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  • srichinmoyinspiration
    Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It s a privilege to be able to help out with this group. I m grateful for everyone s contributions, but
    Message 1 of 8 , Sep 18, 2004
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      Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a privilege
      to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful for everyone's
      contributions, but wonder if there may be some misunderstanding.

      Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in English.
      I'm not interested in the number of new members or new messages.
      What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high. What I'm
      looking for is:

      - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to say
      it

      - People who can write original articles - especially function
      reports - in fairly good English

      - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos

      - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new medium
      of the Internet as a learning experience

      - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
      drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen for
      publication

      - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board to
      get a feeling for how to post

      I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the above.
      I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a "manifestation
      project" where people make some kind of daily commitment. I only
      want people to post when they have something to say - not just for
      the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone has heard something
      different than this.

      Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
      friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's always a
      good thing to do. However, please don't post things which are:

      - fanatical

      - icky sweet

      - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
      fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
      family."

      Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
      postings, I know you can do it. :-)

      Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too many
      poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary purpose.
      If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy Inspiration, there are
      links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy sites. Sri Chinmoy Library
      and other sites publish literally thousands of pages of Sri
      Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks, questions and answers, short
      stories, etc.

      Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
      writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please feel
      free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has just
      written something new, people will be very very grateful if you can
      post an accurate version.

      But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo machines!
      This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers already own
      many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where they can read
      hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri Chinmoy Inspiration
      mainly for conversation, discussion, and maybe even a little comic
      relief - so this is what we like to give them. I am asking people to
      please cut back on the number of aphorisms of the day, poems of the
      day, quiz questions of the day, etc.

      Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages, I'm
      also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in clean copy.
      You are submitting your article to be read by a few hundred people.
      Please try and catch your own spelling and other errors before
      hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the world's worst
      speller, please use a spell checker.

      If English is not your first language, please stop in and say "Hi"
      from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post daily in
      broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we can address
      this issue by starting a second group for people who are still
      learning English. That way they can feel comfortable practising
      English with each other, and yet the Inspiration Group can continue
      to try and be "publication quality."

      Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in the
      past few months, the number of postings has grown astronomically.
      I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload without burning out.

      Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not good,
      then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But again, this
      creates two problems: 1. It results in too many "mimeo" postings. 2.
      People whose English is not good may not notice they're misquoting
      Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous "put your head between your
      eyebrow" quote we had just recently.)

      Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they want
      to, because they feel inspired, and because they have something to
      say. If you're not inspired, really don't have anything to say, and
      find English impossible, make it easy on yourself: don't post! I
      apologize again if this is different than what you heard. Sometimes
      one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. :-)

      I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
      fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
      presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life admits of
      many opposites: important and trivial, serious and funny, devoted
      and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the hunger of darkness
      and the feast of light. No matter what you're trying to express,
      writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and typos) is still a good
      thing to do.

      Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As with an
      athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice and improve,
      so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group has grown so
      much in the past two years. Now, at a time when there are so many
      new members, it's good to remember the need for originality and
      quality.

      In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a public
      forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt messages are
      getting through, and many people are finding a way to express their
      individuality. I often have to balance things out, making a
      compromise between the perfect - and what's possible on the
      Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl." When it comes to
      giving out personal information like birthdays and fax locations,
      that is something better done off-board.

      There are also some very new posters who are still struggling with
      technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group, how to
      hide their email address, and how to post on site. If you're one of
      those people, please use the shortcut below to message #7073, which
      repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank you.

      http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073

      Best regards,
      Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
    • maria_latinova
      Dear Assistant Moderator, Thank you so much for your most inspiring message; I am happy that someone made it clear to everybody ...not just for the sake of
      Message 2 of 8 , Sep 19, 2004
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        Dear Assistant Moderator,

        Thank you so much for your most inspiring message; I am happy that
        someone made it clear to everybody "...not just for the sake of
        posting." Thank you for your tireless efforts on this site.

        (It was and it is my volcano inspiration after my working hours.)

        With best regards


        --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, srichinmoyinspiration
        <no_reply@y...> wrote:
        > Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a privilege
        > to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful for everyone's
        > contributions, but wonder if there may be some misunderstanding.
        >
        > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in English.
        > I'm not interested in the number of new members or new messages.
        > What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high. What I'm
        > looking for is:
        >
        > - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to say
        > it
        >
        > - People who can write original articles - especially function
        > reports - in fairly good English
        >
        > - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos
        >
        > - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new medium
        > of the Internet as a learning experience
        >
        > - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
        > drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen for
        > publication
        >
        > - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board to
        > get a feeling for how to post
        >
        > I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the above.
        > I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a "manifestation
        > project" where people make some kind of daily commitment. I only
        > want people to post when they have something to say - not just for
        > the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone has heard something
        > different than this.
        >
        > Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
        > friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's always a
        > good thing to do. However, please don't post things which are:
        >
        > - fanatical
        >
        > - icky sweet
        >
        > - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
        > fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
        > family."
        >
        > Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
        > postings, I know you can do it. :-)
        >
        > Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too many
        > poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary purpose.
        > If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy Inspiration, there are
        > links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy sites. Sri Chinmoy Library
        > and other sites publish literally thousands of pages of Sri
        > Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks, questions and answers, short
        > stories, etc.
        >
        > Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
        > writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please feel
        > free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has just
        > written something new, people will be very very grateful if you can
        > post an accurate version.
        >
        > But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo machines!
        > This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers already own
        > many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where they can read
        > hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri Chinmoy Inspiration
        > mainly for conversation, discussion, and maybe even a little comic
        > relief - so this is what we like to give them. I am asking people to
        > please cut back on the number of aphorisms of the day, poems of the
        > day, quiz questions of the day, etc.
        >
        > Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages, I'm
        > also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in clean copy.
        > You are submitting your article to be read by a few hundred people.
        > Please try and catch your own spelling and other errors before
        > hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the world's worst
        > speller, please use a spell checker.
        >
        > If English is not your first language, please stop in and say "Hi"
        > from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post daily in
        > broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we can address
        > this issue by starting a second group for people who are still
        > learning English. That way they can feel comfortable practising
        > English with each other, and yet the Inspiration Group can continue
        > to try and be "publication quality."
        >
        > Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in the
        > past few months, the number of postings has grown astronomically.
        > I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload without burning out.
        >
        > Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not good,
        > then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But again, this
        > creates two problems: 1. It results in too many "mimeo" postings. 2.
        > People whose English is not good may not notice they're misquoting
        > Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous "put your head between your
        > eyebrow" quote we had just recently.)
        >
        > Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they want
        > to, because they feel inspired, and because they have something to
        > say. If you're not inspired, really don't have anything to say, and
        > find English impossible, make it easy on yourself: don't post! I
        > apologize again if this is different than what you heard. Sometimes
        > one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. :-)
        >
        > I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
        > fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
        > presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life admits of
        > many opposites: important and trivial, serious and funny, devoted
        > and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the hunger of darkness
        > and the feast of light. No matter what you're trying to express,
        > writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and typos) is still a good
        > thing to do.
        >
        > Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As with an
        > athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice and improve,
        > so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group has grown so
        > much in the past two years. Now, at a time when there are so many
        > new members, it's good to remember the need for originality and
        > quality.
        >
        > In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a public
        > forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt messages are
        > getting through, and many people are finding a way to express their
        > individuality. I often have to balance things out, making a
        > compromise between the perfect - and what's possible on the
        > Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl." When it comes to
        > giving out personal information like birthdays and fax locations,
        > that is something better done off-board.
        >
        > There are also some very new posters who are still struggling with
        > technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group, how to
        > hide their email address, and how to post on site. If you're one of
        > those people, please use the shortcut below to message #7073, which
        > repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank you.
        >
        > http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073
        >
        > Best regards,
        > Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
      • shane_dublincentre
        Dear Assistant Moderator, I fully agree the site shouldn t become a cut-and-paste once a day, just for the sake of something to say storehouse. However I
        Message 3 of 8 , Sep 19, 2004
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          Dear Assistant Moderator,

          I fully agree the site shouldn't become a 'cut-and-paste once a day,
          just for the sake of something to say' storehouse.

          However I think the site really benefits from people who post
          aphorisms that have either really inspired them that day or pulled
          them through some tough spot in their sadhana, and I think when
          posters go to the trouble of adding that little context it helps
          enormously and takes the mechanical look off things. Perhaps another
          way to keep a lid on things would be to say only the 10 best are going
          on each day, and you're not going to deliberate too much when choosing
          the best 10 either. The site doesn't seem overly burdened with
          aphorisms at the moment (although God knows what machete-wielding is
          going on behind that curtain).

          One of the things I love most about the site is just the whole
          landscape of postings - from heart-squeezing profundity to
          tomato-popping hilarity, from jnana to bhakta, from Tagore to jelly
          beans. I think the diversity reflects the whole 360-degree spectrum of
          backgrounds and perspectives which are found in students of this path.
          For example, I may not personally derive much from the quizzes, (sorry
          Nadia, its only because I never know any of the answers) but still I
          think the towering Sumangali- and Nayak-trees would look a little
          forlorn if there were no aphorism-foliage and quiz-shrubs to decorate
          the undergrowth.

          Shane
          (also a BA - in theoretical physics! Er, hellllo....)


          --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, srichinmoyinspiration
          <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a privilege
          > to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful for everyone's
          > contributions, but wonder if there may be some misunderstanding.
          >
          > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in English.
          > I'm not interested in the number of new members or new messages.
          > What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high. What I'm
          > looking for is:
          >
          > - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to say
          > it
          >
          > - People who can write original articles - especially function
          > reports - in fairly good English
          >
          > - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos
          >
          > - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new medium
          > of the Internet as a learning experience
          >
          > - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
          > drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen for
          > publication
          >
          > - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board to
          > get a feeling for how to post
          >
          > I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the above.
          > I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a "manifestation
          > project" where people make some kind of daily commitment. I only
          > want people to post when they have something to say - not just for
          > the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone has heard something
          > different than this.
          >
          > Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
          > friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's always a
          > good thing to do. However, please don't post things which are:
          >
          > - fanatical
          >
          > - icky sweet
          >
          > - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
          > fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
          > family."
          >
          > Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
          > postings, I know you can do it. :-)
          >
          > Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too many
          > poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary purpose.
          > If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy Inspiration, there are
          > links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy sites. Sri Chinmoy Library
          > and other sites publish literally thousands of pages of Sri
          > Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks, questions and answers, short
          > stories, etc.
          >
          > Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
          > writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please feel
          > free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has just
          > written something new, people will be very very grateful if you can
          > post an accurate version.
          >
          > But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo machines!
          > This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers already own
          > many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where they can read
          > hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri Chinmoy Inspiration
          > mainly for conversation, discussion, and maybe even a little comic
          > relief - so this is what we like to give them. I am asking people to
          > please cut back on the number of aphorisms of the day, poems of the
          > day, quiz questions of the day, etc.
          >
          > Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages, I'm
          > also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in clean copy.
          > You are submitting your article to be read by a few hundred people.
          > Please try and catch your own spelling and other errors before
          > hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the world's worst
          > speller, please use a spell checker.
          >
          > If English is not your first language, please stop in and say "Hi"
          > from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post daily in
          > broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we can address
          > this issue by starting a second group for people who are still
          > learning English. That way they can feel comfortable practising
          > English with each other, and yet the Inspiration Group can continue
          > to try and be "publication quality."
          >
          > Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in the
          > past few months, the number of postings has grown astronomically.
          > I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload without burning out.
          >
          > Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not good,
          > then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But again, this
          > creates two problems: 1. It results in too many "mimeo" postings. 2.
          > People whose English is not good may not notice they're misquoting
          > Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous "put your head between your
          > eyebrow" quote we had just recently.)
          >
          > Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they want
          > to, because they feel inspired, and because they have something to
          > say. If you're not inspired, really don't have anything to say, and
          > find English impossible, make it easy on yourself: don't post! I
          > apologize again if this is different than what you heard. Sometimes
          > one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. :-)
          >
          > I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
          > fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
          > presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life admits of
          > many opposites: important and trivial, serious and funny, devoted
          > and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the hunger of darkness
          > and the feast of light. No matter what you're trying to express,
          > writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and typos) is still a good
          > thing to do.
          >
          > Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As with an
          > athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice and improve,
          > so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group has grown so
          > much in the past two years. Now, at a time when there are so many
          > new members, it's good to remember the need for originality and
          > quality.
          >
          > In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a public
          > forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt messages are
          > getting through, and many people are finding a way to express their
          > individuality. I often have to balance things out, making a
          > compromise between the perfect - and what's possible on the
          > Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl." When it comes to
          > giving out personal information like birthdays and fax locations,
          > that is something better done off-board.
          >
          > There are also some very new posters who are still struggling with
          > technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group, how to
          > hide their email address, and how to post on site. If you're one of
          > those people, please use the shortcut below to message #7073, which
          > repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank you.
          >
          > http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073
          >
          > Best regards,
          > Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
        • sumangali_m
          Dear Assistant Moderator Please don t burn out! We need you! I will definitely try to do whatever it takes to make your enormous job a little easier, and I am
          Message 4 of 8 , Sep 20, 2004
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            Dear Assistant Moderator

            Please don't burn out! We need you! I will definitely try to do
            whatever it takes to make your enormous job a little easier, and I
            am certain your message will encourage others to do the same. I see
            more and more that many different roles come under the umbrella of
            "Assistant Moderator." I appreciate your humorous and light-hearted
            approach to these roles, as well as your occasional and mild
            scolding. :-)

            I definitely feel that the discernment and guidance on your part
            helps to raise the quality of my own postings, and I am sure I am
            not alone in this sentiment. The fact that you take the time to set
            out reminders and guidelines every so often is just one of many
            indications of your commitment to the quality of the site. If
            nothing else, we owe it to you to try and match this commitment!

            I am really glad you pointed out the value in having diversity.
            Sometimes I feel I want to only read the very spiritual messages,
            but sometimes I come here for some light relief. I for one am not at
            the stage where I can handle spiritual intensity all the time!
            Sometimes I read something funny or some amazing story which takes
            me out of my life for a minute and helps me lighten up. To me this
            is a very significant aspect of "inspiration."

            Thank you from the bottom of my heart for tending this site so
            meticulously day after day. Reading messages here has become a very
            valuable part of my everyday life as a source of great spiritual
            strength and a lot of fun. Writing here has become a very rewarding
            and valuable channel for me to offer what I have.

            Sumangali
            :oD

            PS Thanks to the Shane-tree!


            [Dear Sumangali, you are doing just about everything right in your
            postings. I have no right to scold anyone, even mildly; but
            sometimes I do because of the stress involved in trying to balance
            the different responsibilities that go with keeping this group
            running. Sometimes I say things in jest, but forget to include the
            smiley-face! I think Sushmitam "got it" that I was only joking when
            I said you were "pounding the table." :-) Thanks again for your very
            original and well-written postings. They are a joy to read.
            -Assistant Moderator]


            --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, shane_dublincentre
            <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > Dear Assistant Moderator,
            >
            > I fully agree the site shouldn't become a 'cut-and-paste once a
            > day, just for the sake of something to say' storehouse.
            >
            > However I think the site really benefits from people who post
            > aphorisms that have either really inspired them that day or pulled
            > them through some tough spot in their sadhana, and I think when
            > posters go to the trouble of adding that little context it helps
            > enormously and takes the mechanical look off things. Perhaps
            > another way to keep a lid on things would be to say only the 10
            > best are going on each day, and you're not going to deliberate too
            > much when choosing the best 10 either. The site doesn't seem
            > overly burdened with aphorisms at the moment (although God knows
            > what machete-wielding is going on behind that curtain).
            >
            > One of the things I love most about the site is just the whole
            > landscape of postings - from heart-squeezing profundity to
            > tomato-popping hilarity, from jnana to bhakta, from Tagore to
            > jelly beans. I think the diversity reflects the whole 360-degree
            > spectrum of backgrounds and perspectives which are found in
            > students of this path. For example, I may not personally derive
            > much from the quizzes, (sorry Nadia, its only because I never know
            > any of the answers) but still I think the towering Sumangali- and
            > Nayak-trees would look a little forlorn if there were no
            > aphorism-foliage and quiz-shrubs to decorate the undergrowth.
            >
            > Shane
            > (also a BA - in theoretical physics! Er, hellllo....)
            >
            >
            > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
            > srichinmoyinspiration <no_reply@y...> wrote:
            > > Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a
            > > privilege to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful
            > > for everyone's contributions, but wonder if there may be some
            > > misunderstanding.
            > >
            > > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in
            > > English. I'm not interested in the number of new members or new
            > > messages. What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high.
            > > What I'm looking for is:
            > >
            > > - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to
            > > say it
            > >
            > > - People who can write original articles - especially function
            > > reports - in fairly good English
            > >
            > > - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos
            > >
            > > - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new
            > > medium of the Internet as a learning experience
            > >
            > > - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
            > > drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen
            > > for publication
            > >
            > > - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board
            > > to get a feeling for how to post
            > >
            > > I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the
            > > above. I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a
            > > "manifestation project" where people make some kind of daily
            > > commitment. I only want people to post when they have something
            > > to say - not just for the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone
            > > has heard something different than this.
            > >
            > > Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
            > > friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's
            > > always a good thing to do. However, please don't post things
            > > which are:
            > >
            > > - fanatical
            > >
            > > - icky sweet
            > >
            > > - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
            > > fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
            > > family."
            > >
            > > Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
            > > postings, I know you can do it. :-)
            > >
            > > Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too
            > > many poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary
            > > purpose. If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy
            > > Inspiration, there are links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy
            > > sites. Sri Chinmoy Library and other sites publish literally
            > > thousands of pages of Sri Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks,
            > > questions and answers, short stories, etc.
            > >
            > > Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
            > > writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please
            > > feel free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has
            > > just written something new, people will be very very grateful
            > > if you can post an accurate version.
            > >
            > > But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo
            > > machines! This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers
            > > already own many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where
            > > they can read hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri
            > > Chinmoy Inspiration mainly for conversation, discussion, and
            > > maybe even a little comic relief - so this is what we like to
            > > give them. I am asking people to please cut back on the number
            > > of aphorisms of the day, poems of the day, quiz questions of the
            > > day, etc.
            > >
            > > Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages,
            > > I'm also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in
            > > clean copy. You are submitting your article to be read by a few
            > > hundred people. Please try and catch your own spelling and other
            > > errors before hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the
            > > world's worst speller, please use a spell checker.
            > >
            > > If English is not your first language, please stop in and say
            > > "Hi" from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post
            > > daily in broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we
            > > can address this issue by starting a second group for people who
            > > are still learning English. That way they can feel comfortable
            > > practising English with each other, and yet the Inspiration
            > > Group can continue to try and be "publication quality."
            > >
            > > Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in
            > > the past few months, the number of postings has grown
            > > astronomically. I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload
            > > without burning out.
            > >
            > > Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not
            > > good, then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But
            > > again, this creates two problems: 1. It results in too many
            > > "mimeo" postings. 2. People whose English is not good may not
            > > notice they're misquoting Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous
            > > "put your head between your eyebrow" quote we had just
            > > recently.)
            > >
            > > Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they
            > > want to, because they feel inspired, and because they have
            > > something to say. If you're not inspired, really don't have
            > > anything to say, and find English impossible, make it easy on
            > > yourself: don't post! I apologize again if this is different
            > > than what you heard. Sometimes one hand doesn't know what the
            > > other hand is doing. :-)
            > >
            > > I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
            > > fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
            > > presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life
            > > admits of many opposites: important and trivial, serious and
            > > funny, devoted and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the
            > > hunger of darkness and the feast of light. No matter what you're
            > > trying to express, writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and
            > > typos) is still a good thing to do.
            > >
            > > Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As
            > > with an athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice
            > > and improve, so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group
            > > has grown so much in the past two years. Now, at a time when
            > > there are so many new members, it's good to remember the need
            > > for originality and quality.
            > >
            > > In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a
            > > public forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt
            > > messages are getting through, and many people are finding a way
            > > to express their individuality. I often have to balance things
            > > out, making a compromise between the perfect - and what's
            > > possible on the Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl."
            > > When it comes to giving out personal information like birthdays
            > > and fax locations, that is something better done off-board.
            > >
            > > There are also some very new posters who are still struggling
            > > with technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group,
            > > how to hide their email address, and how to post on site. If
            > > you're one of those people, please use the shortcut below to
            > > message #7073, which repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank
            > > you.
            > >
            > > http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073
            > >
            > > Best regards,
            > > Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
          • palyati_007
            Oh My God, you are great, Alligator! Thank you so very much for this reminder. I am so tired of clicking on a post to read a poem or aphorism. I can choose my
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              Oh My God, you are great, Alligator!

              Thank you so very much for this reminder. I am so tired of clicking
              on a post to read a poem or aphorism. I can choose my own reading,
              thank you very much. Of course using Sri Chinmoy's poems/aphorisms
              as backup to discussion is always welcome, but please, no poems/
              aphorisms for the sake of posting.

              When I log on, I am looking for depth and new ways to look at our
              philosophy as well as humor i.e. Dharmaja's tomato story; instead
              I'm getting bored and frustrated looking for the "meat" or in our
              case "vegetables." Thanks for diplomatically setting the group
              straight.

              Writing well and naturally is a step toward perfection.


              Palyati


              [Thanks, Palyati. I just want to clarify that it's not a case of
              "all or nothing at all." What I've asked is that members please cut
              down on the *number* of poems/aphorisms, and not send them merely
              for the sake of posting something. It's just a question of balance,
              so that (as you say) it doesn't become too hard to find fresh
              content and interactive discussion on the site. I also want to
              apologize to anyone who may have received incorrect information.
              There is no "daily posting requirement" or anything like that. I
              will be most grateful if people post only when they want to -
              because they have something to say. I'm confident we have enough
              members that on any given day, there will always be people posting
              about something they care about. That will keep the quality high.
              And when the quality is high, membership and posting volume will
              take care of themselves. -Assistant Moderator]


              --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
              srichinmoyinspiration <no_reply@y...> wrote:
              > Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a privilege
              > to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful for
              > everyone's contributions, but wonder if there may be some
              > misunderstanding.
              >
              > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in
              > English. I'm not interested in the number of new members or new
              > messages. What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high.
              > What I'm looking for is:
              >
              > - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to
              > say it
              >
              > - People who can write original articles - especially function
              > reports - in fairly good English
              >
              > - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos
              >
              > - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new
              > medium of the Internet as a learning experience
              >
              > - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
              > drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen for
              > publication
              >
              > - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board to
              > get a feeling for how to post
              >
              > I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the
              > above. I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a
              > "manifestation project" where people make some kind of daily
              > commitment. I only want people to post when they have something to
              > say - not just for the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone has
              > heard something different than this.
              >
              > Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
              > friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's always
              > a good thing to do. However, please don't post things which are:
              >
              > - fanatical
              >
              > - icky sweet
              >
              > - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
              > fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
              > family."
              >
              > Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
              > postings, I know you can do it. :-)
              >
              > Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too
              > many poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary
              > purpose. If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy Inspiration,
              > there are links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy sites. Sri
              > Chinmoy Library and other sites publish literally thousands of
              > pages of Sri Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks, questions and
              > answers, short stories, etc.
              >
              > Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
              > writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please
              > feel free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has just
              > written something new, people will be very very grateful if you
              > can post an accurate version.
              >
              > But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo machines!
              > This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers already own
              > many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where they can read
              > hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri Chinmoy Inspiration
              > mainly for conversation, discussion, and maybe even a little comic
              > relief - so this is what we like to give them. I am asking people
              > to please cut back on the number of aphorisms of the day, poems of
              > the day, quiz questions of the day, etc.
              >
              > Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages, I'm
              > also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in clean
              > copy. You are submitting your article to be read by a few hundred
              > people. Please try and catch your own spelling and other errors
              > before hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the world's
              > worst speller, please use a spell checker.
              >
              > If English is not your first language, please stop in and say "Hi"
              > from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post daily
              > in broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we can
              > address this issue by starting a second group for people who are
              > still learning English. That way they can feel comfortable
              > practising English with each other, and yet the Inspiration Group
              > can continue to try and be "publication quality."
              >
              > Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in the
              > past few months, the number of postings has grown astronomically.
              > I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload without burning
              > out.
              >
              > Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not good,
              > then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But again, this
              > creates two problems: 1. It results in too many "mimeo" postings.
              > 2. People whose English is not good may not notice they're
              > misquoting Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous "put your head
              > between your eyebrow" quote we had just recently.)
              >
              > Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they
              > want to, because they feel inspired, and because they have
              > something to say. If you're not inspired, really don't have
              > anything to say, and find English impossible, make it easy on
              > yourself: don't post! I apologize again if this is different than
              > what you heard. Sometimes one hand doesn't know what the other
              > hand is doing. :-)
              >
              > I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
              > fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
              > presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life admits
              > of many opposites: important and trivial, serious and funny,
              > devoted and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the hunger of
              > darkness and the feast of light. No matter what you're trying to
              > express, writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and typos) is
              > still a good thing to do.
              >
              > Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As with
              > an athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice and
              > improve, so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group has
              > grown so much in the past two years. Now, at a time when there are
              > so many new members, it's good to remember the need for
              > originality and quality.
              >
              > In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a public
              > forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt messages are
              > getting through, and many people are finding a way to express
              > their individuality. I often have to balance things out, making a
              > compromise between the perfect - and what's possible on the
              > Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl." When it comes to
              > giving out personal information like birthdays and fax locations,
              > that is something better done off-board.
              >
              > There are also some very new posters who are still struggling with
              > technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group, how to
              > hide their email address, and how to post on site. If you're one
              > of those people, please use the shortcut below to message #7073,
              > which repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank you.
              >
              > http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073
              >
              > Best regards,
              > Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
            • priyadarshan44
              Dearest All, I have been extremely lucky being able to read and contribute to the Inspiration Group since its inception, on December 7, 2002, and I lived with
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                Dearest All,

                I have been extremely lucky being able to read and contribute
                to the Inspiration Group since its inception, on December 7,
                2002, and I lived with trepidation its ebbing and flowing.

                This Inspiration Group is now part of my life, and of my
                spiritual discipline, not in the sense that I feel the duty
                of posting, but that I need the privilege of reading it.

                Even if the number of members and postings has blessingfully
                increased so much, I still try to read each and every
                message.

                Some messages I automatically read word by word (Sumangali's,
                for example, or Morris').

                Sometimes I skip to the end of a message, hoping to find a
                remark from the AM, sometimes I read and re-read them, and
                copy them in a special file, where I store all those precious
                inspiration-gems.

                So many times, (so many!) I smiled and laughed with mirth,
                and so many times my heart cried with deepest inspiration and
                gratitude.

                All this just to say: this Group is important to me. I feel
                part of it, and I feel it part of me, somehow.

                And I must say, I would never have found words more lucid to
                describe the beautiful vision behind the Inspiration Group.

                I agree 100% with every word of the Assistant Moderator's
                splendid message.

                I do not believe even for a second that this Group could have
                become what it is now without the constant protection and
                coordination of our dearest A.M.

                And above all, in no way we would have reached where we are
                now without his vision!

                I love this group because it is so informal, and fresh, and
                truthful to our hearts, and so much brimming with Sri
                Chinmoy's overflowing inspiration!

                Therefore, please, Assistant Moderator, I beg of you, snap
                away at all our affectations, lack of spontaneity, and
                artificiality.

                I am so ever grateful that you are there for us.

                Priyadarshan


                [Dear Priyadarshan, thanks for your glowing praises. But
                since I vowed to "snap away" at excess, let me say that this
                Group is an imperfect medium, I am an imperfect assistant
                moderator, and the Internet is a difficult place to be. Some
                people have written to me with complaints which I feel are
                entirely reasonable. I fully respect their reasons for not
                participating. Maybe a different moderator would be able to
                please those people. For my part, I'm very conscious of the
                problem of harassment of spiritual groups on the Internet,
                and this tends to make me rather cautious - a terrible
                "mother hen." I apologise to those people I have been unable
                to please, especially those who feel there is no rhyme or
                reason to my editorial choices. I apologise also to those
                like Richard who suffer because of my lack of dynamism. With
                the huge increase in messages, I have been fighting burnout.
                It's hard to find time to do everything that ideally could
                and should be done. Lately, I've just been struggling to keep
                up with the daily message flow. I'm very grateful to everyone
                for putting up with me, and for learning to use this new
                medium of the Internet wisely, effectively and joyfully.
                -Assistant Moderator]


                --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, srichinmoyinspiration
                <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                > Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a privilege
                > to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful for everyone's
                > contributions, but wonder if there may be some misunderstanding.
                >
                > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in English.
                > I'm not interested in the number of new members or new messages.
                > What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high. What I'm
                > looking for is:
                >
                > - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to say
                > it
                >
                > - People who can write original articles - especially function
                > reports - in fairly good English
                >
                > - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos
                >
                > - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new medium
                > of the Internet as a learning experience
                >
                > - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
                > drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen for
                > publication
                >
                > - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board to
                > get a feeling for how to post
                >
                > I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the above.
                > I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a "manifestation
                > project" where people make some kind of daily commitment. I only
                > want people to post when they have something to say - not just for
                > the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone has heard something
                > different than this.
                >
                > Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
                > friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's always a
                > good thing to do. However, please don't post things which are:
                >
                > - fanatical
                >
                > - icky sweet
                >
                > - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
                > fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
                > family."
                >
                > Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
                > postings, I know you can do it. :-)
                >
                > Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too many
                > poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary purpose.
                > If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy Inspiration, there are
                > links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy sites. Sri Chinmoy Library
                > and other sites publish literally thousands of pages of Sri
                > Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks, questions and answers, short
                > stories, etc.
                >
                > Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
                > writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please feel
                > free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has just
                > written something new, people will be very very grateful if you can
                > post an accurate version.
                >
                > But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo machines!
                > This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers already own
                > many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where they can read
                > hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri Chinmoy Inspiration
                > mainly for conversation, discussion, and maybe even a little comic
                > relief - so this is what we like to give them. I am asking people to
                > please cut back on the number of aphorisms of the day, poems of the
                > day, quiz questions of the day, etc.
                >
                > Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages, I'm
                > also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in clean copy.
                > You are submitting your article to be read by a few hundred people.
                > Please try and catch your own spelling and other errors before
                > hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the world's worst
                > speller, please use a spell checker.
                >
                > If English is not your first language, please stop in and say "Hi"
                > from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post daily in
                > broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we can address
                > this issue by starting a second group for people who are still
                > learning English. That way they can feel comfortable practising
                > English with each other, and yet the Inspiration Group can continue
                > to try and be "publication quality."
                >
                > Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in the
                > past few months, the number of postings has grown astronomically.
                > I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload without burning out.
                >
                > Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not good,
                > then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But again, this
                > creates two problems: 1. It results in too many "mimeo" postings. 2.
                > People whose English is not good may not notice they're misquoting
                > Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous "put your head between your
                > eyebrow" quote we had just recently.)
                >
                > Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they want
                > to, because they feel inspired, and because they have something to
                > say. If you're not inspired, really don't have anything to say, and
                > find English impossible, make it easy on yourself: don't post! I
                > apologize again if this is different than what you heard. Sometimes
                > one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. :-)
                >
                > I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
                > fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
                > presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life admits of
                > many opposites: important and trivial, serious and funny, devoted
                > and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the hunger of darkness
                > and the feast of light. No matter what you're trying to express,
                > writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and typos) is still a good
                > thing to do.
                >
                > Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As with an
                > athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice and improve,
                > so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group has grown so
                > much in the past two years. Now, at a time when there are so many
                > new members, it's good to remember the need for originality and
                > quality.
                >
                > In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a public
                > forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt messages are
                > getting through, and many people are finding a way to express their
                > individuality. I often have to balance things out, making a
                > compromise between the perfect - and what's possible on the
                > Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl." When it comes to
                > giving out personal information like birthdays and fax locations,
                > that is something better done off-board.
                >
                > There are also some very new posters who are still struggling with
                > technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group, how to
                > hide their email address, and how to post on site. If you're one of
                > those people, please use the shortcut below to message #7073, which
                > repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank you.
                >
                > http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073
                >
                > Best regards,
                > Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
              • nayaknayaknayak
                For me, there is one exception to the modest posting guideline. I always like hearing from Projjwal. Even if he just posted nothing to say, I would get a
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                  For me, there is one exception to the modest posting guideline. I
                  always like hearing from Projjwal. Even if he just posted "nothing
                  to say," I would get a nice image of him and his voice and his
                  unique point of view.

                  His poem was the opening poem of the latest issue of Panaroma. A
                  beautiful poem, glorious in its simple truths and honesty.

                  I always click on his messages.

                  Yours,

                  Nayak

                  --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, palyati_007
                  <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > Oh My God, you are great, Alligator!
                  >
                  > Thank you so very much for this reminder. I am so tired of
                  > clicking on a post to read a poem or aphorism. I can choose my own
                  > reading, thank you very much. Of course using Sri Chinmoy's
                  > poems/aphorisms as backup to discussion is always welcome, but
                  > please, no poems/ aphorisms for the sake of posting.
                  >
                  > When I log on, I am looking for depth and new ways to look at our
                  > philosophy as well as humor i.e. Dharmaja's tomato story; instead
                  > I'm getting bored and frustrated looking for the "meat" or in our
                  > case "vegetables." Thanks for diplomatically setting the group
                  > straight.
                  >
                  > Writing well and naturally is a step toward perfection.
                  >
                  >
                  > Palyati
                  >
                  >
                  > [Thanks, Palyati. I just want to clarify that it's not a case of
                  > "all or nothing at all." What I've asked is that members please
                  > cut down on the *number* of poems/aphorisms, and not send them
                  > merely for the sake of posting something. It's just a question of
                  > balance, so that (as you say) it doesn't become too hard to find
                  > fresh content and interactive discussion on the site. I also want
                  > to apologize to anyone who may have received incorrect
                  > information. There is no "daily posting requirement" or anything
                  > like that. I will be most grateful if people post only when they
                  > want to - because they have something to say. I'm confident we
                  > have enough members that on any given day, there will always be
                  > people posting about something they care about. That will keep the
                  > quality high. And when the quality is high, membership and posting
                  > volume will take care of themselves. -Assistant Moderator]
                  >
                  >
                  > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                  > srichinmoyinspiration <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                  > > Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a
                  > > privilege to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful
                  > > for everyone's contributions, but wonder if there may be some
                  > > misunderstanding.
                  > >
                  > > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in
                  > > English. I'm not interested in the number of new members or new
                  > > messages. What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high.
                  > > What I'm looking for is:
                  > >
                  > > - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to
                  > > say it
                  > >
                  > > - People who can write original articles - especially function
                  > > reports - in fairly good English
                  > >
                  > > - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos
                  > >
                  > > - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new
                  > > medium of the Internet as a learning experience
                  > >
                  > > - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
                  > > drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen
                  > > for publication
                  > >
                  > > - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board
                  > > to get a feeling for how to post
                  > >
                  > > I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the
                  > > above. I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a
                  > > "manifestation project" where people make some kind of daily
                  > > commitment. I only want people to post when they have something
                  > > to say - not just for the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone
                  > > has heard something different than this.
                  > >
                  > > Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
                  > > friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's
                  > > always a good thing to do. However, please don't post things
                  > > which are:
                  > >
                  > > - fanatical
                  > >
                  > > - icky sweet
                  > >
                  > > - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
                  > > fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
                  > > family."
                  > >
                  > > Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
                  > > postings, I know you can do it. :-)
                  > >
                  > > Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too
                  > > many poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary
                  > > purpose. If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy
                  > > Inspiration, there are links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy
                  > > sites. Sri Chinmoy Library and other sites publish literally
                  > > thousands of pages of Sri Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks,
                  > > questions and answers, short stories, etc.
                  > >
                  > > Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
                  > > writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please
                  > > feel free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has
                  > > just written something new, people will be very very grateful if
                  > > you can post an accurate version.
                  > >
                  > > But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo
                  > > machines! This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers
                  > > already own many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where
                  > > they can read hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri
                  > > Chinmoy Inspiration mainly for conversation, discussion, and
                  > > maybe even a little comic relief - so this is what we like to
                  > > give them. I am asking people to please cut back on the number
                  > > of aphorisms of the day, poems of the day, quiz questions of the
                  > > day, etc.
                  > >
                  > > Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages,
                  > > I'm also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in
                  > > clean copy. You are submitting your article to be read by a few
                  > > hundred people. Please try and catch your own spelling and other
                  > > errors before hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the
                  > > world's worst speller, please use a spell checker.
                  > >
                  > > If English is not your first language, please stop in and say
                  > > "Hi" from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post
                  > > daily in broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we
                  > > can address this issue by starting a second group for people who
                  > > are still learning English. That way they can feel comfortable
                  > > practising English with each other, and yet the Inspiration
                  > > Group can continue to try and be "publication quality."
                  > >
                  > > Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in
                  > > the past few months, the number of postings has grown
                  > > astronomically. I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload
                  > > without burning out.
                  > >
                  > > Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not
                  > > good, then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But
                  > > again, this creates two problems: 1. It results in too many
                  > > "mimeo" postings. 2. People whose English is not good may not
                  > > notice they're misquoting Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous
                  > > "put your head between your eyebrow" quote we had just
                  > > recently.)
                  > >
                  > > Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they
                  > > want to, because they feel inspired, and because they have
                  > > something to say. If you're not inspired, really don't have
                  > > anything to say, and find English impossible, make it easy on
                  > > yourself: don't post! I apologize again if this is different
                  > > than what you heard. Sometimes one hand doesn't know what the
                  > > other hand is doing. :-)
                  > >
                  > > I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
                  > > fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
                  > > presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life
                  > > admits of many opposites: important and trivial, serious and
                  > > funny, devoted and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the
                  > > hunger of darkness and the feast of light. No matter what you're
                  > > trying to express, writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and
                  > > typos) is still a good thing to do.
                  > >
                  > > Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As
                  > > with an athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice
                  > > and improve, so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group
                  > > has grown so much in the past two years. Now, at a time when
                  > > there are so many new members, it's good to remember the need
                  > > for originality and quality.
                  > >
                  > > In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a
                  > > public forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt
                  > > messages are getting through, and many people are finding a way
                  > > to express their individuality. I often have to balance things
                  > > out, making a compromise between the perfect - and what's
                  > > possible on the Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl."
                  > > When it comes to giving out personal information like birthdays
                  > > and fax locations, that is something better done off-board.
                  > >
                  > > There are also some very new posters who are still struggling
                  > > with technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group,
                  > > how to hide their email address, and how to post on site. If
                  > > you're one of those people, please use the shortcut below to
                  > > message #7073, which repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank
                  > > you.
                  > >
                  > > http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073
                  > >
                  > > Best regards, Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
                • one_prachar
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                    Couldn't resist the temptation to reply to a thread entitled "More
                    Clean Copy," thereby jumbling it up just that little wee extra bit!

                    Seriously though -

                    allow me to attest to the sincerity of Priyadarshan's posting
                    (below), by bringing some supporting evidence...

                    1) Priyadarshan has indeed been with us since the inception of this
                    Group, and THIS is his longest ever posting. I have checked them
                    all, so believe me (I look for '44' the same way he ferrets for
                    snippets from the A.M.). That must mean something.

                    2) he really DOES read every posting - I have tested him on this.

                    3) Priyadarshan's 'mother tongue,' if I may employ that term, is not
                    English (from which galaxy it is, is another question). I will vouch
                    that the glowing poetic English of the following posting is
                    considerably inspired by his avid reading of and participation in
                    this Group, and in particular his exchanges with our dear Assistant
                    Moderator - another example of the unanticipated marvellous fruits
                    this Group-tree yields.

                    So, Assistant Moderator, YOU are 100% right in your posting and
                    Priyadarshan, YOU are 110% spot-on in your posting.

                    Thank you both, for orchestrating the melodies of our horizons so
                    lushly.

                    Prachar
                    (could anyone else get away with that last sentence?)*



                    [Prachar, in fairness to those who disagree with me, I am never 100%
                    right about anything. ;-) Thank you for your own "measured"
                    contributions. However, I suggest you employ words with the letter
                    "b" approximately 12.3% more (using a weighted average based on a
                    sampling frequency of 88.2 kilohertz). -Assistant Moderator]

                    *No, in fact you're barely getting away with it by the skin of your
                    teeth. Anyway, I dispensed with the vox humana and went directly for
                    the vox celestis. And to quote a line from West Wing, a popular TV
                    series they have in the states: "Vox populi, vox Dei; the voice of
                    the people is the voice of a dog!"



                    --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, priyadarshan44
                    <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > Dearest All,
                    >
                    > I have been extremely lucky being able to read and contribute to
                    > the Inspiration Group since its inception, on December 7, 2002,
                    > and I lived with trepidation its ebbing and flowing.
                    >
                    > This Inspiration Group is now part of my life, and of my spiritual
                    > discipline, not in the sense that I feel the duty of posting, but
                    > that I need the privilege of reading it.
                    >
                    > Even if the number of members and postings has blessingfully
                    > increased so much, I still try to read each and every message.
                    >
                    > Some messages I automatically read word by word (Sumangali's, for
                    > example, or Morris').
                    >
                    > Sometimes I skip to the end of a message, hoping to find a remark
                    > from the AM, sometimes I read and re-read them, and copy them in a
                    > special file, where I store all those precious inspiration-gems.
                    >
                    > So many times, (so many!) I smiled and laughed with mirth, and so
                    > many times my heart cried with deepest inspiration and gratitude.
                    >
                    > All this just to say: this Group is important to me. I feel part
                    > of it, and I feel it part of me, somehow.
                    >
                    > And I must say, I would never have found words more lucid to
                    > describe the beautiful vision behind the Inspiration Group.
                    >
                    > I agree 100% with every word of the Assistant Moderator's splendid
                    > message.
                    >
                    > I do not believe even for a second that this Group could have
                    > become what it is now without the constant protection and
                    > coordination of our dearest A.M.
                    >
                    > And above all, in no way we would have reached where we are now
                    > without his vision!
                    >
                    > I love this group because it is so informal, and fresh, and
                    > truthful to our hearts, and so much brimming with Sri Chinmoy's
                    > overflowing inspiration!
                    >
                    > Therefore, please, Assistant Moderator, I beg of you, snap away at
                    > all our affectations, lack of spontaneity, and artificiality.
                    >
                    > I am so ever grateful that you are there for us.
                    >
                    > Priyadarshan
                    >
                    >
                    > [Dear Priyadarshan, thanks for your glowing praises. But since I
                    > vowed to "snap away" at excess, let me say that this Group is an
                    > imperfect medium, I am an imperfect assistant moderator, and the
                    > Internet is a difficult place to be. Some people have written to
                    > me with complaints which I feel are entirely reasonable. I fully
                    > respect their reasons for not participating. Maybe a different
                    > moderator would be able to please those people. For my part, I'm
                    > very conscious of the problem of harassment of spiritual groups on
                    > the Internet, and this tends to make me rather cautious - a
                    > terrible "mother hen." I apologise to those people I have been
                    > unable to please, especially those who feel there is no rhyme or
                    > reason to my editorial choices. I apologise also to those like
                    > Richard who suffer because of my lack of dynamism. With the huge
                    > increase in messages, I have been fighting burnout. It's hard to
                    > find time to do everything that ideally could and should be done.
                    > Lately, I've just been struggling to keep up with the daily
                    > message flow. I'm very grateful to everyone for putting up with
                    > me, and for learning to use this new medium of the Internet
                    > wisely, effectively and joyfully. -Assistant Moderator]
                    >
                    >
                    > --- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com,
                    srichinmoyinspiration
                    > <no_reply@y...> wrote:
                    > > Thank you to everyone who is posting and reading. It's a
                    > > privilege to be able to help out with this group. I'm grateful
                    > > for everyone's contributions, but wonder if there may be some
                    > > misunderstanding.
                    > >
                    > > Sri Chinmoy Inspiration is primarily a discussion group in
                    > > English. I'm not interested in the number of new members or new
                    > > messages. What I'm concerned about is keeping the quality high.
                    > > What I'm looking for is:
                    > >
                    > > - People who have something to say, and are cheerfully eager to
                    > > say it
                    > >
                    > > - People who can write original articles - especially function
                    > > reports - in fairly good English
                    > >
                    > > - People who can turn in clean copy without millions of typos
                    > >
                    > > - People who are flexible enough to treat posting on this new
                    > > medium of the Internet as a learning experience
                    > >
                    > > - People who can contribute in a spirit of self-giving, and not
                    > > drive the moderator nuts if something they submit isn't chosen
                    > > for publication
                    > >
                    > > - People who are willing to spend enough time reading the board
                    > > to get a feeling for how to post
                    > >
                    > > I welcome new members, especially those who can help with the
                    > > above. I am not looking to turn the Inspiration Group into a
                    > > "manifestation project" where people make some kind of daily
                    > > commitment. I only want people to post when they have something
                    > > to say - not just for the sake of posting. I apologize if anyone
                    > > has heard something different than this.
                    > >
                    > > Of course, the Inspiration Group is also for just saying hi to
                    > > friends, and staying connected with people you love. That's
                    > > always a good thing to do. However, please don't post things
                    > > which are:
                    > >
                    > > - fanatical
                    > >
                    > > - icky sweet
                    > >
                    > > - strung together entirely out of jargon phrases like "supremely
                    > > fortunate," "spiritual brothers and sisters" and "oneness-world-
                    > > family."
                    > >
                    > > Please keep it real and keep it natural! Reading the best of the
                    > > postings, I know you can do it. :-)
                    > >
                    > > Since this is primarily a discussion group, if people post too
                    > > many poems and aphorisms, it tends to detract from the primary
                    > > purpose. If you look on the home page of Sri Chinmoy
                    > > Inspiration, there are links to several specialised Sri Chinmoy
                    > > sites. Sri Chinmoy Library and other sites publish literally
                    > > thousands of pages of Sri Chinmoy's poems, aphorisms, talks,
                    > > questions and answers, short stories, etc.
                    > >
                    > > Of course, one can never get enough of Sri Chinmoy's superlative
                    > > writings. If there's a particular passage that you love, please
                    > > feel free to post it for discussion. And when Sri Chinmoy has
                    > > just written something new, people will be very very grateful
                    > > if you can post an accurate version.
                    > >
                    > > But some new members seem to be acting like human mimeo
                    > > machines! This can cause some readers to tune out. These readers
                    > > already own many, many books by Sri Chinmoy, and also know where
                    > > they can read hundreds of his books online. They come to Sri
                    > > Chinmoy Inspiration mainly for conversation, discussion, and
                    > > maybe even a little comic relief - so this is what we like to
                    > > give them. I am asking people to please cut back on the number
                    > > of aphorisms of the day, poems of the day, quiz questions of the
                    > > day, etc.
                    > >
                    > > Due to the huge increase in membership and number of messages,
                    > > I'm also asking each poster to please try harder to turn in
                    > > clean copy. You are submitting your article to be read by a few
                    > > hundred people. Please try and catch your own spelling and other
                    > > errors before hitting the "send" button. If you know you're the
                    > > world's worst speller, please use a spell checker.
                    > >
                    > > If English is not your first language, please stop in and say
                    > > "Hi" from time to time. We will love to see you! But if you post
                    > > daily in broken English, it will only create problems. Maybe we
                    > > can address this issue by starting a second group for people who
                    > > are still learning English. That way they can feel comfortable
                    > > practising English with each other, and yet the Inspiration
                    > > Group can continue to try and be "publication quality."
                    > >
                    > > Yes, I know this represents a slight change in policy. But in
                    > > the past few months, the number of postings has grown
                    > > astronomically. I'm looking for ways to cope with the workload
                    > > without burning out.
                    > >
                    > > Another misunderstanding is that if someone's English is not
                    > > good, then they can just quote Sri Chinmoy's writings. But
                    > > again, this creates two problems: 1. It results in too many
                    > > "mimeo" postings. 2. People whose English is not good may not
                    > > notice they're misquoting Sri Chinmoy. (Recall the now infamous
                    > > "put your head between your eyebrow" quote we had just
                    > > recently.)
                    > >
                    > > Again, the only reason someone should post here is because they
                    > > want to, because they feel inspired, and because they have
                    > > something to say. If you're not inspired, really don't have
                    > > anything to say, and find English impossible, make it easy on
                    > > yourself: don't post! I apologize again if this is different
                    > > than what you heard. Sometimes one hand doesn't know what the
                    > > other hand is doing. :-)
                    > >
                    > > I am asking people to please submit original articles, avoid
                    > > fanaticism and jargon, and turn in clean copy. Yet, I am not
                    > > presuming to define exactly what the content will be. Life
                    > > admits of many opposites: important and trivial, serious and
                    > > funny, devoted and irreverent, sensible and nonsensical - the
                    > > hunger of darkness and the feast of light. No matter what you're
                    > > trying to express, writing well (avoiding fanaticism, jargon and
                    > > typos) is still a good thing to do.
                    > >
                    > > Writing well is not a crime! It's a way of sharing light. As
                    > > with an athletic event, we are encouraging people to practice
                    > > and improve, so that the standard is high. The Inspiration Group
                    > > has grown so much in the past two years. Now, at a time when
                    > > there are so many new members, it's good to remember the need
                    > > for originality and quality.
                    > >
                    > > In spite of the challenges and limitations of posting in a
                    > > public forum, I feel that many deeply moving and heartfelt
                    > > messages are getting through, and many people are finding a way
                    > > to express their individuality. I often have to balance things
                    > > out, making a compromise between the perfect - and what's
                    > > possible on the Internet, where we are "living in a fishbowl."
                    > > When it comes to giving out personal information like birthdays
                    > > and fax locations, that is something better done off-board.
                    > >
                    > > There are also some very new posters who are still struggling
                    > > with technical issues, like how to join the Inspiration Group,
                    > > how to hide their email address, and how to post on site. If
                    > > you're one of those people, please use the shortcut below to
                    > > message #7073, which repeats the basic posting procedure. Thank
                    > > you.
                    > >
                    > > http://tinyurl.com/2z72h/7073
                    > >
                    > > Best regards,
                    > > Assistant Allig- um... MODERATOR!
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