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.
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.
On 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)
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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.
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.
Samunnati Natalia Lehonkova, a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Ukraine, won the Belfast Marathon in a time of 2:36:50, a personal best and a new course record.
It is the latest in a string of marathon victories, having won in Edinburgh and Toulouse within the past year. Over 17,000 people took part in the Belfast marathon this year.
Samunnati is a frequent participant in the World Harmony Run, a torch relay event that travels the globe carrying a message of international friendship and understanding. She has been part of the international team for many European runs and in 2008 she joined the team in Australia as it circumnavigated the entire continent. The below photograph shows her carrying the Torch during a 2012 run in the Czech Republic.
A new section ‘First Steps’ offers a selection of stories by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre about their first experiences in taking to a spiritual life.
The section at Sri Chinmoy Centre shows the diverse range of experiences that led people from a variety of different backgrounds to become interested in meditation and follow the spiritual path of Sri Chinmoy.
The initial curiosity – the captivating question ‘how will it feel?’ – gave way to calm certainty and the joy of silence – a silence in which I can now dive every day. This state of being is infinitely more exciting and fulfilling than I had ever imagined.
In this interview, at Sri Chinmoy TV, Prachar Stegeman talks of how is interest in meditation was kindled as a way to calm his nerves during his work as a concert pianist. Prachar also relates how becoming a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy created a whole new range of possibilities and changed his outlook on life. Prachar now helps to organising the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in Australia and puts on different running races and triathlons in his home town of Canberra.
The video was recorded and produced by Kedar Misani of Sri Chinmoy TV.
Last week Kailash Beyer from the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Zürich, Switzerland, travelled to Brazil to offer lectures and meditation classes. He gave four talks in four different cities: Manaus, Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi.
Kailash’s talks revolved around the transforming power of meditation and the importance of having a spiritual master to guide you on the inner journey of self-discovery. Kailash has been a student of Sri Chinmoy for over 30 years and has travelled the world to share Sri Chinmoy’s spiritual philosophy with seekers of all walks of life.
On Sri Chinmoy TV, we have just published the latest episode of Inspiration News, a video collection of inspiring stories from around the world.
The latest edition features an interview with Channel Swimmer Vasanti Niemz from Heidelberg, a visit to an orphanage in Vietnam, a dedication of a statue for World Harmony in Cardiff, and an athletics events from Russia.
Inspiration News is inspired by Sri Chinmoy, who promoted many initiatives for world peace and world harmony. This episode includes recent projects inspired by this vision – such as the World Peace Dreamer statue of Sri Chinmoy in Cardiff Bay (photo above).
The presenter of Inspiration News is Utpal Marshall from Queens, New York.