A birthday offering
It was my birthday last weekend. In Eastern tradition, it is the celebrant who does the giving (after all, giving is much more fulfilling than recieving) and so I made prasad for all the members of the Dublin Centre this week. Prasad is a spiritual tradition that goes back thousands of years in India, in which food is blessed before eating so that the meditative energy may be more easily absorbed by the physical body. In addition to food (and plenty of it) I also decided to make a little photograph with one of Sri Chinmoy's aphorisms:
Meditating on this particular aphorism gives me a real sense of detachment amidst the frantic whirlwind of life. Sometimes in life it feels as if I am a stray bit of wood floating on the ocean, being tossed around by the waves; I get much more joy when I am able to stand back and see it all for what it is, as one giant chaotic exuberant evolving circus.
The photograph of Sri Chinmoy I used was taken by Kedar Misani .
First-hand experiences of meditation and spirituality.
If I could remember this in my daily life now, I'd be a very high soulCharana Evans Cardiff, Wales
President Gorbachev: a special soul brought down for a special reasonMridanga Spencer Ipswich, United Kingdom
Learning to follow my intuitionSaranyu Pearson Geelong, Australia
In the Right Place, At the Right TimeEshana Gadjanski Novi Sad, Serbia
Spiritual FriendsPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Seeing the God inside my sonUtsahi St-Armand Ottawa, Canada
A Divine Phone CallJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
'It was like I was seeing who Guru really was: this extraordinary, beautiful being inside a physical body'Jogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
People see something in Guru and want to be part of itSaraswati Martín San Juan, Puerto Rico
Why run 3100 miles?Smarana Puntigam Vienna, Austria
The happiest I've ever beenGabriele Settimi San Diego, United States
interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students