Whose afraid of who

It was a hot Johannesburg Sunday afternoon and we were in the tennis club giving a 3 hour meditation workshop. Outside, our friend Usher, an ex-policeman from a remote village in Zimbabwe called Tsholotsho was guarding the cars that belonged to all the meditation class participants. Inside we were talking about peace and oneness and the like but outside something altogether different was developing.

As and ex-policeman Usher knew that when you are guarding it is good to establish your perimeter and introduce yourself to anybody nearby. About 60 m from our tennis club was a scout hall where a wedding was taking place. Usher spotted the car guard for the wedding and approached him to say hello. The wedding guard however thought that Usher was coming with an altogether different intention so he took off to get some backup. Usher was a little perplexed but being very experienced did not worry. His wife, who was keeping him company, said “Shouldn’t we get the brothers” meaning Balarka and I to which Usher confidently replied “Don’t worry I was in support unit” (an elite police division in Zimbabwe).

A few minutes later a private armed response vehicle screeched around the corner and two rather menacing individuals got out, one armed to the teeth and kitted out in a bullet proof jacket, the other the wedding car guard. The armed guard approached Usher gun in hand saying “Why were you trying to threaten this man?”

Usher smiled and said “I wasn’t trying to threaten anyone”. Then the mood completely changed because they recognised each other’s accents and very quickly discovered something. The armed guard and the wedding guard were also from the same remote village of Tsholotsho – before they knew it they were all best of friends talking with great gusto.

So often in our outer life we approach situations with an unfounded fear. It completely changes the way we respond and act. When we learn to meditate we start to experience a real oneness with the world around us. This oneness not only takes away our fear but it completely changes the way that people react to us. We can all feel it when somebody has a genuine oneness with us and we in return are not threatened and our hearts come to the fore. For me this is like a little miracle that happens every day!

Be universal in your love.
You will see the universe
To be a picture
Of your own being.

~ Sri Chinmoy

Abhijatri Robinson

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I Go Out, I Come In

One of the key things I began to realise when I started to meditate was that rather than looking for happiness and fulfilment outside of myself I was now searching for it within. I had always felt that something was missing but I had never been aware that there is a whole field of endeavour which we could loosely call the “spiritual life” where we search for real happiness within.  

Normally my outer life had involved some kind of endeavour or challenge – trying to get a promotion or trying to win the affections of a new partner or saving for a new car or trip away. Now I was starting to realise that instead of going head to head with my outer challenges I was now challenging all the darkness in me. Each of us has challenges, for one person it my be jealousy and insecurity for another it may be fear or anger or doubt. Through meditation I learnt that I didn’t actually need to “fight” these things. All that I needed to do was still the mind and allow the light of my soul to permeate into each and every corner of my being. That light is like a miracle cure and slowly and steadily my life started to change and improve.  The experience of this inner light is like nothing else in the world – it sooths and uplifts and brings an overwhelming experience of peace and stillness.

I still have challenges but now I have an eternal ally that, when I rely on it, saves me from depending on my own capacity or lack thereof to do everything.

Sri Chinmoy wrote a beautiful book of cute rhyming poems called “I Go Out, I Come In”. Here are a few of my favourite poems from it:


When I go out,
I need what I find.
When I come in,
I find what I need.

When I go out
I spend money.
When I come in,
I drink honey.


When I go out,
I see the flow.
When I come in,
I become the glow.


The rest of the book is delightful and can be found here  “I Go Out, I Come In”  – Sri Chinmoy Library. Nearly 1200 of Sri Chinmoy’s 1600 books are available at www.srichinmoylibrary.com in a searchable form.