The August Celebrations 1995

Meditation close-ups, soulful songs, among them the performance of the “longest song” are the highlights of the 1995 Birthday Celebration of Sri Chinmoy in Queens, New York. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani. For those of you you are interested in numerology, the video has a length of 1:27:07 h and the running number on vimeo is 188888868 !

The Hannover Concert 1990

Highlights from Sri Chinmoy’s Peace Concert in Hannover, Germany on February 20th 1990. It includes an opening meditation and a performance on  the cello. 1990 was a significant year with the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, paving the way for the German re-unification later in 1990. Sri Chinmoy gave several peace concerts in the year 1990 with the aim of fostering oneness, peace and harmony.

Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani, kedarvideo

Sri Chinmoy: European Tour 1988

Historical S-VHS footage of Sri Chinmoy’s Tour through Europe in 1988 with performances in Florence, Antwerp and Den Haag, “Lifting up the world with a oneness-heart” functions in Zurich and Munich, a talk on enthusiasm, a surprise trip to the Swiss mountains, unique improvisations on various percussion instruments and a visit to Natika’s “Oneness-World” bookshop in Zurich. Length: 1:14 h. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani, kedarvideo Switzerland.

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.

Peace Run in Philadelphia

Runners from around the world carrying a symbolic torch to promote world peace visited two Philadelphia schools Monday as a part of four-month, 10,000-mile trek across North America.

The runners, a relay team undertaking the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, had with them a torch that has traveled the world with a message of peace. On Monday, they jogged into McCall Elementary’s auditorium to talk with sixth, seventh, and eighth graders about peace and screen a movie showing their years of travel. The highlight came when the team took the students on a run around the schoolyard and gave them a chance to hold one of the torches that Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and other world leaders have held over the years in their pleas for peace. Organizers told them to close their eyes and make a wish or say a prayer for peace while holding it.

“I thought it was awesome, because all the people who held the torch, the pope and everybody else,” sixth grader Amar Dhanjal said. “I thought it was really inspiring,” added eighth grader Omar Charles. “We don’t really have groups like that come to the school.” Some of the relay runners, who had come from as far away as New Zealand and Ukraine, visited Christ Church before making their way to McCall. For some runners, it was the trip of a lifetime.

Luana Koch, 26, lives in Hamburg, Germany, and had never before visited the United States. She said she signed up because it gave her the opportunity to travel – Philadelphia is “really special,” she said – and promote a good cause. “You don’t have to be a professional runner,” Koch said. “It’s a nice way to be with nature.”

The Peace Run was established in 1987 by Sri Chinmoy, an Indian spiritual leader, and has been held in more than 140 countries. Chinmoy, who died in 2007, taught meditation to United Nations officials in New York and spoke about the spiritual benefits of athletics. “Peace is not going to happen if we’re all standing still,” said Harita Davies, a runner from New Zealand. “Running is really symbolic of moving, of doing something.” Devashishu, who participated in the first Peace Run, told students that peace has to start at the local level. “To have a good school and to have a good community, you need peace,” he said. The students said the presentation was not like other assemblies. “Some people who come here, they’ll sit and talk,” eighth grader Lexa-Renae Horsey-Williams said. “It was interesting to see people running around.” “I thought it was very cool because they have people from all over the world,” sixth grader Andre Charpentier added.

The 2016 North American run started Sunday in New York. Runners also stopped at Girard College on Monday; on Tuesday, they are scheduled to be in Wilmington. @JackTomczuk


Art of the Soul

Sri Chinmoy was not only a spiritual teacher and peace lover, he was also a prolific artist having created more than 100,000 acrylic paintings and millions of bird drawings. This feature introduces a small selection of this artwork that comes from within. Sri Chinmoy calls it Jharna-Kala which is the Bengali word for Foutain-Art. Enjoy them and capture the light, joy and power they incorporate. The soundtrack is by Mandu Trummer, Austria; editing by Kedar Misani.