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Close finish in Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race

Yuri 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.
yuri-finish-line Yuri crosses the finish line after an epic journey of 46+ days

2016 was the 20th annual Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race and it provided the closest finish, with a late surge by Asprihanal making it a narrow margin of victory for Yuri, who also completed his fourth edition of the race.
yuri-asprihanal Asprihanal, the course record holder, offers his sincere appreciation to his brother competitor Yuri.

After finishing the race, Yuri Trostenyuk expressed his great joy and gratitude for completing the race. He talked about the inner significance of the race:
“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.”
yuri- In an epic race, Yuri finished in a time of 46 days +01:10:25 - averaging 67 miles / 108.346 km per day. yuri-finish-line-3 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.
3100-mile-race-2016-1 The start of the 2016 race

Other runners Atmavir Petr Spacil and Vasu Duzhiy are also close behind and set to finish very soon. In the womens race Kaneenika Janakova and Surasa Mairer are also edging closer to the magic 3100 mile mark. Related

Blue Flower - Music group

Blue 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. Blue_Flower     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) blue-flower 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.
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40 Peace Talks

In 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. Animesh-talking-medium-768x565 Picture of Sri Chinmoy, with talk introduced by Animesh Harrington Animesh-talking-about-Australia-1976-medium-768x943 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.
Unmilan-and-Animesh-with-Poster-medium-768x566 Students of Sri Chinmoy - Unmilan and Animesh advertising the concert.

The talks are offered in a way for people to find out about Sri Chinmoy and his philosophy of peace. peace-is-not-absence-power-love Related

Peace Run in the Himalayas

Recently, 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-Nepal Peace Run at Nagarkot statue in Nepal. Peace-Run-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. everest 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. Peace-Run-Nepal Schools welcome the Peace Run and message of harmony and understanding. This is at a school assembly in Nagarkot. himalayas- The beauty of the Himalayan mountains. himalayas-
“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 triathlon

Recently, 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. finish-triathlon 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.
pre-race-briefing Organisers, Kokila and Garga giving a pre-swim briefing.

In around 2003, Sri Chinmoy was at a function in Paris. In passing, he mentioned he would be very happy if the British centres held a triathlon. To many at the event, this brief comment was soon forgotten, lost in the intensity of spending a few hours with Sri Chinmoy. That weekend, Sri Chinmoy spoke about many things, and there was a vortex of spiritual activities and energy so it was easy to forget a short comment such as that. However, the talk of a triathlon stirred something in the mind of Garga and he became determined to see the vision of a British triathlon manifest in reality. A few years later, a joy day with students of Sri Chinmoy morphed into a trial triathlon where the only competitors were members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. We had a 100m swim in a local pool, before a leisurely breakfast and then a move to quiet Cambridge road to have a bit of a cycle. After this brief foray into the world of cycling we retired for a typically English summer lunch of Cucumber sandwiches and generous portions of cake. Those not too weighed down by mid-day lunch completed the very relaxed approach to a triathlon with a 2 mile run around Parker’s Piece. The Ironman, this triathlon was not, though technically we did manage swim, cycle run. tri-pool It was a bit of fun, but there wasn’t so much enthusiasm to organise a proper triathlon. It seemed quite a step into the unknown and there were the practical difficulties of organising a large-scale multi-disciplined event in the cool climate of the UK. However, Garga’s persistence saw the birth of a triathlon in the village of Portishead a few miles from Bristol. There is a saying ‘where there is a will there is a way’ and this is particularly true for the spiritual life, with enthusiasm and willingness practical difficulties can be overcome. marshalls-2 The first triathlon was not all plain sailing - cold, wet and windy. But, it exceeded expectations and with the first one done, everyone gained confidence. The Sri Chinmoy Tri a Triathlon has emerged as a popular event for both competitors and organisers. Competitors have been generous in praise of the cheerful encouragement from all the volunteers who take part in the event. sc-races A few years after organising the first triathlon, Garga had a near-fatal heart attack, yet he took this not as a reason to retire and take it easy, but as an unexpected ‘rebirth’ and he continues to organise and promote triathlons with undimmed enthusiasm. You wouldn't notice from his calm demeanour during the hectic weekend of the event that he was once at death's door. In fact, he has set up other duathlon events, which help to get people interested in the multi-discipline sport. The Tri a Triathlon has given quite a few competitors the chance to gain the joy and satisfaction from their first steps at self-transcendence in the triathlon world.
runners-finish The joy of completing the course

    Speaking about the event Garga Chamberlain states:
"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

Muhammad Ali

Boxing 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.
Muhammad-Ali Sri Chinmoy and Muhammad Ali meditate together Sept 1977.

Sri Chinmoy was a great admirer of Muhammad Ali. In his meetings, he made a few comments about Muhammad Ali.
"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. ”
Muhammad-Ali Sri Chinmoy and Muhammad Ali meditate together Sept 1977

Later, Sri Chinmoy commented on this meeting: Sri Chinmoy: I wish to say a few words about the world-champion, Muhammad Ali. Yesterday was a most significant day both for the members of the Meditation Group and for the champion, Muhammad Ali (Pointing to the two photographs, below:) Ali-Chinmoy "This is Muhammad Ali in his physical consciousness and this is Muhammad Ali in his soulful consciousness. Each individual has two aspects: the physical aspect and the spiritual aspect. This moment he expresses himself or reveals his capacities through physical means; the next moment he expresses his reality’s divinity through spiritual means. In this picture we see Muhammad Ali in a devoted, soulful, cheerful and powerful consciousness. Right beside it is another picture which brings forward his other aspect: physical strength."
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 incense

In Australia, an enterprise 'Incense of the World' has combined its business of incense with handing out aphorism cards by Sri Chinmoy. learn-art-forgiving-then-it-becomes-easy Incense is in the Air by Grahak Cunningham
incense Pushpendra

It is not often you meet travelling salesman who sell goods that help make the world a better place but Victorian Pushpendra Uppal has a selection of goods he has peddled for nearly 20 years that help do just that- well they help the world smell better anyway – incense. The company he helped develop with owner Guni Warmington in Melbourne, Incense of the World has been spreading its fragrant wings since 1998 with clients in every state and a distribution network of high end incense from manufacturers throughout Bali, Nepal, India and Japan. Pushpendra wasn’t initially destined to become a travelling incense salesman. It was science that Pushpendra was initially drawn to as his father Rajinder Kumar was an industrial chemist, who arrived from India in 1958. Interestingly Rajinder didn’t really migrate to Australia by choice. Whilst furthering his studies to be a doctor in India, he was bitten by a dog and developed a Hydatid cyst infection which spread to his spine, a rare complication. Pushpendra’s grandfather, a doctor, contacted the World Health Organisation to find the best place for treatment for his eldest son. A call went out around the world for experts in this field and the answer came from Dr Samuel Fitzpatrick in Hamilton, Victoria. Sheep were commonly infected with the parasite and a doctor there had developed a treatment regime from treating sheep workers who contracted the disease. Through Rotary funding and after almost a year of hospital and rehabilitation Rajinder moved to Melbourne and obtained a job the next day. He eventually found an Aussie wife and had twins, Veeraja and Pushpendra. The then unusual mixed racial marriage was quickly embraced by the family back home in New Delhi at the prospect of bringing two bouncing twin boys into the fold. Following in his father’s footsteps Pushpendra studied Science at university as did his brother, but with a love of India’s heritage and customs, incense was in his veins. He jumped at the chance to work selling incense products and the opportunities that come with it. “I generally visit stores which are there to better people. Health food stores, gift stores, book stores and so on. I get to travel all over the country and visit manufacturers overseas. It is a great job. I love it.” Pushpendra has been in Western Australia for the last month, visiting customers in the South West, Great Southern, Metropolitan and Mid West regions. If you hire a car from the airport and it smells extremely nice, it was probably his and the remnants of the Japanese incense he sells still floating through the air. It is his favourite type as the Japanese are most renowned for their subtlety, purity and beautiful visual presentation of incense. “The Japanese have elevated the use of incense to a poetic and cultural dimension without equivalent in the world,” he said. “Each blend of incense has been created and refined over centuries and is made in strict accordance to the ancient traditional Japanese lore. The Japanese appreciate 'incense time' at Koh-do (Incense Ceremony) as we enjoy 'tea time' for relaxation, refreshment and communion with others.” Incense of the World endeavours to support cottage industries on the sub-continent. It distributes products like paper journals from the Himalayas and Tibetan incense from a Buddhist Nunnery in Nepal. Their production provides important employment for low income families whilst preserving the age-old incense and paper-making techniques of past generations. Whilst the workshop was badly damaged, thankfully none of the incense workers or their family members were hurt in the recent earthquake. “We enjoy giving back. Proceeds from incense and journal sales support the preservation and replantation of Lokta in Dolkha and Sindhupaichok, Nepal. We also give away aphorism cards by Sri Chinmoy which are found on the counters of many different stores in Australia and in many countries around the world. there-is-no-magical-power-as-beautiful-and-inspiring-as-eyes These cards help touch people in a positive way.” To date over 1.3 million have been given out in Australia alone. With sayings like ‘You follow your heart’s love and your life’s happiness will follow you.’ they have a positive impact on whoever reads them. As do the fragrant blends that Pushpendra distributes throughout the nation. “Fragrances remind us of home, garden, friends, ceremonies, the memories of childhood,” he explains. “Without the sense of smell, our lives would be far less interesting. Incense aims to touch on that part of ourselves.”  

Monk Party

Monk 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”. monk-party-2 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! monk-party 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 happiness

Members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre have been involved in various projects promoting happiness, including participation in the United Nations International Day of Happiness. happiness-poetry An event at Panorama Cafe, New York entitled "Happiness in Poetry”, which included sharing short poems and aphorisms on the theme of happiness. to-get-happiness
jewels-happiness-slovakia 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. concert-zlin 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. happiness Jharna Kala Exhibition. happiness-1-iceland 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 Related articles

The Peace Run in the Balkans

Recently, the European leg of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run has started passing through the Balkan countries. balkans-white-dove-peace 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. president-of-slovenia Mr. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia received the Peace Run at his residency in Ljubljana. (4th May) school-croatia-augusta-cesarca3 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. meeting-bridge-b-c 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

Recent publications of Sri Chinmoy's writings

The past few months have seen publications of Sri Chinmoy's writings in many places around the world to an appreciative audience.

Be happy

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. posters

Freedom and Peace

During 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. freedom-peace On December 1st, the official Russian Sri Chinmoy Library site: www.srichinmoylibrary.ru was launched.

New translation of the Jewels of Happiness

jewels-slovakia In 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 Light

bangladesh Sri 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 Students

agfAuspicious 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. stutisheel 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 Mile

On 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.
Sri-Chinmoy-peace-mile-battersea The Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile, Battersea Park, with Peace Pagoda in the background.

Several schools came to participate in this simple event which sought to mark the importance of cultivating peace and harmony within our communities. peace-mile-battersea In 1986, Sri Chinmoy came to Battersea Park to found, with members of the London Council, the first Peace Mile.  The Peace Mile was the first of many 'Peace-Blossoms' - a place where runners could run a measured one mile loop at a location dedicated to peace. In the past 30 years, many thousands of Londoners have run and walked along this stretch of Battersea Park by the River Thames and the Buddhist Peace Pagoda. plaque-sri-chinmoy-peace-mile At this event, children were introduced to the runners of the Peace Run and then ran the one mile race along the Peace Mile. Other photos from the Peace Mile Celebration peace-runners-battersea peace-mile-battersea peace-mile-battersea2 peace-mile-battersea3 peace-mile-battersea peace-mile-battersea-t2 peace-mile-battersea-t3 peace-run-battersea-t4  Related

Peace Run 2016

The 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. Peace-Run The Peace Run welcomed by a school in Matosinhos, Portugal. Peace-Run The runners will run in relay many kilometres across Europe. Peace-Run An aphorism by Sri Chinmoy -
"Every day We must try To make at least one person Happy."
Further reading

On Sri Chinmoy's Sunlit Path

On Sri Chinmoy's Sunlit Path is a collection of stories by nearly 100 disciples of Sri Chinmoy. on-sri-chinmoys-sunlit-path 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 life

At 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. Conversations-about-meditation-14888 Recent videos

Ananda concert in Bristol and Cardiff

Recently, Ananda a music group from Britain, offered two concerts in Bristol and Cardiff. ananda-4 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.” ananda 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 Footnotes

Canadian Songs of the Soul Tour 2015

Recently, 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-11907891

Sahadeva's group

Large 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.
pavaka-1190785 Pavaka's group

“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] cast-1190799

The performers   sahadeva-

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New videos of students of Sri Chinmoy

At 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 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
bishwasBishwas 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.
preetidutta-thorpe-sqPreetiduta Thorpe from Auckland talks about some of her experiences as a student of Sri Chinmoy. View: Experiences of meditation
tejvanTejvan 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.  
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40th anniversary of Transcendence-Perfection

November 1st, 2015 will be the 40th anniversary of  Sri Chinmoy's poetry series 'Transcendence-Perfection' 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

Meditation techniques

222-meditatiionA 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. Related  

Flying Aalto wins 3100 Mile Race in record time

Ashprihanal 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. 3100 mile race 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. JG1_5031 3100 Miles in under 41 days!JG1_4722 Related

Peace Run in Iceland

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is currently passing through Iceland, taking advantage of the long summer days and enthusiasm of the local people.
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The run, founded by Sri Chinmoy, exists to promote peace, harmony and friendship amongst people around the world.
Peace Run Iceland The Peace Run also passes through some of nature's most beautiful parts of the world.

How can I have peace? Not by talking about peace, But by walking Along the road of peace.
– Sri Chinmoy Peace Run Iceland On the road. into-glacier The Peace Run in Iceland began in the glacier Langjökull, where the torch was lit.

Ananda music tour of Czech and Slovakia

Ananda, 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. ananda 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-2 Ananda playing a mixture of western and eastern instruments.

ananda-3 a packed audience. Statue of Sri Chinmoy in background

ananda-5 Members of Ananda

 
ananda-1 Ananda practise

  Related https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJXrAUJrs-4

Self Transcendence 3100 mile race - 2015

The 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. jowan-3 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 race

These 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.”
"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 race
Single-mindedness of the very long distance runner - at Australian.com  

Some photos from the race

More photos from:   jowan-2 Before the start 3100-2 Support for the runners.  jowan-4 'Never Give Up'jowan-5 The 3100 Self-transcendence race is dedicated to race founder Sri Chinmoy.jowan-6 Runners take the start line in all weather.jowan-7 The joy of the race.perfection-journey1 Competitors before the start. More photos

Oneness-Dream in California

Oneness-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. 9b-outside-san-miguel 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
9a-mission-san-miguel Oneness-Dream at the Mission at San Miguel

The aim of the group is to offer the music and songs of Sri Chinmoy in its purest and simplest form. Sri Chinmoy composed over 20,000 songs during his lifetime - songs which express a variety of spiritual emotions and can be very conducive for meditation.
"Music is psychic enlightenment. Music is the supreme fulfilment of the aspiring human soul."
Sri Chinmoy, Sound and Silence, Part 2, Agni Press, 1982
20-tree-golden-gate Group members visit Golden Gate Park where Sri Chinmoy began his long-distance running career in the late 1970s. Sri Chinmoy planted a tree close to where his first long-distance running event took place.

2b-san-diego San Diego Sri Chinmoy Centre
14-narada-statue Statue of Sri Chinmoy in Narada's garden

ananda-fuara18 Ananda Fuara - A vegetarian restaurant run by members of San Francisco Sri Chinmoy Centre members.

The group received hospitality from the San Francisco and San Diego Sri Chinmoy Centres during their week long tour. To listen to Oneness-Dream, you can visit this recording from Radio Sri Chinmoy

Agnikana's group in Australia

agnikana-aus-5   Recently 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. agnikana-aus-3 The group has performed all around the world; on this tour they performed in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Auckland. agnikana-aus-1 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 ang-music-concert- Concert for 'Music of the Heart' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqCRfDwd8PU  Related

New Health Food Store in Den Haag

In 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. madal bal 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.
In the new store we have a first floor where we give meditation classes and which is rented by different health therapists. Each Saturday morning we have a free lecture on some health related topics; it can be anything from making your own vegan cakes to fighting winter depression with essential oils or the chemistry of amino acids. The main part of the business of course still is the organic groceries and some fresh items we make ourselves. Question: What do you hope to offer customers? /Pradeep/ We want to offer our customers an integral and holistic approach to health which nourishes all the parts of our being. We feel that healthy living needs healthy food, meditation and maybe some personalized therapy when the balance is lost. Apart from that we feel that our service to our customers also involves ourselves and how we look upon ourselves and treat our customers and our colleagues. We hope to share our hearts. In the way we serve our customers and work together as a team we hope to be an inspiration for people and offer a kind of unspoken solution for harmonizing the inner and the outer life. Our motto is: Lifting up the world with a oneness-heart. Question: Why do you like working with health foods? /Pradeep:/ In a way I never chose consciously to work with health food, though I have a great love for nature. I studied geology and normally that doesn't mean that you will work in a health food store one day. However, when I concluded my studies 15 years ago I had the opportunity to work full time in the Madal Bal store where I had already worked during my studies. At the time I worked there one day a week just because they needed some help. Always when I came home from a day at work I felt tremendous purity and fulfilment even in my physical body. I was very happy to come and work there full time once I finished my studies. My interest for health food was basically secondary to my interest for spirituality but I have come to like it very much over the years! I had some small health issues and in trying to solve those you could say I have become very interested in health foods myself - e.g. trying out the latest superfoods and theories on how and what to eat and combine. It gives me joy and it helps me to be healthier. It's a joy to share this information again with the customers. In that sense a health food store is a nice combination of physical labour and a service to the people where you can also use your heart and mind. People are very grateful when you help them with true warmth and concern and also give them good advice and good products which help them to feel better. holland-madal The Madal Bal team in Den Haag. madal-bal-nl-4 A photo of Sri Chinmoy - the inspiration behind the enterprise. madal-bal-nl-1 Opening day. madal-bal-nl-3 The outside of the shop. Related

Songs of the Soul Concert New York 2015

During 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:
dsc9094 Paree's International Group.

Sri Chinmoy Centre Choir Sri Chinmoy Centre Choir

2015041511445729dineshgermanygroup4x6 Dinesh instrumental group

Sri Chinmoy Bhajan Singers Sri Chinmoy Bhajan Singers

sahadeva2 Sahadeva's Group

  Photos by Apaguha, Bijoy and Prashputita. Related

World Happiness Day 2015

20 March is the International Day of Happiness, Sri Chinmoy Centres around the world support initiatives to promote happiness. be-happy-you-will-get-what-you-like-best-happiness Sri Chinmoy has written extensively on the concept of happiness. Sri Chinmoy teaches that in genuine happiness is spiritual progress. happiness-supreme-importance How to create happiness? to-get-happiness External link

Exhibition of Sri Chinmoy's art in Ottawa

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy's Jharna Kala art is currently on display in central Ottawa. ottawa-exhibition2   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. ottawa-exhibition
“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 large-Jharna-3-e1350761532526   jharna-kala   gallery Paintings in exhibition. Related

Peace Run 2015

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run began 2015, on the first of January, with an event in Croatia. croatia-4 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. croatia-2
Peace Is the oneness-bridge Between my satisfaction And the world’s satisfaction.
- Sri Chinmoy croatia-34 Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahušić, greets the runners - in front of the patron saint of the city, Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise). croatia-peace-run Related

AUM Magazine

At 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.
sri-chinmoy-from-aum Sri Chinmoy - photo from AUM magazine.

  Over the next few months more editions of AUM magazine will be added to Sri Chinmoy Library. The first talk in the AUM vol 1. No. 1. is on the subject of AUM
"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   aum-magazine Later cover of AUM magazine. Related

New statue in Canberra

At 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. canberra-statue-3-4-sideways The statue of Sri Chinmoy, sculpted by Kaivalya Torpy. canberra-statue-closeup The Peace Torch canberra-statue-peace-run Runners mark the end of their journey through Australia, spreading a message of peace and harmony. More photos at Peace Run.org dreamers-of-peace-plaque
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 anniversary

November 19th was the 40th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's Jharna Kala - "Fountain Art"; this anniversary was observed around the world. Jharna-Kala-undated-2 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. soul-bird-22-8-2003-sri-chinmoy 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. jharna-kala-ckg-undated An undated Jharna Kala Related

Recent videos and audio recordings

At 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 Recent recordings from Radio Sri Chinmoy by Sri Chinmoy Recordings from Radio Sri Chinmoy by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre  

Challenging Impossibility in Zurich

Recently, a special display of Sri Chinmoy's lifting equipment were made available for public viewing in the prominent main station in Zurich. CHALLENGING-show-Zurich-2014-Sri-Chinmoy 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 members

mm Some 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 Scotland

Recently - 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. oneness-dream The group performed a total of 15 performances in different locations ranging from short, spontaneous performances to full concerts of about 1 hour. Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 14.05.03 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. Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 14.05.33
In Whithorn the group sang at the Abbey ruins and also at the site of - perhaps - the first Christian settlement in Scotland. It was by the sea and the weather was unusually very still and calm.
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There was also a performance at the historic Rosslyn chapel, during a candlelit evening to an audience of about 50 people.
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Songs of the Soul NY

Recently, 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. ghandarva-loka 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: paree-singers bhajan table-harmonium More details at

World record flower garland

August 27th marked the 83rd birth anniversary of Sri Chinmoy; this year 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary since Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in the West in April 1964. To mark the special anniversary, students of Sri Chinmoy met in New York and took part in various activities as part of a two week long celebration. 1New-York-Councilman-and-Ashrita-Furman-behind-world's-longest-garland_photo-by-Bijoy-Imhof This included making the world’s longest flower garland. A team of 200 volunteers, led by Ashrita Furman worked around the clock to create a new Guinness world record for a flower garland which totalled 5 miles (8.046 km) in length. The flower garland was made in multiple loops at Joseph-Austin-Field in in the borough Queens of New York The super-sized garland weighing 4000 lb (1800 kg) ensures Ashrita Furman a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records. (Ashrita Furman currently holds 206 Guinness World Records) After the record was documented, the flowers were re-used to create a stunning 'room of flowers' in a nearby driveway. Other activities during the August celebrations included the Sri Chinmoy Self-transcendence marathon in Rockland State Park and a Songs of the Soul Concert in Manhattan New York. (photo Bijoy Imhof)  
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