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102 books of Sri Chinmoy

At the time of his passing, Sri Chinmoy had completed over 50,­000 poems in his project to write 77,­000 spiritual poems. It is a unique project, unprecedented in scale.

To gain the most from reading the poetry of Sri Chinmoy, one needs a degree of receptivity. This receptivity is a quiet and open mind; a reflective attitude. Receptivity need not be mistaken for intellectual comprehension. Sometimes the greatest poetry requires the utmost concentration to unravel the linguistic marvels the poet weaves. Sri Chinmoy deliberately seeks to create the contrary effect. Words are used with the utmost precision and reserve. If an idea can be expressed in four words, then Sri Chinmoy will not create unnecessary noise and linguistic effects by using more. He has also employed the innovative technique of using compound nouns, expressing more with less..­The effect is that the Service-­Trees poems are easy to read, they do not tax the intellectual mind but speak to the heart. The style of poems . . .

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One does not expect a life that is immersed in the Divine to yield literary classics. That the one who envisions the Infinite should also undertake to impart his realisations to others would seem in itself to be an overwhelming task. And yet, in age after age, seers and mystics have created sublime works, capable of elevating aspiring souls and conveying a glimpse of the Beyond.

This selection of Sri Chinmoy’s poetry spans the years from his youth in India to his mature poems written in the West, and continues up until his passing in 2007. In all, the efflorescence of more than half a century is represented here.

Sri Chinmoy’s vast poetic oeuvre is an endless contemplation of God and of man’s journey towards Him. In reading these pristine stanzas, we discover before us a map of the human soul— whence it has come and whither it is returning.

A hallmark of Sri Chinmoy’s poetry is its gracefulness and dignity. In his early poems, this was reflected in more traditional . . .

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At the time of his passing, Sri Chinmoy had completed over 50,­000 poems in his project to write 77,­000 spiritual poems. It is a unique project, unprecedented in scale.

To gain the most from reading the poetry of Sri Chinmoy, one needs a degree of receptivity. This receptivity is a quiet and open mind; a reflective attitude. Receptivity need not be mistaken for intellectual comprehension. Sometimes the greatest poetry requires the utmost concentration to unravel the linguistic marvels the poet weaves. Sri Chinmoy deliberately seeks to create the contrary effect. Words are used with the utmost precision and reserve. If an idea can be expressed in 4 words, then Sri Chinmoy will not create unnecessary noise and linguistic effects by using more. He has also employed the innovative technique of using compound nouns, expressing more with less..­The effect is that the Service-­Trees poems are easy to read, they do not tax the intellectual mind but speak to the heart. The style of poems . . .

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What is a genuine spiritual Master, and what kind of wisdom does he embody? Who are his disciples and what force compels them to follow him? In this remarkable collection of writings, spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy illumines for us the deeply moving dynamic that binds the spiritual Master or Guru and his disciple. This dynamic is eloquent with love, and testifies to a transforming vision of life.

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Our very existence on earth depends on God’s Compassion, yet its meaning eludes us. Sri Chinmoy explains that to understand Compassion, we must first recognise it; and, to recognise it, we must first experience it. It is God’s Compassion that is moulding us, guiding us and illumining us at every step of our journey through life. Divine Compassion is like a torrential downpour.

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How often do we express the hope that by God’s Grace something significant will take place in our lives? Or perhaps we recognise that because of God’s boundless Grace our lives have already been blessed far beyond our imagination.
In this small volume, spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy describes the constant flow of Grace from Above and explains how to open ourselves to it.

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