World Gratitude Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of September, encouraging individuals and organizations to celebrate the broad meaning of gratitude. From the perspective of Humanism, gratitude is a ubiquitous human emotion or state of awareness shared by those of all faith and non-faith perspectives; the habit of routine thoughtfulness and mindful living includes creating meaningful, personal traditions to honor others and ourselves.
The celebration began in 1965 in Hawaii at a Thanksgiving dinner for the United Nations Meditation Group hosted by its director, Sri Chinmoy. He proposed a globally unifying holiday to formally express gratitude and appreciation for the many wonderful things to be found around the world. Each attendee pledged to hold a gratitude gathering each September 21 in their own country. The United Nations Meditation Group formally celebrated World Gratitude Day on September 21, 1977 at the New York Headquarters where Sri Chinmoy was honored for his work. Since its beginnings World Gratitude Day has been observed in many countries around the world.
The awareness of the benefits of having time in one’s life for gratitude, appreciation, and positive reflection have become increasingly apparent. The hope of the founders of Gratitude Day is that by taking time, one day a year, to reflect on the many amazing things we have in our lives, it would positively impact our well-being and make us happier, more contended people.
The world is moving fast and a lot is being manipulated. What can each of us do? If you have your daily meditations, preferably twice a day, close your meditation at 6:30 am and 9:30 pm by sharing LOVING-KINDNESS to the world around you, preferably to the whole humanity, by saying or reading the following words:
– May I – YOU – WE – ALL – be safe from inner and outer harm. – May I – YOU – WE – ALL – be filled with loving-kindness. – May I – YOU – WE – ALL – beings live in peace and harmony.
Your spreading LOVING-KINDNESS is making a very big difference. Look at the this map of Europe. Regardless where you are situated by sharing LOVING-KINDNESS light will rise up in the morphogenetic field and incorporates a free energy for all living beings. Lets join together in sharing LOVING-KINDNESS and move the world into inner peace. LOVING-KINDNESS is known and practised in the Buddhist world for more than 2000 years under the term Mettā.
On February 8, 2013, the International Sri Chinmoy Centres and the World Harmony and Peace Run Team were blessed by the Nation of Timor Leste. They were received by the entire Timor Leste Parliament including H.E. President Taur Matan Ruak, H.E. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, former Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Mari Alkatiri and H.E. President of the Parliament Vicente Guterres as well as H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Fernando de Araújo. The Timor Leste Parliament took a recess to officially receive a statue of World Peace Dreamer Sri Chinmoy, who founded the World Harmony and Oneness-Home Peace Runs. A priest representing the Bishop of the Diocese of Dili, Dom Alberto Ricardo da Silva, offered an ecumenical prayer. World Harmony Run Director, Salil Wilson, was honored to present the Torch-Bearer Award to these two real-life heroes H.E Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and former Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Mari Alkatiri who gave so much in the building of their nation.
His Excellency Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão was the great leader of the people of Timor Leste during the Indonesian oppression. As military head of FALANTIL he led the resistance with boundless courage and charisma. Now as Prime Minister his all-inclusive leadership is guiding Timor Leste to new and unimaginable heights. When Sri Chinmoy came to Timor Leste in 2004 Dr. Alkatiri warmly welcomed and honoured Sri Chinmoy with the Medal of Freedom award. Sri Chinmoy presented Dr. Alkitiri with the first World-Harmony-Dreamer Award. Timor Leste’s first Prime Minister Dr. Mari Alkatiri reminisced about his meeting with Sri Chinmoy and offered thanks for the statue of a significant ambassador of peace.
H.E. President Taur Matan Ruak offered the closing speech saying, “This organization is motivated by the action and strength of its spiritual leader and founder Sri Chinmoy who dedicated his life to seeking Harmony and Unity.” “Sri Chinmoy showed an interest in Timor-Leste and visited our country in 2004, aware of our peoples effort to build harmony after so many years of war and suffering.” The President concluded saying, “We have the duty to work hard, to continue our path and use the next 5 to 10 years to uplift Timor Leste and transform our land into a symbol and example of the miracle performed by Peace, Harmony and Unity in improving the life of the peoples.”
On March 24, 1984, Sri Chinmoy offered his first major PEACE CONCERT, entitled “God’s Beauty in His Oneness-Home”, in which 8,000 seekers from all over Europe attended. It took place in the Kölner Sporthalle in Cologne, Germany, and tickets were free. On March 24th, 2012 the European students of Sri Chinmoy celebrated the 28 year anniversary of this historical concert. I recently discovered a VHS recording of the event which In would like to share with the world in full length. It is also available as a DVD in a Pal and NTSC version, produced by kedarvideo, Switzerland. During his lifetime, spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) offered more than 770 free concerts worldwide, performing at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall in London; Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the United Nations Headquarters in New York; Tokyo’s Nippon Budokon; and the Sydney Opera House.
To celebrate the 43rd anniversary of John & Yoko’s Honeymoon and and the first week of spring, the City of Reykjavík will be relighting Yoko Ono’s artwork IMAGINE PEACE TOWER from 8pm until midnight, every night from 20th – 27th March 2012. After that, it will next be relit by Yoko Ono on Oct 9th and light every night until Dec 8th, then Dec 21st–28th & Dec 31st 2012. Here is the live feed: imaginepeacetower.com.
This is Episode 25 of the series “Meditation-Silence”, a guide to meditation and conscious living with short quotes by spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) and a video clip showing him in a close-up meditation – this time recorded during a concert in Panajachel at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
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
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.
The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence. According to the General Assembly resolution establishing the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”. On Friday, 30 September 2011, the Permanent Mission of India organized a special event on the occasion of the International Day of Non-Violence. The 2011 commemoration will be focused on the theme, “Non-Violence as an instrument of social change – Why Gandhi Matters”. Gandhi, who helped lead India to independence, has been the inspiration for non-violent movements for civil rights and social change across the world. Throughout his life, Gandhi remained committed to his belief in non-violence even under oppressive conditions and in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.