Baladev is one of 14 ultra-runners who currently participate in the longest food-race of the world, the 3100 mile race in Queens, New York, organized by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. On day 32 he compiled these beautiful scenes out of a New York suburb… enjoy!
The inner experiences of a spiritual Master are what we crave to hear above all else. Even a few spellbinding insights into the vast realms of the soul, a world that we ourselves have perhaps glimpsed only on rare occasions, fall like sweetest nectar on our ears. And how thrilling these experiences were for the youth who had made his home at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram – to be woken occultly by Sri Aurobindo in the early hours of the morning, to see Lord Krishna in each leaf and fruit of a mango tree, to witness the Supramental Light descending to permeate the earth atmosphere. Sri Chinmoy once reflected, “Those were the days, the golden days, in my Ashram life.” Meanwhile, far from the remote seaside village of Pondicherry in South India, the West was forging ahead in every field, save spirituality. A new generation of seekers craved to know the answers to the most profound questions of life. To assuage this thirst would come a young man. This is the story of his growing awareness of his Destiny.
Golden Days in Sri Chinmoy’s Ashram Life, by Vidagdha Bennett; Publisher: Equilibrium Books; 276 pages, July 2014
This is another shot by Utpal Marshall from the 3100 Mile Race, currently in progress in Queens, New York. It shows one of the participants, Baladev. You can get Utpal’s daily updates of the race with a lot of fascinating pictures and audio interviews on his blog Perfection-Journey.
Utpal Marshall, who is doing an outstanding job, covering the current 3100 mile race in Queens, New York, with his blog Perfection-Journey, published an audio interview with Vajra, one of the early disciples of Sri Chinmoy. Vajra is an example of a cheerful disciple, massaging tight muscles, setting up the camp in the morning, picking up trash around the course and much more. He says: “Everything that comes along I gladly accept, and whole heartedly perform, with all my heart. I try and make that a 24 x 7, 365 days a year attitude.” Utpal asked him how it is possible for him to be so cheerful and so accepting. “The trick is to stay in your heart. That’s it. I can’t say it any better than everything transpires within the heart. I start at 4:30 in the morning and set up for the runners. These days I am pretty fortunate in that I don’t have to work two shifts. I used to pretty much have to work around the clock.” Listen to the interview on yesterday’s post on Perfection-Journey.
Photo by Utpal Marshall
The life of Sri Chinmoy was full and intense. From his childhood he followed the spiritual life and later created his own path. After traveling to New York in 1964 he started his world-wide mission for peace and harmony. A video giving credit to all his achievements has still to be made, but this short biography by Sujantra McKeever is a great first insight.
On April 13, 1964, Sri Chinmoy came from India to New York. This year marks the 50th anniversary of his first step in the West. 136 disciples from around the world celebrated this anniversary by cycling as many kilometers as possible in a span of 50 days. Cycling from April 27th to June 15th 2014 they totaled a distance of almost 60,000 kilometers. British cyclist enthusiast Tejvan Pettinger was first in the list with a distance of 3342 k, followed by Virendra Gauthier from N.J., USA and Jozsef Kakas from Hungary, both doing a distance 0f 3100 k. Watch the whole list of the participants here.
Colours are essential for our life. As an artist himself Sri Chinmoy loved colours but he also had a feeling for which qualities come from particular colours. In 1974 the first edition of his book “Colour Kingdom” was published, presenting 52 different shades of colours together with the quality and one poem about the subject. In the next couple of weeks we will present you this series and today we conclude the series with VICTORY. Feel free to make the color larger (by clicking on it). A video summary of all 52 colours and their meaning (Length: 44:49 min) can be found here: vimeo.com.
“The victory of human love is confusing.
The vivtory of divine love is illumining.
The victorty of supreme love is fulfilling.”