Mar 04 2008

Around The World

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Updated December, 2010

From it’s beginning, I have given the Poetry Chaikhana web site the tagline “Sacred Poetry from Around the World.” I am regularly reminded that the Poetry Chaikhana community is also from around the world — but I don’t share that enough with everyone else. I’ve started to pay more attention to the web site visitor statistics, and those statistics have inspired me. (Inspired by statistics? Maybe I’m revealing too much of the computer geek in me. :-) I do, afterall, support myself by working as a computer programmer when I’m not posting poetry, commenting on poetry, reading poetry, researching poets, or maintaining the web site.)

Since the beginning of 2008 (when I first started tracking web statistics), the Poetry Chaikhana has had visits from 222 different countries and territories!

It’s much easier to list the few countries that haven’t visited the site recently than it is to list those countries that have… but it’s much more fun to list those that have! So, here goes! In order of visitor traffic…


United States
India
United Kingdom
Canada
Pakistan
Australia
Philippines
Germany
Ireland
Netherlands
Italy
Turkey
France
Spain
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Norway
Malaysia
New Zealand
Sweden
Brazil
Singapore
China
Indonesia
Mexico
Poland
Belgium
Japan
Romania
Iran
Bangladesh
Saudi Arabia
Israel
Bulgaria
Switzerland
Greece
Russia
South Korea
Denmark
Portugal
Finland
Hong Kong
Egypt
Taiwan
Thailand
Argentina
Austria
Hungary
Czech Republic
Chile
Serbia
Croatia
Ukraine
Colombia
Kuwait
Puerto Rico
Slovenia
Mauritius
Morocco
Slovakia
Qatar
Trinidad and Tobago
Vietnam
Sri Lanka
Lithuania
Peru
Oman
Jordan
Lebanon
Macedonia [FYROM]
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bahrain
Nepal
Venezuela
Estonia
Afghanistan
Costa Rica
Kenya
Latvia
Azerbaijan
Nigeria
Iceland
Malta
Jamaica
Georgia
Cyprus
Ecuador
Panama
Dominican Republic
Algeria
Tunisia
Albania
Guatemala
Kazakhstan
Maldives
Iraq
Syria
Luxembourg
Ghana
Bhutan
Uruguay
Palestinian Territories
Yemen
Armenia
Guam
Bahamas
Bermuda
Moldova
Sudan
Honduras
Belarus
Libya
El Salvador
Tanzania
Barbados
Fiji
Cambodia
Brunei
Serbia and Montenegro
Bolivia
Ethiopia
Uzbekistan
Senegal
Myanmar [Burma]
Netherlands Antilles
U.S. Virgin Islands
Botswana
Belize
Cote d’Ivoire
Uganda
Tajikistan
Nicaragua
Macau
Cameroon
Suriname
Guyana
Montenegro
Mongolia
Kyrgyzstan
Aruba
Namibia
Reunion
Cayman Islands
Mozambique
Saint Lucia
Northern Mariana Islands
Grenada
Zimbabwe
Jersey
Antigua and Barbuda
American Samoa
Paraguay
Dominica
Isle of Man
Guernsey
Niger
Zambia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Malawi
Gibraltar
Laos
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Gambia
Rwanda
Seychelles
Guadeloupe
British Virgin Islands
Monaco
Papua New Guinea
Haiti
Faroe Islands
Turks and Caicos Islands
Djibouti
Cuba
Mauritania
Madagascar
Angola
Martinique
New Caledonia
Eritrea
Mali
Solomon Islands
Turkmenistan
Togo
Benin
Micronesia
Anguilla
French Polynesia
Cape Verde
Sierra Leone
Burkina Faso
Lesotho
Andorra
Congo [DRC]
Aland Islands
Swaziland
Comoros
Liberia
Vanuatu
Burundi
Vatican City
Timor-Leste
Somalia
Tonga
Liechtenstein
Kiribati
Guinea
Falkland Islands [Islas Malvinas]
Equatorial Guinea
Cook Islands
Greenland
Palau
Norfolk Island
Gabon
Christmas Island
Montserrat
Saint Helena
San Marino
French Southern Territories
Samoa
French Guiana

…Pretty much every country and territory in the world. We’re just awaiting visits from Greenland and a few countries in central Africa. Oh, and what about you scientists down in Antarctica?

==

We make up quite a community, don’t we? Through the Poetry Chaikhana, we are all connected to every part of this planet we share.

The next time a poem touches that warm ember deep in your chest, and your thoughts stop, and your mind clears, and a quiet smile spreads across your face… reach out and feel who else on this planet is feeling exactly the same thing. Could be someone who wears different clothes or different colored skin, someone who speaks with a different accent or an entirely different language, someone who sits or kneels or bows to worship. Reach out and recognize that person as a brother or sister who, like us all, is walking through the human journey, pausing occasionally to sing songs of the Divine.

98 responses so far

98 Responses to “Around The World”

  1. Maria Paula Fonsecaon 06 Mar 2008 at 8:11 am

    I there, you're very wellcome a'board this nice ship, this big and wonderful communnity–ALL OF US–And attencion:

    Never forget the "other" he's/she's is right near us.

    Paula

  2. Riteshon 10 Mar 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Hey Ivan,

    I admire your work, I admire your dedication and love towards poetry. I also hope to be spiritually strong like you some day, but I am a bigginer and dont know much about spirtuality.

    Keep up the great work, you Rock.

    Ritesh.

  3. omio Chatterjeeon 12 Mar 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Hi the adda ,

    perhaps many of are not familiar with the word " ADDA". It simply means apurposeless gathering with no prefixed agenda or objective But somehow the adda becomes a strong bond between the varied group of travelling community.During our journey we laugh we cry we distance ourselves from our "Beloved"only to find that we are closer to our beloved. I Simply love to be in the chaikhana adda

    omio

  4. Joanneon 14 Mar 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Hi everyone!!

    It's great to know there are so many people out there from all corners of the world reading the Poetry Chaikhana daily poems and blogs-it is easy to lose the feeling of connection when you sit alone in front of a computer.

    Thanks Ivan for reminding us that we are connected (and thanks,too, for connecting us through your site).

    warm regards to all,

    Joanne

  5. keyvan ghanbarion 29 Mar 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Hi everyone !

    I am a new member … thanks for your passion … support me please …

    with the best wishes ;

    " Silent Warrior In White Focus " ( keyvan )

  6. Randhir Bhanon 04 Apr 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Love this Tea Stall (Chai Khana)

    Love the Poetry

    Love the music list

    Just love everything about this.

  7. Yvonneon 14 May 2008 at 2:05 pm

    It’s wonderful to know that the Poetry Chaikhana is connecting so many people.

    Love to all ♥♥♥♥♥

  8. saqibon 19 Oct 2008 at 7:25 am

    Hi Ivan!
    I am a silent admirer of this site and your work. As english is not my first language so I avoid posting comments on intellectual topics. But just to remind you about the far reaching effect of your hardwork; I am from Pakistan. Your site keeps us informed about the fact that although we may differ in colour of skin, but our origin and our destination is one. We all our sons and daughters of Adam and this oneness is enough to make this world a peaceful place to live. Peace and love from Pakistan.

  9. Theresaon 29 Oct 2008 at 5:30 am

    Hey there –
    Please add Niger to your list of countries. I found your website by following a link from a friend who also lives here in Niamey. Lovely job you are doing!
    Theresa

  10. Ivan M. Grangeron 25 Nov 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks, Theresa, for the reminder to updated the list. I just checked, and people from an *additional* 50 countries and territories have visited the site since I last updated the list in early summer. Niger now has a place in the list…
    Ivan

  11. Mithraon 01 Dec 2008 at 2:52 am

    Hi Ivan

    This is a wonderful site. Brings every one together in love of poetry. Love the name too as Tea drinker. You have inspired me to have a poetry reading tea evening.
    Mithra

  12. Sam /Zahidon 16 Dec 2008 at 10:58 am

    A return Seasons Greeting to All-

    The conference of birds still at work for Peace & Understanding growing unseen branches from the poetree. What a card !

    keep the faith,
    Sam / Zahid

  13. katie roseon 16 Dec 2008 at 11:34 am

    thank you, Ivan, for your light-filled energy and loving heart, for sharing that with all of us and facilitating the coming together of so many folk across this planet in remembrance and celebration of the divine, and the recognition of the unity in diversity that is who we are. your posts, and especially your commentaries, are often truly inspiring. much gratitude and appreciation to you.

  14. Lindy Warrellon 16 Dec 2008 at 11:45 am

    All I can say after seeing how your love of collects people from all parts of the world is, WOW. What a remarkable thing love is!
    Lindy

  15. Lucienneon 16 Dec 2008 at 11:46 am

    Hallo Ivan,

    I am from the Netherlands. An on line friend of mine from N.Y. brought your website under my attention.
    I am really amazed at learning that people from so many different countries are enjoying the poems as well.

    Thank you for your wonderful service as well as the pretty postcard.

    A very blessed Holiday Season for you and your loved ones.

  16. Janiceon 16 Dec 2008 at 11:55 am

    thanks for sharing this good news here Ivan
    with us all around the world .
    we truly do live in a global world
    on one beautiful , gorgeous planet earth
    and need to preserve and appreciate each of our human lives just as the planet and all it wonderful creatures , plants , animals , trees ,flowers , beautiful bounty of life alive
    heaven on earth can trully be found
    starting by looking within our very own sweet hearts ~
    love and blessings to all , everywhere
    we are so blessed to be here alive for a short time
    may we realize it , enjoy , live well ~ from the inside out ~
    love and peace , janice

  17. Noor-Malika Chishtion 16 Dec 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Greetings of peace, Ivan and sisters and brothers around the world!

    Thank you for this wonderful website and for the great meditation you suggested, to consider others who may find a certain poem has just the right message for them, as it has for me.

    These words of the Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan seem appropriate for your message:

    “Toward the One, united with all,”

    sister Noor-Malika,
    Los Angeles (City of Angels)

  18. Julieton 16 Dec 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks so much for you website, Ivan. On the days when I have time, I open up your daily poem and I feel a moment of peace and stillness and now I will think of all these people all over the world doing the same thing – my heart feels larger just thinking of it.
    So many words have spoken to me but I’ve carried around these words from Rainer Maria Rilke for most of the year
    “The inner — what is it?
    if not the intensified sky, hurled through with birds and deep
    with the winds of homecoming.”

    Wishing a sense of homecoming for all and for myself

    Juliet

  19. Jimon 16 Dec 2008 at 4:51 pm

    “What it is that dwelleth here,
    I know not.
    But my heart stands in awe
    And the tears trickle down.”
    11th Cent Japan

    But Ivan knows as do all that feel the glow of Love in the Poetry Chaikhana. Thank you Ivan for widening this community for Peace. Jim, Dallas

  20. CAROL FULLERon 16 Dec 2008 at 4:55 pm

    ivan, i wish you blessings daily, and through the year i love this site:-)..it brings me such joy and peace..i have been ill these last months and am on the mend, but the journey is slow…i look for my poetry in my mail and i am gleefull the moment i see it..thank you for being you and being there..you give us much…
    love and hugs, carol

  21. Yewtreeon 17 Dec 2008 at 2:52 am

    A merry Yule / Solstice / Hannukah / Kwanzaa / Christmas / Dies Natalis Sol Invictus / Mothernight / Sacaea / Alban Arthuan to everyone, and many thanks to Ivan for creating the Poetry Chaikhana and the uplifting daily emails.

    Bright blessings!

  22. Nancyon 17 Dec 2008 at 5:01 am

    Ivan, You are a treasure! Thank you so much for putting this site together and being such a warm and generous soul. Many blessings to you and your family, and to all in this international community. Nancy S.

  23. Ivan M. Grangeron 18 Dec 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Carol,
    I didn’t want to let your note pass without saying that I hope you continue to feel better — on all levels.
    Love and hugs to you too!
    Ivan

  24. Safiyyaon 09 Jan 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Hi !
    Just to say…. by your words you brought tears in my eyes…
    May Allâh Must High protect you and bring you in good health ya Ivan !
    Thanx a lot !

  25. Maryon 25 Jan 2009 at 7:49 am

    Hello Ivan: Congratulations on the success of your wonderful ministry. I enjoy your poetry daily and you’ve introduced me to some poets that I’ve read more of. Bless you on your journey!

  26. Moogumon 31 Mar 2009 at 1:44 am

    I am reminded of the words of J Krishnamurti who used to say that WE ARE THE WORLD. Really there is no distinction to make between a person who lives in Alaska and another one who lives in Timbuktu. People are the same everywhere, living with the same desire and envy and inhabited with the same fear and anxiety.

    Poetry Chaikhana is the meeting place for those who aspire to live a different life, guided by the teachings and mystical poetry of enlightened beings.

    Bravo Ivan.

  27. mohsin bilalon 19 Apr 2009 at 9:09 am

    i am mohsin bilal from pakistan,and doing job in a private media organization.poetry chaikhana is a great website for the permotion of sufism.

  28. Shernazon 15 Jun 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    I have been hooked to this site from the time I found it through a link a friend sent me. It is almost the first site I visit daily and as I continue to be awed, inspired, taught and enlightened I bless you, my friend Sunil and from today will send out a special message of love and peace to all who are connected to us through this site. Thanks Ivan and love to everyone out there.
    Shernaz

  29. Suhanaon 31 Aug 2009 at 10:54 am

    Ivan,

    your site and your work is a treasure! much as I love poetry, oftentimes, the meaning escapes me and it is your words that throw light where there was darkness before… I have gotten to enjoy lines from so many unseen, unknown poets and every time an old favourite friend like Rumi, Kabor or Gibran came visiting my inbox, I rejoice! :-)

    may your journey ahead be more blessed than you can imagine !!!!!

    love,

    suhana

  30. Suhanaon 31 Aug 2009 at 10:56 am

    Ivan,
    your site and your work is a treasure! much as I love poetry, oftentimes, the meaning escapes me and it is your words that throw light where there was darkness before… I have gotten to enjoy lines from so many unseen, unknown poets and every time an old favourite friend like Rumi, Kabir or Gibran came visiting my inbox, I rejoiced!

    :-)

    may your journey ahead be more blessed than you can imagine !!!!!
    love,
    suhana

  31. jag1ton 31 Aug 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you Ivan. Keep up the good work.

  32. Moogumon 01 Sep 2009 at 3:32 am

    The sacred poetry community can only grow as the divine consciousness expands and permeates the human space. If we could all detach ourselves from the planet and look at it from a distance we will see how our small and how inter-connected we are.

  33. Nancion 01 Sep 2009 at 8:26 am

    Ivan,
    Poetry is life to me. I love the idea of all of us all around the world sitting down with a pot of tea to drink in your offerings of poetry and your comments, which lead me to the depth of each line. Across time and space without any boundaries at all! What a wonderful gift for the world.
    Thank you!

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  35. nitinon 10 Mar 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Ivan,
    reading all those wondeful poems (words of truth, wisdom, light) makes me smile and encourage me to keep floating, sit in silence and pray. i hpoe all of us find our BELOVED and He never leaves us……..
    may god bless us all…
    THX for sharing……
    luv nitin

  36. Nikkion 10 Mar 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Ivan,

    The highlight of my day is reading your email. I enjoy the poetry, and I also enjoy the music selections you send along.

    Thank you for your wonderful work!

    Nikki in Kansas

  37. Mariaon 10 Mar 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Thanks Ivan, for your efforts! Poetry reaches those profound places I oftentimes won’t let myself experience on a daily basis. And so with your posts I can touch those places far more often than I could if left to do it on my own. Thank you-
    Maria

  38. Alexsandraon 10 Mar 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you Ivan for the Poetry. It nourishes me and inspires me to become more true to who I really am.
    I share your website with whoever is interested in the hope that it will bring to them the variety of love beauty, and spirit that it brings into me.
    Alexsandra from Australia

  39. Lois Holubon 10 Mar 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Ivan, thank you. Not only for the words, insights and beauty of Poetry Chaikhana, but for providing a sacred space where previously unknown friends can connect with one another. It is such a gift!

  40. Moiranneon 10 Mar 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Ivan, I can only endorse the thoughts and comments above and express my gratitude for the journeys within that your poetry evokes, Ivan. I am a “late comer” to the appreciation of the depths, the sensitivities, and subtle power of poetry, but Poetry Chiakhana I believe has truly touched my heart or something within, along with Elizabeth Rosins book mentioned by your good self some few weeks ago, a thing of beauty, a gift indeed. I am looking forward to the journey deepening, stretching, expanding…… in the future. Thank you so much.

  41. qazion 10 Mar 2010 at 9:06 pm

    thats great…every morning i come in the office and forward ‘poetry chaikhana’ mail to my friend…some of it is outstanding…
    good work Ivan

  42. nasihaon 11 Mar 2010 at 3:32 am

    hello Ivan,

    love your work and love the beautiful poetry in each mail that i’v received, since i joined last year. And I would love my country to be included in that long wonderful list ‘around the world” – maldives islands please!

    sacred are all words , therefore utter wisely or fade into silence.

    from a student..
    wish you all the best
    nasiha

  43. isabel tippleon 11 Mar 2010 at 3:39 am

    `Dear Ivan,
    Through your gracious wisdom, love and generosity, you have let a pure drop fall into the ocean and its ripples have sent a wave of love around the ocean. This energy of delight spreading amongst us all, as, at any time of the day or night, one of us may be reading/ imbibing the poetry chaikhana and embrace the great emptiness and fullness. Thankyou to friends in this blogosphere, as yet unknown in person, but a spiritual family in heart and always connected. Peace and blessings apon you all for ever.

  44. dilip karkareon 11 Mar 2010 at 5:07 am

    dear Ivan,

    For a long time i was considering “browsing on net as waste of time,i preferred reading.Around 2008 my son gave me a big-screen laptop,& now i am hooked to it,thank god wonderful people like you are around to help us in reading beautiful material.
    My wish for you is “MAY YOUR TRIBE INCREASE-PRAY CONTINUE”

    dilip

  45. tanviron 11 Mar 2010 at 12:51 pm

    congratulations!!!!
    u deserve this….thanks for making those 10minutes of our day so special.
    all d best Ivan!

  46. jojoon 17 Jul 2010 at 8:33 pm

    “You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free”
    Thank you Ivan. Thank you for unveiling this common language of poetry…for bringing the love and the truth around the world– so we may all be connected to one another. So we may be free.

  47. Prema Kayeon 29 Jul 2010 at 4:55 pm

    “For in the dew of little things
    the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
    Kalhil Gibran

    Thank you, Ivan, for being you.

  48. simonbaghon 30 Jul 2010 at 3:30 am

    Hi Ivan,
    I am really happy to have got to know you in this site [chaikhana] this title as you know is a farsi Persian word that is used to produce a shop or a place where they serve tea, but in your worldwide countries list I did not come across to the name of Iran the land of sheikh Attar, Rumi, Saadi, khayyam and hafiz….., hope that the Iran’s name in near future will include your list.

    **********
    mankind wholly are limbs of one another
    all they emerge form the same raw matter
    if a limb out the of whole once suffer pain
    no relieve for the other limbs would remain
    if you do not feel sorry for the others’ pain
    then how the human trait you might gain

    **********
    on the back of a camel if you wish to ride
    then you can never keep yourself in hide

  49. Serena Devion 21 Aug 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Dear Ivan,

    I can’t tell you. how much I truly enjoy the poetry of Chikhana, the connection through heart and love, covers distance of time and space now and forever. Thank you for your hard work, taking the responsibility to connect hearts around the world is not an easy task,… I also write about eternal love on my blog http://www.serenadevi.wordpress.com, you visit is much welcomed… best wishes Serena

  50. simonbaghon 23 Aug 2010 at 12:38 am

    if you do not feel sorry for others’ pain
    title of humanity you would never gain

  51. lillyon 06 Dec 2010 at 10:17 am

    ivan, compared to your words, mine are inadaquate. i appreciate all that you write…so much.

    i am amazed that so many people from so m any countries receive your email. this internet allows us to reach so many folks worldwide and i have made so many friends from all over,

    please keep up the exellent work; i know it is a large effort. i save many of your poems and commentaries to record.

    sincerely,
    lilly

  52. Janiceon 06 Dec 2010 at 11:22 am

    thanks for your update on our global community of poetry lovers
    lovers of the true, the beautiful , the sacred ~
    open hearts and minds are everywhere on beautiful planet earth
    thank god ! :)))))))))))))
    may this love , appreciation for life win and rule *
    best regards , janice wilson

  53. Jennyon 06 Dec 2010 at 11:27 am

    THANK YOU IVAN for your commitment to the spiritual path through the spoken word. What a gift it is to be touched and then to gift those touching words to another.

    Blessings to you on your Path.

  54. Cateon 06 Dec 2010 at 11:37 am

    Dear All of You, All of Me –

    I came back from a walk just now, a walk whereon I was exploring some very deep hurt and had come to an understanding that it is a human hurt, a hurt that all humans share. And then, when I had reached a kind of equilibrium with that, I opened my email and found Ivan’s note. I am so grateful for each of you, and for the understanding that has come to me today, and for the way the note welcomes, receives, affirms, and makes a home in all the world for it.

    My heart to each and all of of yours -

  55. taddon 06 Dec 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hi all,

    What a blessing this site has been to me. It introduced me to the wonders of poets like Rumi and other great writers. I look forward to the emails and visit the site on a fairly regular basis.

    I recently have discovered (i am a late bloomer in sprituality) the concept of Namaste. Basically the holy within me recognizes and salutes the holy within you. So to you Ivan and to the legion of my brothers and sisters here i say NAMASTE!

  56. Gulanon 06 Dec 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Dear Ivan, I want to thank you deep down from the bottom of my heart. I just can’t describe how happy I am, everyday again and again, with the exquisit poems you are sharing with. They enlighten my day and are a certain source of warmth in these winter days.

    May Allah bless you, make you always happy and give you good health.

    With warm regards,
    Gulan (from Kurdistan)

  57. jane churcheron 06 Dec 2010 at 1:13 pm

    It is absolutely awesome to realise how we are connected in so many ways – we are one.
    Thank you Ivan for all you do to ensure our paths are continually refreshed, helping
    us continue our journey in great joy and always with love.

  58. Dee Anneon 06 Dec 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Congratulations on feeding the world such wonderful poetry. You are a sort of like a UN representative to the world re: poetry. It is nice to read, hear, see other perspectives other than my own and you offer that to all the world. It is interesting how we are all the same…same wants and desires for truth, integrity, love and understanding. As a Christian I can appreciate the sameness while embracing my brothers and sisters of this world who practice their faith in their way. I believe we are all God’s children. We sometimes forget (or turn a convenient deaf ear) to the basic teachings of Christ to love one another…that if we do not feed the hungry (whether by food, knowledge, encouragement…the list goes on and on), or clothe those in need of clothes, then we deny Christ those things.
    Thank you for helping feed the rest of us through poetry, music and art so that we are clothed in the knowledge that we all are part of the same family.

  59. Gloriaon 06 Dec 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Such a wonderful thing—all of us around the world reading and resonating with soulful poetry. Thank you for making it available to us.

    Gloria (Canada)

  60. Kevin Murphyon 06 Dec 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Ivan, you can be justly proud of your accomplishment and of how very important your work is to so many of us around the globe. Your labor of love is obvious. I join with so many others who are fed by these poems in thanking you profoundly.

  61. Ojih Biondoon 06 Dec 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Hello Ivan & my friends worldwide!
    I have read all of the previous posts and am filled with such a sense of loving community. I love you all and your sweet hearts.

    Thank you for your dedication, Ivan. You are such a kind and caring person. Your
    enthusiasm and warmth has been such an inspiration to me.

    What a beautifuly powerful thing the written word can be.

    Love to you all. You are in my thoughts.

    -Gregory. Long Island. New York

  62. Alexsandraon 06 Dec 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Gooday Ivan,
    As I scrolled down the list of the countries that your poetry website reaches I began to smile, as the scroll down continued it got wider and wider, then a deep happy laugh bubbled up from the depths of my heart and…..I got tingles!!!! What a joy to see soul-full poetry moving and spreading. Thank you Ivan for spreading the seeds of soulful expression.
    Cheers Mate :) from Sydney-Australia

  63. Lynon 06 Dec 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Hi from Australia,
    This is a beautiful global community, and reminds us all that even though bad things happen in the world, there is also poetry and beauty, and as Dostoyevsky once said,
    ‘The world will be saved by Beauty.’
    Lyn

  64. Patricia McCaronon 06 Dec 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Afternoon Ivan, Amazing all those countries all around the world. Keep up
    the good work and remember to bow
    you head and know you have come of age. Have a wonderful Christmas, Lots of
    Love, Patricia xxx

  65. narinderon 06 Dec 2010 at 4:19 pm

    what could narinder add to what has already been said ….. over and over again……….

    BUT

    let me add , Ivan

    blessed …. blessed …… blessed is Ivan…….

    True Sewa is your song of Love .

    Blessings,

    ~narinder

  66. Kris Hineson 06 Dec 2010 at 4:30 pm

    A Yes from the heart to this message Ivan. Hello to all the Ocean’s drop souls. This connectedness that we recognise is there in everyone’s eyes, if we look – I swear it!

    Sooner or later, it just shows itself, whether we ctach it or not. To quote Francis Brabazon from Hymn to God the Man: “How the glory of your brow is the light of our safe journeying. The love of your eyes is the mirror of our revealment and the certainty of our arrival.”

    Love and smiles from the Sunshine Coast in Australia.

  67. franon 06 Dec 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Like a gift or invitation to be present to the moment,
    yet blissfully wisked off to a space or mind out of this moment or out of this world…I savor the poems and interpretations and again am grateful to read other comments from all over the world.
    peace

  68. martinaon 06 Dec 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Love the idea of being out there with everyone else singing songs to the Divine!!

  69. Cherion 06 Dec 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Every morning after prayer and meditation I open up my e-mail and finish my sacred ritual by reading your sacred offering to the universe Ivan. Light, love, beauty, grace and joy fill you always. Namaste, Cheri

  70. Apoorvaon 06 Dec 2010 at 10:26 pm

    hi ivan

    U r a wonderful miracle, lettin us tuch our soul , its great to b with u, u work and we enjoy ur wrk,

    keep it up , thanks for evry lttle thing tht is creating into a vry big miracle in me,

    god bless u,

  71. Teti Mardianaon 06 Dec 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I am proud to be one of them… Ivan….
    best regard from Indonesia

  72. Chandrikaon 06 Dec 2010 at 11:35 pm

    What better proof of the veracity of Donne’s words than the Poetry Chaikhana?

    “No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”
    John Donne

  73. salamon 06 Dec 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Dear Ivan,
    Your great work,tireless effort,selfless Love and sincerity has brought us here together in the Sacred poetry chai khana, clapping in standing ovation, thanks for transforming us from some Scattered roses to a garland of roses.
    salam

  74. Madathil Nairon 07 Dec 2010 at 12:51 am

    Hi Ivan.

    Wonderful to know that there are so many poetry lovers! But the order in which you have listed the countries might not be quite indicative of poetry love among different nationalities. For instance, I am an Indian accessing from Kuwait and Indians are a big diaspora across the world. So, if a nationality-wise consideration could be applied, perhaps we might push the US down the rung in our love for poetry and occupy the top seat.

    Do I sound chauvinistic? Oh, no. Neither poetry nor the love for it can afford to be.

    Thanks and best regards. Please keep up the statistics.

  75. sajidon 07 Dec 2010 at 1:42 am

    Hi Ivan
    I appreciates you and your efforts, its a good habit that you write and search the emotional poetry and reach the allot of peoples.
    I pray for you and your family members

    Yours Well wisher

    Sajid

  76. Bakhanon 07 Dec 2010 at 1:46 am

    Dear Ivan,
    I must thank you for the wonderful work that you have been doing.
    It is lovely, especially the oneness that comes with it and the poetry from around the world. The basic being that breaths in all of us, is in and around us and that comprises this whole universe makes us one. So we are one.I hope you know what I say.
    What more great joy can be there when I go through the poetry from different poets saying the same thing and praising the same being, in whatever words or expressions that comes to them!

    Take care and be blessed
    Bakhan

  77. steveon 07 Dec 2010 at 2:18 am

    I’d just like to say a big thanks for the chaikhana. It’s wonderfully inspiring to find so many people from around the world tuning into it.

    Now like beggars.
    we roam the alleyways of earthly life,
    when once in our homeland
    we were merchants or rubies.

    May no one ever have to leave his own home,
    for we are not worth a piece of straw,
    in this alien land

    (Bahu)

    Please keep the wonderful verse coming

  78. Terez Stolzeon 07 Dec 2010 at 6:05 am

    You know, when I start reading this I am getting so exited! So much so that i hardly can read on… My body, heart fills with what i don’t know. Not possible either to express in words!

    Teréz

  79. Michael K'shatria Youngon 07 Dec 2010 at 9:39 am

    Toward the One,
    United with All……
    with tears in my eyes,
    reading so many gratitudes,
    my heart swells,
    glowing like the sun.
    Connection with
    All my Relations.
    POETRY WORKS!
    Love to ALL
    and Blessings to Ivan
    for the gift of
    bring us together in
    singing praises to
    the Beloved.

  80. Berylon 07 Dec 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I imagine that reading this particular blog has connected us in a very special way with one another. Those of us who long for beauty and find it in abundance in places like Ivan’s blog.

  81. Kristinon 07 Dec 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the information on Chaikhana followers. I love the diversity of this group! And thank you, Ivan for the poems you select.

  82. irfan kazion 07 Dec 2010 at 9:57 pm

    hi ivan,

    keep up the good work…it gives me a sense of feeling we are all here and now.

  83. Dylison 08 Dec 2010 at 3:41 am

    a truly international language: poetry & love

  84. Rena Navonon 08 Dec 2010 at 8:12 am

    Look at how many countries that at least are not producing terrorists or preparing war.
    This might be a pessimistic way of looking at a list encouraging world peace.
    But when so many of us have at some time experienced the clammer of discord, the torture of missed renewal in our personal lives, injury or even death, then we are inclined to count our blessings.

  85. NAZNEENon 08 Dec 2010 at 8:49 am

    Hi! Ivan ,what can i say ,I have no words to tell you how much i admire your thoughts and the words that you use ,just brings tears in my eyes,I enjoy every word and sometimes i read 2, 3 times just to feel more and more in my heart.God bless you.May this new year brings you all the best in both worlds.I just wanted to ask you 1 question ,are you a poet?

  86. Ivan M. Grangeron 08 Dec 2010 at 10:50 am

    I do write poetry, Nazneen. You can find some examples of my poetry at http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com/G/GrangerIvanM/ I hope they say something to you… -Ivan

  87. Susanon 08 Dec 2010 at 12:55 pm

    We are all connected. Poetry Chaikhana reminds me and strengthens the connection.

  88. Rod Lon 08 Dec 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you Ivan. I don’t much respond, and I should more. But I do enjoy your offerings and share them with others from time to time. I like the old Zen masters.
    Another take on Han Shan (Cold Mountain) I find from the Tibetan Dzogchen traditions:

    “I, the supreme source, I am the revelation,
    and transcend every sphere of activity, so a view of me cannot be cultivated,
    and the ten techniques are meaningless…
    …I embrace all and everything,
    so there is no path that leads to me;
    I am forever incapable of dualization,
    so there is never anything to be labelled ‘subtle’;
    my form embraces everything,
    so there has never been any ‘duality’;
    I am self-sprung awareness from the very beginning,
    so I can never be nailed down;
    since I am the heart of total presence,
    there is no other source of secret precepts.”

    “The Supreme Source” Ch. 9, pp33-35, quoted in “Old Man Basking in the Sun” a translation and commentary by Kieth Dowman on Longchempa’s “Treasury of Natural Perfection”

    Regards

  89. carolineon 08 Dec 2010 at 7:42 pm

    My deep thanks for all you have done. I very much enjoy your website and the spiritual inspiration that comes from the poems and your thoughts & explanations about them…. They are so inspiring and enlightening!

    Since I often check your website also when I’m in my home country of Chile, you can add that to your list of countries as well!

    Blessings to you and your family,
    Caroline.

  90. Adeelaon 11 Dec 2010 at 7:09 am

    Hi Ivan!

    I am impressed from your work and then research on the people taking interest in this Shaikhana poetry.
    I think we need a research also on the regions of the world from where most of these golden thoughts emerged(Poets with Shaikhana poetry).
    Thanks for refreshing daily a kind feeling.

    Regards,
    Adeela

  91. Somaiyahon 12 Dec 2010 at 9:26 am

    Peace and blessings to everyone.
    Ivan,keep this oasis of love and peace safe and strong.
    Love

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  93. Trevor Bendingon 02 Jan 2012 at 6:01 am

    Thanks for this remarkable site.
    I’ll visit from time to time and think about whether to donate. I love wikipedia but it seems that even just one dedicated person can create something both remarkable and specialised.
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  94. Vinod Nagpureon 18 Jan 2012 at 4:47 am

    “Thou hast brought the distant near and made a brother of the stranger” – Tagore

    Thanks and Congratulations for what you are and what you are doing, dear Ivan! It’s such a wonderful feeling – of sharing such a bond with people whom one has never seen, who are scattered all over the globe…

    Vinod Nagpure (India)

  95. Moira-annon 07 Mar 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Looks good to me Ivan, but then I am not any authority on anything remotely technical, but it does look great, and easy in which to “move around”. Words cannot thank you enough for the your contribution you make to the spirituality and the humaness of our often sad and troubled world. Blessings to you and yours, and a huge thank you.

  96. Ali Mohsinon 20 Jul 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Hellow Ivan. :]
    The least to be said,
    Poetry-chaikhana has profound collection in intelligibility of all immense spiritual minds.

    Greetings,
    Pakistan.

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  98. najeebon 19 Nov 2012 at 6:54 am

    thanks for the wonderful work you are engaged with!

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