The world’s largest torch, a giant 25-foot tall Olympic torch replica, was unveiled in New York City by Akio Haruhara, torch designer for the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics, and Ashrita Furman, 59-year-old health food store manager who holds 182 current Guinness World Records. Stunned by the sheer size of the lit torch, Furman said that the new record is dedicated to his teacher, peace visionary Sri Chinmoy, whose “50th anniversary of starting all our sports and cultural activities including the Peace Run we are celebrating today”. Haruhara, who flew with the original torch from Japan exclaimed, “Today is one of the happiest days of my life!” The flaming torch has a height of 20 feet (6 meter) and a base of 5 feet (1.5 meter) – a total height of 25 feet (7.5 meter). The mega torch is a 11 times bigger replica of the Olympic torch used in the 1998 Winter Olympic games to carry the flame from Athens to Nagano in Japan and weighs 1200 kg. Ashrita and a team of 20 friends constructed the torch of aluminium and steel over the last 3 weeks. Ashrita Furman is the holder of 182 current Guinness World Records, including the official record for “the most records held at the same time by an individual”. The oversized torch ensures him a new entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run was launched April 10th at the United Nations with 50 Ambassadors and diplomats and over 300 international runners. On that day, the ambassadors and runners also set a new Guinness Record for reciting a poem on peace by Sri Chinmoy in 206 languages. The torch relay, which has involved millions of young people worldwide, was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987. As an athlete, philosopher, artist, musician and poet, he dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of friendship and oneness. Since its inception, the Run has visited more than 140 countries, passing the Torch and sharing a message of harmony and friendship. (Photo by Bijoy Imholz)
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 dove; the picture shows Sri Chinmoy wigth a dove.
Dove, my dove,
You sing the song of peace.
The aspiring human beings
Are all on their knees
To have your eternal treasure.
Without you, life is nothing but
A destructive pressure.
With you, life is fulfilled satisfaction
In measureless measure.
Sri Chinmoy, Animal Kingdom, Agni Press, 1973
In January 2011 a group of more than 400 students of Sri Chinmoy were warmly welcomed in Kathmandu, Nepal, where they gathered for inspiration and spiritual growth and also placed a statue of spiritual master and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy on a beautiful view point on Nagarkot, overlooking the Himalaya. Another peace initiative was a torch Run by the “International World Harmony Run” that was held in Bhaktapur as well as in the centre of Kathmandu. (Photos by Kedar Misani)
bruary 17 we can celebrate the 34th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s esraj playing. It was on that date in 1974 that the spriritual master from Bengali origin, for the first time played on this popular Indian instrument. While Sri Chinmoy used hun- dreds of musical instrument of all sizes, origin and sound category he especially loved the esraj. After an opening meditation he usually started his concerts – and there were 777 in his lifespan – with this string instrument, which for him was more a mediative vehicle than a purely musical one. During playing he was in deep trance and offered his peace and light to the audience. T
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sublime way. You can listen to an earlier Esraj Celebration concert on RadioSriChinmoy.org
and watch a video of a performance on August 27, 2005
when Sri Chinmoy celebrated his 74th birthday in New York and more than 1000 visitors from around the world witnessed his esraj playing.
In May 2005 Sri Chinmoy
visited Milan and Torino where he gave three public meditation concerts. Seekers from all over Europe came to see the master playing on various Eastern and Western musical instruments. At the same time the new “Soul and Fitness Institute” in Milan awarded Sri Chinmoy “Universal Amabassador of Peace between the people and the souls”, along with two other spiritual dignitaries. It was a moving experience for me to see Sri Chinmoy being recognized for what he did for the cause of peace over many years. I also took a video that is available on Sri Chinmoy.tv.