Students of Sri Chinmoy focuse their attention on a plot of land at Mt.Esja (near Reykjavik) for a gigantic 13 meter high bronze statue of their master . Another piece of land at Mógilsá is still under consideration and also one in Mosfellsbær. The environment around the statue will be transformed into a garden by planting trees and building ponds. “This is symbolic for men who search for peace,” said Martin Arnar Marteinsson from the Icelelandic Sri Chinmoy Center. Last November Fréttablaðið reported from a statue project that was then applied to set up in the forestry land at Lundur by Mógilsá . The statue will be dedicated to peace and is designed by English sculpturer Kaivaliya Torpy. Mr. Thorpy has made many man-size bronze statues of Chinmoy around the world. But the statue in Iceland would be by far the largest of the world-famous Indian Guru and Weight-Lifter who passed away in 2007. Marteinn Arnar says the plot at Esjuberg is being examined along with a plot in Mosfellsbær. We are still looking for the ideal location. “The Sri Chinmoy group has been working for harmony and goodwill among nations and people for many decades. There are thousands of places that have been dedicated to peace around the world including cities, towns and monuments, ” said Martin. The statue of Sri Chinmoy is also supposed to be a symbol of spreading goodwill into the community. ‘‘This will be an oasis in the desert of everyday stress. People can enjoy peace in the parc.” The Reykjavík planning authority has referred the application for the statue of Esjuberg for consultation with the local muncipality at Kjalarnes.
Translation from: Fréttablaðið
A life-sized bronze statue of World Harmony Run founder Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) depicted holding a World Harmony Run torch was inaugurated in a colourful ceremony on the evening of November 26, 2009 in Mazatlan, Mexico. The statue is on the edge of the Pacific Ocean ringed by palm trees located adjacent to a busy coastal plaza featuring other statues and lookouts over the ocean. Eventually its environs will be further landscaped with benches and additional information about the late spiritual leader’s contributions in various fields. Other statues by the same sculptor, British artist Kaivalya Torpy, are located in Norway, Bali and the Czech Republic. The statue unveiled in Mazatlan is the first in the Americas and the first ever of the spiritual leader holding a torch.
The Mayor was in attendance to unveil the statue and he was presented with the Harmony Run Torch Bearer Award during the ceremony. Students of Sri Chinmoy representing various countries attended the event. The Mazatlan Fire Department band and gymnastics team performed a stirring drum and trumpet performance and ascended heavenward with gravity defying human pyramid formations. The World Harmony Run torch was held aloft from atop one such human pyramids. Related activities continued the following day with visits by the World Harmony Run to three elementary schools culminating in the school children running the torch to the foot of the statue where they were greeted by the Secretary of the Mayor. A World Harmony Run ceremony including school children also visited a large Mazatlan shopping mall where Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artwork was on exhibit inside the mall. The local daily newspaper Noroeste featured an article about the statue dedication on November 28th and a second article about the World Harmony Run festivities on the sports page in the same day’s paper. – Text and Photos by Sharani Robins