Part 8: Intensity – Courage – Progress

2./3./4. April 2021

We are inviting you to join our 3 Day Oneness-Meditations Dec. to Jan./Febr. 2020-2021 – always on Sat/Sun/Monday, and for at least 30 min. per day, meditating and focusing on a different spiritual quality each day. Either of your own choice, or using our suggestions. This can include reading texts, reciting or memorizing poems and singing songs related to the daily quality. (We try to count the number of total participants and countries – so if you are a new participant, please let us know!)
So far we had at least 143 participants from 20 countries – and Ukraine is leading by far with their enthusiastic participation (Ukraine 37, Canada 21)!

Comment by Savyasachi:
„… Anticipating the new qualities for meditation – and for the 2-mile run on Sunday … hope everyone is joining – meditations and → runs!
Thank you for creating these weekly opportunities to focus on these qualities – of great importance – that add so much to our daily lives.“

Link to the 2 mile  races Jan. – April 2021:  → The Sri Chinmoy 2 Mile Grand Prix


INTENSITY – Sat, April 2, 2021

Intensity expedites our progress
In every sphere of life.
Therefore,
In everything we do and become
Intensity is of paramount importance.

First needed,
Concentration-intensity —
And then
Meditation-immensity.

Question: How can I meditate with soulful intensity without pulling the divine forces?
Sri Chinmoy: You can meditate with soulful intensity without pulling the divine forces provided you can make your meditation spontaneous. The runner runs the fastest not when he is intense but when his whole body is coordinated and he is relaxed. Intensity here means tension. When it is a matter of pulling and pushing, he cannot run fast.
When intensity is used to push or pull the divine force, then it creates tremendous problems and progress comes to a halt. But while you are meditating, if your meditation becomes intense, that is a good thing. While meditating, if you can have a spontaneous feeling of self-giving to the Inner Pilot, the Supreme Pilot, then your meditation will automatically become intense. And this intensity is not harmful; on the contrary, it is the beginning and blossoming of a new inner dawn in your spiritual life. – https://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/sh-43

Question: How can we keep intensity always?
Sri Chinmoy: Daily, at least five times for three or four minutes, each time you breathe in, consciously try to have intensity. Try to feel you are breathing in intensity, intensity, intensity when you pray to the Supreme. Breathe in and breathe out as slowly as possible and then feel that that intensity is coming into you. It has entered into your heart and into all your nerves and muscles. – https://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/hdw-36

SONG:

Intense eagerness
Will be my companion.
With this hope I live.

The heart’s gratitude-tears
Immensely increased
The life’s devotion-intensity.


COURAGE – Sun, April 3, 2021

To speak ill of the world
Needs courage,
But fortunately or unfortunately
Everybody has that courage.

To love the world
As one’s own,
Very own,
Needs courage.
Unfortunately, most of us are wanting
In that courage.

The courage of the heart,
The courage of the soul
We badly need,
And not the courage
Of the unruly,
Aggressive,
Impure,
Demanding vital.

Be courageous,
Be determined
Be self-giving
The Goal will be all yours.

  • Sri Chinmoy, given August 12, 2007

SONG:

To fulfil your Eternity’s dream
You need your Infinity’s courage.

COURAGE (excerpt)
Courage is absolutely necessary in the spiritual life. The very acceptance of the spiritual life demands enormous courage. It is only a divinely courageous soul, only a divinely inspired soul, that can swiftly reach the highest Goal.
This courage is not the courage of a haughty, rough person who will strike others to assert his superiority; it is totally different…


PROGRESS – Mon, April 4, 2021

Dreams make progress
And become reality.
Reality makes progress
And becomes divinity.
Again, divinity makes progress
When it becomes reality,
And reality makes progress
When it becomes
The ever-transcending Dream.

The world makes progress
Along with my heart’s
Aspiration-progress.

SONG:
I am progressing, fast, faster, fastest ….

My very desire
To make progress
Is the first step
Of my progress.

TALK (University of Vienna) – excerpt:

My success-life and my progress-life1

The human in me wants success.
The divine in me wants progress.
The human in me wants success-might.
The divine in me wants progress-light.
The human in me wants
Success-might-supremacy.
The divine in me wants
Progress-light-ecstasy.

My success wants to subjugate the whole world. My progress wants to liberate the world from its limitations, imperfections, bondage and ignorance-night.

My success wants to challenge the world. My progress wants to illumine the world.

My success-life has a fleeting breath. My progress-life is an enduring reality….

O my Lord, do make my success-life and progress-life inseparably one. Do give me the capacity to see my success-life as the divine beauty of my heart-rose and to feel my progress-life as the celestial fragrance of my heart-rose…

If your life is progress —
Continuous progress,
Sleepless and breathless progress —
O seeker-friend of mine,
Then I am with you, I am in you,
And I am all for you.

Photos: Bijoy Imhof