LIFE Voices 35: Prachar Stegemann – A deeper Sense of Peace

In this episode of LIFE Voices, Prachar Stegeman from Canberra, Australia shares his thoughts on spirituality, music and meditation. Prachar is a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy and helps to organise a range of sporting events in Australia and the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. The episode is entitled ‘A Deeper Sense of Peace’ and Prachar explains how he became interested in meditation to help his work as a concert pianist. Prachar also talks about how studying meditation under Sri Chinmoy opened up a whole range of new possibilities from singing to sport. Length: 18:34 min. Produced by Kedar Misani, kedarvideo Switzerland.

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Swiss Ultra-Runner Pushkar speaks about the 3100 Mile Race

This summer (2012) Pushkar Müllauer (40) from Switzerland finished for the fourth time the world’s largest foot race, the 3100 mile race in Queens, NY, organized by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. In this interview Pushkar speaks about his preparation and motivation that brought him through this race in 48 days 8 hours and 22 minutes. Camera and Edit: Kedar Misani

John Doan: Celtic Pilgrimage in Austria

Witness John Doan’s Celtic Pilrimage with his Harp Guitar, through centuries of ancient tales and music. This is a live recording at the Kornspeicher in Wels, Austria in May 2011. Guest singer was Rija. Length: 1:11:19. Produced by kedarvideo, Switzerland on JVC-GH-HM100, GH1 and GH2.

Happy Birthday Carl Lewis !

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Today former Olympic Champion Carl Sudhahota Lewis celebrates his 50th birthday. I take the opportunity to republish this interview in which the athlete not only reveals the secrets of his sport career but also looks into the future and speaks about his relationship to meditation and peace. By the way Carl Lewis is entering the political arena and is on his way to run for State Senate in New Jersey!

The man behind the statues of Sri Chinmoy

In the last couple of years live-size statues of spiritual teacher and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) have been placed in Oslo, Bali, Prague, Puerto Rico, Nepal, Mazatlan , Vaasa and Seattle. The artist behind these sculpures is Kaivalya Torpy from England. I recently had the chance to speak with him in Nepal, where the latest statute was inaugurated on a hill near Kathmandu in Nagarkot. Kaivalya speaks about the beginnings of his artistry, the many faces of sculpting Sri Chinmoy and very exciting plans for the future. Learn more in this newest episode of LIFE Voices, #33!

Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov’s performance at the UN

In August 2007 Purushottama Boris Grebenshikov performed a concert at the United Nations, attended by Sri Chinmoy. Filmed by Mridanga Spencer. Enjoy these beautiful melodies of one of the most gifted Russian singers! This is the first of 10 parts that are now online on YouTube. You may also watch an interview with him, that was published as part of the LIFE Voices series.

Atulya Berube on the 80-10-10 diet and the benefits of meditation

Atulya Berube is a dynamic and healthy person, but he wants to be more fit and and increase his athletic performance. As a member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team and US Coordinator and US Team Captain of the World Harmony Run he focuses on sports and nutrition, combined with meditation. In this interview, the 32nd episode of “LIVE Voices”, Atulya share his experiences on becoming fit and healthy with Raw Foods.

78 year old Nun is Triathlon Champion

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I had the privilege to meet and interview an extraordinary woman in New York. Sister Madonna is a 78 old catholic nun from Spokane, Washington, who was not only dedicating her life to her religious life but also made history in the running scene. At 52 she ran her first race, soon after she completed a marathon in less than 3 1/2 hours. Since then she has participated in 20 Hawaiian Ironman races and 300 Triathlons throughout the world. At 78 she is by far the fastest in her age category. The whole interview lasted for almost one hour and it was amazing and fascinating to hear her stories and learn about her experiences. This is the full version (41:45 min) of the interview I made for the LIFE Voices series. The shorter 13-minute version with various illustration you can find here: vimeo.com/1164787

Guinness Record Holder Ashrita Furman in the News !

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If you don’t know Ashrita Furman yet, check out this TV interview on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Here you learn more about the many amazing records Ashrita did over the years.

54-year old Ashrita Furman has set more records than anyone else in the world, more than Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer did together. Since 1979 Ashrita has set 279 official Guinness records, 114 of which are still live today. (Guinness Book of World Records, 1st March 2010). The owner of a Health Food Store in Queens, New York was first inspired to achieve records at a 24-hour bicycle race in 1979, and started breaking them one by one. To mention just a few: Ashrita walked 80 miles (cc. 130 km) balancing a bottle on the top of his head, did 9628 sit-ups in 1 hour, did forward rolls for 12 miles (cc. 19 km) and balanced a pool cue for over 4 hours on the tip of a finger. One of his most recent achievements is also worth mentioning: he cut 27 apples in mid-air with a samurai sword in a minute. Ashrita’s purpose with the records: “I’m trying to show others that our human capacity is unlimited if we can truly believe in ourselves”. Ashrita attributes his extraordinary abilities to the meditation techniques of his mentor and meditation teacher, Sri Chimnoy, who gave him his name “Ashrita”, which means “Protected by God”. According to him, he would not have been able to perform these superhuman feats without meditation.  Ashrita performed his feats all over the globe (e.g. the Great Wall of China, the pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, Mount Fuji, JFK Airport in New York).

And here is another interview with Ashrita:

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