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A Glimpse Into Sri Chinmoy’s Vision of America, Part 2. Tuesday's Inspiration 10, to a Most Soulful Marlene Bertrand.

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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.

Thought for Today

"My sweet crushed angels, do not be afraid, as this too, shall pass. We can pray fervently, or serve where there is capacity and faith which brings joy. That apart, we are caught in a Higher plan of which we are sometimes powerless to intervene.

Cosmic Law will work its course and try as we may, whatever is meant to happen, will most certainly happen ... what is not meant to happen will not do so. Of course, in an ever-transcending universe, The Supreme Ordainer knows best and Grace always have the last word. Let us pray." - Manatita

Abraham Lincoln, Past President of the United States of America

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On Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a visionary human, who 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.”

-- Sri Chinmoy. America in Her Depts. (1973), Agni Press.

John F. Kennedy was ‘the Universal Heart’, Prince of high idealism, Freedom incarnate, and 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).

John F Kennedy, past President of the United States of America

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Some additional Pioneers

Of course, there were others and Sri Chinmoy said that there will be others whose inner experiences have awakened and will be awakening America, illumining and adding to America’s consciousness. Sri Chinmoy has utilised his poetry, songs, aphorisms, prose and even America’s symbols to honour such individuals and America itself.

John Adams, that ‘truth-fighter with a volcano-will’, John Quincy Adams, whose ‘heart cries to elevate the weak, to help the needy’, Benjamin Franklyn, ‘the oldest and the wisest of all.’ Every one of them contributed to America’s present consciousness. The Sacred Fire, Act 4, Scene 3, (1975), Agni Press.

There were also Nathan Hale, ‘Earth’s colossal sacrifice and Heaven’s hallowed satisfaction’, Emily Dickinson who, with her ‘heart’s inner music, blessed America’s children with glowing simplicity, purity and luminosity. She also gave to the American consciousness, a new dimension; a new type of soul-search –soft, delicate and lucid’.

Woodrow Wilson’s sacrifice and contribution to the League of Nations, has added to the glories of America’s hero-warriors that make her proud. (Ibid).

Finally, it is worth mentioning that Sri Chinmoy showed a deep appreciation for the American Flag as embodying ‘divine power, divine purity, divine vastness and spirituality’ and as for the Motto: ‘In God We Trust’, he spoke of it as a Motto of the highest order. On America’s sacred Liberty Torch, here is a most powerful aphorism:

“Birthless are the flames of the Liberty Torch,

Deathless is the light of the Liberty Torch.

The Liberty Torch is a human aspiration,

A divine realisation and supreme perfection

-Sri Chinmoy. The Liberty Torch, (1976), Agni Press.

Sri Chinmoy at the Statue of Liberty sending of Peace Doves

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Beauty and urge of a young America

“America is a young nation. It does not want to walk; it wants to run as fast as possible in order to breast the tape first. I appreciate America for its dynamism. If you are dynamic, you run towards your goal. If you do not know where the goal is, then you may run from this side to that side. But it is better than to remain static. Americans are running

The Outer Running and the Inner Running, P160, (1984) Agni Press.

The above prose, written in the early eighties, indicates that Sri Chinmoy saw America as a young nation. However, with all its powerful and unprecedented changes in recent times, one wonders as to how this ever-progressive teacher, would see America in the world of today. America means speed, he said. Speed to run the fastest. It is a dynamic country running towards its goal. (Ibid).

Sri Chinmoy spoke of the beauty and inner urge of America many times from the seventies and all the way into the 21st Century. He compared it to representing the ideals of King Janaka – a wise King and seeker after knowledge - Prince Siddhartha – a loving prince about 2,500yrs ago, who later became the Buddha - and Emperor Asoka – a great Indian Emperor of the Maurya Dynasty in ancient times - he is said to have ruled for 63 years.

America utilised her vast wealth for the restoration of Europe, in her service of impoverished India, and in many other countries, large and small, it made her, 'in the modern context, stand forth uniquely as the most fit for the ideals of Janaka, Siddhartha and Asoka'.- Eternity's Breath, P105, (1972), Agni Press.

Emily Dickinson, American Poetess and Seer

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Beautiful America

In Sri Chinmoy's view, America's munificence, her ever-progressive mind and the dynamism of her spirit, have been an asset to the whole international community.

Sri Chinmoy saw the process - the ever-evolving consciousness of America - moving rapidly forwards. It makes mistakes, but like the elephant which bounces against a wall, it picks itself up and continues to move. This spirit of Americans running is depicted below:

“They may not be sure of the goal, but they are constantly on the move. They go to one side and run into a wall and get hurt. Then they go to another side and the goal is not there, so they get another blow. But at least they go”. -The Outer Running and the Inner Running, P160-161, (1984). Agni Press.

Speaking of the bicentennial presentation of “America the beautiful”, Sri Chinmoy said that it gave him abundant joy, 'because there the soul and the spirit of America are embodied and represented in a most striking manner’ Aum Magazine, Vol 4, No 1, P16, (1977).

Here is a most appropriate poem expressing America’s beauty:

O Beautiful America

“O Beautiful America of the Lord Supreme

You are the pride divine of our soul.

The boundless glory of your giant arms

And the nectar-flood of your loving heart

Are but a collection of delight-flowers in the blue-vast sky."

-Songs Dedicated to America. Courtesy of (http://us.srichinmoycentre.org)

American Flag

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A visionary look

As previously mentioned, every nation has a soul. This is reflected in its aspirations, aptitudes and capacities placed at the service of the Supreme. Now that there is a spiritual awakening in the world, Sri Chinmoy felt that it was only a question of years before its golden glint fell on the face of every nation. When that happens, its hidden divinity will shine forth to a greater or lesser degree on everyone.

Judging from her history, towards that end, “America holds out the brightest promise of placing, at the service of the Divine, her aspirations, aptitudes and capacities, as she has often, in times of need, placed them at the service of humanity” - Eternity's Breath, (1972), P107, Agni Press.

We see this futuristic vision and spiritual assertiveness of Sri Chinmoy expressed in three of his most striking utterances On America:

“The next two hundred years will see the manifestation of the soul’s qualities of America. This manifestation will take place in America’s conscious and unconditional leadership of humanity and America’s constant and self-giving friendship with humanity”

Undoubtedly the spiritual forces will be able to manifest in the next two hundred years much more than they did in the past two hundred years, for not only America’s but also humanity’s aspiration is continuously proceeding forward, upward and inward.” - The Bicentennial Flames At The United Nations, (1976), Agni Press.

“America will offer her unprecedented capacity

For the community of nations

And make all nations feel that

Her height and depth and speed and power

Are for them to claim as their very own,

And thus, create a satisfying and satisfied world-family”.

Founding Fathers of America

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Prosperity, stamina and speed

Sri Chinmoy was conscious that America had taken a major part in the economic rehabilitation of India. Interestingly enough, this helps Her, America, in building up the base for a divine new world. In doing so, she will become doubly prosperous:

“Spiritual prosperity being added to the material, and both nourishing and serving the highest cause of a Divine New Creation.” Eternity's Breath, P.107, (1972), Agni Press.

While America means speed, while it wants to run faster than the fastest, Sri Chinmoy felt that endurance was a quality that it initially lacked. In Sri Chinmoy's philosophy, stamina is equally as important as speed:

“If one has only speed, then one cannot ultimately succeed; we need endurance because the goal is quite far. Again, if one has only stamina and no speed, then it will take forever to reach the goal. Only if someone has both qualities will he be able to make very good progress in his spiritual life and achieve something really great in life”.

The Outer Running and the Inner Running, P160, (1984), Agni Press

Sri Chinmoy gives examples of America's super-excellent long-distance runners such as Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter and others, to demonstrate that America now feels that both speed and endurance are necessary, that it cares for both. He was also very fond of Jesse Owen, Carl Lewis and Bill Pearl, all three being among the elite of American sport, and embodying the qualities of discipline, dynamism, power and other aspects of the American dream.

Sri Chinmoy and Jesse Owens, 4-time Olympic Winner

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Conclusion

To conclude, one sees that the idea of starting, not wasting time, of being consciously on the move and not hesitating once one knows where one's goal is, was of tremendous significance to Sri Chinmoy and to our Path. This America embodied to the highest, and as such was appealing to him.

Many a time in my thirty-eight years with my teacher and Mentor, Sri Chinmoy would get his students to sing songs dedicated to America or sing her own national anthem. Over the years, America's spirit of freedom, of power, of opulence and speed in a divine sense has been depicted in his student’s many parades, dramas and plays.

In view of America's faithfulness to the prose below, one can see why it is a country with so much promise and why Sri Chinmoy chose to spend 43 years on her soil:

“Once you feel that your goal is not where you are, that your goal is somewhere ahead of you, then you have to run. And if you run, eventually you are bound to reach your goal” (Ibid. p. 161.)

- Manatita, April 5th, 2010

Suddahota Carl Lewis, American Olympic Gold medallist

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America's Greatness

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Comments

manatita44 (author) from london on June 28, 2020:

Thank you, my friend. This is a very sweet thing to say. It must come from a beautiful Spirit! Much Peace. - Lantern Carrier

Marlin 55 from USA on June 28, 2020:

wonderful article. I wanted to vote on all our qualities that I believe contribute to the spirit o this nation. You have a great voice that I much admire.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 25, 2020:

Marlene, my dear, dearer, dearest friend,

A very soulful and positive response from you. I truly appreciate your contribution. Thank you for coming and yes, God bless America

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 24, 2020:

Thank you for your dedication to me. It means a lot, particularly because this article is about America. I boldly announce that I am a proud American and as I was reading through your article that song, "God Bless the USA," by Lee Greenwood was playing in my head.

Right now, my heart aches for the soul of America.Yes, certainly America is running strong and it seems in a bad direction, however I have faith in America and I do believe it is vibrantly going to recover. Maybe not tomorrow, but another day. And, it is good that grace always has the last word.

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

Devika,

We all need hope or 'lifting.' Life is not so bad after all. There is still beauty if we look. Thanks again. Appreciated!

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

You have created a unique and well deserved hub for us all. It is different from all sides of life

manatita44 (author) from london on June 19, 2020:

Hi Dee,

I try to understand it by thinking of God's Love. Guruji has said that the Father cannot help but love His creation. Don't you love your daughter?

God forbid she does wrong things, but let's just say when children do, we accept them as our own and hope they change for the better. They do eventually. Much Love.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 19, 2020:

"One wonders as to how this ever-progressive teacher, would see America in the world of today." This was my thought exactly as I read your article. Still, I appreciate Sri Chinmoy's insights. Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens are also two people whom I admire.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 18, 2020:

Thanks Linda.

You are a real and joy-seeking seeker. Gratitude.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 2020:

This is an interesting look at Sri Chinmoy's ideas and opinions. I enjoy learning more about him. Thank you for the education, Manatita.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2020:

Thanks Peggy.

What's really needed is what Sri Chinmoy calls a feeling of Oneness in so much of his writings. When the ego is strong, when the mind is too active, we get separation.

I have been like Socrates for such a long time! I am from Grenada and while it is an extremely beautiful country, I always feel that I am a citizen of the world. In my dealings with other humans, I see you all as my brothers and sisters. While here, I try to serve, I have no other motive.

This is crucial, as the restless or boisterous mind will create division and separation. Why did Christ Love us so much? Well, he had inner vision and could see quite clearly, that we are made in the image of God. In other words, we are like him. The closest to you is probably your husband, then your children, who may now be adults.

We love those who are close to us, because of familiarity. So too, the Christ. He sees quite clearly, that we are literally Spirit (God) This is how we ought to live as humans.

Finally, here's the thing. I do not wish to leave the world as a motivator or life-coach. They help many people, true, but I wish to emphasize - as I tend to do - prayer and spiritual practice. It is much more difficult to grow without Grace and it flows freely in a receptive vessel.

Receptivity is based on self-giving, gratitude, empathy and so forth, all of which widens and expand the Heart, making it much more able to receive the Higher forces raining down from above. The mind enjoys and soon forget; the Heart feels and tend to retain. Much Love.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2020:

I echo others in writing that we seem to have lost our way right now. Hopefully, the marching in the streets, much-needed changes, and results of upcoming elections will put us on a straighter course. We must get back to the idea of high ideals, liberty, and justice for all and work towards that goal. Stay safe and keep spreading the good words.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2020:

Ultimately yes, but it can and does look ugly for a while. Thanks Ruby. Please stay safe.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 16, 2020:

I love that song and Ray Charles. Even though we are not perfect, we strive to be inclusive. There are some that are attempting to divide the races in our country. This has been happening for as long as I can remember. Hopefully the good outweighs the bad.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2020:

Pamela,

Spiritual giants are interesting. They believe in speed and like us to run. When we stumble we feel guilty, but to them failure is only when we give up. The motto is that the past is dust ... to always look forward ... to keep moving. Moving is always better than doing nothing.

The seed of great visionaries are already planted in the American Consciousness and so growth or progress ... more progress, is only a matter of time. Yes, we can help it. Let us pray. Gratitude.

I should tell Linda and everyone really, that what's happening in America has a much larger movement or energy abroad and some souls or the endemic system, is already benefitting from it in so many ways! yet we must Love. Remain cheerful.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2020:

Mary, it would appear that God is sending more visionary souls into the world. Some are still young but the future - in my world - seems optimistic. When all is said and done, we have come a long way and are improving. Guruji would say that we are just moving in a spiral, that is all. I have every good hope for America.

Linda,

I believe he has said that the inner forces have already won, that sometimes after a storm, we have to clean up the residue, but eventually we will have a more promising world. Kind of like that.

Truth be told, I have never met one of God's servants who was not optimistic. You love your daughter so much? Why would you wish to harm her? Sri Chinmoy teaches that God does not wish to destroy His creation. Much Love.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 16, 2020:

I think American is running, but to where? Have we lost our way? am concerned about some of the things happening in America and it is great to run if we know where our goal is. I will think about the soul of our country.

I really enjoyed reading part 2, and it is a lovely tribute to Marlene. Your words were beautiful, as always. Your article gives us so much to think about and I appreciate. God bless you, Manatita.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 16, 2020:

Manatita, I am encouraged by the optimism of this article, but I feel we're doing a lot of "crashing into walls" and the momentum of moving forward has been lost. I wonder what Sri Chinmoy would think of how America has changed.

Thank you for your beautiful words. Blessings to you.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 16, 2020:

This is such a fascinating view of America. Because American culture rewards freedom to explore, experiment, and even make mistakes, she will bring change as she has always done to our world. We hope and pray the choices of its leaders will be guided.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2020:

Thanks Bill, we hope. Stay well. Peace.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 16, 2020:

Let us hope that America sees its potential to do good in the world, and lives up to that potential. Only time will tell, eh?

Loved your beautiful words, my friend, a fine dedication to Marlene!

Blessings to you both!

manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2020:

Thanks Manju. Appreciated.

Well, Eric, you show great insight about this metaphor. Awesome! Much Love.

Lorna,

Thanks Lorna.

They looked to Mother Earth (Pritvi or Gaia Mata) and to the mystery of the 'Great White Eagle,' (God). Pioneers are contributors in any field or country. Thank you so much!!

Lorna Lamon on June 16, 2020:

This is an inspiring and optimistic glimpse into the future of America and ultimately the world. There is hope that this Nation will unite all God's people as one. Within this spiritual prosperity the healing process can begin. Perhaps this is the answer the Chief's of the Indian Nation are waiting for, as they look down upon the Founding Father's.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 16, 2020:

Most excellent friend. I found comfort in "If you do not know where the goal is, then you may run from this side to that side. But it is better than to remain static. Americans are running”

My favorite runners were Sir Roger Bannister and America's Jim Ryan.

The part of stamina and speed equal is a great metaphor for a nation.

Manju lata from Ambala City on June 16, 2020:

Sir,

You have drawn the greatness of Vast America in one Article. Thanks for presenting this Article.

manatita44 (author) from london on June 16, 2020:

Thank you, Rosina. Appreciated.

Rosina S Khan on June 16, 2020:

It's nice to know about Sri Chinmoy's vision of America and her past presidents and pioneers as well as distinguished runners and sportsmen. Thanks for contributing such a beautiful article, Manatita.