Joy-Day in Nepal

To celebrate Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in the West in April 1964 the Nepalese Sri Chinmoy Centre in Kathmandu organized a day of special celebrations. This ‘Joy-Day’ consisted of joyful and spiritual activities, such as meditation, singing, a spiritual play and a visit to Sri Chinmoy’s statue in Nagarkot, at the foot of the Himalaya’s.

The boys from Kathmandu enjoying the sun

At the Joy-Day there were also four disciples from Bangladesh, which is Sri Chinmoy’s land of birth. One of these students is doing her PhD thesis on Sri Chinmoy’s poetry.

Sri Chinmoy's statue at Nagarkot



More photos of Sri Chinmoy statue in Nepal

Music from Nepal – report about Songs of the Soul concert in Kathmandu.

Ananda Tour in the Balkans

The British music group Ananda travelled to the Balkan countries recently for a series of seven meditative concerts dedicated to the music of Sri Chinmoy. They performed in Macedonia, Serbia and Bulgaria for audiences ranging from 100 to 300 people.

Ananda on stage in Nis (Serbia)

Ananda’s group members are male students of Sri Chinmoy living in the UK and Ireland. The group creates haunting and soul-stirring arrangements of Sri Chinmoy’s soulful and meditative songs and just released their fourth album.

Apart from their concerts, they also gave a series of lectures on meditation and spirituality in five of the cities they visited.






The group members

Jayasalini’s Lecture Tour in Brazil

Recently, Jayasalini Abramovskikh from the Moscow Sri Chinmoy Centre, travelled to Brazil for a series of meditation classes focused on the subject of Self-Transcendence. One week earlier Jayasalini had completed the Self-Transcendence 6 Day Race in New York where she ran a total of 600K, averaging 100 kilometres per day.

Jayasalini running the Self-Transcendence 6 Day Race

According to Jayasalini the 6 Day Race is an opportunity to develop faith, willpower and the necessity of competing only with oneself.

Our philosophy
Is progress.
In our self-transcendence
Is our tremendous joy.

– Sri Chinmoy [1]

Jayaslini lectured in Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. About 100 spiritual seekers attended her classes.

Jayasalini poses with members from the Sri Chinmoy Centres in Brazil


[1] Sri Chinmoy, Excerpt from Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 13

World Harmony Run 25 years anniversary

On April 27th the World Harmony Run/Peace Run celebrated its 25th anniversary. The World Harmony Run was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987 to foster good will and world peace by running with a Peace Torch all over the world. The Run has visited over 140 countries to date and annually reaches about one million people.

Sri Chinmoy Centres from all over the world celebrated the anniversary by organizing special World Harmony Run events in their respective cities.

In Ljubljana,Slovenia, (left) runners carried the Peace Torch to a site where they will plant a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Tree in October.
In Groningen, The Netherlands (right) 140 school children released balloons with wishes for peace attached to them.

A Weekend of Joy in Germany

Last weekend, 500 of Sri Chinmoy’s students from all over Europe convened in the South of Germany for an uplifting weekend of meditation, sports, music and other inspirational activities.

True inner joy is self – created.
It does not depend on outer circumstances.
A river is flowing in and through you carrying the message of joy.
This divine joy is the sole purpose of life.

– Sri Chinmoy [1]

Sri Chinmoy aptly called these events a ‘Joy-Day’. This Joy-Day took place in Weinheim, near Heidelberg. Most people arrived late Saturday afternoon; after an opening meditation and dinner there was a versatile spiritual evening program with music, meditation, video’s, slideshows, a play and news about all the activities of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in various parts of the world, such as the recent concerts of the Gandharva Loka Orchestra in Bangladesh.

Sunday morning started with an early 6 a.m. meditation followed by a 2-mile running race. After a late morning program with more music, singing and video’s the Joy-Day ended with a final silent meditation.


[1] Sri Chinmoy, The Wings of Joy

Start of European World Harmony Run 2012

Recently, the 2012 European leg of the World Harmony Run began its journey in Figueira da Foz, Portugal.


 Some of the participants who joined the World Harmony Run.

The city of Figueira da Foz played host to the international team of runners who will cover over 24,000 kilometres in the coming 8 months, carrying the Peace Torch through 45 European countries. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Run, which was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987.

World-renowned marathon legend Tegla Loroupe was part of the international running team in Figueira da Foz. Over 900 local school children joined her in the opening run through the city. The mayor warmly welcomed the runners and wished them a good journey ahead.

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Ashrita Furman—Top Record Breaker of the Decade

Officially the most prolific Guinness World Record breaker of all time—a total of 265 records set over the last three decades, and currently holding 108—Ashrita Furman of Queens, New York is now one of the most popular, voted as the leading claimant of the decade by members of public at the Guinness World Records website.

“With so many remarkable achievements over the past decade we decided to let the fans dictate the best of the best,” explained Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief. “After thousands of votes the Top Records of the Decade does not disappoint.”

Ashrita, an anything but disappointing 54 year old health-food store manager, and possibly a better advertisement for good health than the products he sells, set his first record in 1979 by performing the most star jumps—an astounding 27,000—and has since gained the monikers Mr Versatility and Mr Guinness Records by hopping, skipping and juggling his way to records on all seven continents, and in disciplines as diverse as the most pogostick jumps in one minute (238), the fastest mile somersaulting (19 min 11 sec), and standing on a swiss ball for the longest time (3 hrs 38 min).

As one of the top record breakers of the 2000s, Ashrita joins an illustrious field including Usain Bolt, whose 2008 9.69 second 100m was voted the top sports record, and Barack Obama, who made history and the record books as the first African-American U.S. President.

World Records Ripped In Two At Impossibility-Challenger

World records were ripped, bent, torn and smashed in Auckland, New Zealand recently, with 7 world records broken in the Impossibility-Challenger world record games.

Albert Walter tears a phone book in two at the Impossibility-Challenger Games

Held November 14 at Auckland’s Trusts Stadium, the first time the impossibility challenging festival has been staged in New Zealand, the event saw two World Records set by Swiss strongman and weightlifter Albert Walter, who first tore a 1440 page phone book in two and then snapped a 30cm long carpenter’s nail, with nothing more than bare hands and steely determination employed.

New Zealander Alistair Galpin, one of the top World Record breakers of the past decade, set nine new records on the day, including the most lit candles in the mouth, and the fastest time to shell a boiled egg. To celebrate, Galpin broke the record for the most high-fives in a minute.

Other impossible feats made possible included the fastest car tyre change by four employees of tire company Frank Allen Tyres, the world’s longest balloon chain, the largest dot to dot drawing, and the fastest mile pushing a person in a shopping trolley.

The 16th staging of the event, Impossibility-Challenger was founded in 1982 by accomplished weightlifter and peace-visionary Sri Chinmoy, upon the ideals of self-transcendence and challenging limits, and was staged by the Sri Chinmoy Centre, a prolific non-profit organisation also responsible for the World Harmony Run—the world’s largest participant torch relay—and The Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles humanitarian aid programme.


Inspiration Not Impossible At World Record Games

On November 14th, Auckland, New Zealand, phone-books will be torn, carpenter’s nails broken, giant balloon hats made and shopping trolleys pushed in the name of challenging the impossible, and breaking world records along the way.

Impossibility-Challenger games organised by the Sri Chinmoy Centre

Jumped, thrown and run successfully in Zurich, Switzerland and Munich, Germany since the 1980s, the Impossibility-Challenger festival of record smashing is being staged in New Zealand for the first time, and Director Budhsamudra Knox is confident that success will not be impossible—“We think Kiwis have what it takes to step up to the mark.”

Attempting to cross that mark, and in world record time, is an international field of participants including Alistair Galpin, the New Zealander with the most World Records, Albert Walter of Switzerland, a bench press champion who tears phone books better than anybody else, and a team of mechanics who will attempt the 4-man car wheel change world record.

The impossibility challenging event also encompasses the Self-Transcendence Games, where hundreds of school children will compete together with celebrities in just for fun events like hula-hoop racing and catching an egg thrown the greatest distance.

The Impossibility-Challenger games were founded in 1982 by the late peace visionary Sri Chinmoy, upon the premise that challenging limitations and the seemingly impossible not only brings the individual joy, but inspires others to transcend that which is challenging in their lives as well.

The event is organised by the Sri Chinmoy Centre, a prolific non-profit organisation also responsible for the world’s largest participant torch relay, the World Harmony Run, and The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles humanitarian aid programme.