Today we enjoyed a visit from five devotees of Sri Chinmoy who came to present Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami with the Torch-Bearer award. This award honors those who are a source of light and peace for the world. Our guests were previously in Honolulu for a peace run event and for one of them to swim the Molokai Channel, a 26 mile channel of open ocean between Molokai and Oahu.
We have long been close to Sri Chinmoy and his many devotees for their sense of self-empowerment, self-improvement and Self-discovery. Sri Chinmoy wrote volumes about the importance of God realization:
"Self-realization means self-discovery in the highest sense of the term. One realizes one's oneness with God -- consciously. Now you have studied books and people have also told you that God is in everybody. But you have not realized God in your conscious life. When one is self-realized, one consciously knows what God is, what He looks like, what He wills.
Those who have not realized God will say, "God may be like this, God may be like that" -- it is all mental speculation. But when one achieves self-realization, one remains in God's Consciousness and one speaks to God face-to-face. He sees God both in the finite and in the Infinite; he sees God as personal and impersonal. In this case, it is not mental hallucination or imagination; it is direct reality. This reality is more authentic than my seeing you right now in front of me.
We speak of self-discovery, but self-discovery and God-realization are one. When we discover our true self, we realize God, because in our true self is the existence of God.
Wherever we are, God is. In order to realize this supreme truth, we have to return what we have borrowed from the world: darkness, ignorance, bondage, limitation, imperfection and death. We borrowed these things
because we felt that they would help us considerably, but now we have come to realize that they are real obstructions. So these things we must return, and the things that we eternally have in the inmost recesses of our being--peace, light, bliss, truth--we have to increase. The things that we eternally are, we have to claim and offer to the world at large. If we do this, we shall know who God is and where God is."
Today, along with the Toarch-Bearer Award, Satguru was presented with a copy of a painting that Sri Chinmoy painted and a book of poems that Sri Chinmoy had written throughout his life.
Aum Namah Sivaya