More than fifty UN ambassadors, diplomats and Olympians joined with Guinness top record holder Ashrita Furman, along with participants in the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run to set a new Guinness World Record by reading a poem written by peace visionary Sri Chinmoy in the most languages ever – 206! From Bengali and Maori to Newari and Zulu, “O Dreamers of Peace” was expressed with some of the most unusual and charming communication sounds on the globe. The record was set during the launch of the global biennial Peace Run held at the Dag Hammarsköld Plaza across from UN Headquarters in New York City. Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy led the Peace Meditation at the United Nations twice a week for 37 years. Ashrita said he wanted to break a Guinness Record this week in honour of the Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary of the arrival in America 50 years ago and founding of a wide range of cultural and athletic activities to foster personal and world peace.
The Peace Run and Guinness Record were highlighted by long-time UN Under-Secretary-General Amb. Anwarul Chowdhury, a long-time friend and countryman of Sri Chinmoy, who said: “This Peace Run symbolises the aspirations of all of us for world friendship and global peace and was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987 – a visionary of peace and a person who believed in the oneness of humanity.” Ashrita has been working on organising the world record non-stop for months. “The greatest challenges are in finding translators for languages which are spoken only by a few thousand people. For example, Bislama is only spoken by 6200 people in Vanuatu and New Caledonia,” he said.. Ashrita Furman has set over 500 Guinness World Records, including the record for the most Guinness records. The record set on April 10th 2014 is for the Guinness world record for “A Poem / Literary Passage Recited in the Most Languages“.
Guinness Record Poem written by Sri Chinmoy:
O dreamers of peace, come.
Let us walk together.
O lovers of peace, come.
Let us run together.
O servers of peace, come.
Let us grow together.
The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, formerly known as World Harmony Run, is a global torch relay that symbolises humanity’s universal aspiration for a more peaceful world and involves world leaders and millions of citizens every other year. Since its inception, the Run has visited more than 140 countries, passing the Torch and sharing a message of harmony and friendship. Sri Chinmoy – athlete, philosopher, artist, musician and poet – dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world friendship and peace.