New Guinness Record: 72,000 burning candles

72,000-Burning-Candles-Guinness-World_Record-smNew York – 27 August 2016. 61-year-old Guinness world record champion Ashrita Furman set a world record in the borough Queens of New York, by lighting 72,000 candles to burn simultaneously on a huge birthday cake. A team of 70 helpers from all over the world spent several hours counting and inserting the thousands of colourful birthday candles in a cake spanning 45 by 10 feet (13.5 by 3 meters). Then the candles were lit in a space of just two minutes. Ashrita, manager of a New York health food store, dedicated the new Guinness Record as an expression of gratitude to Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), stating: “Our teacher came from India to offer us the light of meditation. With tremendous gratitude we are honouring what would be his 85th birthday with light of 72,000 candles.” Ashrita set 622 Guinness world records in his lifetime – more than any other Guinness figure. His 72,000-candle event will become his 207th currently standing record. The audience of 1000 friends and supporters of Sri Chinmoy’s lifetime of work for peace sang the traditional “Happy Birthday” song. After the candles were extinguished, many members of the audience enjoyed a piece of cake. Ashrita had been waiting to attempt the new record after his previous record of 48,000 candles was upset by a team who lit 50,000 candles in April, 2016. (Photos: Jowan Gauthier)

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Today we celebrate Sri Chinmoy’s 85th Birthday

medi000-sri-chinmoyStudents of Sri Chinmoy from all over the world celebrate Sri Chinmoy’s Birthday Anniversary – either in Jamaica, Queens (NY) or at home at their respective Meditation Centers. As a special feature Guinness Record holder Ashrita Furman plans to brake the record of a cake with the most candles; in fact he plans to enkindle 72’000 candles. More information to come by tomorrow.

Interview with Ultra-Runner Vajin from NZ

This new episode of the series LIFE Voices (#39) brings you an interview with ultra-runner Vajin Armstrong from New Zealand, who was recently first in the Swiss Alpine Marathon in Davos, Switzerland during July 2016. The interview was conducted in Zurich shortly after his period of running through the Swiss alps. Vajin, a disciple of Sri Chinmoy for 18 years, reveals how he combines sports and spirituality, and gives advice for new runners. One of his favorite races is the 47-hour race conducted every year on Sri Chinmoy’s birthday on August 27 in Queens, New York. The video is produced by Kedar Misani; the soundtrack is by Parichayaka Hammerl.

27-Hour Cycling Relay August 2016

In honour of Sri Chinmoy’s 85th birthday anniversary

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Kedar was first with 250 km

On Friday August 12 and Saturday August 13, 2016, a 27-Hour Cycling Relay took place. Some of the participants were cycling alone, others were cycling together – the largest group events took place in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, in Vienna, Austria and in Schlieren, Switzerland. Fifty participants altogether crossed total of 2484 kilometers. Click here to see the list of all participants and their distances.

The Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 4

Enterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

What makes a perfect divine enterprise?
SRI CHINMOY: The perfect divine enterprise is the joint contribution of perfect workers. A divine enterprise embodies the golden opportunity to serve the Supreme in a very significant and tangible manner. The owners of the divine enterprise must always remember that their divine enterprises are supreme Gifts of the Supreme, to be utilised by the Supreme Himself. The owners and the managers must develop, if they have not developed already, a magnanimous heart—an ocean-vast heart. They have to sympathise with the workers and they have to feel the needs of the workers at every moment. They must feel that they and their workers are part and parcel of the same family. Divine enterprise owners must not think of being multimillionaires in the outer life. They can become millionaires in the inner life just like those who work there.

Your inspiration is infinitely more important than dollars in the bank. You come into the world with a special mission and vision. Wherever you are, you have the mission to do something special for the Supreme. Your mission comes from vision, and your vision comes from a higher source, which is your Guru.

Oneness, oneness, oneness! The perfect enterprise is perfect oneness in the inner world and perfect oneness in the outer world. People who work in a divine enterprise should feel that they are extremely fortunate. When you want to do something, the opportunity is given; whereas when you work in other places, the opportunity may not be given. Perhaps the person beside you is unaspiring, and you will have to listen to his undivine conversation. The money-power that is needed, God will give. Heart-power, also, God will give. But if you pray for more money-power than you actually need, it makes Him sad. God knows that it will destroy your consciousness. You can pray for heart-power as much as you want and He will give it; but if you pray for money-power, it makes Him sad.

The Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 3 – Creating Harmony

ckg-enterpriseEnterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

What can we do to create harmony?
SRI CHINMOY: When we do not have harmony, we remain in the abysmal abyss. It is all darkness: screaming, fighting, wrestling, strangling, boxing, kicking! Lack of harmony comes when I feel that I know how to do something better than you. Lack of harmony is the song and dance of superiority. Because everybody feels superior, disharmony at every moment is entering into our lives. But what is this feeling of superiority if not a feeling of inferiority expressed in a clever way.

Even if we know perfectly well that so-and-so is absolutely wrong, we have to be wise and remain silent. Eventually, the other person will see the light. But if we are all the time fighting and quarrelling, we will only destroy our subtle nerves, which are needed to expedite our spiritual journey. So, if we use our wisdom, automatically self-effacement (in Deutsch: Zurückhaltung) comes. Self-effacement is the easiest and the most effective way to establish harmony. One thing we can do is practice japa, repeating, “Self-effacement, self-effacement, self-effacement.” If we do this japa, we walk on a road that is sunlit and we reach our destination.

A Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 2 – Criticism

Enterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

How can I not criticise others and what can I do when others criticise me?
SRI CHINMOY: When somebody criticises you, think of that person as an insect or worm and feel that you are the strongest and largest elephant. Since you are larger than the largest, you do not have to pay any attention to a little insect or worm. So, when others criticise you, you have to convince yourself that you are infinitely stronger than the criticism that you are getting. When you are inspired to criticise someone, immediately feel that what is disturbing you in the other person is some weakness that he/she has. Feel that the wrong thing that he or she is doing arises out of some deplorable weakness. Then, try to feel that your criticism of the other person is only increasing his or her weakness and making it worse.

Also, you have to feel that your criticism is causing all kinds of ailments inside the other person. Then try to pull these ailments into your own system – into your hands and legs or head. Immediately you will say, “My God, it is so painful, so painful!” Then you will see how much suffering you are causing that person. Or imagine that your words of criticism are like an arrow that you have hurled at the other person, and now his/her entire being is bleeding. When you see him/her bleeding, your sympathetic oneness will make you feel miserable. It is the same kind of sympathetic oneness that Lord Buddha felt when he picked up the bird that had been wounded with an arrow. When you identify yourself with the other person’s suffering. you will feel, “No matter how imperfect and useless he/she is, I have no right to cause this kind of suffering in him/her. I have come into the world to establish my oneness with others and not to destroy others with my criticism.” Then your heart of oneness will make you stop criticising the other person. These ideas I am giving you are very practical.

Here is still another way. Each time you criticise someone, feel that you have created a black spot on the moon of his/her heart. By diminishing the beauty of his/her heart’s inner moon, you can never get real joy. Also, you have to feel that if your criticise him/her, he/she also will criticise you and ruin the beauty of your inner moon. By destroying one another’s inner beauty, neither one of you can be happy. So, you have to feel that your happiness can come only with the other person’s happiness; it has to be simultaneous. If you do not darken his/her moon, he/she will not darken yours, and both of you will be happy.

A Perfect Divine Enterprise: Part 1 – Harmony

ckg-enterpriseEnterprises lead by students of Sri Chinmoy are called “Divine Enterprises”. The workers always try to be in a good consciousness and maintain harmony among themselves. Sometimes it is good to remember what Sri Chinmoy himself wrote about this special kind of devoted service to mankind. Many of his quotes have been collected and published in a book called “A Perfect Divine Enterprise” (The Manifestation-Glow Press, Jamaica, New York, 2003). As it is now out of print we are regularly publishing excerpts from this book for your inspiration in this blog.

How can we work more harmoniously in enterprises?
SRI CHINMOY: To keep harmony when you are dealing with other individuals, do not use your justice-light. Forget about justice! There is no justice on earth. Only think of wisdom-light. Always be as humble as possible. Even if you feel that others are idiots, use absolute humility – if necessary, forced humility. Force yourself to be at the other person’s feet, not on the other person’s head. Let them increase their stupidity. Let their ego-ballon become large, larger and largest. One day it will burst. True, by becoming humble, you are pumping them up. But at least you are not increasing the disharmony. It is not something you have to do all your life. For one or two months or a few years you will do it. Then you will see that eventually the other person’s ego-balloon will burst and he will be on the same level as you are. Otherwise, without humility, there is no way to have harmony.

If you think you are a better person
Than somebody else,
Then become infinitely better
By proving that you can establish
Divine harmony with everyone.

Yuri from Ukraine finishes first in 3100-mile Race

This year’s winner of the longest race in the world, the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in Queens, NY, is Yuri Trostenyuk (52) from the Ukraine. Yuri has finished the 3100 three times, with a second place finish in 2014. He is a four-time winner of the 10 Day Race, and has finished 12 multidays in 13 years of running. He works as a plumber in Vinnitsa. Get more news, photos and videos on Utpal’s blog.