Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.
Greetings to all
Greetings and Namaste, my Hubber-Friends … fellow brothers and sisters of the Dao. The Light in me … the Light of the light in me, pays homage to the Light of the light in you.
Just yesterday, I received a most remarkable letter from the President of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. It was about hope in adversity, promise, selfless service and the spirit of Oneness. This is the message I wish to share with you today.
We are all one in Spirit. We are made in the image of God and the Absolute Supreme is our Source … our birthright. Many of us live with our various levels of fear and that is natural. No hard feelings or criticism for what we all experience to a greater or lesser degree. Nevertheless, the God of Love tells us that ‘perfect Love casteth out fear.’
Let us have courage, visualize a bright and prosperous tomorrow, even while practicing our spiritual Sadhana (Worship in its myriad forms to pay homage to the Godhead), sending out Mehta (Loving-kindness) to our fellow beings in this universe.
Our Beloved is all about harmony, unity and most importantly, the word that is constantly in Sri Chinmoy’s books: Oneness. There’s an invisible link going all the way to the Absolute, which is always present, within all things and is yet all things sentient and non-sentient.
The tiniest hope
God, us and the Soul
God is the Creator, projecting Itself into what we know and see as the Creation. It is spoken and unspoken; with and without form; emptiness and fullness; man and woman and yet none of these things. The Divine Mother/Father Supreme is silent, nameless and unspoken, yet She still sings in the many as the One. We are Spirit and must worship in Spirit and in Truth.
My Guru, your Guru, everyone's Guru, is the Absolute. Diversity is Her name or game and this Divine Lila, is Hers alone. Since She is looking after us here; since She is a God of Love and Compassion, why would She not look after us now or in the hereafter? We are not this body; we are not the mind. We are souls and as such immortal. Listen to the divine utterance of Sri Krishna:
“Weapons cannot cleave the soul.
Fire cannot burn the soul.
Wind cannot dry the soul;
Water cannot drench the soul.” Bhagavad Gita of Sri Krishna
“Listen to the reed”, says the mystic Jalal Uddin Mohammed (Rumi), “how it laments its separation from the reed bed. Anyone separated from his Source, longs to go back.” Rumi.
So we are quintessentially divine pilgrims, sent here by God and making our way back on the road of self-discovery … of re-discovering our true Source.
Why are we having problems? It is perhaps better to ask, why are we having these experiences? For on a higher level, all comes from Him. This includes the afflictions as well as the Grace, the Light; the Love.
Problems arise because the division – mind is too dominant and the oneness-Heart is seemingly asleep. It is not asleep, but man is taking more than full advantage of his ‘limited freedom’, so called ‘free will.’ Ego ensures that we see only a physical … identifies with this body and has forgotten the soul. Hence, we divide, separate, chop things up and put them into boxes.
The Material and the Spiritual
Only one thing happens in this situation. We move towards the material, the commercial, the mundane, with lightening speed and forget to feed our mystical aspect: the soul. In one sense, being forced to stay at home is a panacea for us … a blessing in disguise, to reflect, to slow down, to pray, to ask all these necessary questions. So the divine hand acts, like a candle, to light up our shadows.
The Buddha said that all things are temporary, ephemeral and we see stock markets crashing, see loved ones being taken from us and yet we are powerless to do anything about it.
“Prayer begins when human capacity ends.” – Sri Chinmoy.
This lofty aphorism, has never been more needed than today. Again, Sri Chinmoy teaches, that before it leaves the body, each soul feels that it has wasted time. A powerful and sobering thought, requiring much soul-searching. For me as well. I have always remembered this aphorism, as I push forward, by His Grace, in quest of meaning, of happiness … satisfaction.
So let us move upwards with faith, gratitude and love in our Hearts for our brothers and sisters … for God and say with Sri Chinmoy, this sublime teaching:
“The most beautiful thing on earth, is man’s gratitude to the Supreme … to the divinity in humanity. This is the beauty unparalleled, and it will remain so, throughout eternity.” – Sri Chinmoy
Wisdom from the Master
“Death is not the end, death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The Soul is the Guide” – Sri Chinmoy
“Look at your heart-flower and smile. You will be able to solve your most pressing problems. - Sri Chinmoy
“If we can feel that it is not our voice, not our fingers, but some reality deep inside our heart which is expressing itself, then we will know that it is the soul’s music.” - Sri Chinmoy
A Song Translation From the Bengali Diye Jai
I would end by seeking to comfort you, with a very lofty translation of one of Sri Chinmoy’s songs:
“Your Compassion-Flood only gives to me;
It never takes anything from me.
Constant giving is its game eternal.
This act of giving, remains an eternal
Beginning, with no end.” – Sri Chinmoy.
Living in harmony with each other as souls of Spirit
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