About THE ABSOLUTE by Sri Chinmoy:
‘THE ABSOLUTE’ is a collection of Sri Chinmoy’s poems selected from his entire body of poetic work that spans over six decades. He started writing poetry from the age of thirteen and continued writing even in the last year of his life. As a child he was thoroughly trained in the craft of the poetic art. All his early poems were written from within the poetic restraints of meter and rhyme. Only later in his poetic career he wrote in free verse. Speaking of his poetry, Sri Chinmoy said, “Throughout my poetry-journey, my poetry-tree has cherished various branches: philosophy, prayer, religion, spirituality, my love of Nature’s beauty, my love of word-making, which the English language indulgently allows me to explore, and my abiding love, concern and hope for this world of ours.” Because of the shear originality, sincerity, honesty, and truth in his poems, the cadences of Sri Chinmoy’s poetry, like the poet himself, will travel through time for centuries and centuries to come offering hope, strength and salvation to many an earnest traveler in his or her journey through life.
The question arises, can anyone write poems like Sri Chinmoy? The answer is — it has to be another Sri Chinmoy — a poetic genius, for Harold Bloom asserts, “Talent cannot originate, genius must.” So what is the genius in Sri Chinmoy’s poetry? The genius in Sri Chinmoy’s poetry is the song of his soul. You see the purity, innocence and the power of this song percolating all through his poetry. You hear this song in the sound of the language he uses. For instance, consider these lines in one of his aphorisms:
His heart is a most powerful
And soothing murmur
Of his soul’s dream river.
When reading Sri Chinmoy’s poems in his poetry books like My Flute — a collection of 90 poems, My First Friendship With the Muse – a collection of 58 poems, From the Source to the Source — a two-volume collection of 401 poems, The Dance of Life — a 20-volume collection of 1,000 poems, just to name a few, one is astounded by the depth, originality, diversity and the superb use of the craft — the powerful expression, in the poems.
Consider the following poem:
GOLDEN MYSTIC SUN
The descending fire descends;
The ascending fire ascends.
The smile of Light
Watches their tasks divine
From across the empty space
Where the hands of ether
Salute the golden mystic sun.
– Sri Chinmoy
This poem is taken from Sri Chinmoy’s poetry book ‘The Wings of Light”, Part 12, New York: Agni Press, 1974 is included in the book ‘THE ABSOLUTE’ – Collected poems of Sri Chinmoy. The vision, the thought and the images used in this poem are absolutely original and unique, as if coming from another higher world of esthetic beauty and charm.
– Mallikarjun Rakala
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A renaissance man of our modern times, Sri Chinmoy was a poet, an author of essays, a composer, an artist, a sportsman, and a lover of humanity. Sri Chinmoy always considered himself a student of peace. He was always open to new ideas and implementing new ways to make our world a better place. He established a wide range of cultural, humanitarian and spiritual programs on every continent. In new ways, these projects foster the ancient and universal values which underlie all great cultures and faiths. Sri Chinmoy wrote several books of prose and poetry, composed over 21,000 pieces of music, played over 777 Peace Concerts in venues like Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall and was an avid runner, tennis player and champion weightlifter. He had offered hundreds of lectures at universities throughout the globe. At galleries worldwide, including the Carrousel du Louvre and UNESCO in Paris and the Russian National Museum of Decorative Arts, selections of Sri Chinmoy’s paintings and 16 million “Dream-Freedom-Peace-Bird” drawings have given joy and inspiration to countless people.