Recently a new photo of the Seattle statue of Sri Chinmoy has been published by Robyn on flickr. The life-size sculpture is situated along the Union Lake and Fremont bridge and attracts many visitors who walk by.
Rhododendron loranthiflorum Sleumer is a tropical, epiphytic, Vireya species with white perfumed flowers found on the island of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands at an altitude of about 1000m. In Melbourne, a number of specimens have been growing out of doors in the garden of John Rouse for the last 25 years. One particular clone is outstanding in that it is easily cultivated, grows as a dense shrub and is highly floriferous with some flowers to be found at most times of the year. Here we give a brief introduction to the species and its natural habitat and describe our outstanding specimen that has been named after the New York Guru Sri Chinmoy to honour his international endeavours to attain world peace.
The tropical vireyas are naturally distributed in the equatorial region bounded by the Philippines in the north, Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia in the west, North Queensland in the south and the Solomon Islands in the east, with a concentration of species diversity found on the islands of New Guinea and Borneo. These two regions of species concentration are separated by Wallacea (Wallace, 1869), the biologically discontinuous region which contains the line of join between Eurasia and the Australian plate when they collided some 10 million years ago and brought together their own groups of animals and plants. The tropical vireyas, which probably arose from a wandering Himalayan ancestor, have developed over the past three or four million years with considerable isolation between the species east and west of Wallacea. Mostly, the tropical vireyas are found in the mountains at altitudes of 1000 to 4000m above sea level, so while day and night times are equal the year round and relative humidity is high, the temperature is lower than that at tropical sea level. Rhododendron loranthiflorum is a scaly species in subgenus Rhododendron, section Vireya, subsection Solenovireya (Sleumer, 1966). This subsection contains over 30 species spread out from Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia to Bougainville but excluding Java and Australia. Their characteristics include well spread out flowers with a tubular corolla and a relatively long, straight or slightly curved tube. This collection of species appears to lack cohesion in that their diverse properties suggest that they should be divided into two or more taxa (Stevens, 1985; Williams and Rouse, 1997).
In the series of paintings dedicated to spiritual qualities that Sri Chinmoy created over the years, he had the biggest concern for “World-Harmony”. Whereas other qualities were only manifested in one or two pictures, there are 10 paintings entitled “World-Harmony”, which we publish for you here. If you are interested in following Sri Chinmoy’s artwork on a regular base, please refer to the blog daily.srichinmoyart.com.
Over the years of his artistic activities Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) created hundreds of drawings and millions of so-called soul-bird-drawings. For the first more than 600 of these cute artwork have been compiled in a video of 1:11 h. The music is by two Russian disciples of Sri Chinmoy, Kushali and Rageshri who performed their music under the name “Silence and Sound” in many parts of the world. Edited 2015 by Kedar Misani.
In October 2000 peace advocate Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) was invited by members of the Icelandic Parliament to meet in a little famous house in Reykjavik where President Gorbachev and President Reagen also met. At this occasion Iceland was honoured as a “Peace-Blossoms-Nation”. Sri Chinmoy also spoke about the significance of peace and Iceland as a good and unique example. I still remember well these precious moments I could witness in Iceland. – Kedar Misani
Here is another inspiring animated slideshow with acrylics by Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007). Edited by Kedar Misani, kedarvideo Switzerland.
Selected messages by international figures of the sports world on the weight-lifting activities of Sri Chinmoy. Included are quotes by Mahasamrat Bill Pearl, Dan Lurie, Frank Zane, Larry Scott, Jesse Owens, Sudhahota Carl Lewis, Al Oerter, Tatyana Sarbottama Lebedeva, Bill Rodgers, Yiannis Kouros, Tegla Leroupe and many more. Length: 13:47 min.