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.
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.”
November 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.
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.
Recently, 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 hisÂ Â 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.Â A gallery of photos and short filmsÂ Â documenting these extraordinary feats of strength completes the display.
Recently – Oneness-Dream,Â 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 asÂ Findhorn and Gorbals Parish.
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.
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.
August 27th marked the 83rd birth anniversary of Sri Chinmoy; this year 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary since Sri Chinmoyâ€™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 worldâ€™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.
The 2014 edition of Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is nearly over – after 50 plus days of the 14 runners competing in this epic feat of endurance .Â So far five runners have completed the 3,100 miles, with Sarvagata Ukrainskyi of the Ukraine finishing 1st in a time of 45 days. Sarah Barnett (Aus) is due to finish soon becoming the first female to win this race, and only the 4th women ever to finish.
William Sichel (Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK) is also likely to finish within the time limit, becoming the first over 60 year old to complete the distance.
The 3100 mile race inspired by spiritual Teacher, Sri Chinmoy, takes part in humble surroundings in Jamaica, Queens – and has recently featured in many international news outlets.