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A Glimpse Into Sri Chinmoy's Vision of America, Part 1. Monday's Inspiration 70

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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Sri Chinmoy on Ellis Island 1996

Sri Chinmoy on Ellis Island 1996

“O green-blue Sacred Fire,

O Sun Freedom-Light,

O Heaven’s gold Delight,

America, O my child of speed,

My Supreme Promise-Seed.” –Sri Chinmoy.

The Sacred Fire, Act 2, Scene 4, (1975), Agni Press

Founding Fathers

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Essential Truths

In this chapter, I will attempt to share with you, my reader, the vision of America as seen through the eyes of Sri Chinmoy. In doing so, however, it is necessary that I discuss four essential truths, which he felt contributed greatly to the development of America:

1. The Founding Fathers, poets, patriotic heroes and seers, were paramount to the true worth, sacrifice, lofty ideals and self-giving of America. They also contributed to the progressive spirit, speed and advancement of their country. Sri Chinmoy's supreme utterance below serves to remind us of this:

“The Supreme had a special vision for the soul of America, and He revealed it first through the Founding Fathers”. I Need My Country: Beauty’s Soul, Section 1, (1975), Agni Press.

2. To have an understanding of America from Sri Chinmoy's standpoint, it is important to recognise that it has a Soul. The Soul is the divine spark that creates its reality and embodies its vision for the future. Sri Chinmoy teaches us that:

“Every Nation has its soul. The Soul of a nation consists of its aspirations, aptitudes and capacities placed at the service of the Supreme... -Sri Chinmoy

3. The Sacred Fire, from which some of my thoughts have come, was written in 1975. Nevertheless, Sri Chinmoy saw his vision of America, long before touching down on its soil on April 13th, 1964.

Indeed, it was for this reason that he came. He felt that India’s vision and America’s vision ran parallel, and while both countries were sometimes at odds with one another, they “basically love each other, for each have the self-same goal: A peaceful life”. The Sacred Fire, Act V1, Scene1, P52, (1975), reprinted 1998, Madal Bal.


Thomas Jefferson

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England and America's Relationship

4. There was a profound relationship between England and America, which to an extent, assisted with the shape and growth of the two countries. In The Sacred Fire, Sri Chinmoy writes lovingly of England as the Mother and America as the daughter. The Mother is of ‘exquisite beauty’, and the daughter has ‘indomitable strength’.

Indeed the Soul of America manifested mostly through power. As the Soul of America matured, it felt the need to take care of itself. In Sri Chinmoy's eloquent and poetic way, he describes America’s striving for self-advancement thus:

“...There is a beauty in the rising sun and there is a beauty in the setting sun, equally charming, illumining and fulfilling. You (England) have so far enjoyed the beauty of the rising sun, but from now on, you will have to enjoy the beauty of the setting sun.

And you, my brave America, before long you shall start enjoying the beauty of the rising sun …. the sun that illumines, the sun that liberates, the sun that immortalises the soul and the body of aspiring humanity .....” (Ibid. Act 1, Scene 2, p.14).

Both countries eventually came to be happy with and in each other, sharing many heartfelt qualities together, including England’s nobility, and America’s self-giving heart. Before returning to the Founding Fathers, I would like to sum up with one soul-stirring quote on America by Sri Chinmoy:

“O Dignity-Majesty-Divinity-reality-flooded Soul of American Liberty! These are the good, better, best qualities of the real America, the America which is to raise the consciousness of the world, and why I came here. This is the America I envisioned in India. “Beautiful” – the real Beauty of the Absolute Supreme, universal Beauty of the Supreme, America the country embodies. http://us.srichinmoycentre.org) (Last visited 5th April, 2010.)

Founding Fathers

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America's Patriotism

In Sri Chinmoy's writings, the self-giving of the Founding Fathers was for something higher and deeper. In the deepest recesses of their hearts, they wanted to manifest a higher truth, to show that liberty was not only for them, but for the use of the entire world. According to Sri Chinmoy, Light always has to be embodied by great individuals. It was Thomas Jefferson’s vision and of all those who surrounded him – Washington, Adams, Franklyn, Paine, Munro and others.

There was also another wave of patriotism when Abraham Lincoln came. Patriots, in Sri Chinmoy's vision, are “those who have helped their country and elevated its consciousness so that the reality of their country has widened”. He continues:

“The American patriots of the past felt that life and patriotism were inseparable. They felt that patriotism was the manifestation of life’s freedom, that it was the only way to love one’s country. ..they only wanted to give what they had and what they were” I Need my Country: Beauty’s Soul, Section 1, (1975), Agni Press.

According to Sri Chnmoy, the Soul of America came forward to offer its light and delight to those brave souls, to inject the feeling of patriotism into those few selected children of America. By so doing, they were able to become true and humble instruments of God, pleasing God according to their capacity, understanding and their inner and outer awakening.

Thomas Jefferson and his Declaration of Independence, was one such vision. Sri Chinmoy writes that he was a ‘good man. A God-messenger, a Vision-son of God’. He had ‘clarity, luminosity and vastness’, and in his case, ‘mind, body, vital, heart, everything went together’. ‘God gave him capacities in many walks of life and he used them well.’ I Love my Country: Purity’s Body, Section1, (1975), Agni Press.

Because it is so significant, I enclose below Sri Chinmoy's lofty utterance on the Declaration of Independence.

“The American Declaration of Independence had the pioneer vision of faith, dignity and humanity’s basic needs: equal rights, justice and freedom. Clarity, luminosity and vastness, these the Declaration of Independence embodies. It is not a mere declaration. It is something infinitely more. It is the freedom-cry of humanity’s aspiration-day from the frustration-night of ignorance” The Bicentennial Flames at The United nations, (1976), Agni Press.

George Washington

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Seers and Patriots

Sri Chinmoy saw George Washington as ‘the Father of the American Nation. He was the son of peace and the brother of self-giving’. He had the indomitable spirit of a General and the peerless wisdom of a President. He was also ‘the first and last President to be everybody’s choice’. Sri Chinmoy continues that his ‘high character and majestic will, powerfully blend with courage and capacity:’ The Sacred Fire, Act 2, Scene 2, (1975), Agni Press.

There were many other seers and patriots. Sri Chinmoy mentions Ralph Waldo Emerson’s indomitable will and utter self-reliance, and described him as a ‘prophet of Universal Faith, a seer visualising the future in the living present. ‘Very few souls as Emerson have come into the world; he had light in abundant measure’.

Whitman was ‘the vision of the oneness of everything and in everything’. While Emerson was ‘soft, sweet and luminous’, Whitman ‘dynamically fronted the Reality which is manifesting to an ever-increasing extent’. They were both, ‘Fellow-pilgrims on their way to the Home of God, the culmination of today’s world, they march in stupendous glory.’ Philosopher-Thinkers: The Power-Towers of the Mind and Poet-Seers: The Fragrance-Hours of the Heart in the West, (1998), Agni Press.

Of course, one would not speak of all these noble and God-given attributes without seeing how they have shaped America and its people. It has given her strength, vastness, a progressive spirit, courage, supernal beauty and matchless pomp. It has also given her an unimaginable speed for progress. ‘Speed’, that one quality that Sri Chinmoy loved so much:

John F Kennedy

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Poems and Praises

“Do not waste time

Tomorrow never comes!”

Poem 49,299.

To continue about America’s great: Abraham Lincoln championed the equality of every man’s birth right, and faith in God’s justice. His Gettysburg address was incomparable:

“He had the gift to dream of union,

The courage and capacity to fight,

The confidence to win,

The patience that knew no flagging.”

America in Her Depts. (1973), Agni Press.

John F. Kennedy was ‘the Universal Heart’:

“Prince of high idealism, Freedom incarnate,

Helper of humanity.”

Kennedy: The Universal Heart, (1973), Agni Press.

He was eloquent in his Inaugural Address, “that soul-stirring address that is as deep as the Atlantic in its outlook; ideals as high as the Himalayas and resolutions as powerful as atomic power.” (Ibid).

“President Kennedy is, as it were, the lineal descendant of the American nation’s traditional leadership. As George Washington was the father of The United States, as Abraham Lincoln was its saviour, as Franklyn D Roosevelt was the Voice of America, even so is John F Kennedy the Noble Defender of World freedom and World Peace.” (Ibid). (This is only the first half of the Chapter in my book: My Guru Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings) Manatita, The Lantern Carrier, June 5th 2020

Declaration of Independence

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Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on June 24, 2020:

Yes, yes, God indeed.

Guruji came to strengthen this even more. Seeds will always blossom ... given time. Thank you so much!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 24, 2020:

This article reads like one of my history books. Please understand, I absolutely enjoyed pouring over those history books, especially the ones that describe the love and dedication that went into massaging, directing, and bringing about the visions the forefathers had for their country. In my opinion, when it comes to understanding love and devotion, we would do well to understand the men who stood strong in the development of America. If everyone could read your articles about America, I think they would take a step back and start singing songs of praise and joy to the Heavenly Father whose love was quite instrumental in the shaping of this country.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 23, 2020:

True, Devika.

I suppose we are mostly concerned with 'living our lives.' Yet there is a spiritual way of looking at things. Much Love.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 23, 2020:

Your write up is interesting, informative and taught me a lot about the greatest country. Life is such that not many knows the best they have until they lose it.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 15, 2020:

Thank you, Dora.

Appreciated.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 14, 2020:

Sri Chinmoy's insight about America run deep into the strength and purpose of this great nation, as well as its relationship with other peoples. I love the image of America (and every other nation) having soul. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2020:

Yes Linda.

A Seer- Visionary of the Highest order. Thank you so much!

Hi Marlene,

I echo your prayers and salute your noble Heart. My love to you and yours. Stay safe

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 09, 2020:

This is an informative and interesting article, Manatita. I enjoyed learning more about Sri Chinmoy. It sounds like he was a very interesting person.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 09, 2020:

When I think about the fathers who founded America, it gives me chills just thinking about the love they had for this place. If they saw what was happening to this country today, they would cry because people have treated it so badly. I pray that people would learn to fall in love with this country again and bring it back to a life where we build love into a world worth living.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2020:

Thank you, Ruby.

Your kind sentiment is highly appreciated! Much Love.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 09, 2020:

We are a very proud nation who has lost some of the goodness the Fathers intended. Looking at America through Sri Chinmoy eye's, we see great men who wanted only the best. Perhaps we will reach that supreme goodness again when all Americans realize that all men are equal and love for all is given freely. This is a great piece!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2020:

Hi Linda,

You love your daughter, don't you? I have known for a long time that God-Souls are really like eternal Fathers. They come, not only for disciples, but for all the Earth's naughty children, which are in fact their own.

How can the Creator give up on His Creation? How can one of His Advocates not love the world? Yet they are also blessed in seeing the larger vision. Thank you so much for a very nice contribution.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 09, 2020:

Manatita, there is so much to absorb here; I have read through it once and will need to go back again.

I love my country and am happy yet humbled that Sri Chinmoy recognized the good in her and loved her too. The image of Great Britain as the mother and the U.S. the daughter is beautiful and eloquent. Our nation has grown and matured and that rebellious teenage stage is over. We and Britain share a deep bond of friendship--kindred spirits.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2020:

Sha,

Yes, yes. You, Ruby, Ioannis and a very old and dear friend of mines would notice, as well as a few more. God bless your sense of empathy and goodness.

You're on a roll today! Do some work! (Joking) Of course I love seeing you here and treasure your invaluable comments. More joy to you!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Manatita, this is an amazing piece of literature. If all Americans were to read this, perhaps we'd cease the debauchery that exists today and remember what America and its people are all about.

I love the founding fathers photo with American Indians sitting above the presidents. Very powerful image!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 09, 2020:

Chitrangada Ji,

India has contributed immensely to the West. On a national, international, political and scientific level. Its religion has taught us the spirit of tolerance and harmony of faiths, The Sanatan Dharma (Truth is one). Yet it is its Spirituality/Yoga, that has contributed most to mankind.

Of the eight direct descendants of God that Guruji has mentioned, seven came from India, and the one who didn't, is said to have travelled to India in a caravan and sat at the feet of Satguru's, before returning to the his homeland to manifest his mission at the age of 30.

Now my teacher is Indian, as you know. A real son of Bharat Mata.

America has contributed immensely in the world of science and technology, dynamism and much more. India at one point, is said by some to have lacked drive, which led to a kind of decay but both Vivekananda and Ramakrishna did a tremendous job, to bring back this vision; to encourage Indians to awake from their slumber.

Spirituality requires both the dynamism of the West and the Yoga Philosophy of the East. I like your thoughts. This is a great contribution.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2020:

An engaging and thoughtful article!

Good of you, to mention the American greats, and their contributions in shaping the country.

Yes, I believe that each country has it's soul and spirit, which always triumphs. This is how, it has always been, this is how the countries survive. And, the soul and spirit is 'The People--.'

Disturbances and turbulences do happen, but ultimately the country wins, in a democracy, (read 'The people').

I am glad that you mentioned India, the largest democracy in the world, whereas USA is the oldest democracy in the world. The Indians have firm faith in their democracy, just as the Americans.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:

Yes, Lorna,

there is a mystical soul, but we say in local parlance also, that 'she was the soul' of the party. In that sense, countries can imbibe an energy of the great ones who were blessed by the infinite to be of service.

In Guruji's philosophy, some souls come to help, having been sanctioned directly by the Supreme. America has had an abundant group and Kennedy was unique. Alas! Thank you for reading this very sacred and special Hub.

Peggy,

In one sense you are right, in another you are not purely because within each soul is the Light of God. This has been so throughout creation.

The soul knows its Source is Freedom, it is only yoked in a body for so long, but your country's Declaration represents so much of the soul's Light! Declarations can be made like this, only because a Higher Authority is talking to the soul.

Truly speaking, what ever is done in Divine Providence, is either approved, sanctioned or tolerated by a Higher Will. I thank you for reading this especially lofty and sublime piece written for America and its people ... ultimately for the world at large.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 08, 2020:

The goals of liberty and equality have evolved slowly over time. Amendments to the Constitution have accompanied those hard-fought goals. What is happening today on the streets all across our land and in other countries, as well, will hopefully bring about more liberty, justice, and equality for everyone.

Lorna Lamon on June 08, 2020:

An interesting and profound selection of writings on the Founding Fathers of America. I'm glad that John F Kennedy was mentioned. He has a special place in the hearts of the Irish people, as his Great Great Granparents were Irish immigrants. I do believe that all countries have a soul and their people its heart. Well written Manatita, an enjoyable read.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:

Thank you so much, Rosina. Jai to you and stay well with an illumined mind. Peace.

Rosina S Khan on June 08, 2020:

It's good to know Sri Chinmoy's thoughts about America and its leading founding fathers. You have expressed them very well in this hub. Thanks for sharing, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:

Pamela (Chuckle) This is only half of a Chapter in my book: My Guru Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings. He lived for 43 years on American soil and he came in '64. So our Path or his mission, is 56 years old in the West and internationally of course. Sri Chinmoy travelled the world.

Read it again some time as it is profound. Wait for the second half in a week, perhaps. Much Love.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 08, 2020:

Happy Monday! I never thought of any country actually having a sould but I understand what Sri Chinmoy is saying. Peace and equality are certainly things that were important to the founding fathers also.

You have written such a good thought-provoking article that I think it will take some time think about all you have said. I found this article to be very interesting, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:

Thank you for coming Bro. Guruji absolutely Loved America and saw its spiritual potential. Love to the family.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 08, 2020:

This is a good one to contemplate - and so I will. Thank you.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 08, 2020:

Thanks Mary. Yes, all things have souls, including you, Mary. It puts this charming smile on your face and gives you life. Thank you so much!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2020:

I like the idea of each country having a soul. America is now beleaguered by events but it is a call maybe to further elevate their consciousness. The American Spirit, its soul, will always triumph.