
very grateful to have the opportunity to be here. Thank you,
- Dear All,
This Celebrations was one of the most soulful, richly rewarding and
satisfying Celebrations that I can remember. I encourage everybody
who can make it, to continue to come to our sacred Aspiration-Ground
to cherish our Master's immortal presence.
Most sincerely, and most gratefully,
- We were lucky with near perfect weather for August celebrations, rarely too hot and only the occasional rain. As ever, our Aspiration-Ground was beautifully decorated and was open for many hours during the day - giving us the opportunity to meditate in this sacred place. Even if Guru was not present in person, one could still feel the same meditative consciousness that has built up during the past 25 years or so.
On the 25th August there was a concert of music dedicated to Sri Chinmoy. A variety of musicians and groups entertained a packed audience hall for over 3 hours. Amidst the many highlights a soulful rendition of Ami Jabo by Samir Chatterjee and his wife sticks in the mind. It was wonderful to hear Guru's songs performed by such talented professional musicians.
During Guru's birthday, we witnessed a new Guinness world record of 47,000 candles by Ashrita and his team of 88 people to light the massive cake.
Aside from the mediation, plays and soulful music performances, I seemed to spend quite a bit of time in the cafes and restaurants of the local area. A combination of good food, good coffee, attractive decor and the chance to meet old friends made it a very enjoyable way to spend time. (especially talking about the 2008 Olympic medal table with my Australian friends)
It often surprises me how quickly on arriving for celebrations old problems feel insignificant and you gain new enthusiasm and inspiration. I look forward very much to returning soon.
- Hi Mahiruha and Tejvan,
I had to chime in with agreement at what a soulful and fulfilling
Celebrations this was.
As you mentioned Tejvan, the weather could not have been better even
if we had ordered it specially from a weather menu. Truly a divine
I arrived a little before Celebrations and one of my favorite things
was going to meditate around 8:30pm after the sun went down. With
only a few people there, and the temple just dimly lit, Guru's peace
permeated everything. No mind, no form...
Then when Celebrations finally got underway it was a joy to see a
new group of friends arriving daily from around the globe. I was
talking with another disciple last night about how important our
spiritual family has become, and how precious are the moments that
we get to spend together, especially at Celebrations with Guru's
love and light flooding the air.
There were many highlights for me at Celebrations, but I'll save
them for another post.