|Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in the West|
When your yearning to know the purpose of life and the reality of God has you swimming against the tide, then the wisdom of one who has successfully crossed these waters is priceless. In this book Sri Chinmoy leads the way, with sound advice on how to integrate the highest spiritual aspirations into your daily life.
Including essays, questions and answers, poetry and parables on:
• The spiritual journey
• The human psyche and its inner workings
• The transformation and perfection of the body
• Reincarnation and spiritual evolution
• Using the soul’s will to conquer life’s problems
• The relationship between the mind and physical illness
• The purpose of pain and suffering
• Overcoming fear of failure
• Throwing away guilt
• The psychic way to deal with the subconscious
• The Occult
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The Oneness of the Eastern Heart and the Western Mind
The Complete University Lectures (more than 400)
This historic collection of all of Sri Chinmoy’s university lectures in eBook form is being released to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in the West on 13 April 1964. Sri Chinmoy’s very first university lecture was given at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, on 10 January 1968. It was entitled “Spirituality: What It Is and What It Is Not.”
This inaugurated a whole era of talks which saw Sri Chinmoy travelling ceaselessly across the length and breadth of America and around the world to address the youth of each country. He would spend countless hours travelling by car or train to reach far-flung universities, sometimes visiting two or even three in the course of a single day. After many of these sublimely inspiring discourses, he would answer questions from the audience or spend time instructing sincere seekers in the age-old practices of concentration, meditation and contemplation.
By the mid-seventies, Sri Chinmoy had spoken volumes and he began to include longer and longer periods of silent meditation in his lectures. Then, in 1984, in a significant departure from the spoken word, he introduced the theme of Peace Concerts. At these concerts, Sri Chinmoy would play his own soulful and devotional compositions on a variety of instruments of both Eastern and Western origin, meditating between each instrument and sometimes giving aphorisms on peace and related themes.
In 2003 yet another form of Sri Chinmoy’s self-offering unfolded when he travelled to a number of universities to honour distinguished professors for their significant contributions to the betterment of humanity by physically lifting them overhead. This remarkable endeavour was part of his “Lifting Up the World With a Oneness-Heart” award programme.
Thus, through words, silence, music and a combination of physical and spiritual upliftment, Sri Chinmoy has shared his profound spiritual message with the aspiring Truth-seekers and God-lovers of the university-world for four decades.
The Silent Teaching
Sri Chinmoy’s utterances are mantras for the modern age, reverberating in our hearts with their timeless and truly life-transforming wisdom. In his exquisite prose, which is suffused with the very breath and cadence of poetry, Sri Chinmoy has revealed all the many stages of the seeker’s journey towards the Golden Shores of the ever-transcending Beyond. For generations to come these three volumes will awaken the inner mounting cry of seekers everywhere to achieve the highest Goal of Yoga—union with God—in this life.
AN IDEAL BOOK FOR ANYONE
WHO WANTS TO TRY MEDITATION
FOR THE FIRST TIME
This simple exposition covers both the theory and practice of meditation in amazingly clear detail. As always with Sri Chinmoy’s works, inspiration is the key. The writing itself freely communicates the very same feeling of joy and satisfaction one gets from the spontaneous inner discovery of meditation. Sri Chinmoy is a fully realised spiritual Master, offering the “Path of the Heart” as the simplest way to make rapid spiritual progress. He feels that spirituality is a normal pursuit, as almost everyone yearns for something deeper in themselves at some time in their lives. By meditating on the spiritual heart, seekers can discover their own inner treasures of peace, joy, light and love.
One does not expect a life that is immersed in the Divine to yield literary classics. That the one who envisions the Infinite should also undertake to impart his realisations to others would seem in itself to be an overwhelming task. And yet, in age after age, seers and mystics have created sublime works, capable of elevating aspiring souls and conveying a glimpse of the Beyond.
This selection of Sri Chinmoy’s poetry spans the years from his youth in India to his mature poems written in the West, and continues up until his passing in 2007. In all, the efflorescence of more than half a century is represented here.
Sri Chinmoy’s vast poetic oeuvre is an endless contemplation of God and of man’s journey towards Him. In reading these pristine stanzas, we discover before us a map of the human soul— whence it has come and whither it is returning.
A hallmark of Sri Chinmoy’s poetry is its gracefulness and dignity. In his early poems, this was reflected in more traditional poetic forms. Over the years, he moved towards an increasingly aphoristic style, wherein the major theme of the poem was condensed into the compass of no more than one or two stanzas.
As part of this distillation of the English language, Sri Chinmoy spontaneously gathered key words together to form compound nouns. These innovative expressions not only provide the poems with a luminous core of meaning but also with a new language of the interior life.
Alongside his poems, we find Sri Chinmoy’s renderings into English of many of his Bengali songs. Even in translation, these lyrics would seem to have something of the pure, musical note still clinging to them. We feel the immediacy of the speaker’s emotions as he responds with pain to God’s absence or is filled with the joy of God’s presence. In their delicate and subtle emotional shadings, these lyrics reveal a rare, personal aspect of the poet.
My Daily Heart-Blossoms
Finally, this selection includes various other literary forms, such as prayers, conversations and aphorisms. All Sri Chinmoy’s writings are intrinsically poetic. It was, quite simply, the way he envisioned the world.
In this series of 365 spiritual illuminations—one for each day of the year—Sri Chinmoy leads the reader to the inner wellspring of light from which all truth comes.
These aphorisms, poems and reflections have that familiar ring that resonates in the mind and heart long after they have been read and absorbed. They are at once absolutely simple and supremely profound— wisdom spilling over into poetry—and poetry that carries the reader to new heights of realisation.
A book like this can only come from the pen of a realised spiritual Master. It is meant to be read and re-read, and forever treasured in the aspiring hearts of God-lovers and God-seekers everywhere.
During the first twenty days of July 1977, Sri Chinmoy delivered 100 short talks, 99 of which are included in this book. These talks were given at his public esraj performances, at picnics, even at a local high school playground after morning sports practice.
In very few ways, though, can these pieces really be called talks. They contain a rhythmic, almost musical quality more like blank verse than prose. More important, they express a flow of ideas so subtle and melodic that they cry out to be felt and assimilated on an intuitive plane. Before speaking, Sri Chinmoy would enter into a high meditative state and then speak extemporaneously.
These talks, then, are expressions of a state of consciousness far beyond the mind’s reach: short, illumining bursts of light from the Master’s boundless Realisation-Sun.
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