My America, as Seen Through The Eyes of A Visionary-Seer. Part One.

“O green-blue Sacred Fire,

O Sun Freedom-Light,

O Heaven’s gold Delight,

America, O my child of speed,

My Supreme Promise-Seed.” –Sri Chinmoy.

The Sacred Fire, Act 2, Scene 4, (1975), Agni Press

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First of a two part series. Next on Monday, perhaps.

My America has three essential truths:

1. The Founding Fathers, poets, patriotic heroes and Seers, were paramount to the true worth, sacrifice, lofty ideals and self-giving of America. They also contributed to the progressive spirit, speed and advancement of their country. The lofty utterance below serves to remind us of this:

“The Supreme had a special vision for the soul of America, and He revealed it first through the Founding Fathers”. – Sri Chinmoy. I Need My Country: Beauty’s Soul, Section 1, (1975), Agni Press.

2. To have an understanding of America from the standpoint of this great visionary, it is important to recognise that it has a Soul. The Soul is the divine spark that creates its reality and embodies its vision for the future.

“Every Nation has its soul. The Soul of a nation consists of its aspirations, aptitudes and capacities placed at the service of the Supreme … “Judging by her history, America holds the brightest promise of placing at the service of the Divine, her aspirations, aptitudes and capacities, as she has often, in times of need, placed them at the service of humanity.” – Sri Chinmoy. I Love my Country: Purity’s Body, Section1, (1975), Agni Press.

Sri Chinmoy's natural clarity of the Soul and its beauty is expressed below:

“The soul of America, like a child, is growing, glowing, developing, illumining and fulfilling. It is a soul that is most progressive and most striking” The Bicentennial Flames at the United Nations, Section 1, (1976), Agni Press.

3. There was a profound relationship between England and America, which to an extent, assisted with the shape and growth of the two countries. In The Sacred Fire, Sri Chinmoy writes lovingly of England as the Mother and America as the daughter. The Mother is of ‘exquisite beauty’, and the daughter has ‘indomitable strength’. Indeed the Soul of America manifested mostly through power. As the Soul of America matured, it felt the need to take care of itself. In Sri Chinmoy's eloquent and poetic way, he describes America’s striving for self-advancement thus:

“...There is a beauty in the rising sun and there is a beauty in the setting sun, equally charming, illumining and fulfilling. You (England) have so far enjoyed the beauty of the rising sun, but from now on, you will have to enjoy the beauty of the setting sun. And you, my brave America, before long you shall start enjoying the beauty of the rising sun …. the sun that illumines, the sun that liberates, the sun that immortalises the soul and the body of aspiring humanity .....” (Ibid. Act 1, Scene 2, p.14).

Both countries eventually came to be happy with and in each other, sharing many heartfelt qualities together, including England’s nobility, and America’s self-giving heart. Before returning to the Founding Fathers, I would like to sum up with one soul-stirring quote on America by Sri Chinmoy:

“O Dignity-Majesty-Divinity-reality-flooded Soul of American Liberty! These are the good, better, best qualities of the real America, the America which is to raise the consciousness of the world, and why I came here. This is the America I envisioned in India. “Beautiful” – the real Beauty of the Absolute Supreme, universal Beauty of the Supreme, America the country embodies.

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America is the land of hope, the land of promise. There will be countless Americans who will be able to bask in the sunshine of America’s divine reality. America means not only the West but the entire globe” On America. Courtesy of http://us.srichinmoycentre.org) (Last visited 5th April, 2010.)

In Sri Chinmoy's writings, the self-giving of the Founding Fathers was for something higher and deeper. In the deepest recesses of their hearts, they wanted to manifest a higher truth, to show that liberty was not only for them, but for the use of the entire world. According to Sri Chinmoy, Light always has to be embodied by great individuals. It was Thomas Jefferson’s vision and of all those who surrounded him – Washington, Adams, Franklyn, Paine, Munro and others.

There was also another wave of patriotism when Abraham Lincoln came. Patriots, in Sri Chinmoy's vision, are “those who have helped their country and elevated its consciousness so that the reality of their country has widened”. He continues:

“The American patriots of the past felt that life and patriotism were inseparable. They felt that patriotism was the manifestation of life’s freedom, that it was the only way to love one’s country. And they did not expect anything from the country. They only wanted to give what they had and what they were” I Need my Country: Beauty’s Soul, Section 1, (1975), Agni Press.

The Soul of America came forward to offer its light and delight to those brave souls, to inject the feeling of patriotism into those few selected children of America. By so doing, they were able to become true and humble instruments of God, pleasing God according to their capacity, understanding and their inner and outer awakening.

Thomas Jefferson and his Declaration of Independence, was one such vision. Sri Chinmoy writes that he was a ‘good man. A God-messenger, a Vision-son of God’. He had ‘clarity, luminosity and vastness’, and in his case, ‘mind, body, vital, heart, everything went together’. ‘God gave him capacities in many walks of life and he used them well.’ I Love my Country: Purity’s Body, Section1, (1975), Agni Press.

rising sun

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Because it is so significant, I enclose below Sri Chinmoy's lofty utterance on the Declaration of Independence.

“The American Declaration of Independence had the pioneer vision of faith, dignity and humanity’s basic needs: equal rights, justice and freedom. Clarity, luminosity and vastness, these the Declaration of Independence embodies. It is not a mere declaration. It is something infinitely more. It is the freedom-cry of humanity’s aspiration-day from the frustration-night of ignorance” The Bicentennial Flames at The United nations, (1976), Agni Press.

Sri Chinmoy saw George Washington as ‘the Father of the American Nation. He was the son of peace and the brother of self-giving’. He had the indomitable spirit of a General and the peerless wisdom of a President. He was also ‘the first and last President to be everybody’s choice’. Sri Chinmoy continues that his ‘high character and majestic will, powerfully blend with courage and capacity:’ The Sacred Fire, Act 2, Scene 2, (1975), Agni Press.

There were many other Seers and patriots. Sri Chinmoy mentions Ralph Waldo Emerson’s indomitable will and utter self-reliance, and described him as a ‘prophet of Universal Faith, a Seer visualising the future in the living present. ‘Very few souls as Emerson have come into the world; he had light in abundant measure.’

Whitman was ‘the vision of the oneness of everything and in everything.’ While Emerson was ‘soft, sweet and luminous’, Whitman ‘dynamically fronted the Reality which is manifesting to an ever-increasing extent’. They were both, ‘Fellow-pilgrims on their way to the Home of God, the culmination of today’s world, they march in stupendous glory.’ Philosopher-Thinkers: The Power-Towers of the Mind and Poet-Seers: The Fragrance-Hours of the Heart in the West, (1998), Agni Press.

setting sun

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Of course one would not speak of all these noble and God-given attributes without seeing how they have shaped America and its people. It has given her strength, vastness, a progressive spirit, courage, supernal beauty and matchless pomp. It has also given her an unimaginable speed for progress. ‘Speed’, that one quality that Sri Chinmoy loved so much:

“Always long for speed

If not the slow death of stagnation

Will capture you."

Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Pt. 6, Poem 5754, Agni Press, (1998)

“Do not waste time

Tomorrow never comes!”

Poem 49,299.

“Each moment is precious

Extremely precious

Far beyond our imagination”

Poem 49,222.

P.S. This Hub is unusually long and so I have separated it in two parts. Very necessary for the current time and trend in America.

America the Beautiful

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Ericdierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting. Those of us so privileged to live here have an obligation to uphold so many principles. That is good.


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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Indeed! But you are trying and striving; striving and trying ... the Divine loves all those who feel the need to start, walk, march, jog, run, sprint ...

Thank you so much!!


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billybuc 5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

My goodness, Manatita, I'm not sure I'm awake enough to tackle such lofty thoughts. I loved the statement that every nation has a soul. I understand that and subscribe to it. I wonder if America has lost its soul? A figure of speech, for sure, for a nation does not lose its soul, but has its soul changed over the years? I suspect that to be true. Does it sadden me? No more than any change in life saddens me, which is very little, for change is never-ending, and I choose to be happy.


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Nellieanna 5 weeks ago from TEXAS

I, too, need to study and focus more to get the full measure of this.

But there is value in first impressions and one of mine is the sense of true love for America that Sri Chimney expressed so eloquently. The other is the commendable understanding you have detailed about specific historic persons, events and facts about this country.

I feel connection with some of those, from having ancestors who fought for the independence of this country to ancestors who fought in the Civil War for freedom of all its people.

Thank you for this great hub and I look forward to part 2.


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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Yes, yes, Bill.

What a lovely answer! Choose to be happy. Excellent! Some say that in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, Love is as perennial as the stars. Yes, yes, the Soul does 'change' or evolve and that's what gives us hope, Bro. (chuckle) Thank you so Much!!

Nellieanna, my Sweet, it's incomplete. It also covers your favourite Emily Dickinson, Whiteman plus... theri contribution to the American Consciousness. Part two on Monday or Tuesday. Om Shanti!!


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MarleneB 5 weeks ago from Northern California, USA

When I think of how much effort our founding fathers put into molding and shaping this country into a beautiful and desirous place to live, I become a little saddened by what it has become today and what it will surely become in the future if we continue to travel down the trail of the destructive behavior of uncaring folks who have no idea what they are tearing down. Although I believe that America is still the best country on earth to live, it seems to be reshaping itself into something far different than what it was created to be. I enjoyed reading your description of America as seen through the eyes of a visionary.


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always exploring 5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

Sir Chimney was a true visionary. I'm sure he witnessed the many freedoms we enjoy. Sometimes we get so caught up in politics we tend to lose that perspective. I still feel that we have people power, thinking of the places around the world where people are ruled by dictators and peoplepower is nonexistent. Thank you for sharing.


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suzettenaples 5 weeks ago from Taos, NM

What an inspiring piece of writing. I have not heard of this author you quote before reading this. Perhaps it takes someone outside our country looking in to remind us of how great our country is. Thank you for writing this. Our forefathers of the 18th century were remarkable men indeed. They built our country up from scratch by their lofty ideals and quest for freedom and liberty. Thank you for reminding us what is the best of our country. This is so needed during this contentious presidential race.


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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Marlene, thank you so much! You show great discernment, this can only mean that there are some more Americans like you and that eventually there will be an upward turn. Praise be!!

Ruby, yes, democracy may not be perfect, but is not to be scoffed at. Again, America is rooted in the ideals of great and wise Souls. How can it fail. If truth be told, many of my friends, themselves Americans, are a bit worried. So I hope that this Hub will carry some Light and positive vibes. Thank you so much!!

Suzette, I agree, yes. Much needed now and that's why I re-wrote this with part two to come on Monday or Tuesday, perhaps.

Sri Chinmoy lived in America for 43 years. This is the 52nd Anniversary in America. He passed on October 11th, 2007. We are still there and in many parts of the world, a small body of about 8, 000 disciples. Sri Chinmoy opened the Parliament of World Religions in 1993 in Chicago and 2004 in Barcelona. He was known and respected by many Kings, Queens and Heads of State, luminaries and visionaries all over the world.

A very wise comment. I thank you for this.


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AliciaC 5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for creating this interesting and inspiring hub, Manatita. It's a wonderful antidote for all the upleasantness surrounding the current election. I'm looking forward to part two.


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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Thank you, Alicia.

I feel moved to say that I feel for you. I think of you as such a sweet, charming and gentle Soul.

Yes, more of this is needed. The power of the crowds; the power of media can sway us and again some external forces can create despondency. Be brave, be strong. Remember all these patriotic Americans of whom the Hub speaks. try to live a life not like theirs, but with similar ideals. Much Love.


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Venkatachari M 5 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

Very inspiring and interesting hub. You are doing a very commendable job by spreading the awareness as to America's greatness. It is a great point that is mentioned here by you and your visionary Guru, Sri Chinmoy, that every country has a soul (just like every man). These politicians of nowadays should realise this fact. As our brother Bill Holland mentioned above, it is a very saddening point to notice that most of them have become selfish and playing games for their selfish motives.

I am looking forward to the second part of it. Well done, my bro.


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manatita44 5 weeks ago from london Author

Venkatachari,

Thank you, thank you. What's to do? One can only strive to serve; to inspire ... I take hope that America will be great again. Much Love.

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