Every year, the International Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run travels throughout the world passing the torch to millions of peopl. Currently, the team is in Portugal and this picture is from the run from Quarteira – Castro Marim, which took place two days ago. Watch more photos here.
There were about 50 people at the class yesterday night. Afterwards I spoke to some young seekers from Columbia, Italy, India and Switzerland. They had some very interesting questions about the nature of happiness and how is it possible to pursue your spiritual aspiration and at the same time deal with all your responsibilities in life. Somebody asked me, “Are you really as happy as you seem?”. I answered that like everyone else, I go through ups and downs. But one thing I learned from my Master, Sri Chinmoy, is that Happiness is the nature of our soul, and to be happy is a conscious choice that we can make. Real happiness comes from offering the world our dedicated love and oneness. People were very keen to hear my personal experiences with Sri Chinmoy. I told them about my first meeting with him on a street in London when I was 8 years old. There, in a minute of silence, he conveyed an overwhelming abundance of love and joy that I have never forgotten. At the time I didn’t know it was meditation, but it sowed the seed, and 2 years later I began my daily practice.
We sang three mantras, and the group were not shy at all. The sound was tuneful and powerful. We sang “Aum Govindaya Nama”, “Aum Aparajitaya Nama” and “My Own Gratitude Heart”. After each mantra we held the silence in the room for a full minute. The audience were extremely attentive and keen to experience meditation. I told them that I myself had come to Zurich when I was 17. It was a great time for me. I had just had a turbulent time at College in London, but in Zurich I was able to really focus on re-establishing my daily discipline of meditation. For me, the city of Zurich has a wonderful sense of peace and purity, which are both tremendously conducive to meditation.
– Devashishu Torpy
Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar, who is a “Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom Airport” since 2001, has now received a small bronze statue of Sri Chinmoy. The plaque and the statue are situated in front of the new International Arrival’s Terminal. And this is the video coverage of Bali TV:
Some call it retreat, some call it Christmas Trip, some call it a Spiritual Vacation. Over 200 students of Sri Chinmoy gathered in Phuket, Thailand, for the last two weeks. Daily sunny weather with temperatures around 27 °C, a light breeze and a mere 200 meters to the beach were only appealing circumstances of the many meetings with disciples from around the world who thrive for happiness and peace in their daily life and take the advantage of being together to share their inspirational stories, photos and videos, always remembering the time they spent with their teacher Sri Chinmoy, now no more in the physical for more than 6 years. Many say that the intensity of activities even increased because now we all realize that the manifestation of Sri Chinmoy’s teachings, light, literature, music, poetry and artwork is our main task for the remaining years of our own earthly existence.
In Phuket, where Sri Chinmoy himself stayed for an earlier Christmas Trip, we had two functions daily, that usually started with singing songs, followed by various presentations, including recitations, musical performances, readings and early videos, many of them nobody had seen before. Especially inspiring were the stories of disciples revealing when they joined the path and what incidences with Sri Chinmoy stayed in their memories. For example Purnahuti, a disciple for 15 years, now living in Guatemala, told how he had a vivid and detailed dream as a teenager many years before he met his master. He was then traveling to Germany, attended a lecture and learned about a forthcoming visit of Sri Chinmoy to England. Without further due he took his belongings and with 50 $ in the pocket, went to see a concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London, where he met Sri Chinmoy for the first time. Suspicious in the beginning, he was not sure about his connection with the master, but then was reassured by a smile from him during a function.
Another fascinating story came in an audio recording from a meeting in New York, where Unmilan gave his personal remembrance of the great miracle lift of 7063 3/4 pounds, that Sri Chinmoy did on January 30th 1987 in his home in New York. Unmilan was the man behind the amazing steel construction that holded the weight.
The evening programs we had in Phuket also included many plays that the disciples prepared taking stories from Sri Chinmoy’s writings and transformed them in their own special way. When the master was in the physical, he often emphasized how much joy our plays gave him. Although we are not professional actors, the performances brought us the stories in a new updated form. Also humor was part of the program. Three disciples from Russia regularly cut jokes in their broken English and a pantomime from Slovakia brought us to laughter and nicely included people from the audience in his acts.
Towards the end of the stay in Thailand we had another inspiring meeting, bringing together ideas for celebrating the 5oth Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s coming to the West in April 1964. So the whole year disciples from around the world will manifest Sri Chinmoy’s light with many many special activities, among them doing lectures, contacting book shops and libraries, publishing new books in many languages and a lot more – we will inform you on this Blog when more details are available.
– Kedar Misani
Sri Chinmoy wrote a fascinating little compendium on the spiritual meaning of animals which was published by Agni Press in 1973. Today’s poem features the tortoise.
Your slow, self-controlled
And sows the seeds of immortality — Your universe-surprising embodied reality.
Sri Chinmoy, Animal Kingdom, Agni Press, 1973
Sri Chinmoy wrote a fascinating little compendium on the spiritual meaning of animals which was published by Agni Press in 1973. Today’s poem features the tiger.
When are you going to end
Your dark cruelty-life?
How long shall wait at your door
Your divinity friend?
Don’t delay! Don’t delay!
Inside the vital of your delay
Looms large your world-failure day.
Sri Chinmoy, Animal Kingdom, Agni Press, 1973