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
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.
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.
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.
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!”
“Each moment is precious
Far beyond our imagination”
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.