The international Torch Run for Peace is back with its original name “Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run” and had a successful tour through Australia, organized by the Australian Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. Watch the enthusiastic participants in this short summary.
Nice Interview on Today Show Mornings with Australian Motivational Speaker Grahak Cunningham on ultra marathon and multi day running. Grahak, a student of Sri Chinmoy, recently finished the 3100 mile race in Queens, NY, in first position. Congratulations!
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.
For 25 years the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has been organizing one of the most popular ultra races, the 12 + 24 Hour Self-Transcendence Races in Basel, Switzerland. This short summary brings you the highlights of these unique sports events that live from the beautiful and soulful atmosphere as well as from the perfection of its organizing team. Enjoy the “*Spirit of Basel”. Length: 7:15 min. – The next edition of the 12 + 24 Hour Race in Basel will be held on May 4/5, 2013, for more information and inscription see the official website.
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.
In 2006, at the age of 30, professional boxer Jorge Pina from Portugal incurred irreparable retina damage during a practice fight. He lost the sight in his left eye and about 70% of the sight in his right eye. When doctors informed him of his predicament, Jorge immediately asked, “Can I run?” and without a pause switched gears to become a marathon runner. Despite his physical disability, Jorge has embraced a new sports career as a para-athlete. He took to the track as a runner and through dedicated training and sleepless determination he has qualified for the London Paralympic Games 2012. In October 2011 he founded the Association Jorge Pina with his close friend and television host Francisco Mendes. This video tells his story, as well as how the World Harmony Run has inspired him.
The morning is cool here at the 3100 mile race in Queens, NY, a perfect day to run. A lid of clouds has slipped across the sky, at least for now, to protect this little patch of earth from a fierce July sun. 43 days ago, way back in June, Grahak began his journey here, by this afternoon he will make one last grand circuit of the course and he will need run no more. What comes now for Grahak is the slow and gradual reentry into the world that you and I and the rest of humanity inhabit. One that he so powerfully dashed away from back in June. In one day more the calender peels back another page and will reveal August. A clear note that the dreamy end of a New York summer is fast approaching. From now on, with the inevitable blessings of each new day he will gradually heal from all the pain and hurt he has heaped willingly upon himself. The angry terrible rash that has erupted across his flesh will gradually succumb to the certain soothing cure of long baths, dips in the sea, and the dreamy embrace of real rest. Spread out across the long sweet endless enchantment of a full night in a bed. It is the world we nearly all call heaven. But for 43 days Grahak and for 10 others heaven was listening not to slumber’s enticement but to the clear clarion call of his inner pilot. To sleeplessly travel far beyond the realms of the possible and then on towards the miraculous shores of Self Transcendence. He got there not by his own fierce determination but with the inner strength that comes from within, to aid and guide all those who seek out, and surrender themselves fully to higher goals. Now he and the goal are one, after striving tirelessly for 43 days, his prize is that he has once again transcended himself for a 4th time here. The fog of time will come and dim this bright immortal moment from his eyes. His tremendous record setting experience will gradually fade back into shadowed memory and photographs. Yet what cannot be removed from his heart is that he has truly and deeply tasted satisfaction in a way that we cannot. Gone father and higher than you and I have ever dared to attempt. And if tomorrow we look at him and think that he is just like us we will be wrong. For he has reached and touched the divine reality that most of us are not even aware of. If his feet have not fully and firmly planted themselves on perfection’s shore he has at least made long strides toward it.
Shortly after crossing the finish line he says:
“I want to thank Sri Chinmoy for running with us every step of the way. Obviously this is Sri Chinmoy’s journey and a pilgrimage we all undertake together, and I am so grateful for finishing.”
Again it is time to follow the amazing Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race, organized by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in Queens, New York. Since last Sunday 12 brave runners take the challenge to conquer a distance of 3100 miles over a period of 50+ days. Utpal Marshall presents the latest news on this Race on a daily base and includes not only news, results and photos but also live audio clips from the scene. Go to his Blog “Perfection-Journey” if you want to get inspired what these true heroes are doing.
In 1985 Vasanti Niemz became the first member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team to cross the English Channel. 25 years later, at age 53 she swam the Channel a second time, as part of a personal ultra-triathlon Dover-Calais-Aachen. And she has new plans for the future. In this interview conducted at the Seashore in Nha Trang, Vietnam, Vasanti reveals how meditation is a major part in her training and adventures.