Huge Bronze Statue of Sri Chinmoy planned in Iceland

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

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Bali Airport with new statue of Sri Chinmoy

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Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar, who is a “Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom Airport” since 2001, has now received a small bronze statue of Sri Chinmoy. The plaque and the statue are situated in front of the new International Arrival’s Terminal. And this is the video coverage of Bali TV:

Christmas Trip to Portugal

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Every year, the disciples of Sri Chinmoy travel to various destinations over Christmas and the New Year. This year the journey started in Portugal. Abhinabha reports:

The Trip started with a manifestation bang, as a statue of Sri Chinmoy was being inaugurated on 23 December – a full day into the Trip – in the picturesque coastal town of Figueira da Foz. The Portuguese statue dedication has likely been one of the quickest ones to organize, as a single phone call to an extremely receptive city council and mayor proved to be enough to get the green light. The mayor himself was present to unveil the statue, as two teams of disciple runners of our Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team – joined by school children and runners from the police and fire departments – convened at a prime location near the ocean to kick off the ceremony. The mayor turned out to be the most humble and receptive person you’d ever want to meet. Neither costs nor efforts on the part of the city council were spared to give the statue a proper home – the city even paid for the transport and the marble foundation underneath the statue. The powerful burst of rain that descended as the ceremony began couldn’t dampen anyone’s spirits.

You would think a lightning start like that would be hard to follow through, but not so. From the very start of the Trip the functions, both mornings and evenings, were so filled with soulfulness, peace, joy and happiness, theyabhinabha2 burst at their very seams. It was actually hard to secure a spot on the program, as almost everybody was eager to contribute their unique talents to the functions. Especially on the play front there was no dearth of inspiration. Three plays a night was a common occurrence and we even had nights of six and seven plays to watch. The old Christmas Trip glory days with the master in the physical seemed to have returned in full measure. I heard several people saying they thought this was the best trip since Sri Chinmoy’s passing. Sometimes I felt like pinching myself to check if I was not really dreaming.

The stunning location of Albufeira played no small part in these lofty appraisals. Our five-star hotel – one of the only two special Luxury hotels in the worldwide Sheraton family – catered to all our needs, both inner and outer. If the food was excellent, the scenery was even better. High orange tinged cliffs towered above the gently rolling Mediterranean Sea to evoke the most unbelievable colours, especially at dawn and dusk. The hotel gardens were a lush ever-green paradise of pine and palmetto trees, framing the wonderful whitewashed architecture of the hotel itself. It proved an excellent backdrop for many physical adventures, such as the weekly one- and two-mile races, but also a genuine treasure hunt with riddles, games and other challenges (like standing on one leg with your eyes closed for three minutes). Joyful competitions were the middle name of this Christmas Trip. The treasure-hunt was followed by a New Year’s Eve games extravaganza, organised by ‘masters of mirth’ Devashishu and Sahadeva from Great Britain, which a day later was succeeded by an evening long quiz on Sri Chinmoy’s life and activities, staged by Projjwal and Aruna from Augsburg. Then a day later a fun and challenging one-mile obstacle course was held on the beach, organized by Suchitra.

As I write this, I can’t believe that this is already the last day of the Trip. Tomorrow we all pack our bags and most of us will return to their ‘normal’ lives. Yet it is a great comfort to know that that life is forever enriched by the memories, joy, happiness and sheer delight of these past two weeks in Portugal. (Source: Kettledrum)

A warm welcome in Nepal


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)

New statue of Sri Chinmoy in Mazatlan, Mexico

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