Sri Chinmoy speaks on Progress

The footage shown in this short film was all shot by Utpal Marshall in 1979 and 1980.  In it Sri Chinmoy can be seen participating in some of the activities he loved best.  His was a life dedicated to serving the world and inspiring people.   For all those who were his students, both in those early years and even now after his passing, his timeless message to the world continues to be a powerful trans-formative beacon.  There is no end to our spiritual journeys, for inevitably we are all searching for inner fulfillment and continual self transcendence. In the first part of the film he is seen running his own 47 mile race for the first time.  He would come back the following year and run this same race again, even faster.  He did not just talk about progress, he acted upon it in every way possible, and in every activity that he involved himself in.  No matter whether it was art, literature, music, or sports.   In this audio recording, made later in his life, he speaks unequivocally about this.

First published on Utpal’s Website PERFECTION-JOURNEY

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25 years of Peace and World Harmony Run

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.

World Harmony Run in Honolulu

An event aimed at promoting world peace was recognized today by Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. Organizers of the World Harmony Run held a torch lighting ceremony near the Honolulu Skygate. The Harmony Run in Honolulu takes place January 2nd at Kapiolani Park.In 2012, the run will cover more than 100 nations as runners visit schools, community groups, running clubs and local and national government organizations,” said Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. “Participants will celebrate the goal of world harmony and people who work towards achieving it.” Earlier in the day, Mayor Peter Carlisle received the Torch-Bearer Award, which recognizes individuals committed to public service. 2012 marks the run’s 25-year anniversary. Watch the video of the event on TV Channel Khon2.

Diary of the World Harmony Run in Kenya 2011

BY NARMADA HEER

Why did we choose Kenya for our World Harmony Run trip to Africa? After our successful trip in 2006 Tegla Loroupe invited us back to Kenya. Tegla is a world-famous former Marathon-record holder, UNICEF and UN Sport ambassador for Peace and Development, who has worked together with UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Barack Obama and George Clooney. As the first African woman to win a major marathon – NYC Marathon 1994 – Tegla has become a role model for all the women. And she supported the WHR in Europe by coming to many opening ceremonies. She visited Portugal in 2005 and 2006, Rome in 2008, 2009 and 2010 she came to Switzerland and 2011 to Iceland. Also refer to the  interview on Youtube.

Zurich, 9th November: I was sitting next to my brother on the KLM connecting flight to Amsterdam, when a nice voice from the loudspeaker: “We have a flat tire.” Hutashan’s face turned pale. For weeks he had worked out a schedule of how people from eight different nations would arrive in Nairobi more or less at the same time, so that we all could get on the same rented bus through Eldoret to Kapenguria where Tegla’s Peace Race is organized for the 10th time.

Nairobi, 10th November: With the help of his friend Vallabha, Hutashan organized a late night flight to Nairobi so we could join our team. One week before we didn’t know who would be able to make it to Kenya. Our team consisted of Vajra, who came all the way from USA; Johannes from Ethiopia, organizer of our car with driver for a good deal; Vishvesha from Croatia, who became our technical director; Shatadhala from Austria, our filmer; Roos from Holland, our daily World Harmony Run reporter; Punita from Germany, an experienced WHR runner and Carole, Red Cross volunteer from France. In total we had 16 suitcases with medical supplies, notebooks, pencils, WHR T-shirts, running shoes, musical instruments, Jharna Kala paintings and poem cards of Sri Chinmoy about peace.

From Nairobi to Kapenguria, after three hours we had our first stop to meet Jimmy Sherlock, an American business men. He looked like coming directly from Hollywood: pink tie, business suit and a big smile. Jimmy received the WHR torchbearer award in 2010. He happily changed his flight back home to the States so that he could participate in the run in Nakuru. And how he was participating! He organized a press conference for the World Harmony Run and more. After that we continued on the bumpy road through the Rift Valley. During the day, we needed about 10 hours for 400 km; in 2006 it took us about 16 hours as there were just dirt roads. In Kapenguria, we were welcomed with a cup of Indian Chai by Tegla Leroupe and Eunice Hasango, the CEO of the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation. Kenya was colonized by the British and therefore also Indians came to Kenya. Our whole team could stay in a 7 room Villa with our own cook, Rebecca. The food was simple but very tasty and nutritious. The bread was Indian style.

11th November – At the Nasokol School: 850 girls and 50 teachers participated in the “Nasokol All Girls School” where we were welcomed by the Principal Mrs. Tomeyan Rosalyne, Head of Education and Games Teacher. This was the school Tegla had attended in the 80ies. The teacher told us: “We were praying to God that the World Harmony Run would come to visit our school.” Therefore all the 850 girls were waiting with expectation for our arrival. We were absolutely stunned by the amazing 2-hour program of all singing the World Harmony Run song with such pure and clear voices. There were dances and more singing dedicated to peace. One girl had tears, after she had recited a text with a message of UNESCO President Davidson Hepburn to the World Harmony Run and Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the run. On the schools sports ground all 850 girls formed a huge circle and while coordinator Hutashan and the teachers gave TV interviews we passed all around the World Harmony torch, followed by giving out notebooks and pencils as gifts. Finally 50 girls accompanied us to the Tegla Loroupe Peace Meeting in Kapenguria.

12th November: Tegla Loroupe Peace Race in Kapenguria: This year it was the 10th edition of the Peace Race that started in 2003 by Tegla to bring together warriors of the rival tribes Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Markwet and Karamajong to reduce conflict in the region. Kapenguria is the place where Tegla was born. As a girl she had to fight very hard to make it to school and also to become an international runner. She belonged to the wrong tribe, so for a long time she wasn’t allowed to participate internationally. It was until NYC Marathon founder Fred Lebow invited her to the 1994 edition of the World’s most famous Marathon when the star Tegla Loroupe started shining. She had won her 1st Marathon ever in 1994 and then again in 1995. She won in London and set World records in Rotterdam and in Berlin. Even with all this success she didn’t forgot where she came from and she always wanted to give something back to her community. There were 10 km races for elite runners and local warriors, ands also a race for children as well as a VIP race for politicians and dignitaries. The annual Peace Race in Kapenguria has now a ten years old tradition of bringing together all the different tribes for discussions on how to find peaceful solutions instead of fighting. 20 warriors that put down their weapons between ages 16 and 20 are now living and doing their training together. Besides the World Harmony Run, other people and organizations were visiting the race: Peace and Sports from Monaco, the former Swedish Ambassador Bo Goranson, Ugandas Resident District Commissioner Moroto Nahaman Ojwe and a delegation from Germany. After the start of the cultural event, a girl’s school class was performing a poem about Tegla, a boy was singing a Tegla rap and the named five different tribes were performing their traditional singing and dancing. This went on until the next morning… and later we were invited to Tegla’s house for lunch. Together with the other VIP guests we appreciated the good food as well as the many trophies Tegla had won all over the world. At her altar there were pictures showing Tegla with President Barack Obama, Georg Clooney and Kenyan President Kibaki.

14th November: Third stop was Nakuru: With about 300.000 inhabitants, Nakuru is the 4th biggest city in Kenya and has a very important train station that connects the capital Nairobi with Eldoret – the Mekka of running – and goes on to Uganda. So it was an honor that this city invited 1000 students of the Nakuru University to run the last leg of the Kenyan World Harmony Run from there. The three kilometers route took us over Kenyatta Avenue, the very busy main road to the Afraha High School. As in the Nasokol School and at Tegla’s Peace Race again the national TV was present. And also like on November 11th, the “Standard News” announced our coming to Nakuru, thanks to Jimmy Sherlock, President of Reborn International Ministries. He said that he and his friend George, CEO of Reborn Kenya, wanted to unite the people of Nakuru through the World Harmony Run. The two million people of the Nakuru region have a society with much diversity in social and cultural structures. At the University we were finally welcomed by Amos N. Gathecha, M.B.S, Regional Commissioner of the Central Rift Valley. On behalf of the World Harmony Run and in presence of 1000 students, Hutashan gave out 3 Torch-Bearer-Awards to Boniface Muhia, Chairman of the Nakuru Business Association; Prof. J. K. Tuitoek, Vice Chancellor of Egerton University and Prof A.K. Kahi and Dean of Egerton University School of Agriculture for consistently demonstrating character traits of friendship, teamwork, respect and honesty.

World Harmony Runners share their experiences

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.

World Harmony Run 2011 in Iceland

In July the World Harmony Run (WHR), a world-wide torch relay for peace and harmony, was in Iceland and compiled this beautiful video from the magnificent beauty of the country and the joyful spirit of its citizens. The WHR is an initiative of Sri Chinmoy for the oneness of the world.

World Harmony Run 2011 in Zambia

Welcome to “Adventure into Zambia” – Zambia where students invoke President Obama and UN Secretary General. 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 Africa, of Zambia, of Youth. Youth seen holding the torch say they are NOT looking to countries’ presidents, United Nations Secretary-General or other leaders to change the world. Their “hour has come” and they voice where peace begins. 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. This video includes a short introduction from Davidson Hepburn, the President of the General Conference of UNESCO, followed by four schools visited in Zambia late last year. Dr. Hepburn, recently commented on the Run’s support for their Year of Youth. “By encouraging young people to express their aspirations for harmony today, the World Harmony Run is surely building the foundation for a culture of peace tomorrow.” Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), Founder of the Harmony Run composed the theme song which ends “We are the Oneness and Fullness of Tomorrow’s Sun”. With powerful expression these youth made that promise of harmony, peace and oneness their own. With gratitude to four featured Schools: Lotus Basic, Nkhwazi Primary, Jacaranda Basic, New Northmead Basic and special thanks to Lusaka friends and supporters of Zambian World Harmony Run Team.

The story of the 47-mile in Queens New York

In his inspiring Blog Perfection Journey New York based disciple, long-time lover of the ultra sports scene and being a brilliant journalist and writer, Utpal Marshall tells us the story of the 47-mile Run, created in 1977 by spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy (see picture left) who offered all a totally surprising and unprecedented invitation back then.  “Starting at midnight, on August 27th, when his 47th birthday was to begin we were all invited to run in a 47 mile race. Many years have passed since we all heard this news.  It is a distance now that is minuscule when compared to the thousands of miles that are now run regularly in many of the marathon teams scheduled events.  At the time however it was such a formidable number that even the young, trained, and very fit runners could not really comprehend how it could be done.  To make it even more interesting it was to be run on a course that started on the gritty cinder track of Jamaica high school in the suburbs of New York City and then meander around the outer block with its bumpy sidewalks, sharp turns, and the formidable Margaret Tietz hill.  It was an unbelievable challenge and most had no idea what to expect.  It was after all almost twice as far as a marathon.  It was hard to even imagine if we could make it to the track for that last victory lap and still be able to grab the flag and make it through to the finish.

It is late and the final moments of day are swiftly passing.  Midnight looms ever closer with its own special thrill and excitement.  The first thing most notice, despite the lateness of the hour is that no one is sleepy, no one is tired, the expectation and wonder of it all is fast approaching. Even if one cannot manage to run 47 miles the race requires the help of many.  Over the night the counters will be replaced by a second crew. Remarkably there are many runners here who also ran the marathon just 2 days ago.  Teekhnata ran a 3:56 marathon. For many this will be the first time they have run this distance.  19 year old Antara-Prarabhat remarkably ran his first marathon 2 days ago in 4:25.  Now he will run his first 47.  Vilupti recently had her 47th birthday.  She could think of nothing better to honor her Guru than to run the race for her first time. 30 Years ago tonight Virendra set the record of 5:09 that has never been equaled.  Others like Dipali (see picture right) have a winning streak that goes back to 1983.  Tonight is also her 52nd birthday. Much more, including dozens of pictures and audio interview you can find directly on Utpal’s Blog Perfection-Journey.

12+24 Hour Self-Transcendence Race of Basel- a Mekka for Ultra Runners

On May 8/9, 2010, the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team organized the 22nd edition of the 12+24 Hour Race in the Sports Stadium St. Jakobs in Basel, Switzerland. This time we had many new runners that joined the group the comes to Basel regularly – all together 122 from 13 nations. All races of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team use a round course that gives them the best opportunity to be of serve to the runners around the clock with counter, food and medical stations. In addition to this several music groups such as “Mountain-Silence” and Adesh & Ajita performed at the course for inspiration. Although the weather was not ideal in the evening and during the night, the atmosphere was friendly and enthusiastic until the finish on Sunday noon. First among the men in the 24 hour category was Ludger Robert Boewer with a distance of 238 k and among the women Heike Christ with 208 k, both from Germany. Fastest 12 hour runners were Thomas Herget (134 k) and Dorothea Pfeffer (115 k), also from Germany. A 7 minute summary of the 24 hour event can be watched on srichinmoytv.

24 h LIVE Coverage of 24 h Self-Transcendence Race in Basel, Switzerland

The 22nd Basel Self-Transcendence Race will have for the first time a 24 h LIVE COVERAGE on http://www.livestream.com/srichinmoyraces. Together with the Deutschen Ultramarathon-Vereinigung there will also be news and interviews at the top of the hour. Start of Live Coverage is this Saturday May 8th at 11:30 h CET; the start of the race is scheduled for 12:00 h and at midnight there will be the start of the 12-hour race. On Sunday May 9th from 11:00 to 12:00 h you can witness the finish, which is always a powerful and moving event.