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The Adventure of Life by Sri Chinmoy. Book Review

Updated on March 30, 2017
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Sri Chinmoy

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The sweetness of the Heart, flows with the jewels that add meaning to life; that augments tranquility, serenity and peace. This is much needed, in a world where one is constantly battling with ignorance; pushing through dark clouds of this earthly sojourn. It is at times like these, that the wisdom-Light of Love, filling the pages of a book, like the soothing rays of the sun, enhances one’s energy, so that life becomes a beacon of hope.

My own journey began in the sweet serenity of autumn 1982, when, interestingly enough, I read a book called The Path: Autobiography of a Yogi, which ultimately led to the author of this very book I’m reviewing, called The Adventure of Life. Those sweet psalms, mantra-like sayings of Sri Chinmoy; those beatitudes of the Heart, had a captivating effect on me then, as they do now, some thirty-four years later.

A simple to read, insightful and inspirational guide, this book comes from the Heart of a visionary, one of the foremost luminary Seers of the 20th and 21st century. The writing is lucid, eloquent, authoritative ... and will appeal to the beauty of aspiring seekers, earnestly searching for a more satisfying or purposeful life.

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Sri Chinmoy

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Of complete relevance to today’s world, the book covers – with eloquence and authority – themes such as yoga, spirituality, wisdom, peace, patriotism, concentration and meditation, among many others. Should one be inclined to delve deeper, it sheds insights on the question of evil, the higher worlds, consciousness and the nature of man. It even touches on the social and spiritual welfare of family life.

Browsing through this motivational and uplifting book, one will find dispersed throughout the pages, many lofty maxims or poems, conveying the spirit and beauty of the inner life. In this concise and powerful piece below, Sri Chinmoy speaks wisely and gracefully about Love:

“Love is the pioneer of all divine qualities. So when you cry for God, feel Love – immediate, spontaneous, unreserved and soulful Love.”

In the essential Chapter on Meditation, Sri Chinmoy takes us to the root; the basics of this necessary subject, answering questions from seekers in a most informative and illumining way. ‘Meditation is not an escape’, he says, ‘Meditation is the acceptance of life in its totality, with a view to transforming it, for the highest manifestation of the divine Truth here on earth.’

Number 30: Strength of Surrender

Quotes by Sri Chinmoy

“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.”-Sri Chinmoy

“Be sincere in your thoughts,
Be pure in your feelings.
You will not have to run after happiness.
Happiness will run after you.” -Sri Chinmoy

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      manatita44 13 months ago from london

      Thank you, Shauna.

      Appreciated.

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months ago from Central Florida

      Thank you for sharing more about the man who has inspired your love and tranquility, Manatita.

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      Nellieanna,

      Thank you so much! I truly appreciate that you took time out to read the book. Lots of Love.- Manatita

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      Nellieanna Hay 14 months ago from TEXAS

      I relished reading this wonderful book! I was impressed both by his spiritual and by his realistic approach to life. I felt like he was someone I know. I'll refer to it again and again. Thank you for introducing me to it, Manatita!

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      Hey Bill, twice today!

      You are a hard-working Soul and have many admirers, well-wishers and friends. Still, I'm always uplifted by your presence. Much Love.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful read and, like Eric, I enjoy reading about your teacher. Thank you for sharing, my friend.

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      Oh ... Ruby, you have the book?

      I'd forgotten. I've given it to quite a few people and it's also available on Amazon. My Guru, Sri Chinmoy: Life And Teachings, I mean.

      No. I did relate this in my story, but it concerned my love of literature. I was four or five years old and I met Sri Chinmoy in 1982, when I was about 30 years old. This is my 34th year of Discipleship.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Sri Chinmoy wrote words that inspire and lift the spirit to new heights. You were blessed to relate his story. I remember you talked about sitting under a lamplight studying his writings. Thank you my friend..

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      Yes, Eric. I like to laugh and you help, so kudos to you. Humour, such a vital ingredient for the Soul!

      Sri Chinmoy is a remarkable visionary for any age, yet alone this century. Still, I try to avoid speaking of him too much. In fact, I used quite a few quotes recently, although my original style to spirituality was a slow and steady one. One can sometimes say too much.

      Thank you so much! Appreciations.

      Miz,

      What a great answer from your teacher! I was talking to a friend in Germany last weekend. I had such a powerful experience of the Light! I came out of the Temple and the magnolias seemed to be alive; I could clearly hear the birds and the Light was streaking from the heavens!

      He was happy for me, but said that even though I was in that state, he felt that not many was fortunate enough to have that experience. I wrote the Monday's inspiration in Germany in the Light of this.

      Now about the A personality, you may be right, but one's angle of vision should be as such, to be able to cut through anything . We speak of an indomitable will, or the willpower of the Soul.

      Never accept fate, but try to go beyond it with a reliance on the Divine. Much Love, my Friend.

      P.S. God's willing, I'll be in NY in 5-6 days on retreat. (The Sri Chinmoy April celebrations) I'll be quite 'high' when it is over, but again, I will lose it. That is why some Sages say that Yoga is equilibrium. The idea is to maintain that state and never lose it.

      "Life's perfection-road is very long, but the journey is richly rewarding."- Sri Chinmoy.

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      MizBejabbers 14 months ago

      Now I know from whence comes your serenity, Manatita. The video was both beautiful and calming, a restful 5-minute interlude during a work day. However, it is very difficult for a type A personality to keep this type of mood going after meditation. One teacher of mine was asked how to permanently hold the elevation, and he answered that when we are able to maintain it, we will have no further need to reincarnate on this planet. Excellent job, my friend. Namaste.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really like learning of your teacher from you. You both are very interesting. Thank you for sharing this.

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      Thank you somuch! Welcome and appreciations.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 14 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Love to read this post and express my sincere thanks. It is a great topic and you have done a decent job. Keep on writing. All the best.

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