Peace Poems

For this slideshow I chose a selection of short poems on peace by Sri Chinmoy combined with pictures from the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER, which is an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. It is situated on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland. The Laser beams will be lit again from October 9th to December 8th, starting at around 8 pm local time. Edited by Kedar Misani.

27th Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim 2014

And here is another swimming event of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. On August 10, 2014, 40 solo swimmers and 21 teams from all over the world started early in the morning in Rapperswil with the goal to reach Zurich within 12 hours by swimming nonstop on the Lake Zurich. In the beginning the sky was cloudy, but around noon the sun came to the fore and the air temperature climbed up to 27°C. Around Meilen the lake was choppy, the water temperature was ca. 21- 22° C. First to reach Zurich was Marco Allegretti from Italy in 6 h 19 m 41s. He beat the record of Jürg Schmid (CH) in the cate- gory “Men without wetsuit” from 2008. Fastest in the women’s category was Rachael Lee from Ireland with 7h 02m 15s. In the category “Relays with wetsuit” the team “Young, fast and furious” from Switzerland placed first in 6h 59m 11s. “Young and fast” the three girls are indeed, being only 12, 13 and 14 years of age!

Golden Jubilee English Channel Relay Swim 2014

Members of the International Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team (SCMT) have made 46 English Channel solo crossings by September 2014 – the most by any athletic organisation. To honour their teacher Sri Chinmoy’s 50 years of peace service to the world, 4 female members chose another English Channel self-transcendence adventure on September 17, 2014. At 12:42 p.m. they embarked on their 16 hour 34 min. long journey to France.  With lots of inner and outer support again from around the world,  Harita from New Zealand, Abhejali (several Zurich lakes, EC relay 2009, EC solo 2010, MIMS 2012, Gibraltar Straits 2013, ), Jayalata and Ritadyumna (EC relay 2009, breaststroker) from Czech Republic and their two  enthusiastic and experienced helpers (Bahula from New York and Haribala from Zlin) were lucky to have the weather gods on their side again and enjoy a great time – before, after and even at times during the swim. Watch this slideshow to see more.

Source: channel-triathlon.com

9 Years ago: The big 170 Instruments Concert

Maestro Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) chose Interlaken in the Swiss Alps for establishing a record concert with 170 instruments from all over the world. The performance started early in the morning and ended some eight hours later with playing on a big Japanese drum. Watch the highlights of this historical event, attended by 700 seekers on September 11, 2005. Length: 1:53 h. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani.

Selected Flower-Flames Poems by Sri Chinmoy

Q&A-Sri-Chinmoy

After completing the 10,000 Flower Flames poem series, Sri Chinmoy selected 207 poems. In the introduction he wrote: “I have selected 207 poems out of 10,000 from my series, Ten Thousand Flower Flames, which was originally published in 100 volumes. Here the poet in me is soulfully satisfied, the reader in me is smilingly satisfied and the critic in me is surprisingly satisfied.” These are the first 20 poems; the whole collection is online here:

1. You Have Discovered

My Lord,
I came to You with empty hands,
But you have discovered
My empty heart, too.

2. I Came From God

I came from God
The Eternal Dreamer.
I am heading towards God
The Immortal Lover.

3. Your Happiness-Gift

Of all the gifts
You have offered to God,
Your happiness-gift
He treasures most.

4. The Mind Wants to Invent

The mind wants to invent
A new God.
The heart wants to discover
The ancient and eternal God.

5. Please Warn Me

My Lord,
Please warn me before You come.
Otherwise, You may come unrecognised
And go back unloved.

6. My Heart Says to My Mind

My mind says to my heart:
“Will you please praise God for me?”
My heart says to my mind:
“Will you please pray to God
To bless me?”

 7. The Fare

What is the fare
From earth to Heaven?
The fragrance-beauty
Of a gratitude-heart.

8. Every Time I Run Away From You

Every time I run away from You
And come back,
I see Your Eyes
More illumining than before.
And I feel Your Heart
More forgiving than before.

9. The Lord Of My Thoughts

My Lord, I am happy
Because You are the Lord of my life.
Can You not make me perfect
By becoming the Lord of my thoughts?

10. Two Miracles

The miracle of my sound-life:
It can chase God.
The miracle of my silence-life:
It can embrace God.

11. Two Secret Wishes

Two
Are my Secret wishes:
I shall show God
Man’s transformation-head.
I shall show man
God’s Compassion-Feet

12. Not Beyond Possibility

Not beyond man’s possibility
Is God-realisation.
Not beyond earth’s possibility
Is earth-transformation.
Not beyond my possibility
Is self-transcendence

13. I Do Not Interfere

I do not interfere in God’s Affairs.
Every day I let Him
Create a new world.
God does not interfere in my affairs
Either.
Every day He lets me
Destroy an old world.

14. A New Prayer

Your old prayer may not change God.
But God can grant you
A new prayer,
And this prayer
Will make you really happy.
What is your new prayer?
God-Satisfaction
In God’s own Way.

15. To Frighten and Enlighten

To frighten the animal in me
My God is all Justice.

To enlighten the human in me
My God is all Compassion

16. God’s Lion-Power

Yesterday
I desired to be
God’s Lion-Power.

Today
I desire to be
God’s Deer-Speed.

Tomorrow
I shall desire to be
God’s Lamb-Fondness

17. What You Did

God wanted you
To go to Him untouched.
But what you did,
You know!
You went to God unchanged!

18. Are You Tired, O Lord?

Are You, O Lord,
Tired of being good?
It seems You are.

Are You, O Lord,
Tired of being divine?
It seems You are.

Are You, O Lord,
Tired of being perfect?
It seems You are.

O my Lord Supreme,
Then do bless me
With your Goodness-Heart,
Divinity Life and Perfection-Role.

19. Two Observers

God watched me
From the sky
With His unchanging Compassion.
I watched God from the ground
With my increasing hesitation.

20. The Boon

Scold me, my Lord, untiringly.
Insult me, my Lord, unreservedly.
But, my Lord, do not forget Your Boon.
You told me millions of years ago
That You would grant me the capacity
To love You sleeplessly;
Something more, unconditionally.