Close finish in Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile RaceYuri Trostenyuk, a student of Sri Chinmoy from the Ukraine, won the 2016 edition of the 3100 Mile Race - with current record holder Asprihanal Aalto (Finland) finishing shortly after.
“We are not just running on a concrete sidewalk. We are not on a path that leads to wealth and fame. This path leads us to the depths of our hearts. The place where God lives within us. Where it is his home. I was there. There is everything there in order to be happy.”In an epic race, Yuri finished in a time of 46 days +01:10:25 - averaging 67 miles / 108.346 km per day. In 2015, Mr Aalto set the current all-time record for 3100 miles in a blistering speed of 40 days +09 hours. However, perhaps suffering from the effects of last years effort, Asprihanal struggled in the early parts of this years race, but the flying Finn finished in a flurry - covering an average of 78.61 miles over the final four days to push Yuri all the way to the finish.
Blue Flower - Music groupBlue Flower is a music group, dedicated to the music of Sri Chinmoy, which was formed in Novi Sad, Serbia in 1998. Recently, they have released a new album "In Ecstasy-Sea" which includes many soulful and haunting interpretations of Sri Chinmoy's compositions. Like many music groups of the Sri Chinmoy Centre, Blue Flower combine both Eastern and Western instruments with vocals, to create a unique sound, which has been appreciated by music lovers across Europe and the US. Their new album available at Radio Sri Chinmoy - 'In Ecstasy-Sea' Previous albums by Blue Flower O Beauty-Infinity (2005) Blossoming (2007) Petals of My Dreaming-Heart (2009) Members of Blue Flower include
- Keyboard – Eshana, Uchita; Harmonium, Eshana, Uchita; Guitar – Kulesvari; Cello – Chintamani; Metalophone – Kamaneeya; Drum – Svetlana; Flute – Rathika; Percussions – Martina, Prasatti; Voices – Celana, Chintamani, Eshana, Kamaneeya, Kulesvari, Martina, Prakashita, Prasatti, Purupriya, Ratkhika, Svetlana, Uchita, Viniyogaha.
- Blue Flower at Radio Sri Chinmoy
40 Peace TalksIn Australia, students of Sri Chinmoy are presenting 40 Peace talks around the country to commemorate Sri Chinmoy's first visit in 1976. The talks offer an opportunity to learn about Sri Chinmoy's approach to peace and how this can be made a practical reality in the lives of individuals. Picture of Sri Chinmoy, with talk introduced by Animesh Harrington Sri Chinmoy was a spiritual Teacher who, in his own words, was 'A student of peace.' During his time in the West, Sri Chinmoy gave many talks on the subject of peace, and also offered Peace Concerts around the world. In addition to teaching meditation, prayer and devotional music, Sri Chinmoy also believes that peace can be spread through dynamism and sport. To this end he founded the "Sri Chinmoy Peace Run" a grassroots initiative to run around the world, meeting people and seeking to cultivate the ideals of peace, friendship and harmony.
Peace Run in the HimalayasRecently, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run has been visiting Nepal and the Himalayan mountains, including a visit to the foothills of Mount Everest. Peace Run at Nagarkot statue in Nepal. The region is still recovering from the effects of the recent earthquake, but the locals willingly embraced the run as a symbol of hope for a better future. This is in Khumjung village - 4,000m above sea level, near Mount Everest. There is a statue in memory of Sir Edmund Hillary, who with Sherpa Tensing, was the first to climb Mount Everest in 1953. Schools welcome the Peace Run and message of harmony and understanding. This is at a school assembly in Nagarkot. The beauty of the Himalayan mountains.
“Lasting peace must begin within the depths of the individual, and from there spread in ever-widening circles as a dynamic force for world change.”– Sri Chinmoy Related
The inspiration to organise a triathlonRecently, the UK Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organised the fourth Sri Chinmoy 'Tri a Triathlon'. It is billed as 'the perfect beginner's triathlon' and is very popular with people, wishing to give the triathlon a go - often for the first time. The multi-disciplined event requires a team of over 40 volunteers, responsible for helping to marshal and time the swim, cycle and run sections. The main organisers are Garga and Kokila Chamberlain, who became inspired to organise a triathlon from a brief comment, Sri Chinmoy made several years ago.
"I organise the Try-a-Tri for two reasons. Firstly it was Sri Chinmoy's asking the question that made me think, why not? We could do that! Secondly I get so much enjoyment from racing myself, especially multi sport events, that I wanted to share that joy with other people. There's a special energy that you feel at beginners events, when everyone is taking a step into a new adventure , and that's what makes the Try-a-Tri so unique. I'm always inspired by all my clubmates from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and triathlon club who come along to help at the race. Some travel from the other end of the country, or even from abroad, to offer help and encouragement to the new triathletes taking part in their first event. We've been serving the running community here in the UK for over 30 years and now we're doing it in the world of triathlon too."Video from triathlon https://vimeo.com/168739820 It's not always as sunny as this. But in 2016, the weather was very kind.
Sri Chinmoy spoke on the importance of triathlons and why he encouraged his students to organise them.
"I encourage and inspire my students to organise and participate in triathlons, long-distance races and short-distance races precisely because I feel that the world needs dynamism. The outer world needs dynamism and the inner world needs peace. "- Sri Chinmoy, The outer running and the inner running. Related Video http://www.srichinmoy.tv/the-inner-meaning-of-triathlon/ Related
- Tri a Triathlon at Sri Chinmoy Races
Muhammad AliBoxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away recently; Ali was an Olympic and multiple World Champion, who also transcended sport with his deep convictions and unique personality.
"You are changing the face and fate of mankind. Your very name encourages and inspires. As soon as people hear 'Muhammad Ali,' they are inspired. They get tremendous joy. They get such dynamism to be brave and face ignorance. Your very name does that. That's why I am so grateful to you, so proud of you."- Sri Chinmoy, The seeker's mind
"Although you have got the supreme honour from all over the world, you have maintained your humility; that is why you will always remain greater than the greatest."- Sri Chinmoy, 30 January 1979, UN Plaza Hotel
"You don’t have to say that you are the greatest, but your heart of oneness with all humanity makes you the greatest."- Sri Chinmoy, 30 January 1979, UN Plaza Hotel
Meeting 29 September, 1977 On the morning of his championship fight with Earnie Shavers on 29 September, 1977, Muhammad Ali met with Sri Chinmoy and members of the Meditation Group for an hour of prayer, meditation and discussion. Sri Chinmoy garlanded the champion and presented him with a trophy, saying, “A long with this is my heart. My heart is inside this. ”
Several years ago, Sri Chinmoy honoured Muhammad Ali with a special "Lifting up the World with a Oneness-Heart". Muhammad Ali appreciated the spiritual and peaceful message of this initiative.
"Sri Chinmoy is a very spiritual man. I feel the reason Sri Chinmoy lifted this weight is because of his love of God and belief that through God all things are possible. This man has done the impossible because of faith, wisdom and love of God.- Muhammad Ali.
Amongst his many awards, in 2005, Ali received America's two highest civilian awards - the Presidential Citizens Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom - for "exemplary services" to the country. In Britain, BBC viewers voted him Sports Personality of the Century, and he was given a similar award from Sports Illustrated in the US. In 2005, he opened the non-profit Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky, which promotes peace, social responsibility and respect.
Aphorism cards and incenseIn Australia, an enterprise 'Incense of the World' has combined its business of incense with handing out aphorism cards by Sri Chinmoy. Incense is in the Air by Grahak Cunningham
Monk PartyMonk Party is a New Zealand based musical group made up of a father and son duo Pragunya and Nelson Myers-Daley. Recently, they have recently been offering a series of concerts in Australia and New Zealand. Monk Party’s influences include the kirtan devotional music scene, ancient Indian mantras, plus a wide range of world and spiritual music. Last August they played in front of a capacity crowd with Krishna Das which Nelson rates as one of his career highlights “It was fantastic,” he said “and a real honour”. The melodies of Sri Chinmoy which Monk Party play, aim to uplift and inspire the audience. Sri Chinmoy once said that “music will play a most important role in bringing about world oneness.” Nelson’s favourite instruments in fact come from right around the globe and are northern African and Arabic drums, flute and harmonium. Other instruments the group uses include darbuka, riq, cajón, frame drums, badhran, pennywhistle, nylon guitar, gongs, chakra bells and bansuri flute. Their excess baggage bills are apparently huge! Besides their own concerts, they have played at Diwali festivals, meditation classes and have had several radio interviews with the interviewers obviously interested in their music and spiritual lifestyle. In performances the audiences loved watching them play. Monk Party has released three CD’s with the fourth set to hit the stands over the next few weeks. Monk Party’s arrangements also contain a modern ambience and dynamism which has made them more appealing to a wider audience. The young people in our crowd were really inspired and were still raving about them months later at meditation classes. With their new CD set for release they are pretty inspired. “This album is the work of songs that we have been performing for the last year and a half. Each song has evolved in a very natural way, the arrangements are quite simple but we try to play the songs in a way that inspires people and brings forward peace and dynamism,” said Nelson. “We are very influenced by middle eastern music so on this album we have for the first time in our recordings the ‘oud’ which is a beautiful fretless instrument that captures the haunting aspect of Sri Chinmoy’s melodies and brings a new addition to our sound. We also have a wide range of percussion drums which are used in traditional music such as Spanish, Indian and Arabic music. Pragunya’s guitar playing in this CD gives the whole project the warmth, direction and feel which is interwoven within each melody. “In this album we hope to offer our love of music and touch people’s hearts with the devotional aspect of life.“ The oud was a predecessor of the sarod and it is really nice. One of the many instruments that they play in their set. Original reporting by Grahak. Published Inspiration Sun, Issue #4.
Projects for happinessMembers of the Sri Chinmoy Centre have been involved in various projects promoting happiness, including participation in the United Nations International Day of Happiness. An event at Panorama Cafe, New York entitled "Happiness in Poetry”, which included sharing short poems and aphorisms on the theme of happiness.
In one of the largest bookstores in Bratislava, Slovakia, there was an event to mark a new translation of the popular book - 'The Jewels of Happiness' by Sri Chinmoy. The event was called “The Secret of Happiness” to honour the spirit of the International Day of Happiness. A beautiful atmosphere was created by Agnikana’s muisc group. Before the event, each participant received a card with a quote about happiness from the new card series “Be Happy.” During the program, the presenters talked about happiness and read excepts from the book. Two videos were also shown: one about the book’s author, Sri Chinmoy, and the second video featured readings by Addwitya Roberta Flack and Madhurima Judith Light on happiness. Jharna Kala Exhibition. In Iceland the international Day of Happiness was celebrated at an event at the UNESCO Literary House in Reykjavik. Bhikshuni, a student of Sri Chinmoy, was invited as a guest poet/speaker. Icelandic disciples under the direction of Suballabha also participated, performing three of Sri Chinmoy’s songs for the occasion, including an arrangement by Laufey of Sada Susanga. Related
- Quotes on Happiness by Sri Chinmoy
- A Quest for happiness - Article by Abhinabha
The Peace Run in the BalkansRecently, the European leg of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run has started passing through the Balkan countries. A white peace dove for peace in the city of Banja Luka in Bosnia-Herzegovena. (9th May) The run has met many local communities where people have participated in initiatives for peace, such as this. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia received the Peace Run at his residency in Ljubljana. (4th May) Throughout the run, the Peace Run visit local schools where the next generation of young people are able to participate in the event to promote peace and harmony in our daily lives. A symbolic and meaningful meeting on a bridge between Croatia and Bosnia i Herzegovina. The meeting included members of the international team of Peace Runners, local dignitaries and local schoolchildren (9th May) Over the next few weeks, the Run will visit Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania on its long journey to finishing in Rome, Italy towards the end of the year.
“This world of ours has everything save and except one thing: peace. And this peace has to start from within. If I have peace of mind, then only can I be of help to you. If you have peace of mind, then only can you be of help to me.”– Sri Chinmoy The Sri Chinmoy Peace Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause; it seeks to offer a practical method to encourage people's heart-felt wish for peace in the world. You can follow the Peace Run at Peace Run.org Related
- Peace Run at Sri Chinmoy.org
Recent publications of Sri Chinmoy's writingsThe past few months have seen publications of Sri Chinmoy's writings in many places around the world to an appreciative audience.
Be happyTo celebrate the International Day of Happiness on March 20th, the Czech Sri Chinmoy Centre published a new box of gift cards entitled “Be Happy,” decorated with beautiful photographs and aphorisms on happiness by Sri Chinmoy. The advertising featured beautiful posters which could be seen all over the Czech Republic.
Freedom and PeaceDuring the last week of November all major bookstores in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan - in more than 150 cities - started selling a new compilation of Sri Chinmoy's writings, entitled “Freedom and Peace: About Yoga, Meditation and the Art of Living on Earth.” The book is a sort of introduction to the philosophy of Sri Chinmoy, compiled by the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Moscow book. The book was published by one of the biggest publishing houses in Russia. The photo shows a presentation of the new book at the White Clouds bookstore in Moscow on January 15th. On December 1st, the official Russian Sri Chinmoy Library site: www.srichinmoylibrary.ru was launched.
New translation of the Jewels of HappinessIn mid–March the Slovakian Sri Chinmoy Centre launched a new translation of The Jewels of Happiness in the largest bookstore in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event was called “The Secret of Happiness” to honour the spirit of the forthcoming International Day of Happiness.
The Garden of Love LightSri Chinmoy’s collection of Bengali songs The Garden of Love-Light was published in Bangladesh on January 30th with Bengali and English versions, both by Sri Chinmoy, on facing pages. The launch, which featured many prominent speakers including a TV presenter and respected author, was covered in newspapers and on TV. As part of the programme, Rintu Chakravarty sang a selection of the songs from the book. The book was on sale at the popular Dhaka Book Fair throughout the month of February.
Books by Sri Chinmoy's StudentsAuspicious Good Fortune, a spiritual memoir by Sumangali Morhall which has been translated into several languages, is being released as an audio book. “The book is beautifully written and well-crafted.... It gives a rare insight into the fascinating, conflicted life of a very modern spiritual seeker.... It is an extraordinary tale and highly recommended.” Kindred Spirit Magazine Eat to Run is a new book by Stutisheel Lebedev, nine time finisher of the Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race - the world's longest race. The book talks about many of the experiences and discoveries Stutisheel had in getting the proper nutrition for the race. A presentation on holistic nutrition took place in New York City at The Oneness-Fountain Heart Restaurant. Stutisheel shared his experience on how to develop effective nutrition for maximum performance in extreme sport, as well as in day-to-day life.
30th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy Peace MileOn 9th March 2016, local schoolchildren and members of the Peace Run participated in a short event to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile in Battersea Park.
Peace Run 2016The 2016 Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run has begun its journey across different continents, with the European leg recently starting in Portugal. Later in the year, this global relay torch run will also take place in north America, Australasia, Asia and Latin America. The Peace Run was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987; in the past three decades the Peace Run has visited thousands of locations across the globe, giving many people the opportunity to participate in this grassroots initiative for peace and harmony. The Peace Run welcomed by a school in Matosinhos, Portugal. The runners will run in relay many kilometres across Europe. An aphorism by Sri Chinmoy -
"Every day We must try To make at least one person Happy."Further reading
On Sri Chinmoy's Sunlit PathOn Sri Chinmoy's Sunlit Path is a collection of stories by nearly 100 disciples of Sri Chinmoy. The new book offers an insight into the diverse range of experiences of those who have studied meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy. The book is split into different sections, including - 'Joining the Path', 'Meditation and Transformation', 'Self-Transcendence', 'Experiences with Sri Chinmoy', 'Life and Death', 'An Inner Connection' and 'Service' "I left the lecture feeling a deep sense of peace and a joyful, exuberant feeling in my heart. This really was what I had been looking for!" - Abhinabha, (from 1st story) For more information, extracts and how to order - please view:
Conversations on the spiritual lifeAt Sri Chinmoy TV, we have published a few interviews with students of Sri Chinmoy who talk about different aspects of the spiritual life. This includes everything from meditation to the the world's longest race - the 3100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race. It also includes a typical day of working at a divine enterprise or giving meditation classes. Recent videos
Ananda concert in Bristol and CardiffRecently, Ananda a music group from Britain, offered two concerts in Bristol and Cardiff. The first concert was held in the centre of Bristol at the Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol, 13 December, 2015. The group are composed of disciples of Sri Chinmoy from different cities in the UK, they perform the music of Sri Chinmoy. Ananda have had a busy year, touring in the Czech Republic and performing at several venues within the UK. The music was appreciated by those who attended the concert. After the event, some who attended the concert, offered comments on the music. “Such a joy to hear young men sing with devotion to God” “Thank you for such wonderful music, I now feel completely calm.” “Magical and soulful. Thank you.” The second concert was held at a venue in Cardiff.
“Music is psychic enlightenment. Music is the supreme fulfilment of the aspiring human soul.”Sri Chinmoy, [1. Sound and Silence, Part 2, Agni Press, 1982] Related
- Ananda at Radio Sri Chinmoy
Canadian Songs of the Soul Tour 2015Recently, there were four Songs of the Soul concerts in the Canadian cities of Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Sri Chinmoy Centre musicians from around the world travelled to offer these concerts of Sri Chinmoy's music.
Sahadeva's groupLarge audiences greeted the performers in all the concert venues and many of the concert goers offered enthusiastic appreciation for the blend of soulful, dynamic and meditative music.
“The excruciating pangs and universal pathos of music is the beauty of the earth-heart. The transcendental music of liberating Light and immortalising Delight is the beauty of the Heaven-Soul.”Sri Chinmoy, [1. God The Supreme Musician, Agni Press, 1976]
New videos of students of Sri ChinmoyAt a newly designed Sri Chinmoy TV website, we have several new interviews with members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. These videos, with student of Sri Chinmoy, include short explanations about - why they were attracted to Sri Chinmoy's path, experiences of meditation, and life as a student of Sri Chinmoy. Mahatapa Palit, a social entrepreneur from New York, talks about how she became interested in meditation, and how this brought her to Sri Chinmoy's path of meditation. View: Beginnings of a spiritual journey Bishwas Pollisar originally from Seattle, has grown up on Sri Chinmoy's path and now lives in New York. In this video he explains his role in building a new lifting apparatus for one of Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting exhibitions. View: Bishwas Pollisar speaking on lifting apparatus. Preetiduta Thorpe from Auckland talks about some of her experiences as a student of Sri Chinmoy. View: Experiences of meditation Tejvan Pettinger was a student at Oxford University, when he became interested in meditation. In this video, he talks about why he joined Sri Chinmoy's path. Related
40th anniversary of Transcendence-PerfectionNovember 1st, 2015 will be the 40th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's poetry series 'Transcendence-Perfection' This unique collection of poems were written by Sri Chinmoy during a single 24 hour period in New York. The poems were then collected and published in a single edition, within a short space of time. A few weeks later on December 20, 2015, Sri Chinmoy spontaneously set 99 of these poems to music - they were later published in the songbook - 'Transcendence-Perfection'. The poems from Transcendence-Perfection express a range of different spiritual experiences and teachings. Selections from Transcendence-Perfection
Beloved Lord Supreme, Do You approve of My self-transcendence song? "My son, not only do I approve But it is I who will Sing in you, Sing through you My Eternity's Vision-Reality Song."
Sri Chinmoy, #1, Transcendence-Perfection, Agni Press, 1977
God-Lustre grows, glows And reaches the Height Of the ever transcending Beyond. Ecstasy flows And reaches the farthest corner Of the Reality-globe.- Sri Chinmoy, #644, Transcendence-Perfection, Agni Press, 1977
O my mind, Let us go into the silence-room. I assure you, You will be happy, You will be illumined, You will be fulfilled. O my mind, Let us go into the silence-room. It is the silence-room that can give you What you have always wanted: Peace, peace.- Sri Chinmoy, #341, Transcendence-Perfection, Agni Press, 1977 Related
- Transcendence-Perfection at Sri Chinmoy Songs
Meditation techniquesA new book offers 222 different meditation techniques from Sri Chinmoy's writings on how to meditate. The diverse range of meditation techniques are useful for both beginners and more experienced meditators. The meditation techniques include visualisations, concentration, breathing exercises and even meditations whilst running. The exercises can be a good way for people to give a new focus to their own meditation. Review The book is well laid out, with excellent pictures and a feeling of simplicity and purity which is conducive to giving a good inspiration to our meditation. It is the kind of book which can be dipped into at regular intervals, allowing the reader to choose the exercises which appeal to them.
Flying Aalto wins 3100 Mile Race in record timeAshprihanal Aalto, 44, from Helsinki Finland won the 19th Annual Self-Transcendence Race in a new world record time of 40 days+09:06:21. He set a new record for the 3100 Mile Race - taking 23 hours, 10 minutes off the record held by German legend Madhupran Wolfgang Schwerk. During the 3100 mile race Mr. Aalto averaged 76.776 miles per day (123.559 km). This is equivalent to running nearly three marathons a day - consecutively for over 40 days. At the end of his epic race, Ashprihanal was greeted on the line by the other runners, helpers and spectators who came along to see this historic event. 3100 Miles in under 41 days! Related
Peace Run in IcelandThe Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is currently passing through Iceland, taking advantage of the long summer days and enthusiasm of the local people.
How can I have peace? Not by talking about peace, But by walking Along the road of peace.– Sri Chinmoy On the road. The Peace Run in Iceland began in the glacier Langjökull, where the torch was lit.
Ananda music tour of Czech and SlovakiaAnanda, a music group composed of disciples of Sri Chinmoy, have recently toured the Czech Republic and Slovakia offering a series of concerts in Bratislava, Zlín, Brno and Prague. In Bratislava, June 22nd, they performed in the theatre of comedians Lasica & Satinsky Studio. Their concerts involve both meditation music and mantras - with the audience participating in the last song. For the first concert, there was an audience of 130 who thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Other photos from the tour
- Ananda at Radio Sri Chinmoy
Self Transcendence 3100 mile race - 2015The nineteenth annual Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race began this week in New York. The epic race was founded by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher who also encouraged ultra distance running as a means to physical and spiritual self-transcendence. Runners set off on the first day. To follow the action, with race results, live web cam and reports, visit the pages homesite at:
Media articles about the 2015 raceThese media articles appeared before the start of the race.
“The main reason I’m doing it is for what happens when I run,” Nirbhasa said. “I really get into these very beautiful states of inner peace and calm, and when you experience those states of meditation it makes all the little struggles and challenges worthwhile.”
- Irish man's attempt to run the world's longest race at Irish Times
"The race encourages competing with yourself,” Mr Cunningham said. “You try and really stay heartfelt, so you don’t analyse things or calculate mileage or speed, otherwise it gets too overwhelming. I use meditation and breathing techniques I learned from the race founder. That was how I first got interested in it, the idea of combining the two.” - Perth man to run 3100 mile raceSingle-mindedness of the very long distance runner - at Australian.com
Some photos from the raceMore photos from: Before the start Support for the runners. 'Never Give Up' The 3100 Self-transcendence race is dedicated to race founder Sri Chinmoy. Runners take the start line in all weather. The joy of the race. Competitors before the start. More photos
Oneness-Dream in CaliforniaOneness-Dream is an all male acapella singing group who perform the songs of Sri Chinmoy; recently they visited the West coast of California to perform several concerts. Several concerts took place in former Spanish missions which were established during the early years of California in the Eighteenth Century. Many missions have been since abandoned, but a peace still endures in these former places of worship. The concerts included:
- “Pilgrimage of the Heart” yoga studio, San Diego
- Sri Chinmoy Centre, San Diego (practice concert)
- Mission Church at San Juan Capistrano
- Mission Church at San Buenaventura
- Mission Church at La Purisma Conception Lomboc
- Mission Church at San Miquel Archangel
- Mission Church at San Carlos Borromeo Carmel
- Mission Church at San Juan Bautista
- Mission Church at Santa Cruz
- By Sri Chinmoy’s Statue at Narada’s residence
- Mission Church at San Francisco Solana, Sonoma
- Outside concert by the Giant Redwoods of California.
- Mission Dolores in San Francisco
"Music is psychic enlightenment. Music is the supreme fulfilment of the aspiring human soul."Sri Chinmoy, Sound and Silence, Part 2, Agni Press, 1982
Agnikana's group in AustraliaRecently Agnikana's group - a music group from Czech Republic - visited Australia and New Zealand where they offered a series of concerts - performing the music of Sri Chinmoy. The group has performed all around the world; on this tour they performed in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Auckland. Agnikana's group performing in a church. The simple harmonies were appreciated by concert goers at all main venues.
"Your music was exquisite! With the first sound of your voices I had goose bumps and was completely mesmerized. Your harmonies brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful, pure and sensitive. Thank you for sharing."- Comment from audience
"It feels like they are just angels on the earth, singing the music. It was beautiful. So pleasant, so peaceful, so soothing. I can’t express enough words for it. It was just delightful. Completely amazing. Thank you so much for providing the opportunity to listen to this beautiful music. Thank you. I can’t thank you enough."- Comment from audience Concert for 'Music of the Heart' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqCRfDwd8PU Related
- Agnikana's group at Radio Sri Chinmoy
New Health Food Store in Den HaagIn Den Haag, members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre run a Health Food Store, which recently moved to a new, bigger store. The new health food store has a mixture of organic food, fresh to-go meals, smoothies and juices, and aims to offer an integral approach to healthy living. The manager, Pradeep, kindly shared with us some thoughts about the new store. Question: Tell us a little about the move to a new shop /Pradeep/ We had been two years in the old location which was right across the street but the building was not any more suitable for the needs of a modern day health food store. We had many new ideas and great capacities within the team of workers that couldn't really come to fruition there because of lack of space. We decided we would search for a bigger location, and after two years we got this opportunity for a new bigger location right opposite the street, not even ten meters away. With the help of designers, such as Bikash, Sumangali, Chandrakanta and Drisalu we worked on developing a new concept for our Madal Bal shop - Happy, Healthy, Tasty. The idea is we want to present healthy living in a new holistic way:
- Happy: Meditation workshops
- Healthy: Nutritional therapists, lectures on health, food supplements.
- Tasty: Tasty organic foods grown with concern for mother earth.
Songs of the Soul Concert New York 2015During a recent international celebration of Sri Chinmoy's students in New York, a free Songs of the Soul concert was offered at the Baruch Performing Arts Centre, Manhattan. Featuring a host of musicians from around the world, the performers offered different interpretations of Sri Chinmoy's music.
"Everybody on earth is a musician and a singer. A singer does not have to carry a note perfectly. Music is the language of God. God's language, music, is not like mathematics or geometry. It is a language of love. If we love music, that is enough."- Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 27, Agni Press, 2000 Some of the performers on the night included:
- Songs of the Soul website
World Happiness Day 201520 March is the International Day of Happiness, Sri Chinmoy Centres around the world support initiatives to promote happiness. Sri Chinmoy has written extensively on the concept of happiness. Sri Chinmoy teaches that in genuine happiness is spiritual progress. How to create happiness?
Exhibition of Sri Chinmoy's art in OttawaAn exhibition of Sri Chinmoy's Jharna Kala art is currently on display in central Ottawa. The exhibition held at 54 Elgin at Queen includes a selection of Sri Chinmoy's unique artistic creations, which have been widely admired for their vividness, spontaneity and spiritual feeling. The exhibition will be held until April.
“When it is a matter of my paintings, there is no mind, no form. Something within me is coming to the fore freely, effortlessly, with infinite inspiration…spreading its beauty and light so that my paintings flow spontaneously. When I paint, I try to go deep within to the source of creativity where it is all peace, calmness and quiet."- Sri Chinmoy Jharna Kala of Sri Chinmoy Paintings in exhibition. Related
Peace Run 2015The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run began 2015, on the first of January, with an event in Croatia. Members of the Peace Run, run through the walls of Dubrovnik. It was part of a 10km race through the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. The Peace Run later featured on Croatian national TV.
Peace Is the oneness-bridge Between my satisfaction And the world’s satisfaction.- Sri Chinmoy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahušić, greets the runners - in front of the patron saint of the city, Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise). Related
- Peace Run report
AUM MagazineAt Sri Chinmoy Library, we have published some of the early volumes of AUM magazine. The first edition of AUM was published on 27th August 1965 - just over a year after Sri Chinmoy arrived in New York, US. The AUM magazines contain a treasure of early talks, question and answers, poetry and discourses by Sri Chinmoy. The AUM magazines provided material for many of the first books published by Sri Chinmoy.
"AUM is the soundless sound. It is the vibration of the Supreme. When one hears the soundless sound within, when one identifies oneself with it, when one lives within it, one can be freed from the fetters of ignorance and realise the Supreme within and without."Continue reading: AUM Later cover of AUM magazine. Related
- AUM magazines at Sri Chinmoy Library
New statue in CanberraAt the closing ceremony of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in Australia 2014, a new statue of Sri Chinmoy was unveiled in Canberra. The statue is located by a lake at Regatta point. The statue of Sri Chinmoy, sculpted by Kaivalya Torpy. The Peace Torch Runners mark the end of their journey through Australia, spreading a message of peace and harmony. More photos at Peace Run.org
Right now fear, doubt, anxiety, tension and disharmony are reigning supreme. But there shall come a time when this world of ours will be flooded with peace. Who is going to bring about that radical change? It will be you: you and your sisters and brothers, who are an extension of your reality-existence. It will be you and your oneness-heart, which is spread throughout the length and breadth of the world. Peace is unity. Peace is oneness, within and without."
Jharna Kala 40th anniversaryNovember 19th was the 40th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's Jharna Kala - "Fountain Art"; this anniversary was observed around the world. A painting of Sri Chinmoy "Jharna-Kala" is the Bengali name Sri Chinmoy chose for his artwork. The English translation is "Fountain Art" - which signifies art flowing from the source of creation, flowing from the inspiration he receives in meditation. He began painting on November 19th, 1974 in Ottawa, Canada. Over the next 33 years, Sri Chinmoy produced a prolific output of paintings. One art critic commented on the paintings of Sri Chinmoy:
"Instead of seeing the world as a concrete, solid body where things are separate, Sri Chinmoy sees the world as a unity where all things seem to move together. The paintings are physical manifestations of his inner meditations. They show a higher level of consciousness.- T.J.Bergen, Secretary American Contemporary Artists Galleries. A Soul Bird drawing. Sri Chinmoy signed his paintings CKG Recently, members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre observed the 40th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's art. An undated Jharna Kala Related
Recent videos and audio recordingsAt Sri Chinmoy TV there have been several new videos, including archive videos of Sri Chinmoy's early meditations in the 1970s. On Radio Sri Chinmoy, there have been some classic recordings by Sri Chinmoy and recent performances by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre.
- Sri Chinmoy - early meditations from the 1970s
- Early film footage from the 1970s - recorded on Super 8s
- My unfailing harpsichord friend - Sri Chinmoy singing and playing the harpsichord
- Peace Concert Tokyo 1984 - An early Peace Concert by Sri Chinmoy in Japan
- Pole Star Promise Light - Sri Chinmoy sings 50 Bengali songs
Challenging Impossibility in ZurichRecently, a special display of Sri Chinmoy's lifting equipment were made available for public viewing in the prominent main station in Zurich. Thousands of people passed the stand which was part of an exhibition on promoting good health. Within the display were 3 TV screens that featured weight-lifting videos and the famous documentary "Challenging Impossibility". The exhibition is a travelling museum and has visited many cities around US and Europe. The exhibition shows the weightlifting machines that Sri Chinmoy used for hoisting immense weights with his arms, legs and shoulders. This includes a staggering 2,600 lb standing calf raise, a unique apparatus for lifting individuals overhead, and a 800 lb bench press. A gallery of photos and short films documenting these extraordinary feats of strength completes the display. Related
Recent articles by membersSome recent articles by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre on topics related to the spiritual life. Sri Chinmoy Inspiration Group - a Yahoo group with conversations on topics, such as crossing the barriers of age, staying on the path. Other popular writings from the archive include Stories by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in joining the path - First steps in the world of meditation and significant experiences with Sri Chinmoy Reflections on Running - an edition of Inspiration Letters dedicated to the theme of running Seven secrets of meditation by Jogyata Dallas - A popular series of articles on 'secrets' of meditation.
Oneness-Dream singing tour in ScotlandRecently - Oneness-Dream, a group of male singers from the Sri Chinmoy Centre visited Scotland to perform the songs of Sri Chinmoy at a variety of churches, monasteries and temples. The group performed a total of 15 performances in different locations ranging from short, spontaneous performances to full concerts of about 1 hour. Highlights of the tour included performing at Iona, Findhorn and the Hindu Temple in Glasgow during the Glasgow Mandir. The tour was often described by participants as a pilgrimage - the singers visited many of the famous holy sites of Scoltand - including ancient spiritual centres such as Whithorn, Kilmartin and Iona and more modern centres, such as Findhorn and Gorbals Parish.
Songs of the Soul NYRecently, a Songs of the Soul Concert was offered at the Skirball Centre, New York to celebrate the life and music of Sri Chinmoy. The concert, featuring musicians from around the world, was part of the 50th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's arrival in the West. Performing in the concert, included Gandharva Loka - an international orchestra of around 70 members from all around the world. They performed the arranged compositions of Sri Chinmoy.
Music is psychic enlightenment. Music is the supreme fulfilment of the aspiring human soul.Sri Chinmoy, Sound and Silence, Part 2, Agni Press, 1982 Other performers included: More details at