Not to scold me.
A little more rest.
If I am allowed
I shall love You,
I shall even glorify You.
To scold me in private
I need not tell You, Lord,
For the one who scolds
Not to scold me.
But when You scold me
After all, who has changed his life
Love me even more
To scold me when I do anything wrong.
I deserve it, I need it.
Badly needs it.
In our outer life,
Peace is compromise.
Peace is something that constantly helps us
Sri Chinmoy and a group of sincere aspirants prayed for and meditated on world peace in the Peace Room of the Church Centre for the United Nations at 11:30 a.m. Sri Chinmoy closed the meditation by reciting a poem which he had written on peace.↩
Three transcendental musicians have blessed us with their music of transcendental height and delight: Mahavishnu, Shankar and Raghavan — Raghavan, Shankar and Mahavishnu. In their music my heart has felt a most perfect oneness between the purity-height of India’s heart and the divine beauty of Europe and America’s light. Their all-illumining beauty and their all-nourishing purity have become inseparably one in the music of these three transcendental musicians.
In Mahavishnu I have felt and seen the soaring bird flying toward the high, higher and highest Beyond. In Shankar I have felt and seen a diver diving into the deep, deeper and deepest Beyond. In Raghavan I have felt and seen a runner running toward the far, farther and farthest Beyond. In reaching their respective destinations they have become inseparably one and have placed themselves at the Feet of the Lord Supreme, the Inner Pilot, the Absolute Supreme. Their perfect oneness has been established for the supreme manifestation.And to Mahalakshmi and Tanima, their divine accompanists tonight, I offer my blessingful gratitude.
AUM 1426. On Thursday, 10 April, "Turiyananda Sangit" presented Sri Chinmoy with an evening of spiritual and soul-stirring music. "Turiyananda Sangit" is the name Sri Chinmoy has given to the musicians Mahavishnu (acoustic guitar), Raghavan (Mridan-gam), Shankar (electric violin), Zakir Houssain (tabla), and Mahalakshmi (Tamboura). At the end of the concert, Sri Chinmoy gave the musicians flowers in gratitude for their musical offering and was inspired to give the following short speech.↩
[Sri Chinmoy read the translations and sang four songs. The Bengali titles and the English translations follow.]
Je besechhe bhalo
He who has loved this world
The world has thrown on him all ugliness, filth, dirt, impurity.
Carrying the burden of the entire world.
He will go and stand at the Feet of the Lord Supreme.
You are beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful,
Day and night may Thy Image abide in the very depth of my heart.
Everything is an illusion, everything is barren.
The melody of tenebrous pangs I hear.
O Lord, O my beautiful Lord,
In this lifetime, even for a fleeting second.
In secrecy supreme I see You.
In the stupendous mirth of life,
You I behold.
Nayan nehare bishwa bhuvan
The eye sees the entire world
Therefore, keeping the two eyes closed
O Lord Supreme.
The messages and the clamour of the outer world.
Of the highest Heaven;
Always tries to keep his ears
On 15 April 1975 in the Peace Room of the Church Center for the United Nations, Sri Chinmoy and a group of aspirants who consisted of U.N. personnel, delegates and NGO Representatives, celebrated the fifth anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's service to the U.N. The gathering began with a silent and conscious meditation for the peace of mankind. Then Sri Chinmoy addressed the group.↩
So when I do something, paint or write, I feel that my Inner Pilot is having an experience in and through me and that experience is aspiration. But the same Pilot, the Inner Pilot, would like to have another experience in and through you. At that time He might want the experience of realisation or inspiration. The seeker has to remember that he is not the doer; he is the instrument. The Inner Pilot is the doer. I know and I tell my students that I am not the doer and they are not the doers. The doer is somebody else. The doer is the Inner Pilot. Since He is the doer, we have to offer our inmost gratitude to Him, because it is He who is utilising us.Today He is utilising me. Tomorrow if I misbehave, if I do not listen to His inner command, inner dictates, immediately He will cast me aside and will give somebody else a chance to be His instrument. There are about 250 seekers here. On earth there are millions of human beings. But how many people are consciously praying to God or meditating on God? In comparison to the world population, very few people are praying and meditating. So you see, people who are praying and meditating are already chosen and selected for a special purpose. God could have chosen somebody else, selected somebody else. But just because He has given me the opportunity to become His instrument, we feel it is our bounden duty to be of constant gratitude to Him. So when I do something as an instrument of His, before I begin, I offer Him my gratitude, soulful gratitude. And while He is having the experience, while He is acting in and through me, when I see that it is He that is doing everything through me, I am all gratitude to Him. At the end, when I see the result that He produces, I offer Him gratitude again. So if you ask me what I do, I will say from the beginning to the end I try to become a gratitude-heart placed at the Feet of the Lord Supreme. This is the only experience that I can share with you.
But we are like children. A child likes to call his father “daddy”. He has no need to call his father any other name. Yet the father’s friends call him by another name and his relatives also call him by a different name. Those at the office may call him by yet another name. Nonetheless he is the same man.Similarly, each aspirant has his own name by which he calls God. It is a matter of personal preference and in my case, it is not that by referring to God as He I am denying that God is also the Divine Mother. Far from it. God is the Mother. God is the Father. God is Light. God is Peace. God is Infinite Energy. When I refer to God as He, I am not taking anything away from God. Like the child calling the father, God will come with all that He is, no matter if I call Him Father, Mother or Brahma. God will not mind. He simply comes to answer His child’s call and that is all.
So vital desires, for a seeker, have to be transformed into the life of aspiration. They have to be illumined. If you feel that once this desire is fulfilled, you will not enter into the world of desire anymore, that you will immediately enter into the world of aspiration, you are mistaken. It is not possible. The life of desire is a tempting life. We cannot say that once twenty desires are fulfilled we shall enter into spiritual life. No! At that time the twenty-first desire will come to claim us. Once we enter the spiritual life we have to feel that each desire has to be offered to the Lord for its transformation, for its illumination. At this point it is necessary to recognise whether we are dealing with a desire or with a command.
I have come to be of service to you. There are some people here who cannot or do not wish to identify themselves with me. They will find fault with me. But if somebody is identified with my life of aspiration and dedication he will feel that I have come to share with him my experiences, to be of service to the divinity in him. When one enters into the spiritual life, if one is really conscious, one will know whether it is a desire he is fulfilling or God's command. Otherwise he may call it a desire when it is not a desire at all. It may be something else. And again he may be fooled. He may have some real desires which have nothing to do with God’s commands or God’s inner dictates. Then he creates a problem. He feels that his actions are saving humanity, serving humanity, when they may be totally undivine.So to come back to your question, in the spiritual life the life of desire has to be transformed and illumined. If you say spirituality and desire-life can go side by side you are mistaken. Day and night do not go together. We have to choose one of the two. If we care for light, then we have to give all importance to light. But giving all importance to light doesn’t mean that we shall cast aside our life of desire. We shall have to transform it, illumine it, so that it can be of help to our aspiration life. Our life of desire is our weakness. It does not have strength enough to make us feel who we really are. But our life of aspiration makes us feel that we are God’s chosen children. So we have to strengthen ourselves by bringing illumination into our life of desire from our life of aspiration. This is the only way we can really get satisfaction out of life.
Suffering is not the ultimate message. Happiness and delight are the ultimate message. “From delight we came into existence, in delight we grow, and at the end of our journey’s close, into delight we shall retire.” Delight is our source. Here in the world arena we are given limited freedom. When we misuse this limited freedom we create more suffering, more bondage for ourselves. Instead we can use our limited freedom in a divine way. For example, we have come here to be spiritual, to pray to God, to discuss things about God. We could have gone to a bar or some undivine place or just watched television and killed time. But instead we used our limited freedom to come here, to increase the divinity within us.When we misuse our time, the after-effects of that incident often turn into suffering. But again, if we go deep within, we will see that it is not suffering as such; it is something else. It is an experience. If we are conscious of it, we become part and parcel of the experience that the Inner Pilot is having. Otherwise we may feel that suffering is something that is thrust upon us which we don’t need. For a seeker of the Ultimate Truth, suffering is an experience. At times it is a necessary experience, at times it is not. It depends on what we have done or what experience we have unconsciously invited or invoked. The experience we see in our outer life is an unconscious or conscious expression of our inner purification.
You are an intellectual giant and I am an intellectual pygmy; therefore, to evaluate your progress from the mental or intellectual point of view will be ridiculous. I shall try to evaluate your progress purely from the spiritual point of view, and I am sure that is what you precisely want from me. You teach your students how to learn, and I am teaching you inwardly how to unlearn most of the things that your mind has taught you or you have taught your mind under the unconscious guidance of your physical body and your vital being. You have also taught your mind under the illumined and illumining guidance of your psychic being. The things that you have taught your mind under the guidance of your psychic being must always expand and increase. They must be revealed and manifested — naturally in God’s own way. And the things that your mind has taught you or the things that you have taught your mind must be examined to see if they are of any true value. To your wide surprise your mutual examination will prove that except one thing, everything is useless. And what is that thing? The mind’s conscious and continuous acceptance of the soul’s earth-transforming and Heaven-manifesting light. This light of the soul is the only thing real in us, real in God, real in God’s Vision, real in God’s Reality.
You give marks to your students in order to show them where they stand with regard to their knowledge-height. Here the height of the goal is fixed. In the spiritual life the goal constantly transcends itself. In the mental or intellectual life ascendance to a certain height is the goal. In the spiritual life continuous self-transcendence is the goal. When you ascend, you come to know what you can eventually become. When you transcend, you know what you eternally are. We ascend with what we have or what claims us as its own: ignorance. We transcend with what we are and the thing that we call our own: aspiration.
Have you made any progress since you have accepted our path? The answer is in the strongest affirmative. Your most significant progress lies in your heart’s implicit surrender to God’s Will, your mind’s conscious awareness of the true truth that the mind is not all, in your vital’s considerable and glorious God-receptivity and your body’s soulful eagerness to place itself unconditionally at the Feet of your Inner Pilot, your Eternity’s Beloved Supreme.
Doubt you had. Doubt you have. Doubt is something which you will not have in the future, even if you want to. There was a time when the doubt-dancer danced inside your mind-forest. Now you see that an unfamiliar traveller by the name of doubt has somehow made friends with you and wants to travel with you, but once the doubt-traveller discovers that you are walking along Eternity’s road it will give up, for the patience of the doubt-traveller is not and cannot be unlimited, whereas the burning cry inside you to reach the ever-transcending Reality is ceaseless. In the future, an old familiar face will present itself before you, an old friend of yours will come and show its identity, its previous oneness with you. This new, yet eternally old friend of yours is confidence: confidence in what you have to give to God; confidence in what He is to you. You will give to God what you have bound for yourself and what you have bound in God, in God’s creation. What He is to you is what you are to Him: an exact prototype of the self-same reality. Your confidence-friend will accompany you to the uncharted land of divinity’s Immortality and Immortality’s life.
You wanted to know about your friends: purity, sincerity and aspiration. How are they doing? I wish to tell you that these three friends of yours are not three separate friends. They are just one. The name of that friend is aspiration. When we look at the body of aspiration, we call it sincerity. When we look at the heart of aspiration, we call it purity. Sincerity tells you what you can become. Purity tells you what you can give. Aspiration tells you what you are. Sincerity tells you you can become God-love. Purity tells you you can give God-love. Aspiration tells you you are God’s Light-life and Life-light. God’s Light-life has created the visible universe. God’s Life-light embodies the invisible universe. The visible universe is God’s reality-filled Vision, and the invisible universe is God’s vision-filled Reality. Has your purity increased since you have accepted our path? Your physical purity marches like a dauntless soldier of truth. Your vital purity at times marches like a soldier, at times walks like an old Indian lady, at times runs like the fastest sprinter. Your mental purity does not crawl any more. On the contrary, when your vital runs the fastest it wants to run and compete with the vital’s fastest speed.There was a time when your sincerity was an infant plant. Now it has become an adolescent plant, only to grow in the near future into a huge tree. Your aspiration: when I saw you first at Harvard, I saw an unforgettable wrestling between your heart’s light and your mind’s life. Your heart’s light has indisputably and triumphantly won. You may recall after the Harvard meeting, I met you in a small room at a disciple’s place. When you told me your name was Peter, I said to you, “So, you have the key?” Then you immediately told me, “Yes, I have. Take it.” The key opens the door, and now the door is wide open. You as the key have opened the door. You as the door have revealed the treasure. You as the seeker are enjoying and will be enjoying your own Eternity’s treasure.
The following is a letter answering a number of questions asked of Sri Chinmoy by Prof. Peter Pitzele. Prof. Pitzele received his soul's name, "Brihaspati", from Sri Chinmoy a few years ago. "Brihaspati" means the preceptor of the gods".↩
The opening was held on 31 March, 7:00 p.m. and a number of art appreciators came to partake of this ‘visual feast’, as many called it. Some two thousand scintillating paintings were on display and while it took many visits to appreciate each painting individually, the immediate impact which the showing had as one entered into the fountain of art was both a breath-taking and a refreshing one.
The evening started with comments by the artist on his works. His words were as follows:
“My Lord Supreme, to You I offer my eternal gratitude for having painted in and through me out of Your infinite Bounty over 10,000 paintings in 100 fleeting days. My Lord Supreme, You have played the role of aspiration in and through me; now You want to play the role of inspiration in and through all of my brothers and sisters of the world. As I have placed the aspiration-tree at Your Feet, even so my sisters and brothers are going to place the inspiration-seed at Your Feet.”Jharna-Kala is a poetical Bengali phrase meaning Fountain-Art. It is the title of C.K.G.’s art as a whole.
Ultra Violet: I have lots of opinions about everything. I love art and I love colour and light and I think the show was very clean, very bright and very joyous. And I’m sitting next to a green palm tree. I love green, green is very healing. And I think what the world needs is more healing, more healing.
Mr. Hixon: True, healing, but what manner of healing?
Ultra Violet: There are many forms. You can be sick in the body, in the mind or in the spirit. Actually you have to work on three planes. Some people think there is food for the mind, for the soul and for the body — three different kinds of food, and you need them all in order to be well balanced.
Mr. Hixon: Thank you very much. You have beautiful green eyes with which to see that green colour.
Ultra Violet: Thank you, I will try.
Mr. Hixon: We’re talking to Mr. Robert Scull, on my right, who is a renowned art collector and Mr. Paul Jenkins, who is a renowned artist. Mr. Scull, is this the ordinary kind of opening for a painter in New York City?
Mr. Scull: Oh no, it’s much more spiritual, much more quiet. The people are really a very charming bunch who I very rarely see at art show openings. I don’t attend too many openings but those that I have been to, have been different from this one. Here everything seems so nice and quiet, so tranquil and spiritual.
Mr. Hixon: Mr. Jenkins, the question is, does this seem to be an ordinary sort of opening to you?
Mr. Jenkins: No, it’s like an after-gathering of one of Sri Chinmoy’s meditations. I feel no different here than I would at the United Nations Chapel or at the little church in Queens. And his disciples have made it so warm, inwardly warm. Another thing is the feeling of abundance. What’s here is an abundance of colours, an abundance of things that come through your mind when you meditate. And I don’t look at these paintings with a tough eye, as an art critic would. I look at them for what they are, for the experience of them, for his joy.
Mr. Hixon: Sri Chinmoy has been able to do ten thousand in three months, which is a phenomenal number of paintings. Do you have any comment on that, on the speed at which he works?
Mr. Scull: It is an incredible output. I think that amount of paintings done in three months must be coming from a deep autobiographical well of feelings and images. I don’t think it can be done any other way. You wouldn’t have a display of such a wide variance of feeling, colour, mood. It’s really an extraordinary thing for someone to put so much into ten thousand paintings in a few months. It’s really hard labour, as well as an act of love. Remarkable.
Mr. Hixon: Now, he’s a beginner. Do you get the sense that he is really a beginner or do you feel that he’s come out of that stage?
Mr. Jenkins: Was Monet a beginner? Was Picasso a beginner when he was about to die? The artist is always rediscovering the child. I don’t mean that he is childish, I mean he finds the child aspect. And we must remember also that Freud said that to be creative is to be prodigious. And that’s one thing that is misunderstood in the art world. Everybody feels that the fewer things you do the better you are. Not from Freud’s standpoint. To be creative means to be prodigious.
Mr. Hixon: Thank you very much, Mr. Jenkins.
Mr. Hixon: We’re talking to Mr. Donald Keys who is the representative for the World Association of World Federalists at the United Nations. Mr. Keys, what do you think of this show?
Mr. Keys: First of all, it’s pretty staggering. Secondly, I was just thinking that in the traditional religious artistic expressions for many ages, whether the Hindu, Christian or others, the style is very tight, very ceremonial, very crystalised. Here is the expression which is modern religiosity, totally free, more than contemporary. I think it’s very refreshing.
Mr. Hixon: Thank you very much.
Mr. Keys: You’re welcome.
Mr. Hixon: Sri Chinmoy, you are a spiritual artist. Is there any special message in your work?
Sri Chinmoy: Yes, I have a very short message to offer to the world at large with regard to my paintings. The Supreme in me, my Inner Pilot, has played the role of aspiration. Now the same Supreme wants to play the role of inspiration in all my brothers and sisters of the world. Inspiration is the seed; aspiration is the tree. Through my surrendered oneness I have become the aspiration-tree. Through the surrendered oneness of my brothers and sisters with the Supreme, they will become the inspiration-seed. I have offered my aspiration-tree at the Feet of the Supreme and I am sure my brothers and sisters will place their inspiration-seed at the Feet of the Supreme also. The seed and the tree must go together. They are inseparable. One is God’s Vision; the other is God’s Reality. Inspiration-seed is God's Vision and aspiration-tree is God’s Reality.
Mr. Hixon: Thank you very much.
Sri Chinmoy: You’re welcome.[THE END]
During the course of the evening, Channels 11 and 9 News interviewed C.K.G. and excerpts from these interviews were shown on television at later dates. Some of this material has been transcribed and is printed below:↩
An admirer of Sri Chinmoy’s spiritual depths and artistic dimensions chanced to see the Bonwit Teller exhibit and being so moved by it, visited the Jharna-Kala Gallery for a second time since its opening. After this second visit, she wrote the following profound letter.
April 7. 1975
Words are very poor instruments indeed with which to convey the feelings which overwhelmed me when I saw your paintings last week, and again today. From an artist’s viewpoint, they are incredibly exciting because of their great originality, marvellous colour, sensitive rhythm, and often humour and joy. Artists often struggle, study and work for years and fail to achieve the sparkling spontaneity and unique effects which seem to come to you with such ease. Your paintings are set down with complete assurance and conviction and convey a painter who has been painting for many, many years. It is a miracle and a mystery.
I am now the proud owner of some of your paintings and I treasure them as works of art and also as the expression of the essence of purest Spiritual Attainment. I pray that the recognition you so richly deserve should come to you soon.
I have also learned many new things about the Guru. The beautiful greeting I received from the Guru last week, and the lovely gifts I received today, are treasured experiences I shall never forget. I realise that the Guru, who is the Most Divine Being, is also the most humble one, the most thankful one, and the most loving one.
There is nowhere else that there exists such a Fountain of Love, Humility and Thankfulness as flows from the Guru’s Being. That is indeed the brightest Guiding Light on this earth today.
What a living Example to all who have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to sense this greatest of mysteries.
You are indeed a great inspiration to me — and I am most deeply grateful.
I send my love and thankfulness to Guru.
Edith[Edith Montlack has herself been an artist for many years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of London.]
17-30 MarchExhibit of C.K.G. reproductions and copies
Jharna-Kala Gallery, N.Y.C.31 March-28 April
Exhibit of over 2,000 C.K.G. originals
Bonwit Teller, Eastchester, N.Y.Month of April
Display of C.K.G. copies
The Little Gallery, New Rochelle, N.Y.Month of April
Display of C.K.G. reproductions
Manhattanville College, Library, Harrison, N.Y.April and May
Exhibit of C.K.G. reproductions and books by Sri Chinmoy
Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass.16 April, Lecture by Sri Chinmoy ‘Heaven vs. Earth”
23 April, Lecture by Sri Chinmoy “With Knowledge, How Far?”
Columbia University, McMillan Theatre, N.Y.C.12 April, Public Meditation with Sri Chinmoy
City College of New York in Manhattan, N.Y.C.21 April-5 May, Exhibit of C.K.G. reproductions 28 April, Lecture on C.K.G.’s art
Saturday, 14 June Arrive LondonSunday, 15 June London
Monday, 16 June StockholmTuesday, 17 June Uppsala
Wednesday, 18 June HamburgThursday, 19 June Den Haag
Friday, 20 June BrusselsSaturday, 21 June Paris
Sunday, 22 June ZurichMonday, 23 June Zurich
Tuesday, 24 June Berne/LausanneWednesday, 25 June Geneva
Thursday, 26 June DublinFriday, 27 June Manchester
Saturday, 28 June GlasgowSunday, 29 June Glasgow
Monday, 30 June EdinburghTuesday, 1 July Newcastle
Wednesday, 2 July MansfieldThursday, 3 July Birmingham/Oxford
Friday, 4 July Cambridge/ColchesterSaturday, 5 July London
Sunday, 6 July LondonMonday, 7 July London Tuesday, 8 July Return New York
From:Sri Chinmoy,AUM — Vol.II-2, No. 4, 27 April 1975, Vishma Press, 1975
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