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Panorama April 2008

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

A Tribute Edition To Sri Chinmoy
Sri ChinmoyTo all of the members of the Sri Chinmoy Centres around the world who would like to contribute the next edition of Panorama (the hard copy version), the editors would like it known that the April 2008 edition of Panorama will take the form of a tribute to Sri Chinmoy and your experiences as his students. They welcome your contributions (preferably as digital documents) by mid-March at the latest please. These should be sent directly to Prabhakar and Abichal via the normal channels. Thank you – we eagerly look forward to this very special edition of Panorama

A Popular Notion

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Sri Chinmoy’s Panorama ArtworkA Popular Notion

There is a popular notion
Concerning mankind’s creativity
That considers it living proof
Of our inherent divinity.
Though this may be true,
Before pride makes us deranged
Bear in mind that God creates,
Human beings just rearrange.

– Kalatit Baker.


Drawn from the April 1999 edition of Panorama.

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Poetry-Poem-Poet – by Sri Chinmoy

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

In October of 1990 Sri Chinmoy visited Sweden to offer a concert. During that visit he gave an inspirational talk entitled Poetry-Poem-Poet at the Musikaliska Akademien in Stockholm. Here are four short excerpts from that talk:

Inside each human being there is a poet. This poet can bring down the loftiest heights of truth and, at the same time, can powerfully eclipse the darkest falsehood if and when necessity demands.


We Played With God

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Sri Chinmoy’s Panorama ArtworkWe Played With God

Tomorrow, perhaps
I will peek
Out of the hood of
My sleeping bag
Sipping cherry
And smile at the way
We played with God
On the mountain

– Anugata Bach.


Drawn from the August 2005 edition of Panorama.

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Bay of Antalya

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Sri Chinmoy’s Panorama ArtworkBay of Antalya

I scan the horizon haze.
At any moment, I know,
The white sails will appear
In their hundreds.
I can feel their approach,
See their ensigns of war
Advancing over the silent waves,
Rowers straining in the galleys.
Already they have seen our cliffs
Pitted over centuries,
Already they can taste
Our honeycomb and cheese,
Drink our Turkish coffee in the sun.
Why do they seek to break
The stillness of this blue afternoon?
Why do they force us
To don our tired armour
And hide in caves
With rusty weapons?
Why do they lust after
The wealth of Asia,
Pursue in vain the mysteries
of distant empires?
Let them turn back
To their own shores,
Vanish again in the mist,
Subdue the spirit of war.
Let them conquer first
Their own mind-infidels.

– Vidagdha Bennett.


Drawn from the August 2007 edition of Panorama.

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Three Haiku

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Sri Chinmoy’s Panorama ArtworkThree Haiku

waking from a dream
of rain falling
to rain, falling


and my life too
is passing – evening light
on the far mountains


in the silence
after chanting mantras –

– Janaka Alan Spence.


Drawn from the August 2007 edition of Panorama.

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Status Quo

Saturday, October 6th, 2007

Sri Chinmoy’s Panorama ArtworkStatus Quo

Life hides its secrets from unripe, unseeing eyes
Like ours, dwelling in the misty dungeons of matter and mind;
We would not value its truer form, stripped of its dull disguise,
Choosing our safe and ignorant haven among the roaming blind.

Until we look within and open to a light above
And peel the crust of matter from the soul of things,
We’ll never taste the nectar-drink of universal love
Or fly to Heaven’s pastures on the spirit’s wings.

Desire holds us firmly in its dark embrace,
We who know not who we are or what we come to do,
Estranged as we have grown from the roots of Grace.

Always our true identity we misconstrue
Yet smug we feel in our lamentable plight,
Preferring our doleful prison to love’s golden hue.

– Abhinabha Tangerman.


Drawn from the August 2007 edition of Panorama.

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