At the age of 62, Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) took part in the World Veterans’ Championship in Miyazaki, Japan in October 1993. This clip features some glimpses of the opening ceremony with Sri Chinmoy’s march past within the U.S. delegation, and his 100 meter sprint. Filmed and edited by kedarvideo, Switzerland
Yesterday, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organized a special event, a Swim-Run Trio at Harriman State Park, Pomona, NY. The race consisted of three races staged simultaneously on Sunday, September 11th:
* Swim-Run (Aquathlon: 1km swim and 10 km run): Participants can race as individuals, or as part of a relay team
* 10 km road race
* 1 km open-water swim race
The 10 km run and 1 km swim were staged on the same course as the Swim-Run. The swim took place in beautiful Lake Welch; the run was through the forest and followed the shores of Lake Welch. New York based filmer Utpal Marshall was quick, above you find his inspiring video of yesterday’s event.
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.
For this episode of LIFE Voices my interview partner was Prachar Stegemann from Canberra, a talented pianist and singer as well as skilled sportsman. Under the title “A deeper sense of peace” he shares his thoughts on spirituality, the volley of sports events he endeavors in Australia and his vision of peace in all human hearts.
On March 27th, the international Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run finished their run in Cabo Verde. TCV also broadcasted an interview with Patrício Rodrigues from the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and famous runner Jorge Pina. More pictures of the run on www.peacerun.org.
Angikar Sasha Djordjevic was in love with sports since his childhood, but his major achievement was a special Triathlon including a Channel crossing, biking for 580 km and running three marathons, culminating in Heidelberg, Germany. In this 37th episode of LIFE Voices Angikar, a student of Sri Chinmoy for more than 20 years, speaks on the different steps leading to this goal, how meditation was a key factor in his endeavor and what are his plans for the future. Length: 16:33 min. Produced 2015 by Kedar Misani, kedarvideo Switzerland.
This book has just been released end of January 2015 by Stutisheel Oleg Lebedev, a disciple of Sri Chinmoy and participant of the world’s longest foot race, the 3100 mile race in Queens, New York. In this book you will find a first-hand account of comprehensive preparation for and participation in an Ironman triathlon. An Ironman consists of a 3.8 km (2.4 mi) – swim, 180 km (112 mi) cycling and a 42.195 km (26.2 mi) run. The author’s official finish time in his first attempt was 11:10:50. The book is for anyone taking their first steps in triathlon training and racing, and trying to unfold their ultimate potential.
For more information visit his website stutisheel.org.
The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run began 2015, on the first of January, with an event in Croatia. Members of the Peace Run, run through the walls of Dubrovnik. It was part of a 10km race through the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. The Peace Run was featured on Croatian national TV and in several newspapers. On January 5th the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team hosted a race in Ston, a village and municipality in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia. It took place along the streets and walls in the city.
After and while I took photos from Sri Chinmoy I started filming in Super-8mm format in the early 1980’s and captured some moments with the master during concert performances, sports activities and meditation. Enjoy this historical footage. Camera and edit: Kedar Misani