10th Mahasamadhi Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy

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10 years ago Sri Chinmoy left his physical body and today thousands of his disciples commemorate this date with a special celebration in Queens, NY, or at their respective Meditation Centres throughout the world. The photo shows the master during a meditation in Germany in 2005.

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SEEKER film by Sanjay screened in Reykjavik

snatak-seekerToday the short film SEEKER by Sanjay was featured in the Nordic House in Reykjavik as part of a Film Festival. After screening the film, the main character, Snatak, who was present, was invited to come to the stage and conduct a Q&A session with the help of Nirbasha. The final question of the audience was: “Where can we learn more about Sri Chinmoy” and Snatak’s answer: “Speak with me and will tell you everything.”

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World’s Largest Crayon

crayon.imageAshrita Furman, a 62-year-old Guinness world record champion, set a new record in Queens, New York, Aug. 27, when he created the world’s largest crayon in honor of his guru and late Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. The blue crayon, which has “Happy Birthday Sri Chinmoy” inscribed across it, is 17 feet and 5 inches long and has a diameter of 18 inches (46 cm). An international team of ten friends helped Furman in pouring the hot wax and color in a mold. The crayon weighs about 2,000 pounds (900 kg).

Furman, manager of a New York-based health food store, dedicated the new Guinness World Record to his Indian-born meditation teacher, stating: “Our teacher came from India to inspire joy in other people. He created thousands of soul bird drawings with crayons in various colors to convey the joy experienced in meditation to others. With tremendous gratitude, we are honoring what would be Sri Chinmoy’s 86th birthday with the world’s largest crayon.” Furman has set more than 600 official Guinness World Records since 1979 and currently holds more than 190 standing records, including the official record for the most records held at the same time by an individual, according to a press release. As a teenager, Furman became inspired by Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy of self-transcendence. Sri Chinmoy, added the press release, also set many world records, such as composing 21,000 songs, writing 1,600 books, creating thousands of paintings during his lifetime, and writing 1,301 poems in 24 hours, among others. Furman attributed his success at breaking records to meditation, which he learnt from Sri Chinmoy and has been practicing daily for over 40 years. Meditation, he said, helps him keep his childlike spirit and the mental and physical power which is needed to continuously set new world records.

Other Guinness World Records set by Furman include balancing a pool cue on finger for the longest continuous distance (7 miles 220 feet) in front of the pyramids in Egypt, racing against a Yak in Mongolia to set the one-mile sack-racing record, and underwater pogo stick jumping for 3 hours 40 minutes in the Amazon River in Peru.

SOURCE: http://www.indiawest.com/

Peace Run 2017 in Bangalore, India

The Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa) invited the Peace Run to India to spend a week visiting schools in Bangalore. The runners had wonderful experiences visiting students and teachers, as well as seeing the incredible sights of India. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to Bindu and Ambi Subramaniam for organizing the school visits with the invaluable assistance of their teams, including Chithkala, Prasanth, Vivek and many others (including Mahati!). We would also like to congratulate and thank both Dr. L Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, both recipients of the Torch-Bearer Award.

Pascal Alan Nazareth in Europe

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Book signing with Ambassdor Alan Nazareth and his wife Isabel

vn. On his 3rd visit to Europe within two years, to officilly release the French, Polish and Romanian translations of his widely acclaimed book “Gandhi’s Outstanding Leadership”, former Ambassador of India Pascal Alan Nazareth (81) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHJ0kUN_R8I) made it a point to take part in the September gathering of 250 international members of the Sri Chinmoy Centres in the small town of Furth im Wald near the Czech-German border. He will be continuing on to Prague, Vienna, Warsaw and Geneva for his book releases, including lectures on “Gandhi for the 21st Century” and a keynote speech at the UN Library in Geneva on Oct. 2nd, in honour of the UN International Day of Non-Violence.

Aware of the importance of the power of spirituality for a more peaceful world – a vision he is going to share also in a forthcoming second book – Ambassador Nazareth enjoyed the meditative atmosphere of the meeting and gave an inspiring talk about the “spiritualization of revolution” he sees in Gandhi, and the “revolutionaries of love” – among which he also counts Sri Chinmoy and his students worldwide with all their gandhi-bookactivities, including the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, which is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. Alan elaborated on Gandhi`s legacy and spirituality and on Sri Chinmoy`s quote that “World-peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on earth when the divine Power of Love replaces the undivine love of power.” “Spirituality”, Alan explained, “is something very simple. Spirituality means to connect to the divine within each us”, far beyond the boundaries of religion, in order to contribute to a better and more peaceful humanity.

The European Peace Run then proceeded to present Ambassador Nazareth with the “Torch Bearer Award” of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, honouring his long standing efforts as diplomat, lecturer, author, founding member and Managing Trustee of Sarvodaya International Trust to spread the ideals of non-violence, humanitarian service and peace.

Background: In 1967, when Alan Nazareth became the new Consul at the Indian Consulate in New York, young Chinmoy (1931-2007) was still working there for some months after coming to N.Y. in 1964. As Alan Nazareth admitted, at that time he had no idea the humble and sweet clerk working in his office would become a “spiritual atom bomb” only within a few decades. Over the years a deep inner relationship developed between them, and in 2007 Sri Chinmoy honoured the Ambassador with the U Thant Peace Award.

Ambassador Nazareth’s book on Gandhi has been translated in 30 languages so far, 10 translations being published by The Golden Shore Verlag in Nürnberg (www.goldenshore.de)

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Alan Nazareth receiving the Torch Bearer Award from Apaguha Vesely,  Peace Run Europe