A spiritual name is the name of our soul, and what we can become
This is one of the stories in our Story-Gems project, a collection of our experiences with our Guru, Sri Chinmoy. Project homepage »
This was November 6, 1977. I was told the day before that Guru was going to give me my spiritual name. Guru was playing tennis at the school there, at the Jamaica High School track.
When he finished, he sat down and called “Lincoln” to come over. That was the last time he used my outer name. I kneeled down in front of him. As you might imagine, it was very emotional, very emotional.
He put his hand on my head and spoke the name. Then he gave an explanation as well. He described what and who Nayak is, what my soul is. I’ll just read briefly. Guru started: “With my heart's soulful love and my life's blessingful gratitude, I offer you your soul's name.”
He said a few more things and then he said the name: “Nayak, Nayak.” Then he gave the meaning. I’ll just read the first part: “Nayak is the one who leads, guides, illumines, and fulfils the seeker divine.”
You have to remember that this is the name of the soul, and the outer aspects are trying to become like that. That is the name of the soul, and that's what we can become. Of course, where we are now is not there yet.
My spirituality's present name.
My spirituality's future name.
Sri Chinmoy 1
- 1. My spirituality, Agni Press, 1999
Sri Chinmoy's students describe their inner and outer experiences.
Spiritual FriendsPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
The spiritual life is normal to meShankara Smith London, United Kingdom
I just knew from the moment I saw himAshrita Furman New York, United States
The day when everything beganBhagavantee Paul Salzburg, Austria
Meditation Nights at the Sri Chinmoy CentrePreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Akuti: a pioneer-jewel in our CentreAkuti Eisamann Connecticut, United States
Running and MeGarga Chamberlain Bristol, United Kingdom
Soul-Birds take flightJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Now you are in the boatKaushalya Casey Toronto, Canada
Is it unspiritual to care about winning?Tejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
Celebrating birthdays at Guru's houseDevashishu Torpy London, United Kingdom
interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students