In the middle of an ocean of love
This is one of the stories in our Story-Gems project, a collection of our experiences with our Guru, Sri Chinmoy. Project homepage »
I was taking a short course in meditation led by two of Sri Chinmoy’s students. I was not looking for a spiritual Teacher; I had no idea what a spiritual Teacher was. I was an atheist, a Ph.D. in Sociology, and a researcher. I was skeptical when I heard about others’ spiritual experiences. I was interested in meditation only because I thought it might help my anxiety.
After a few classes, my teachers invited me to a meditation led by Sri Chinmoy. I was curious, and went to two uneventful sessions, and then came to the third. I was in an ordinary state of mind when I arrived. Sri Chinmoy came onto the stage of the Public School auditorium. He began to meditate, and then, all around his entire body, and stretching out from his body in all directions, I saw, with my human eyes, a beautiful golden light.
I was entranced and entered a state of silent bliss. It seemed like I was in the middle of an ocean of love. I was fortunate that I trusted my own experience of that night. I went on to become a full-time student of the one man I’ve ever met who was the perfect embodiment of goodness.
When my heart glows,
My life-river speedily flows
To God’s Ocean of Love.
Sri Chinmoy 1
I decided that I wanted to become Sri Chinmoy’s student. But at that same time, I had to look for another job, and I thought I couldn’t make a commitment to Sri Chinmoy’s path until my work situation was settled. The job I was leaving was in New York, but I was interviewing for my new job all over the country. I remember being in a hotel in North Carolina, and meditating on Sri Chinmoy’s Transcendental Photograph, and telling Sri Chinmoy that I would do whatever he thought was best.
When I returned to New York, one of the teachers of the meditation course that had led me to Sri Chinmoy invited me to have lunch with her at Annam Brahma, a restaurant run by his students. I told her that I really wanted to formally apply to become become Sri Chinmoy’s student, but that I was afraid that I might have to leave New York to find a new job at my level. This woman said, “Don’t be silly! You are very good! I’m sure you can find another job in New York.” After lunch I returned home, and there, on my answering machine, was a message, offering me a very good job in New York!
The outer miracles of a spiritual Master
Can be counted,
But the inner miracles of the Master
Can never be counted.
Sri Chinmoy 2
- 1. Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 47, 46169, Agni Press, 2007
- 2. Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, part 43, 42843, Agni Press, 2005
Sri Chinmoy's students describe their inner and outer experiences.
A vision at 3 a.m in the morningAbarita Dänzer Zürich, Switzerland
If a wish comes from the soul, it will be grantedKamalakanta Nieves New York, United States
So much longing, for somethingPushpa rani Piner Ottawa, Canada
Running and MeGarga Chamberlain Bristol, United Kingdom
Believe, take a step and proceed: a 6-day race experienceSusan Marshall ,
My Life with Sri Chinmoy: a bookTejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
I just knew from the moment I saw himAshrita Furman New York, United States
'When you perform for me, always choose devotional songs.'Gunthita Corda Zurich, Switzerland
In the Whirlwind of LifePradeep Hoogakker The Hague, Netherlands
Meditation Nights at the Sri Chinmoy CentrePreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Spiritual moments with my grandmotherPatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
How my spiritual search led me to Sri ChinmoyVidura Groulx Montreal, Canada
interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students