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The footage shown in this short film was all shot by myself in 1979 and 1980.  In it Sri Chinmoy can be seen participating in some of the activities he loved best.  His was a life dedicated to serving the world and inspiring people.   For all those who were his students, both in those early years and even now after his passing, his timeless message to the world continues to be a powerful trans-formative beacon.  There is no end to our spiritual journeys, for inevitably we are all searching for inner fulfillment and continual self transcendence.

In the first part of the film he is seen running his own 47 mile race for the first time.  He would come back the following year and run this same race again, even faster.  He did not just talk about progress, he acted upon it in every way possible, and in every activity that he involved himself in.  No matter whether it was art, literature, music, or sports.   In this audio recording, made later in his life, he speaks unequivocally about this.

I am extremely grateful to share this little film with any and all who are inspired by or feel an inner connection with my spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy.


Transcript of audio:

The recording of Sri Chinmoy’s voice that accompanies this video is believed to have been made between 2005 and 2007. Sri Chinmoy’s remarks (below) have been edited for future publication.

Sri Chinmoy:

There is no end to our inner progress, no end to our inner progress. Progress, progress, progress! My Guru, your Guru, everybody’s Guru is the Supreme. I tell you in all sincerity, the Supreme Himself is progressing. Now, can we believe it? We cannot believe it. Our mind will not believe it. How can the Absolute Highest be progressing? Infinity we cannot measure, Eternity we cannot measure, Immortality we cannot measure. But when God, out of His infinite Bounty, opens up our third eye, we can see that God Himself is progressing. Not only on earth and in Heaven, but in His own highest Reality, I tell you, God is progressing, progressing.

You can say that God is absolute. That is true, absolutely true. But in His absolute Reality also, progress can be made. When God used His Vision to create the universe, His Vision was always Self-Transcendence, Self-Transcendence. Therefore, the terms that we use—Infinity, Eternity and Immortality—He far, far exceeds.

God’s Infinity we cannot believe; our mind will never believe it. The mind can only believe so much. The heart, on the strength of its identification, can go very far. But if we are in the soul-consciousness, we see that the Absolute Supreme Himself is expanding, diving deeper and climbing higher.

Шри Чинмой:

Нет конца нашему внутреннему прогрессу, нет конца нашему внутреннему прогрессу. Прогресс, прогресс, прогресс! Мой Гуру, ваш Гуру, Гуру каждого — это Всевышний. Говорю вам со всей искренностью, сам Всевышний прогрессирует. Но вот можем ли мы в это поверить? Мы не можем в это поверить. Наш ум в это не поверит. Как может совершать прогресс Абсолютное Высочайшее? Мы не можем измерить Бесконечность, мы не можем измерить Вечность, мы не можем измерить Бессмертие. Но когда Бог по Своей бесконечной Щедрости открывает нам третий глаз, мы видим, что Сам Бог совершает прогресс. Говорю вам, не только на земле и на Небесах, но и в своей собственной высочайшей Реальности Бог совершает прогресс, совершает прогресс.

Вы можете сказать, что Бог — это абсолют. Это правда, истинная правда. Но прогресс может совершаться и в Его абсолютной Реальности. Когда Бог использовал Свое Видение, чтобы создать вселенную, Его Видением всегда было Самопревосхождение, Самопревосхождение. Поэтому те понятия, которые мы используем — Бесконечность, Вечность и Бессмертие — Он намного, намного превосходит.

Мы не можем поверить в Бесконечность Бога; наш ум никогда не поверит. Ум может верить только до определенной степени. Сердце, в силу своего отождествления, может пойти очень далеко. Но находясь в сознании души, мы видим, что Сам Абсолютный Всевышний расширяется, погружаясь глубже и поднимаясь выше.

13 Comments to “Progress”

  1. Priyadarshan says:

    Such a wonderful video of Sri Chinmoy and the core of his philosophy. Wonderful. Thank you.

  2. grahak says:

    Thanks Utpal, as with all your inspiring.

  3. Shardul says:

    Hi Utpal,

    Great to see this footage of yore – certainly before my time (April 1985 was my first visit to New York) and it is a treat to see film from the 70s. Sri Chinmoy’s enthusiasm for life and self-transcendence shines bright. How fortunate we are to have his dynamic example and teachings presented in this form – thank you for taking the trouble. It is especially lovely to hear his voice.

    With gratitude,

  4. Chirantan says:

    Thank you so much. There are many of us for whom that era you captured-late 1970’s-are still remembered as the Golden Years for the joy of the rapid growth and discovery of the time and the close access we all could still have with the master. Loved the shots of Bhupati and(very briefly) me guarding our Master.

  5. Savyasachi says:

    Brings to life again very poignant and inspiring moments. Chirantan’s comment is so true. Thank you for taking the time and steps, way back then, to record those special times. I particularly like the night sounds and Parichayaka’s music which adds so much to the thrill and sense of oneness and joy of watching this historical and living film.

  6. Chanakhya says:

    As I sit here in a snow covered Sarajevo, it transports me into my Heart, were all you see on the video is a reality and a true inspiration.
    Thank you !

  7. Kedar says:

    Your soulful and historical film footage from the early days in New York is unique. And the subject – Progress – is of paramount importance in the spiritual life and should remind us every day, that it is on of the main goals. Many thanks for sharing this video with the world.

  8. Pravin says:

    Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful!!!

  9. Pravin says:

    This is a true highlight!

  10. papaha says:

    It is that very image of Sri Chinmoy finishing the 47 mile run with the flag in hand that inspires me to begin every run with the deepest of gratitude for his tireless aspiring example of self-transcendence. To see footage of that and so many other aspects Sri Chinmoy’s endeavors from that time, put together so beautifully with his voice and Parichayaka’s music, is very moving.

  11. Vidura says:

    What a wonderful, moving, inspiring, sweet and immortal film. You and all who assisted in the production have truly brought to life Guru’s embodiment of Self-Transcendence and progress. Gratitude.

  12. Vasanti says:

    So special! Everything together, the historic footage, the sublime message, Sri Chinmoy’s voice (and face)- so sweet and like from another realm – and Parichayaka`s sound, which makes it even more special and vast. Maybe particularly moving for those of us who were there or became Sri Chinmoy’s student in those years (me, one year later, in 1981). And knowing how Guru never stopped to transcend and progress makes his timeless message even more poignant and real – here and now. Thank you for reminding us in such a sublime way of the importance, the reality and the joy of progress and self-transcendence for our own daily lives. Guru must be so proud and grateful for your inspiring service!

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