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An African Elegy – Ben Okri

 

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An African Elegy

We are the miracles that God made
To taste the bitter fruit of Time.
We are precious.
And one day our suffering
Will turn into the wonders of the earth.

There are things that burn me now
Which turn golden when I am happy.
Do you see the mystery of our pain?
That we bear the poverty
And are able to sing and dream sweet things.

And that we never curse the air when it is warm
Or the fruit when it tastes so good
Or the lights that bounce gently on the waters?
We bless the things even in our pain.
We bless them in silence.

That is why our music is so sweet.
It makes the air remember.
There are secret miracles at work
That only Time will bring forth.
I too have heard the dead singing.

And they tell me that
This life is good
They tell me to live it gently
With fire, and always with hope.
There is wonder here

And there is surprise
In everything the unseen moves.
The ocean is full of songs.
The sky is not an enemy.
Destiny is our friend.

 

By: Ben Okri

Photo by Phoolanjaya Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

 

Quote What is Love?

 

Love

 

What is Love?
It is something that has
Infinite possibilities
To enlarge and expand.

 

Love is the inner bond,
the inner connection, the inner link between man and God,

between the finite and the infinite.
We always have to approach God through love.
Without love, we cannot become one with God.

 

What is love?

If love means possessing someone or something then that is not real love;

that is not pure love.
If love means giving and becoming one with everything,
with humanity and divinity, then that is real love.
Real love is our total oneness with the object loved and with the possessor of love.
Who is the possessor of love? God

 

By: Sri Chinmoy

From: Quotes on Love

Love Human and Love Divine

Photo by Ranjit Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

 

Poem – Cosmic Consciousnes

 

Cosmic Consciousness

I have wrapped the wide world in my wider self
And Time and Space my spirit’s seeing are.
I am the god and demon, ghost and elf,
I am the wind’s speed and the blazing star.

All Nature is the nursling of my care,
I am its struggle and the eternal rest;
The world’s joy thrilling runs through me, I bear
The sorrow of millions in my lonely breast.

I have learned a close identity with all,
Yet am by nothing bound that I become;
Carrying in me the universe’s call
I mount to my imperishable home.

I pass beyond Time and life on measureless wings,
Yet still am one with born and unborn things.

By: Sri Aurobindo

Photo By: Phoolanjaya from: Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

 

Thought of the Day – Eastern Mysticism

Thought of the Day by Sanjaya Spettigue.

In this episode of "Thought Of The Day", Sanjaya Spettigue reflects on the legacy and contribution of George Harrison, one of the Beatles, whose genuine interest in Eastern philosophy influenced a whole generation.

"The 1960s saw a revolution in many aspects, dress, fashion, relationships. The PM Harold Macmillan said – you’ve never had it so good." But the 1960s also saw a growing interest in eastern mysticism and eastern philosophy. This was an aspiration to experience God within rather than through outer religious experiences. George Harrison inspired many young people to look into these eastern religions."

Because I Could Not Stop For Death

 

Because I could not stop for Death

by: Emily Dickinson

 

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labour, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

 

By: Emily Dickinson.

Photo by Unmesh Swanson Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries

 

The Young Boy “Buddha” from Nepal

young boy buddha from nepal

Quite an interesting story, a little outdated now but still worth mentioning.

A young boy by the name of Ram Bomjan decided to meditate under a tree continuously for several months. His followers claimed that during this time he didn’t take any food or water. When his activities were observed by a Nepalese government team who gained permission to observe the boy continually for 48 hours. They found that to their amazement, he did remain rigid and focused in meditation.

Back in March he disappeared, perhaps because of all the interest he was receiving. Many locals believe he has gone to meditate in peace away from the glare of the media spotlight.

I feel the boy is genuine. That does not necessarily mean he is a reincarnation of the Buddha. But he seems an advanced soul who has practised meditation sincerly before. Whether he is eating or not. It is worth noting there are not many 16 year old boys who can still still motionless for 10 minutes. Let alone practically all day. His parents say as a young boy he had a particular strong sense of compassion for living creatures.

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