Become like the bird
This is one of the stories in our Story-Gems project, a collection of our experiences with our Guru, Sri Chinmoy. Project homepage »
This was at one of the Jharna-Kala galleries in Wooster in Greenwich Village. It was 1976, less than two years after Guru began painting his Jharna-Kala.
One day Guru said, “Anybody who would like to have a painting, would like me to do a painting for them, line up.”
Of course, I got in the line. What happened is when it was your turn, you stood right in front of Guru. You are five or six feet away from Guru and he is doing the painting, with you standing in front of him. It was just a totally amazing experience, just watching this painting come to life.
So, you are standing there for a couple of minutes, three or four minutes, and Guru creates this painting. The last thing Guru did on the painting was the eye. He put his forefinger there with the blue paint and put the eye. That was the completion of the painting.
After doing the painting, he wrote, “To dear Sal, with eternal love blessings. Guru. CKG, May 22nd, 1976.”
Then, when he gave it to me, he said, “Become like this bird, with dynamism and humility.”
My soul’s divinity-bird
And my heart’s purity-bird
Are together on the wing.
Sri Chinmoy 1
The bird drawings in the background are also by Sri Chinmoy.
- 1. Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, part 45, Agni Press, 1984
Story-Gems: Constant Growth and Progress
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