Recently, an academic seminar was held at Chittagong University on ‘Sri Chinmoy and Bangladesh Philosophy.’
The historical “Seminar on Sri Chinmoy and Bangladesh Philosophy” was organised by the academic community of Bangladesh, and took place 19 February 2017, in Chittagong, Bangladesh. In the first of its kind, the one-day symposium, which was spearheaded by Chittagong University, brought together academics within and outside of Bangladesh. One goal of the symposium was to raise awareness in the Bangladeshi academic community about the philosophy, wisdom, and wealth of writings of philosopher, author, composer, and poet, Sri Chinmoy. Continue reading “Seminar on Sri Chinmoy and Bangladesh Philosophy”
Recently, members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre performed a Songs of the Soul Concert in Denpasar, Bali; the event began with an interfaith prayer for peace.
“AUM Shanti Shanti Shanti AUM” – the atmosphere at Taman Budaya Art Center in Denpasar, Bali, was electric with spiritual energy on 5 February 2017, as over a dozen kings and representatives from the island’s royal families joined in chanting the traditional Balinese Hindu mantra, along with many religious and inter-faith leaders and over fifty visiting performers from the Songs of the Soul concert. Continue reading “Bali Leaders Share their Oneness-Heart at Songs of Soul Concert”
The occasion of Mother Teresa’s canonisation brought to mind many memories of the kindness and affection that she showed Sri Chinmoy and his students over the years.
Sri Chinmoy and Mother Teresa had a very significant friendship; Sri Chinmoy often described her as his mother of Compassion, and at the same time his Sister of Affection. Over the years, they met quite a few times, and exchanged many letters and phone conversations. Sri Chinmoy and his students worked with Mother Teresa on a number of medical projects that were dear to her heart and she fully supported his peace-oriented activities.
Sri Chinmoy often recalled Mother Teresa’s qualities of affection and compassion; for example, during their meeting in 1994 when he presented her with the prestigious U Thant Peace Award on behalf of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations.
“We were sitting at a very small table. My hands were folded over my heart,” recounts Sri Chinmoy. “After a few seconds, Mother reached out and pulled my left hand towards her. Then she started pressing my fingers, one by one, from the tip of the finger to the wrist. When she finished with my left hand, she took my right hand from my heart and did the same thing. One moment Mother was acting like a mother, the next moment like an elder sister and the third like a younger sister. It was like a brother and sister having a family gathering. No other world figure has shown me this kind of affection!”
The past few months have seen publications of Sri Chinmoy’s writings in many places around the world to an appreciative audience.
To 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.
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 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
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.
During April 19-29, 80 competitors from around the world took part in the annual 6 Day and 10 Day Self Transcendence races organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in Flushing Meadows New York. The Six day race was first held in 1998, though the Sri Chinmoy MT have been promoting multi-distance races since the early 1980s. The races were founded by Sri Chinmoy who believed physical and spiritual self-transcendence could easily co-exist.
I do not have any set goal; my goal is self-transcendence. I always try to transcend myself. I do not compete with the rest of the world. I compete only with myself, and I try to become a better human being. This is my ultimate goal.
– Sri Chinmoy (1)
Runners at the finish.
There were 53 entrants in the ten day race and 27 entrants in the Six Day race. All competitors were able to test their own capacities and seek to transcend their previous efforts. The winners of the races were:
On Friday 14 December 2013, members of the UK Sri Chinmoy Centre offered a prayerful tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela. Approximately 30 members offered a few impromptu songs, readings and poems in front of Nelson Mandela’s statue in Parliament Square, London.
Beginning at around 7.30pm, the centre members sang several songs, composed by Sri Chinmoy and dedicated to Nelson Mandela. This included four songs of Nelson Mandela’s words set to music.
Throughout the past few days, Mandela’s statue had received a growing collection of bouquets as people came to offer their respect. During the ceremony, a party of schoolchildren came to the statue; they offered a candle in front of this poem garland. Continue reading “Tributes to Nelson Mandela”