New Poetry Book in Bengali

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A bilingual poetry book titled “Premaloker Kanan” (The Garden of Love-Light) by Bangladesh-born poet, painter, musician and mystic Guru Sri Chinmoy was launched on January 30 at Bishwo Shahitto Kendro in the capital. Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman presided over the programme and unveiled the book while writer-researcher Professor Karunamoy Goswami spoke on life and works of Sri Chinmoy. Shantisri, a Scottish-American disciple of Sri Chinmoy, delivered welcome address at the event. She is now in Bangladesh to initiate Sri Chinmoy Centre: one in Dhaka and another in Chittagong, the birthplace of Sri Chinmoy. Journalist Munni Saha emceed the event. Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) first wrote the poetry book in Bengali, and then, set them to music. He, later, translated the book in English.

Karunamoy Goswami wrote introduction of the book. “It is wonderful to think that there is a garden, a garden of love, a garden of love-light. It is even more wonderful for me to think that in New York, a modern day mystic like Sri Chinmoy, believed that the world still was a garden where human beings blossomed like flowers, and that cosmic love was still there to illuminate them with its amazing light,” mentions Goswami. Professor Anisuzzaman recited a poem from the book while Shantisri read out the English version of it. Rintu Chakravarty from Singapore rendered several songs from the book at the event.

A charismatic personality who created countless paintings, published 1600 books and left behind around 10000 disciples (naming them with Bangla names) across the world, Sri Chinmoy is best known as a man of peace for his fortnightly meditation programmes at the United Nations in New York.  He received the Médaille d’Or (Gold Medal) for literature from France and the World Peace Literature Award from the University of Washington, USA.

This is his third book in Bengali. Apart from this, “Paramanande Path-e” and “Dibbya Purush” have been published by Balaka Prakashan. His book on meditation will be published in Bangladesh next month. A biography of the legend titled “Achena Sri Chinmoy” has been written by prominent Indian writer Shankar. He wonders why a man who is so renowned in the world at large is still relatively unknown in his birthplace. A world record was created when one of his poems, “Precious” was translated into 203 languages and recited at a programme in New York.

SOURCE: Zahangir Alom, thedailystar.net

Paragliders in Niterói, Brazil

Niterói-2016On the weekend of Jan, 30/31st, 2016, a big championship of paragliders happened in front of Sri Chinmoy’s statue, in Niterói, Brazil. The statue is located in the City Park (Parque da Cidade), where the ‘birdmen’ jumped. The sky was brightly blue and the wind perfect. The amazing atmosphere of sport and beauty made the place just perfect to have Sri Chinmoy’s blessings from behind. – Bhumika

Oneness-Dream performed in Valletta

An international all-male a cappella choir, “Oneness-Dream” present songs of Sri Chinmoy, this time in the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta, Malta on January 16th, 2016. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani.

Sri Chinmoy saw music as a pure language of the heart, a pathway to meditation, an expression and revelation of the Divine. His songs, flowing from the depths and heights of meditation, were composed spontaneously, and are unadorned with harmony or accompaniment – just the purity, beauty, simplicity, intimacy and immediacy of word and melody. For Sri Chinmoy, all faiths are branches of one life-tree. In addition to his own words, he has set music to sacred texts from Christian, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. “Oneness-Dream” celebrate this oneness-in-diversity by singing in places of worship of all faiths around the world, these sacred places the perfect setting for songs of pure devotion to the highest and inmost we all share.

The members of “Oneness-Dream” are disciples of Sri Chinmoy, following his spiritual path of meditation and service. None are professional musicians. The members come from many countries and range in age from their 20s to their 60s. “Oneness-Dream” have recorded two CDs – In Vastness-Peace (2011), from a tour of the churches of Iceland; and In Oneness-Light (2012), sung in the temples and pagodas of Myanmar.

More info: onenessdream.org

Sri Chinmoy Peace-Train in Sicily

Since 1986, many significant landmarks around the globe – from natural wonders over objects to entire nations – have been dedicated to peace as part of the Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms programme. This clip shows Sri Chinmoy at the inauguratiuon of a Peace Train in Sicily in the year 1991. I remembered being there and saw how Sri Chinmoy enjoyed being in the driver’s seat of the train. In his childhood he dreamed of being a train conductor. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani.

Run and Become with Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chimnoy was unique among spiritual Masters in demonstrating that sports can play a vital role in the life of a spiritual seeker. Himself a life long athlete, Sri Chinmoy encouraged his students to take seriously, both the challenges of the inner life, and the opportunities for self-transcendence offered by participation in sport. This short film looks back at the period in his life when he was to physically train and compete in distance running events. A film by Utpal Marshall.