Sep 14 2012

Sri Chinmoy – Flames

Published by at 8:47 am under Poetry

by Chinmoy

What is important
In Infinity?
Smiling flames.
What is important
In Eternity?
Climbing flames.
What is important
In Immortality?
Glowing flames.

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Smiling flames… Climbing flames… Glowing flames…

Why does Sri Chinmoy keep repeating that flames are so important?

Fire has some important layers of meaning as a sacred metaphor. First, it represents intense purification. We are the gold in the alchemist’s crucible, and the fire burns away the dross — imperfections, false attachments — until we shine with our innate essence.

But on an even deeper, mystical level, fire is actually experienced. In ecstasy, there is often a sense of heat — filled with immense love — that permeates the body. This warmth seems to emerge from the seat, flares in the belly, and rises upward, fanning out at the heart. As this fire moves through the body, it also moves through the awareness, consuming all thoughts (or, more accurately, the subtle agitations from which thoughts emerge). This fire burns away even the thought of “I” — only the sense of this living flame remains.

This is such a wonderful fire that mystics often describe it as a flame of love, so enchanting that, like the moth, you want to dart in and be utterly consumed.

This is Sri Chinmoy’s flame. This is the flame of Infinity, the flame of Eternity, the flame of Immortality.

What is important
In Eternity?
Climbing flames.

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Born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in the small village of Shakpura in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1931, Sri Chinmoy was the youngest of seven children. In 1944, after both his parents had died, 12 year-old Chinmoy entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in South India. Here he spent the next 20 years in spiritual practice – including long hours of meditation, practising athletics, writing poetry, essays and spiritual songs.

In his early teens, Chinmoy had many profound inner experiences, and in subsequent years achieved very advanced states of meditation. In 1964, he moved to New York City to share his inner wealth with sincere seekers in the West.

Sri Chinmoy sees aspiration – the heart’s ceaseless yearning for ever higher and deeper realities – as the spiritual force behind all great advances in religion, culture, sports and science. By living in the heart and aspiring for continual self-transcendence, men and women can bring forward the best in themselves and find their path to true satisfaction. In his words:

“Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest, from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no end to our progress, for God Himself is inside each of us and God at every moment is transcending His own Reality.”

Today, Sri Chinmoy serves as spiritual guide to students in some 60 countries around the world, encouraging a balanced lifestyle that incorporates the inner disciplines of prayer and meditation with the dynamism of contemporary life.

Sri Chinmoy’s life is an expression of boundless creativity. His vast output spans the domains of music, poetry, painting, literature and sports. His contributions in each of these fields have been striking and far-reaching.

He regularly travels throughout the world to offer free concerts, lectures and public meditations, to meet with his students, and to meet and discuss spirituality with world and community leaders. Sri Chinmoy does not charge a fee for his spiritual guidance, concerts, lectures and public meditations.

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Sri Chinmoy passed away in 2007.

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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Sri Chinmoy – Flames”

  1. Pegon 15 Sep 2012 at 6:57 am

    After the fire of spring and summer igniting the solar plexus, I am looking forward to the inner life of fall and winter and the shift to the pelvic floor. This shift coincides with the beginning of hurricane season. I am astounded at the “meta” connectedness of all things. Upon reading Chinmoy’s poem, I immediately began to suspect that he experienced the fires of kundalini. Whether he did or not I do not know but chances are pretty good that he did. I was not taught this spiritual stuff in school and how it could change the reading of a poem and its meaning. Knowing whether Whitman, Shelley, or others of my favorites experienced trans-personal events is important and critical to the reading and the digestion of the poem. The poem becomes not separate from me. I can recall exactly what chair I was sitting in, the window and how the sun melted into my body, the feelings and emotions that flowed like silk when first reading Jane Kenyon.

  2. ebrahimon 15 Sep 2012 at 8:47 am

    i have a son, now eight years old. he began naturally at the age of five, when we noticed the sharpness and clarity of his perception, which was astounding, not only for a child his age, but even for a realized gnostic. somewhat akin to rabia al adiwiya’s cutting realization. he has advanced to states and stations imperceptible, while yet still living the life of an ordinary child his age. for a long time now he has an intense burning which begins at the base of his neck and which rises up to his neck. this results in him continually wetting his fingers and dabbing his neck to ease the burning. we would welcome any ideas and suggestions as to the roots of this fire within and to the easing of it, so as the lessen the burning sensation; if possible. bear in mind that he has not attained realization and enlightenment through the normal course by which it is attained. he has attained the state of transcending everything he has been through, and all we can do is to guide him through the normality of life.

  3. Bob Corbinon 15 Sep 2012 at 2:35 pm

    To ebrahim: Since the burning seems to be perceived as painful, a medical diagnosis should eliminate a physical cause. This is not to dismiss his precious gift and i wish him (and us!) every success on his journey.

    To Ivan: When i became aware that my “journey” was, or ought to be, a spiritual one, Chimnoy became my first and most constant companion. Seeing his name this morning caused me to immediately turn to The Wings of Joy, and start reading. Thank you.

  4. Pegon 17 Sep 2012 at 6:16 am

    Re: ebrahim: Here is some things to consider. In a vision I saw that the head is encased in a sphere of liquid light from base of head/top of neck to top of head. A smaller liquid light sphere of about three inches rests on top of the larger sphere. When this was forming, I would itch like crazy at the back of my head and into my neck (and still do). If there is an energy blockage this could cause heat symptoms because of the buildup of the energy. Toning, humming, singing, etc. would help. If it is severe, scream into a pillow to release this energy. Larimar stone cools heat. At my worst when the fire of kundalini was so strong I would rock on my spine. On bed or soft carpet, lie on your back, curl up and support the knees so they don’t flop out too far while crossing the ankles and gently rock being careful not to strain the neck. This creates an open channel from bottom to top. My love and blessings to you.

  5. ebrahimon 17 Sep 2012 at 7:47 am

    bob, peg. your inputs into this matter is much appreciated. we will surely look into both the spiritual and physical aspects of it. though it is that any affliction, whether sweet or bitter, serves as a reminder. love and blessings to all.

    to Ivan: much gratitude for this forum, the poetry chosen and the insightful comments given.

  6. Ivan M. Grangeron 19 Sep 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Dear Ebrahim,

    First, I want to acknowledge the courage and humility you show as parents to recognize the spiritual wisdom of your son. So many children come into the world with special wisdom and insight. It can be difficult for parents is to recognize those qualities amidst the normal behaviors and development patterns of childhood. The challenge in raising children like this is to find the right balance between giving children necessary structure and guidance while allowing enough room for their particular light to grow and to shine.

    Some of the other advice already suggested is very good regarding your son’s sensations and experiences: Without trying to define it as being merely physical, it is a good idea to have a standard medical examination. Chiropractic may help to release tension, as well. Craniosacral work and therapeutic massage may also be helpful.

    One way to understand these sensations is that there is a lot of energy, both physical and subtle, running through the body. We want to make sure it is not hindered in its flow. Healthy movement is always a good ideas, such as stretching and exercise and, of course, play. Quiet time, as well, will help settle and focus these energies (though I know many 8-year-olds are not always inclined to be quiet. 🙂

    He will figure things out as he grows older.

    Many blessings to you and your son.


  7. Michaelaon 30 Sep 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This is beautiful, and, as always, I love your synopsis. I know that feeling you are describing and I know at what sorts of times it comes–when we encounter everlasting truth and feel the love of God. That feeling of “ecstasy” you were describing is exactly what we call in my religion feeling the influence of the “Holy Ghost” or “the Spirit.” In our religious texts (scriptures) it is described much the same way: a warming, comforting, a swelling of the breast, an overwhelming and engulfing feeling of love and peace and true joy, often compared to a flame. I was trying to think of a text as an example of how the language used is so similar and thought of this one (though there are so so many more) from the Book of Mormon. From the Book of Alma (a prophet), Chapter 32, especially verses 28-34, which speak of faith growing as a result of actions that bring this flame, revealing truth. Truly way to find what’s most important in eternity.

  8. Michaelaon 30 Sep 2012 at 4:42 pm

    The analogy of the seed that grows in the breast (like the flame) continues in Alma 33:23 “And behold, it will become a tree, springing up in you unto everlasting life.” Matching the poem message linking the feeling to immortality. Interesting use of the phrase “springing up in you…” like the flames rising.

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