Welcome to Inspiration Sun, a monthly magazine with contributions from students of Sri Chinmoy all over the world. Within its pages you can find the latest news and events from the Sri Chinmoy Centre, as well as interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students and personal recollections of some of the major events in Sri Chinmoy's life.

You can browse through the articles by clicking on the left/right buttons. You can view 10 articles at a time in this way; to view more, click on the pager at the bottom. Happy reading!

 

  • by: Seehta

    This unique Joy Day began with four members of the Singapore Centre
    taking a ten-hour overnight bus ride to Penang. Our Penang
    brother-disciple Mr. Palanisamy came to receive us at the Sungei
    Nibong bus station and, after lunch, we all headed to Penang airport.
    On our way, we saw the Equatorial Hotel, which reminded us of the
    2005-2006 Christmas Trip and our time there with Guru.

    A 40-minute scenic flight later, we were welcomed by Kumaran at
    Langkawi airport, and we drove straight to the Century Suria
    apartments in mid-town, where two suites had been reserved for the
    visitors. The rooms were beautiful and spacious with balconies
    overlooking the sea. Soon, Karteek arrived. (He happened to be
    visiting Kuala Lumpur at just the right time!) As we started to set up
    a shrine in our room, two rainbows appeared in succession, giving us
    great joy.

    Everyone met together at 5 that evening. We introduced ourselves and
    sat down for our first meditation. We sang some songs, meditated while
    Guru's music was playing and read passages from Guru's writings. We
    all felt Guru's presence, grace and blessings. After the meditation,
    we visited the nearest Indian temple. There we learned, to our great
    joy, that March 21st happened to be an auspicious day for all the
    three major religions. After our Singapore-Malaysia Joy Day at
    Langkawi by Seetha temple visit, we had a delicious meal at an Indian
    restaurant and walked back to the apartments. We assembled again at 10
    pm for more meditation and watched a video of Guru meditating.

    The next morning, we gathered at 6 to meditate. At the end we watched
    a beautiful video of Guru's running. As the sun rose, we were all
    inspired to go out running or walking. After breakfast, we set out on
    a two-and-half-hour boat ride in the mangroves of the Kilim Nature
    Park. The park had so much to offer: pristine mangroves, scenic little
    islands, fish farms, caves – even eagles feeding. Added to that was
    the pure joy of riding in a speeding boat. Later, we came back to town
    to shop at Kamdar, where Guru had shopped in 2005.

    After a sumptuous lunch at a Chinese vegetarian restaurant, we headed
    off to a cable-car ride at Oriental Village. The ride took us above
    verdant rainforests, gradually revealing a spectacular panoramic view
    of Langkawi, Kedah and Southern Thailand. In the evening, we gathered
    again for a long meditation. Afterwards, Karteek amazed us with
    stories about his experiences swimming the English Channel.

    On Sunday morning we had our last meditation together. As we left
    beautiful Langkawi, with shared joy and love, I felt the Joy Day had
    been an exhilarating and very inspiring experience for everyone.

    From: Inspiration Sun edition 3

    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

  • by Bikash

    I am a member of Kailash's singing group. For many years we performed
    about twenty songs each Celebration. Then one night in August 2000
    Guru called Mount Kailash (which meant disciples from different
    countries in Europe) down to the court at Aspiration Ground and to
    sing some songs. Afterwards Guru asked Kailash to learn 1,000 songs
    for next April. I remember how excited many of us were about this
    project, including myself. I was thrilled by the project, but then I
    did not realise how much it would change my life.

    Kailash chose the songs, and we got nice songbooks and CD's of his
    recordings. Many boys and girls started to practice. By nature, the
    group of singers shrank a bit over time, and finally Guru made it a
    project only for boys.

    At our first performance of 1,000 songs there were seventeen boys. For
    the last six years the group has had 22 singers from eleven countries,
    including Australia, Austria, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, the
    Netherlands, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland and the US.

    It was a very new experience for me to sing for such a long time every
    day. In the beginning I tried to learn the songs in groups of 20. Then
    I wanted to try groups of 50 songs. Unfortunately, that did not work.
    Then I tried another approach: I started to repeat groups of 50 songs
    again and again with my music but without really learning them. The
    less I tried to memorise the texts, the better I could retain them in
    my memory. I discovered that if I repeated the songs over and over
    again I would start memorising them automatically. I am really glad I
    discovered this way of learning them. From my singing friends I
    learned that some of them use the same techniques I do, while others
    learn the songs differently.

    Before we performed that April – it was 2001 – we all met in Zurich
    over a weekend to run through all 1,000 songs to see how it would
    work. It was really inspiring for us to see that it was actually
    possible. The large pizza we had during the break was also most
    enjoyable. We were all very excited as we left for New York. Once we
    arrived, we started meeting every morning at nine to practice at
    Kailash's place. This regular rehearsal became very dear to us. We
    still do it, and nobody in the group could imagine missing it. It was
    an entirely new experience for me to meet regularly with a group of
    people who always showed up unless they had another obligation. The
    rehearsal gives us so much joy that we all love to come.

    Guru kept us very busy that celebration. We never knew when Guru would
    ask us to perform, and he could always call us on short notice. That
    meant wearing whites all day and staying at Aspiration Ground almost
    continuously, whether Guru was there or not. Often I did not even dare
    go to the restroom for fear of missing a performance. Furthermore, we
    didn't know how many songs we would be asked to perform at any one
    time. It was stressful, but very inspiring as well.

    I still remember the beginning of the first song. I was overwhelmed
    because I realised at that moment that we had embarked on a long, long
    journey. The feeling was very similar to the start of a long race.
    When we finished the first 1,000 songs Guru composed a song for us,
    which went, (unofficial)

    My Himalayan Summit singing group,
    You are my music-world's bravest troop.

    Later he asked Kailash to sing 7,000 of His songs. The following
    August Celebrations we performed another 700 songs. You could say that
    we had some experience under our belts by then, but it was even more
    difficult because we only had three months to learn the songs. I
    certainly did not want to miss it, because it created an enormous
    intensity in my life. From that time on we always used to perform
    during April and August Celebrations as well as on the Christmas Trip.

    In August of this year our journey of singing 7,000 of Guru's
    uplifting compositions will come to an end. We will then have sung
    about 2,500 English, 1,000 Bengali-English and 3,500 Bengali songs. I
    am very, very grateful to Guru for having given me this experience of
    a lifetime. Other disciples might be good at long distance and ultra
    running. They train a lot, and that helps give them stability in their
    spiritual life. I am a lousy runner, but singing daily gives me the
    capacity to receive new inspiration and aspiration.

    In addition, Kailash and the other group members have become really
    dear to me. When I offer my gratitude for being apart of this
    endeavour, of course Guru deserves the most credit. But I also need to
    thank Kailash from the bottom of my heart not only for taking the
    challenge but also for guiding us with his wisdom and for his big, big
    heart.

    by: Kailash

    >From Inspiration Sun Edition 3

    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

  • - Answers to Life's Greatest Mysteries.

    Dear Viscardi the Wise,

    I'm wondering if I should go on the lemon diet. Is it a good idea?

    Signed, Looking-for-excuses

    Viscardi the Wise:
    I would highly recommend starting the lemon diet at any time,
    except in certain circumstances. These include:

    -In the middle of dinner at a friend's house. (This would be just
    plain rude.)

    - When you have just ordered a meal at a restaurant or café. (This would be just plain
    stupid.)

    - In the middle of doing the Self-Transcendence 3100-Mile Race.

    - When you've just heard about a fruit shortage that has driven the price of lemons up ten
    times.

    - During Saint Utthal's Day (March 18).

    From: Inspiration Sun edition 3
    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

  • by Sudhira Hay

    I came to New York this April expecting the Celebrations to be quite
    subdued, it being the first time we were gathering as a large group
    since October. For that reason I was quite happy to hear that
    Bartika´s jazz band would be playing only at Panorama Cafe. What if
    other disciples at the court were meditating and thought that the jazz
    was a distraction, or inappropriate?

    Of course, Guru had formed the group himself, jokingly saying, "You
    must take the vagabonds, no nice girls!" He encouraged us every step
    of the way. But this was the first Celebrations since Guru's passing,
    and my thinking was that perhaps we should tone it down a bit and
    stick with "soulful performances." So it was with some trepidation
    that I found out we were on the schedule after all, on the 12th, no
    less. Still, I didn´t have much time to worry, as I was so busy
    getting ready for the gig.

    When we arrived at Aspiration Ground to set up, my earlier feeling was
    replaced by a growing conviction that we all needed to lighten up. A
    bit of "jazz" might be just the thing to give everyone a break from
    all the praying and meditating. Guru specified once that it did not
    have to be strict jazz. He said "jazz, rock and roll and all that" --
    as long as we had plenty of life energy.

    Guru never gave the reasons why he created the group. Where would be
    the fun in that? But I wondered whether this could be one of them. The
    main personal reason that I have found for Guru forming the group, (or
    at least putting me in it) was to let go of the need to be perfect in
    every note and to learn how to be spontaneous with music and have fun,
    using it as a means of communication rather than to present a finished
    product and say "look what I did". I am by no means anybody´s first
    choice as a pianist, and generally I am terrified of playing in front
    of people. But playing together over the last five years I have
    learned to put the group before my own egodriven fears and therefore
    not let myself give in to the nervousness gripping me.

    A music group is a great example of an entity that is more than the
    sum of its parts, and that precious feeling of joyful dialogue between
    us all--the different instruments, the singers, and the audience-- is
    something I shall always be grateful for. With the enthusiasm of the
    audience, our three songs were great fun. After all was played and
    done I was really happy we had the opportunity to perform.

    You can Listen to Bartika's Jazz Group at Radio Sri Chinmoy

    http://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/radio/331

    >From Inspiration Sun edition 3.
    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

  • by Sudhira Hay

    I came to New York this April expecting the Celebrations to be quite
    subdued, it being the first time we were gathering as a large group
    since October. For that reason I was quite happy to hear that
    Bartika´s jazz band would be playing only at Panorama Cafe. What if
    other disciples at the court were meditating and thought that the jazz
    was a distraction, or inappropriate?

    Of course, Guru had formed the group himself, jokingly saying, "You
    must take the vagabonds, no nice girls!" He encouraged us every step
    of the way. But this was the first Celebrations since Guru's passing,
    and my thinking was that perhaps we should tone it down a bit and
    stick with "soulful performances." So it was with some trepidation
    that I found out we were on the schedule after all, on the 12th, no
    less. Still, I didn´t have much time to worry, as I was so busy
    getting ready for the gig.

    When we arrived at Aspiration Ground to set up, my earlier feeling was
    replaced by a growing conviction that we all needed to lighten up. A
    bit of "jazz" might be just the thing to give everyone a break from
    all the praying and meditating. Guru specified once that it did not
    have to be strict jazz. He said "jazz, rock and roll and all that" --
    as long as we had plenty of life energy.

    Guru never gave the reasons why he created the group. Where would be
    the fun in that? But I wondered whether this could be one of them. The
    main personal reason that I have found for Guru forming the group, (or
    at least putting me in it) was to let go of the need to be perfect in
    every note and to learn how to be spontaneous with music and have fun,
    using it as a means of communication rather than to present a finished
    product and say "look what I did". I am by no means anybody´s first
    choice as a pianist, and generally I am terrified of playing in front
    of people. But playing together over the last five years I have
    learned to put the group before my own egodriven fears and therefore
    not let myself give in to the nervousness gripping me.

    A music group is a great example of an entity that is more than the
    sum of its parts, and that precious feeling of joyful dialogue between
    us all--the different instruments, the singers, and the audience-- is
    something I shall always be grateful for. With the enthusiasm of the
    audience, our three songs were great fun. After all was played and
    done I was really happy we had the opportunity to perform.

    You can Listen to Bartika's Jazz Group at Radio Sri Chinmoy

    http://www.radiosrichinmoy.org/radio/331

    >From Inspiration Sun edition 3.
    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

  • By Parvati, New York

    New York The summer of 2007 will be forever etched in my heart and
    mind as "the summer of Grace". There are quite a few reasons why this
    is, but one reason is the "I am so fortunate" series of songs.

    Sri Chinmoy composed the First song of this series on 25 June 2007 for the
    guards: (unofficial)

    "I am so fortunate, I am so fortunate,
    To guard my Lord Supreme's
    Golden Heart-Gate."

    Within the next 48 hours he composed eight more songs in the series.
    Guru seemed to put a lot of significance to the songs and asked my
    singing group to learn the songs and to repeatedly perform them. When
    he composed the 10th song of the series, he asked that I put together
    a little song booklet and make enough copies "...for everybody.
    Because everybody should feel that he is fortunate, she is fortunate."

    It was a full one and a half-months later (after Celebrations) when
    Guru asked if we could "bear to be more fortunate". Of course we said
    "yes" and Guru composed more songs for the series.

    On 7 September, I received a phone call at work from Paree. Guru asked
    her to call me and tell me the words to the 20th song which he had
    just composed: (unofficial)

    "I am so fortunate, I am so fortunate!
    God knocks my head off when I enjoy self-doubt lemonade."

    Guru seemed to both enjoy the humour of the phrasing of that song and,
    at the same time, to take the song very seriously.

    Guru composed the 21st and 22nd song in the series on the morning of 8
    September 2007. I'd like to relate a story about that event.

    Apparently earlier that morning, Guru was contemplating the lyrics to
    the songs, and the phrase "life-acceptance God wants me to desiderate"
    came to him. He was certain that he had seen the word "desiderate"
    before, but had a little concern that perhaps it wasn't a proper word.
    So, he called Vidagdha, who is well known for her command of English,
    and asked if the word was correct. She quickly consulted one of her
    dictionaries but did not end it there. But Guru felt sure that he had
    seen it. Later, before teaching us the song, he expressed to Paree and
    me how he was sure it was a proper word, but could not confirm it.
    Later, Vidagdha did find the word in the expanded version of the
    Oxford Dictionary. Yet another example of Guru's stunning
    mind-brilliance!

    Over the past months I have come to the conclusion that the phrase "I
    am so fortunate" is not just a cute line with many rhyming potentials,
    but a powerful mantra. When I am in my mind and feel abandoned and
    confused by Guru's passing, I remember how much focus he put on this
    series of songs and I am convinced that it was not coincidental to the
    timing of his Mahasamadhi. Yes, we have to mourn the loss of Guru's
    beautiful, charming and illumining physical presence, but ultimately
    we have to focus on not the loss, but on the very good fortune in
    being his disciples.

    Now, in addition to singing the "I am so fortunate" songs, I also try
    to implement the phrase into my vocabulary. Once when I said to my
    brother "you are so lucky..." he interrupted me and said, "I am not
    lucky, I am so fortunate." It is true that it is a subtle shift in
    language, but it is a powerful shift in how it feels to say it. The
    phrase carries a conscious and specific Grace — as well as a sense of
    gratitude.

    Considering how important these songs seemed to be to Guru in the
    months just preceeding his Mahasamadhi, it is interesting to reflect
    upon how the phrase — the mantra — "I am so fortunate" can help us.
    Needless to say, Guru has accomplished an infinite number of
    significant manifestations during his lifetime, but I somehow feel
    that these songs were given to us specifically at this time to assist
    us in coping with Guru's passing.

    Certainly, the last song in the series calls us to resist wallowing in
    our loss, to feel his Grace, and to hold aloft the banner of his
    mission: (unofficial)

    "I am so fortunate, I am so fortunate!
    God says to me, "I want you to be My bravest soldier
    and not vegetate!"

    By: Parvati, New York.

    >From Inspiration Sun Edition 3.
    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

    I am So Fortunate songs by Sri Chinmoy

  • by Prachar

    Songs of the Soul, the concert at NYU's Skirball Center in Manhattan,
    was a tribute to Guru and his music. It offered a glimpse of the
    future – the near future – when Guru's music will capture the heart
    and release the soul of humanity to soar into a new era of bliss.

    Starting with an inspiration in Homagni's aspiring heart, many
    disciples and others contributed to an astonishing success. The
    Skirball Center was an ideal venue. It was large enough to give the
    feel of a real concert, but intimate enough for the performers and
    audience to feel connected. The acoustics were astounding.

    Parichayaka produced a stunning poster and flier with the most
    beautiful photos of Guru imaginable. Sanjay and Homagni worked
    feverishly making all the necessary arrangements and creating the
    program. Databir's selfless crews leafleted tirelessly, and disciples
    worked all day preparing every detail. Performers gathered in the
    afternoon for exhaustive sound checks – under the expert guidance of
    Jigisha and Mohan. These continued until 5 pm, when the doors opened
    for the disciple only concert. The early concert was organized because
    it was expected that there wouldn't be room for most disciples to
    attend the later concert.

    And that's how it turned out. People started lining up outside the
    Skirball Center at 6 pm. Eager New Yorkers were thirsting for their
    chance to share in what was to be a divinely and supremely auspicious
    occasion. Illuminated life-size photos of Guru framed the stage, and
    as the house lights dimmed a video of Guru was beamed onto a large
    screen while his esraj music filled the air.

    Master of ceremonies Devashishu welcomed the audience and introduced
    Dundubhi and Shamita, who played several duets. The singers of Paree's
    group followed, offering a few of Guru's songs a capella. After each
    segment the lights were dimmed while black-clad boys scurried silently
    setting up for the next act. Ketan handled stage management with
    aplomb worthy of a Broadway show.

    Philip Glass is a contemporary musical giant. He emerged from the
    wings to warm applause, seated himself at the grand piano and quietly
    launched into a musical meditation in his inimitable musical style.
    His performance embodied a depth of feeling and presence one can only
    feel in a live performance. He captivated the auditorium with his
    lucid insights and compelling depth.

    The next act saw the return of Equinox, invigorated and more inventive
    than ever. Premik and Shambhu's performance was finely nuanced and
    playful, revealing the musicians as consummate masters of their
    instruments. Tabla player extraordinaire Samir Chatterjee, his friend
    Steve Gorn (who draws magic from a large Indian Bansuri wooden flute)
    and his memorable vocalist wife Sanghamitra took the stage next. They
    began with their own arrangement of Ami Jabo in Indian style. It was a
    delightful rendition with intricate rhythmic patterns and traditional
    vocal inflections. Next was a truly haunting flute solo on a classical
    raga, followed by an absolutely astonishing tabla solo.

    When three microphones are carefully and precisely positioned in front
    of a tabla player, you feel something special is about to unfold. Sure
    enough, we were treated to an unbelievable, almost miraculous
    demonstration of the sounds a human being can produce from two tablas.
    Subtlety, delicacy, intricacy and bold rhythms all merged into a blur
    of fingers and hands that seemed almost occult in its mastery. As they
    finished, the house erupted in the exhilaration of the moment.

    Panchajanya's Gandharva Loka Orchestra filled the stage with
    performers. They offered two new arrangements: a lyrical rendition of
    Sundara Hate, followed by a rousing, exultant celebration of I Can
    Lift Up 240 Pounds! As they played, the hall was thrilled. It was the
    dawn of something momentous in Guru's music-manifestation- march. The
    audience responded with a surge of wholehearted enthusiasm. They were
    thrilled to be immersed in this a new world of light-flooded
    music-delight.

    Addwitiya, accompanied by Shelton, her genius music-arranger, closed
    the concert with three songs: a heartfelt rendition of Guru's Aum
    Govindaya Nama, a rousing gospel song and finally, Bridge Over
    Troubled Waters with disciples providing backup vocals. She dedicated
    the song to Guru, and she poured her heart and soul into every phrase
    of this classic. The applause was tumultuous, acknowledging both
    Addwitiya and the entire phenomenal evening. Guru's living presence
    flooded every atom in the air and each heart in the hall.

    Standing backstage through the entire concert, Sudhahota was
    practically breathless and speechless, soaking up the music. He kept
    saying how great the concert was, how moving and how emotional. He
    spoke for the audience. He spoke for the disciples. He spoke for the
    whole of humanity.

    Guru has written many victory-songs. This evening's concert was itself
    a victory-song and a victory-gong, rejoicing in our beloved Guru's
    transcendental and immortal presence, celebrating his earth-elevating
    and Heaven-sweetening music-miracles and proclaiming his absolute
    world-transformation-victory concert was itself a victory-song

    By: Prachar

    From: Inspiration Sun edition 3
    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

    Pictures from Concert:

    http://www.srichinmoycentre.org/gallery/members/jowan/sos/
    http://www.srichinmoybio.co.uk/news/sri-chinmoy/songs-of-the-soul-concert/

  • by Prataya

    The 12 Hour Walk began in 1980 in honour of Guru's arrival in the West.

    In 1980, Guru walked 45 1/4 miles.
    In 1982 Guru walked 29 miles.

    The all-time distance records are:

    Boys - 1998 Angikar 65.11 miles :
    Girls - 2001 Surasa 58.67 miles

    This year, April 2008, 43 boys walked and 97 girls for a total of 140
    walkers.

    Boys:

    1 Smarana Vienna 60.862 miles
    2 Alexander V. Moscow 59.692 miles
    3 Grgo S. Subotica 56.263 miles

    Girls:

    1 Teekhnata San Diego 58.515 miles (3rd place overall!)
    2 Surasa Vienna 53.232 miles
    3 Tapaswini Munich 52.309 miles

    Congratulations to the walkers and our hearts' gratitude to all the
    helpers.

  • It is Sunday morning. I returned from our April Celebrations in New
    York last Thursday. I am sitting in my room drinking my yummy cup of
    coffee substitute, eating a delicious piece of very berry pie and
    reading my copy of Inspiration-Sun. I take a moment to think about
    what I should write for the next issue. Projjwal was really trying to
    encourage everyone to write.

    The only problem is that I am not sure what I liked best. What was the
    one thing that touched me the most? It could have been the bhajans
    during the birthday celebration of Guru's Mother Yogamaya. That was,
    indeed, a very special day and a perfect way to start the April
    Celebrations. It could also have been the 12-Hour Walk or the April 13
    celebration itself, with a walk-past in front of Guru's Samadhi
    followed by a walk-past at his house.

    Maybe it was the start of the World Harmony Run with Billie Jean King
    blowing our hearts' doors wide open with the love that poured out of
    her own heart for our beloved Guru. Maybe it was the fantastic concert
    tribute to our dear Guru, or maybe it was just sitting quietly at
    Aspiration Ground having an inner conversation with Guru.

    There were so many beautiful moments during the Celebrations that it
    is very difficult to choose just one topic to write about. So, I am
    choosing all the events together, because that is what Celebrations
    are, not just one event or one person, but the collective effort of
    everyone to make it special. It is being together with all our
    friends, whether it was laughing together or crying together or just
    talking and hanging out. Guru put great importance on friendships. He
    personally encouraged me to call my friends often to either inspire
    them or to get inspiration from them.

    I had the opportunity to speak with Guru on the phone in July 2007,
    and one of the things he said was that it gave him joy when his
    disciples talked to each other. He always gave us such simple ways to
    please Him.

    Thank you to all the disciples who came together to make it a very
    special Celebrations. I offer an extra special thank you to all the
    New York disciples who did such a great job as the host centre.
    Gratitude to Guru for being ever-present in all of our lives and
    inspiring us to "do the needful."

    From: Inspiration Sun edition 3 May 2008
    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

  • by Palash

    A few weeks before Celebrations, entering the gate of the tennis court
    for Saturday afternoon meditation, I received a brightly coloured
    flyer from Paree. It was an invitation to each local disciple to join
    an all-local Celebrations performance, the first of its kind. Paree
    made many heartfelt appeals to singers and non-singers alike to take
    part, and was so sincerely earnest in her plea for our participation
    that she inspired many to join in who might not have otherwise. Paree
    told me later, "I was pretty driven. I tried not to let anyone escape!
    When I approached Salil for the third time, just to make sure he
    picked up his practice CD, he said, `You're amazing. You're kind of
    like a pitbull!'" Paree wasn't sure if that was a compliment or not!

    At the first rehearsal, Paree passed out an outline of music and text.
    As we sat together in the sun on that cold day in March, I felt a very
    special and sweet oneness with my spiritual brothers and sisters. As
    we had been blessed to be in Guru's physical presence so often, my
    focus was always forward, on him. Since his passing, I have had a
    different opportunity to take more notice of my surroundings. Looking
    around at the group of over ninety souls who gathered that afternoon I
    felt such gratitude to be a part of this special family. I was happily
    surprised and encouraged by the presence of so many of our brothers
    and sisters, who came in a spirit of pure oneness and enthusiasm. As
    we went through the selections of songs and texts that so closely
    mirrored our collective experience over the past six months, there
    were many tears, but also a powerful sense of oneness.

    Paree talked about the selection of songs and text she chose for the
    performance, saying, "I was actually a little apprehensive that it
    might be too intense, or too sensitive a topic. I had to really keep
    the faith that the inspiration came from Guru, and that we would all
    benefit from it. In fact, the response I've received from many people
    has been overwhelming. I'm surprised how much it seems to have moved
    people. The scariest thing was trying to present the locals with a
    performance that they would be proud of. I was a nervous wreck,
    thinking that maybe I wouldn't come up with something worthy of their
    time."

    Paree worked to make the performance an all-inclusive experience in
    which each person was encouraged, valued and appreciated for their
    participation. She explained in the cutest of ways that this was
    basically "…a ploy to get Guru's attention. We basically never had to
    function as a Centre until now. And Centres, well…perform together! I
    thought, `Guru would never believe this. He'll definitely want to see
    it for himself.' I guess it was my clever way of trying to get Guru to
    come to the function that night!"

    Paree also shared her thoughts about the final song that she chose for
    the performance: "The song Your Victory will blossom in my life. My
    world will have only the Dust of Your Feet became sort of a personal
    mantra for me in these last six months. It gave me a prayerful focus.

    But it also served as a reminder that our progress doesn't end here,
    that our golden days with Guru are actually ahead of us, not behind
    us. The rest of the performance grew from there – the journey of the
    seeker from a despairing `How can I go on?' to the conscious awareness
    of the Master's inner presence, to the ultimate ideal of declaring the
    Master's victory."

    In the runup to Celebrations we gathered each week, even twice a week,
    in a very sweet shared spirit, to rehearse Paree's soulful
    compilation. Personally, I never made it through a practice without
    shedding a few tears, and probably I was not alone. But it was so
    inspiring and healing to work together with such a spirit of oneness.

    On the Friday night that we were scheduled to perform, we gathered
    early at Aspiration Ground and ran through the performance a few
    times. I'm sure everyone was a little concerned about how it would go.

    We needn't have worried. Guru's grace descended in torrents, and our
    performance went according to plan – even better! To see everyone from
    Ashrita to Vijaya standing together and offering our hearts as one to
    our beloved Guru was an experience that I shall never forget. I shall
    always cherish and be grateful for this opportunity. It was a powerful
    moment in each of our lives – and well, yes, I think Guru noticed us!
    Mission accomplished Paree! I think she has her work cut out for her
    all the Celebrations to come!

    By Palash.

    From: Inspiration Sun edition 3
    http://srichinmoyinspiration.com/inspiration-sun

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