Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace and World Harmony Runs – this video take a look back at some of the early highlights.
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The 20,000 km World Harmony Run Torch Relay began in Hiroshima on April 24th, 2010. In Japan a team of 36 international runners will carry the torch to Nagasaki where the team will travel to Korea, China, Mongolia, and finish in Moscow on September 27. Founded in 1987 by Sri Chinmoy the message of the Run is “Harmony begins in the heart of each one of us.”
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.
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