Sri Chinmoy gave a series of four concerts and meditations the weekend of Jan. 28 in North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Master, accompanied by a dozen carloads of disciples, began his 1,200-mile weekend trek in Chapel Hill, where he told a University of North Carolina audience: “Aspiration is our achievement in our inner world. Dedication is our achievement in our outer world. Surrender is our achievement in our higher world.

“In Heaven we achieve a fruitful smile. On earth we achieve a soulful cry. In ourselves we achieve a prayerful life.”

Later that day Sri Chinmoy played on the flute and esraj and disciple music groups performed to an overflow audience at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.

As seekers, “our inner choice is Infinity’s perfection-poise,” the Master said in a brief talk.

“Sri Krishna’s choice was a sea of harmony. The Buddha’s choice was a sky of illumination. The Christ’s choice was a flood of compassion. And our choice is a heart of poise that can easily brave all the buffets of life: poise within, poise without.”

Published in Anahata Nada, February 1, 1978, Volume 5, Number 1