“To buy a spiritual book takes ten seconds. To read that book takes a few hours. To absorb that book takes a few years. And to live the truths thereof may take not only a whole lifetime, but a few incarnations.”
~ From “The Supreme Secret of Meditation” by Sri Chinmoy
I have bought shelves-full of spiritual books over the last couple of decades, many of them by Sri Chinmoy. This latest release of Sri Chinmoy’s writings, published since his passing in 2007, is already amongst my favourites. One thing I especially love about Sri Chinmoy’s spiritual teachings is their disarming simplicity: one could almost claim them as one’s own existing knowledge… and yet the longer the words unfold and the more sincerely one tries to internalise those truths, the more apparent it becomes that although they are easily read, they are not so easily lived – at least not on a day-to-day or minute-to-minute basis. Then that’s something I love about spirituality: there is no beginning and possibly no end – only progress. I’m the sort who enjoys journeys as much as destinations, so that progress its own adventure. I would make so bold as to say anyone – regardless of cultural or religious background – could open this book and discover something uplifting or inspiring. While universal in its simplicity, it is boundless in its depth, and vast in its appeal.