Words by Sri Chinmoy, read by Madhurima Judith Light
Words by Sri Chinmoy, read by Madhurima Judith Light
The footage shown in this short film was all shot by Utpal Marshall in 1979 and 1980. In it Sri Chinmoy can be seen participating in some of the activities he loved best. His was a life dedicated to serving the world and inspiring people. For all those who were his students, both in those early years and even now after his passing, his timeless message to the world continues to be a powerful trans-formative beacon. There is no end to our spiritual journeys, for inevitably we are all searching for inner fulfillment and continual self transcendence. In the first part of the film he is seen running his own 47 mile race for the first time. He would come back the following year and run this same race again, even faster. He did not just talk about progress, he acted upon it in every way possible, and in every activity that he involved himself in. No matter whether it was art, literature, music, or sports. In this audio recording, made later in his life, he speaks unequivocally about this.
First published on Utpal’s Website PERFECTION-JOURNEY
Some years ago disciples of Sri Chinmoy published a regular news report with inspiring stories from around the world. After a break the series starts again with a great new episode, produced by UItpal Marshall. Have a look and learn more about the German Channel Swimmer Vasanti Niemz, a Self-Transcendence Race in Moscow, a visit to an orphenage in Vietnam and glimpses from the World Harmony Run in Cardiff, England, where also one of Sri Chinmoy’s life-size statues recently has been inaugurated.
There was a period in Sri Chinmoy’s life where he practiced sprinting with a lot of passion and dedication. First he trained on the local streets of Queens, NY, where he lived. Later he had his own track behind the tennis court area which today is known as the “Aspiration-Ground”. Watch some of his sprint activities of 1991. A spiritual master on the track is a historically unique view. Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani; soundtrack by Parichayaka Hammerl.
So many truly remarkable things are happening in our world today across the entire spectrum of human endeavour. But it is easy to lose sight of this fact when we wake each day to news of more outbreaks of war, civil unrest, economic challenges, natural disasters and loss of life counted in many hundreds and thousands. We seem to be living in times of great change and uncertainty, marked by substantial issues at both local and global levels and yet at the same time by amazing advances in science, technology, humanity and the arts.
The vision for the World Festival of the Heart is to explore some of these developments in three program-packed days in Melbourne, Australia, on 9, 10 and 11 November 2012. The Festival will bring together some of the foremost world figures in spirituality, the sciences and the arts, to celebrate their work and achievements in a spirit of oneness, openness and enquiry and to participate in their remarkable creativity. Many forums have highlighted these current developments but the organizers wanted to do something a little bit different . . . they don’t just want to talk about them, they want to experience them in as many ways as possible with the power of the heart. Their aim is to create a program full of activities: workshops, music, dialogue, devotions, performance, concerts, an expo and a grand forum. Their hope is to transcend our everyday concerns for three days and explore new dimensions of living and wellbeing. The program is designed for anyone who has a passion for life, the world and our future. These are the three major themes for the Festival to explore the interplay and convergence of these disciplines:
The Great Mystery: life, consciousness and the universe
The Universal Heart: recognising the oneness in diversity of all life
Creative Living: making right choices for a healthy, happy and harmonious life
Some of the program activities and topics will include:
The full program and schedule will be announced later in 2012. Check out the website: www.festivaloftheheart.org and subscribe to the Newsletter to be up-dated and informed. The organizers of the “World Festival of the Heart” extend an invitation to everyone with an interest in improving happiness, health and wellbeing to attend the Festival. The program will develop exciting ways for people of all ages and interests to participate and interact with our presenters, exhibitors and performers. Invited will be exciting presenters, artists, musicians and elders from around the world to participate in a program that will highlight exciting developments in:
Sri Chinmoy, the well known poet and peace dreamer, inspires us to imagine a new world – a world of peace and oneness.
“Imagination has power.
Imagination is power.
Therefore, be sure to have
A good and elevating imagination.”
“Imagination is a world of reality which is waiting for revelation and manifestation here in this outer world, which we know as reality.”
- Sri Chinmoy
Poems by Sri Chinmoy, Slideshow by Mananyu. Music composed by Sri Chinmoy, arranged by Shindhu; Pictures by Mananyu and Shushuti
On March 31, 1985 spiritual master Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) gave his first big concert in the Zurich Hallenstadion, a prestigious hall, where normally large sports events, musicals or pop concerts take place. Sri Chinmoy transformed the hall into a vessel of spiritual manifestation. About 6000 seekers from all over Europe attended the performance that was divided into three parts an lasted for more than three hours. Sri Chinmoy often meditated between the different instruments. Enjoy this historical recording, now for the first time available online. Length: 2:07 h.
Spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) talks about God’s plans for His creation in the future. Filmed by Mridanga Spencer in the summer of 2007 in Queens, New York, two months before Sri Chinmoy’s passing on October 11, 2007.
The beauty of Pranavanta’s life and soul are recorded for us all to see in his life’s work — his amazing art. Four or five years ago we were sitting together in a café enjoying a sunny Sydney winter’s day and he was lamenting that a recent exhibition had not been as successful as he would have hoped. The aspect I enjoy most about Pranavanta’s art is the exquisite detail and his very technical use of colour. Searching for words to console him, what came to my mind as we sat there musing was that Pranavanta is the consummate ‘artist’s artist’. What I meant by this term is that far from being commercial art for the masses, his art could only be truly appreciated by another artist. He sat back for a moment digesting my words and then said sweetly and humbly, “Thank you, Kishore, I will accept that as the highest compliment!” I am not being over-effusive when I say that I really love Pranavanta’s art. It describes for me the beauty of his soul and excuses his sometimes gruff outer nature, for truly all can be forgiven of one who is an artist! And yet he was more than this. As a teacher he would bend the ear of the unsuspecting with a treatise on the sublime nature of form and colour, using examples to hand . . . the delicate shape of a leaf against the electric blueness of the sky . . . Now we can all admire his life’s opus The Making of Paintings with a new appreciation. Recently, Abhinandan and I were having a discussion about Pranavanta’s art while driving over to visit him when suddenly I had another realisation . . . that Pranavanta paints with energy as much as with materials. Form for him doesn’t have to be real or realistic as long as it embodies energy. Then Abhinandan told me that Pranavanta had said that he was not so concerned with capturing a realistic form as much as the energy embodied by that form. So I was right, and it felt good inside to have that particular realisation about his art. We arrived at Pranavanta’s studio-home and after exchanging greetings I exclaimed, “Finally I have realised Art of Living by Kishore that you paint with energy, not with paint.” He just sat there with a big Pranavanta grin on his face. Incidentally, like the impressionists and cubists before him, Pranavanta was quite capable of painting realistically but chose rather to develop his own unique artistic expression. The day after Pranavanta’s passing I had the privilege of spending some time alone in his studio, taking photos of his art. It seemed as though his child-creations were already missing him, as if he had taken his boundless Pranavanta energy with him into the higher worlds and his paintings were somehow duller and almost lifeless. Perhaps they were grieving in a way that we mortals could never appreciate. - Kishore
In 2007 spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) was on his last Christmas Trip before his passing on October 11th. This video is one of 100 DVD’s available from the master who devoted all his life for peace and harmony. It shows Sri Chinmoy lifting Thai monks and a concert performance with meditations. A listing of all DVD’s can be seen on this blog: srichinmoy.blogspot.com.