by Arjuna D. Ghose
The Struggle Within:
The Wind’s Divine Melody
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— Louise-Jayne Haddaway
Guru Sri Chinmoy
“What I understand from reading Guru’s writings, or from experience, is that self-improvement occurs when personal effort meets Grace from Above, and looking back I realized, yes, I made personal effort. But, dammit — there was a lot of Grace going on.”
— Arjuna D. Ghose, The Struggle Within
In 1996, Jacob Chitto Miller (later known as Arjuna D. Ghose) began to lose his ability to meditate, and then he lost it completely starting in 1997. Why did this happen? What spiritual values and truths can we learn from his journey of his struggle within? One thing we learn from Sri Chinmoy, Jacob’s spiritual Master and Inner Guide, is the value and divinity in one of his aphorisms which states:
“The blows of my Master
I take as most beautiful flowers
Given to me by my Master.”
(Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, #19203)
and yet, throughout the years, Jacob often did not abide by the guidance in this aphorism (and within his conscience) and has had to deal with some difficulties as a result. Isn’t it true that if you retaliate in a destructive manner toward someone you feel has humiliated you, violated you, or disturbed you in some way you are acting like a terrorist? Despite the difficulties and consequences Jacob has had to face for past behaviour, including acting like a terrorist, Jacob still hopes to realize God in this incarnation. But he has to get his meditation back first.