Various team members from the US and Japan teams share their experiences running with the torch. The challenges and the rewards this remarkable event presents. Filmed with a Panasonic GH1 Camera, Used Red Giant Looks in post production. The WHR is an initiative of Sri Chinmoy.
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
Czech Republic young people give joyful expression to their wish for world peace and Harmony. The United Nations and the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are supporting the International Year of Youth and its theme of dialogue and mutual understanding, being celebrated through August of 2011.The slogan is “Our Year” “Our Voice”. In these clips you hear the voice of some European young people. We see many different Czech ways to express harmony: by sharing and passing the torch; making a wish or prayer for peace, by singing , and by some very beautiful synchronized gymnastics, marching and twirling (starts at 4:42). There is a playful spirit of games: guessing countries of international runners, shouting in mother language “harmony begins with me” ; running to the different continents and having a stamp to prove it. Adding to the shared experience, it increases potential of remembering this day and its theme. Planting trees in different locations involves the community in the long-term view of building peace and harmony and brings attention to the goals of the International Year of forests proclaimed by the UN General Assembly for 2011.
The World Harmony Run is a global torch relay, founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987. It seeks to strengthen international friendship and understanding. As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, passing it from hand to hand traveling through over 100 nations around the globe. Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), composed the theme song which ends “We are the Oneness and Fullness of Tomorrow’s Sun”. More news on http://www.worldharmonyrun.org.
On April 12th, 2010, The World Harmony Run got off to a running start at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in New York City at a ceremony joining people from over 50 nations. The U.S. portion of the Run will begin its 10,000 mile journey in a few days when an international team of runners leaves New York and heads towards New Jersey and beyond. United Nations diplomats, celebrities and community activists were all on hand to offer their goodwill and support. The NYC Housing Authority Youth Chorus sang under the direction of Larry Matthew and Sing for Hope Donor Artist Blythe Gaissert also performed. The Torch-Bearer Award was presented to H.E. Mr. Anwarul Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for his untiring service to humanity and to Mr. Jimmy Sherlock, entrepreneur and humanitarian for his relief efforts for Haiti, Mali and the Congo. The World Harmony Run was founded in 1987 by world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy to promote international understanding and is the world’s longest global relay. It is non-profit and organized entirely by volunteers who strive to encourage goodwill among peoples of all nations. Teams of runners will carry torches more than 45,000 miles throughout the year. The U.S. team will cover 100 miles a day, relay fashion, stopping in towns along the route. Thousands of children will participate when the Run visits their schools, day camps and athletic associations as they share their own hopes and dreams for a more harmonious world.
This year the World Harmony Run is honored to support the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures as designated by UNESCO and the United Nations. Dr. Davidson Hepburn, President of the 35th General Conference of UNESCO offered his support: “The World Harmony Run provides a chance for all participants to expand their awareness and to gain practical experience of other cultures.” The World Harmony Run arrives back in NYC on August 17. In parallel, Runs will take place throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia including a Run beginning in Japan, continuing through Korea, China and Mongolia finally culminating in Moscow, Russia.
Dublin played host to the opening ceremony for the European leg of the World Harmony Run, the world’s largest torch relay for international friendship. In conjunction with Dublin European Capital of Sport 2010 the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Emer Costello launched the event in a gala ceremony in Dublin’s City Hall yesterday. From Dublin, an international team of runners will then carry a flaming torch on a 24,000km journey for 7 months through 49 European countries, finishing in Moscow in September. At the same time, another Asian run will begin in Japan and travel westward through South Korea, China, Mongolia and all the former Soviet states to also finish in Moscow at the same time in September – a unique link between East and West spanning over 36,000kms! During the ceremony Irish running legend Catherina McKiernan received a Torch Bearer Award from the World Harmony Run for her services to the athletic comunity. The ceremony also featured readings from poet John F. Deane, founder of the Poetry Ireland Review and music from flautist Martin Doyle. The runners then embarked on a circuit of the city cheered on by the people of Dublin before setting off on their journey.
Since its founding by humanitarian Sri Chinmoy in 1987, the World Harmony Run has passed through over 120 countries. Every year, over one million people participate in the Run, passing along the torch from hand to hand and adding their hopes for a better world. The Run is a non-political, non-fundraising event that simply aims to demonstrate mankind’s shared wish for harmony. The Run has visited Ireland many times over the last 20 years, always receiving a tremendous céad mile fáilte from the Irish public – receptions were held in Arás an Uachtarain for the runners by Presidents Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese, and also by Ministers of Sport and Education and Mayors of various cities and towns. In 2009, the World Harmony Run ran around the entire coast of Ireland in a 2 week, 1500 km journey. Endorsements have come from many world figures, including President Nelson Mandela, President Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Carl Lewis. As spokesman for the Run he said, “By carrying the Torch, millions of citizens are taking a step for Harmony and bridging the cultural and social boundaries that separate nation from nation.”
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Emer Costello holds the flaming Harmony Torch outside City Hall, where the European leg of the World Harmony Run 2010 was launched.
A beautiful bronze statue of world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy has been dedicated inside the heart of Puerto Rico’s Botanical and Cultural Garden at Caguas to honour his lifetime of contributions to humanity. During the deeply moving dedication ceremony, Caguas Mayor William Miranda Marin (see photo) stated, “Sri Chinmoy will live for eternity…It is a privilege for us to have this beautiful statue of Sri Chinmoy in these gardens. We are subscribers to the same philosophy that Sri Chinmoy promoted during more than 40 years of his service to humanity.” During the moving ceremony, the Mayor was presented the Torchbearer Award by organisers of the World Harmony Run for his innovative and significant contributions to municipal development both in Caguas and worldwide, Founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987, the relay run includes millions of young people and adults alike every year. Mayor Miranda Marin held aloft a lighted torch from the World Harmony Run along with other prominent city and garden officials. The 2 m high statue was placed at a peace-filled grove which will serve as a centre for reflection and cultural activities for the garden’s many visitors. Others noted during the ceremony that Sri Chinmoy founded his first centre for meditation and personal development in Puerto Rico in 1966, and they now cover the globe. One of the peace visionary’s most significant contributions was to encourage the dedication of significant places to the cause of world peace – the Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms family. Puerto Rico was dedicated as the first of 152 Peace-Blossoms-Nations by Governor Rafael Hernández Colón.
World harmony and peace is still the most important goal of humanity. In January 2010 the International “World Harmony Run”, founded by spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, made station in Paipa, Columbia. They ran We ran from Lake Sachogota to the main square of Paipa. They were joined by world record holder and inspiration Lazaro Matinez Cruz who carried the torch into the main square. Lazaro set a world record by travelling by wheel chair from Buenos Aires to Paipa – a distance of over 6000 km which took him over the Andes mountain range. Then Carolina Conmargo, one of Colombia’s top athletes joined the team and presented the torch to Padre Victor Guerra (picture) who blessed the torch and offered a brief sermon in his beautiful church – Catedral de San Miguel Arcangel. The World Harmony Run is a global torch relay, seeking to strengthen international friendship and understanding. Read more here. Take also a look at the beautiful artwork children offered expressing their hopes and dreams for a more harmonious world on the online art gallery.
In July the runners of the international “World Harmony Run” were in Iceland where they covered almost the whole island. The population as well as the Government are very favorable towards this peace initiative who was founded more than 20 years ago by Sri Chinmoy, who himself was an active sportsman, marathon runner and weight-lifter. His message of inner and outer running is part of his spiritual teaching. Watch more photos and reports from Iceland here.
We just got news from a great new movie coming out this year. It’s name is “The Invocation – A documentary about God and World Peace”, directed by Emmanuel Itier. As in the film “The Secret” here also hundreds of personalities from all walks of life have been interviewed. The movie is scheduled to be finished by February 2009 and will have its first public appearance at the Cannes Film Festival this May. Director Emmanuel Itier is an experienced feature film producer and has also been a successful music and film journalist for rock magazines, French TV networks and the internet for the last 15 years. He sits on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Film Festival and writes poetry. The support crew includes experienced professionals like Claude Budin-Juteau and Byron Werner (Directors of Photography), Yvan Gauthier (Editor), Abderrahim Halaimia, Nathalie Dubois and Evie Sullivann (Associate Producers), Bernard and Françoise Itier (Executive Producers) and Amanda Estremera.
“The Invocation” is a feature documentary about “God” around the World and through Religion, Spirituality, Science, Politics and Arts. The goal is to show that looking for God leads to finding Mankind. It’s an invitation to elevate our school of thinking and change our code of acting with each other. There are people who choose to believe, others who choose not to believe and others, like the Director, who chose not to choose in order to keep the exploration and the debate going. It’s really ultimately a movie not geared at determining whether there is “a God”, “Being”, “Energy”, or whatever the name given but to help people understand there is a need to go beyond our differences. It’s a message of Peace, Unity and Connectivity. It is an urgent mission in view of the planet in bad health and the many sufferings of the world population. We may not be able to be ONE but we sure can act as One People, One Planet, One Universe.
If you are interested to learn more about “The Invocation”, you can check the official website. I will also ask Gary Quinn, whom I will interview tonight at 9 PM CET live on jeet.tv and mogulus/jeettvenglish, about this project. He was one of many who have been interviewed. Other interview partner include: Deepak Chopra, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Dalai Lama, Dr. Masaru Emoto, and many Rabbis, Sheiks, Priests, Lamas, Historians, Scientists, Philosophers, Entertainers, Peace Activists and Musicians.
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Beautiful nature scenes from around the world, accompanied by quotes from spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) on peace, harmony and meditation. Jump into the sea of tranquility, experience your inner wealth and enjoy Mother Nature! Narration by Kaivalya Torpy from England. This is my newest video on vimeo. Length: 17:30 min.