Is meditation the answer to our modern woes? One man – author, practitioner and operator at Auckland’s Sri Chinmoy centre, Jogyata Dallas – believes so, and the thousands of people he offers free meditation classes to each year would agree.
“Meditation is certainly becoming increasingly popular,” he explains, “in part because of the growing clutter and stress of our outer lives, but also because of a quiet incoming shift of consciousness in humanity as a whole.” Jogyata says his late meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy asked his students to offer free courses in meditation in the belief that inner peace is everyone’s birthright and that meditation is a very powerful life skill that keeps balance and clarity in our lives. “We teach about 1000 people a year how to meditate,” he adds.
“People love these courses, but the great challenge they all have is to create a regular daily practice discipline – we always feel ‘too busy, too tired’ or have ‘too many important things to do today’, and our practice quickly disappears.” One of those he has made a difference to is Tauranga resident Shelley Palmer. She first attended a class six years ago in Rotorua after dealing with severe health problems. “My prognosis wasn’t good,” she says. “I found that meditation help me get through the trials I was going through at that time with my health. I was very accepting of what was happening and it helped me recover so much quicker.” She’s since continued the practice at home, and finds herself more centered and focused. “I found a great sense of peace,” she adds. “I think as you practice meditation you realise how you approach life. For me personally, I have recaptured my laughter and it’s brought forward enthusiasm for me.” While everyone’s reasons for attending vary, Shelley agrees stress can be a huge driving factor and it’s inspiring to see the change in people after a few mediation sessions. She adds: “At that first class, two people there were under a lot of work stress at the time and at the end of the first day I remember one of the gentlemen saying he had the best night sleep he’d ever had. “He leant how to let go of his work situation and it helped him re-prioritise. To see him turn around after a two-day course was fabulous.”
Yesterday, Surasa Mairer (56) from Vienna finished this year’s 3100 mile race in 49 days, 7 hours, and 52 minutes. She averaged 62.84 miles or 101.1 km per day. The fastest women’s time in history. She went 6 hours and 38 minutes faster than the previous record held by the Suprabha Beckjord (USA). (Photos: Utpal Marshall)
Kedar shares the teachings of Sri Chinmoy with interested seekers and disciples from around the world. Each Monday at 8:30 pm CET / 7:30 GMT / 2:30 pm EST he will recite texts and poems for half an hour. The recitations can be watched LIVE on original.livestream.com/srichinmoy and are available for some time online on-demand if you missed a broadcast. On the same livestream channel, there are also more than 10 hours of meditation videos that can be watched in a random order or selective in the on-demand section.
As mentioned on this site Ashprihanal Aalto set a new record for the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile race. The flying Finn completed the epic journey in 40 days, 9 hours, and 6 seconds. This meant averaging over 76 miles a day (123.5 km). Utpal Marshall who has covered the race since the start, produced this short video which includes footage from the race, interviews with Ashprihanal, and interviews with other runners who talk about the inspiration they received from Ashprihanal. Ashprihanal has now completed the race, founded by Sri Chinmoy, 13 times. Video by Utpal Marhsall, Perfection Journey.
Read also comments in the press on Ashprihanal’s record:
Kedar Misani, a disciple of Sri Chinmoy for more than 35 years, is inspired to share the teachings of Sri Chinmoy in a new format with interested seekers and disciples from around the world. Each Monday and Friday at 8:30 pm CET / 7:30 GMT / 2:30 pm EST he will recite texts and poems for half an hour, the first time on July 27th. The recitations can be watched LIVE on original.livestream.com/srichinmoy and are available for some time online on-demand if you missed a broadcast. On the same livestream channel, there are also more than 10 hours of meditation videos that can be watched in a random order or selective in the on-demand section.
Today, Ashprihanal Alto (44) finished the 3100 mile race in Queens, New York in a record time of 40 days and a little more than 9 hours. Ashprihanal is a disciple of Sri Chinmoy and already participated in 25 multi-day races in the last 18 years. (Photograph by Utpal Marshall)
This is the title of a new Kindle Edition Book by Vidagdha Bennett. Here is her introduction on Amazon:
In order to carry his mantric utterances home to the soul, Sri Chinmoy has explored most of the poetic forms that exist in English literature. Basing his oeuvre on the single, highly compacted stanzaic unit, he spans the full gamut of man’s communicative choices: aphorism, prayer, question, lyric, hymn, invocation, equation, definition, conversation, commandment and riddle. Ultimately, his is a microcosmic form of poetry. Each unit is structurally complete and independent of its neighbours. Its appearance on the page — so brief that the reader may take it in at a single glance — permits us to grasp the totality of individual poems in a way that is not possible with more extended works. The compression of Sri Chinmoy’s seer-vision within the microcosmic stanzaic form creates what might have been thought impossible in the English language — the effect of word-shrines. These are not born of the poet’s struggle with language but of his victorious acceptance of it. If its powers have waned, he wakes them by using them with a greater dignity than they had previously known; if its words are limited, he gives them new resonance by calling on them to help him approach the highest summits of spiritual vision; where there is power, he preserves it; where there is energy, he harnesses it. All that was immature and undeveloped in the vocabulary of the inner life has now become mature and fully developed. In the poems of Sri Chinmoy the English language achieves at last its true spiritual potential.