He loves Us

Last night Sri Chinmoy was very tired from his trip to Tennessee and the concert there. Others will surely tell about that trip, but I wanted to focus on something else that shows his love for his students. The trip had been very, very tiring, due to an inordinate wait on the tarmac to take off the previous day, the rushed nature of the schedule due to travel delays, and other things, as swell as the usual crying need of so many people who come to see an enlightened man at these performances. He was exhausted, and you could see it in the way he walked and the way he sat in his chair during the function. Sri Chinmoy has written many times that being enlightened does not save you from being a human and suffering all that humans suffer in their bodies, only quite heightened because of the awareness of it at every level.

In any case, Guru was tired. He told some stories about the trip while seated in his chair under the tent that is erected in our tennis grounds between Celebration periods to accommodate the weather. About 200 people were there, and as usual, many visitors among them. He was ready to leave at about 10 p.m. and called for Prasad (blessed food). He had spent almost two hours with us already and really needed to go and rest--my opinion. But someone then reminded Guru that there
were some plays that had been prepared. We saw the actors in their rehearsals and costumes earlier as we arrived at the function. So, with great enthusiasm he asked us to bring on the plays. His was not a tired, patient response, but a vigorous one! He knew that these actors had prepared and worked to please him and give him and us joy, and that gave him energy and enthusiasm. His tiredness momentarily
vanished in this opportunity for him to give something more to us by listening to our silly plays, which delight him and us so much. Bring them on!

So we had almost an hour of plays, plus Prasad, and then, even after Prasad, when Guru had given us so much, he still lingered and spoke with us softly and affectionately about a few more things, and only then did he leave.

For me, when I am exhausted, I have nothing to give. But Sri Chinmoy seizes every opportunity to offer his love, even in the fact of overwhelming tiredness. That is how much he truly loves us. And you feel it.



Originally posted on Sri Chinmoy Inspiration Group

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