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.
Over the years of his artistic activities Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) created hundreds of drawings and millions of so-called soul-bird-drawings. For the first more than 600 of these cute artwork have been compiled in a video of 1:11 h. The music is by two Russian disciples of Sri Chinmoy, Kushali and Rageshri who performed their music under the name “Silence and Sound” in many parts of the world. Edited 2015 by Kedar Misani.
Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), spiritual teacher and peace advovate, has painted over 140,000 paintings. His artwork is entitled in Bengali “Jharna-Kala” or in English “Fountain-Art”, an art that comes from the soul. In this film you can dive into the sea of beautiful colors that he spontaneously chose for his creations.
Copyright of all artwork by Sri Chinmoy
Video footage: kedarvideo Switzerland
Length: 22:34 min
The Honorable João Ataíde, Mayor of Figueira da Foz (Portugal) welcomed the International Sri Chinmoy Peace Run Team of runners for the inauguration of the statue of Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy. The Mayor had invited many cultural organizations of the city to participate and serve as representatives. They were focussed on art, sport, music and many other initiatives. He said “Peace is not only the lack of war. The peace embodied in this statue is the peace of harmony, the inner peace. This is the message of Sri Chinmoy. Through the pose of this statue—with Sri Chinmoy’s hand on his heart and passing the Peace Torch like this—he is spreading the peace to others. In a world where peace is sorely lacking, it a great honour for us to have this statue here, which will now be a place of reflections for all the citizens of Figueiera in the spirit of communion in peace.
Sri Chinmoy was a man who dedicated his entire life to the cause of peace. He served the United Nations for 37 years related to programmes whose goals were to spread the message of peace. He found in running one of the best ways to foster peace. On behalf of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run Salil then presented Mayor Ataíde with the Torch-Bearer Award in recognition for his remarkable work for the City of Figueira Da Foz as well as his lifetime of public service. The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team also had the opportunity to present the Torch-Bearer Award to Jorge Pina for his inspiring sporting achievements in the face of enormous challenges. (Photos: Bijoy Imhof)
Czech photographer Filip Singer made this amazing picture showing the flooded statue of spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy in the centre of Prague, where it was raining day and night. (Copyright by epa – european pressphoto agency / Filip Singer)
Brook Forest Voices (BFV) audiobook producer and publisher has signed an agreement with Heart-Light to download distribution of Sri Chinmoy’s inspirational “The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey.” “The Jewels of Happiness” is an audiobook containing poems and prose by peace leader Sri Chinmoy. A video message delivered by Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated, “These sweet gems of wisdom by my dear friend Sri Chinmoy are timeless truths full of encouragement, love and goodness.” The audiobook was released March 19 at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the eve of the first UN International Day of Happiness and contains chapters read by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, singer Roberta Flack, Olympic champion Carl Lewis, musician Michael Walden, actress Judith Light and Musician Boris Grebenshikov.
BFV President Diana Andrade points out, “Brook Forest Voices corporate motto is taken from a native American saying, ‘It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story’, so it’s a bit of kismet that we’ve been chosen as the distribution partner for this wonderful book narrated by so many influential people. We are thrilled.” “The Jewels of Happiness” is now be available from Brook Forest Voices and their distribution channels as an audio download. A portion of the proceeds will go to charities for children worldwide: Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Philani Nutrition and Development Project in South Africa and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.
Brook Forest Voices is a complete audio production studio located just west of Denver in Evergreen, CO, specializing in audiobook narration, production and publishing. BFV is designed to help large and small publishers, as well as authors, with all their audio needs. Publishers and authors wanting to learn more can visit http://www.brookforestvoices.com.
On February 8 the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team was blessed by the leaders of Nation of Timor-Leste. It was received by the entire Timor Leste Parliament including H.E. President Taur Matan Ruak, H.E. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, first Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Mari Alkatiri and H.E. President of the Parliament Vicente Guterres as well as H.E. Francisco Guterres former President of the National Parliament. 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 and unveil it in the grounds of the National Parliament. Video footage by the World Harmony Run Team and Kedar Misani.
A veteran ultramarathoner tackles the Everest of distance racing in this documentary film by filmmaker Jessie Beers-Altman about the world’s longest certified footrace. The film follows distance runner Suprabha Beckjord as she takes on the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race for an unprecedented 12th year in a row. Hailed by her peers as the greatest super-long distance runner in history, Beckjord has made an annual tradition of running the race which takes place around a half mile-long loop in Queens, NY as a tribute to Bengali spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. A disciple of Chinmoy for nearly thirty years, Beckjord faces a new challenge as she confronts the journey for the first time since his death. A portrait of inspiration, The Spirit of a Runner challenges our definition of possibility as it explores the enduring capacity of the human heart and the unfaltering power of self-transcendence. – This is only a trailer; the whole film is going to screen as part of the Boston Running Film Festival (http://runagainstcancer.org/runfilmfest/), which takes place in Boston the weekend of the marathon (April 12-15). The film will play at 5 p.m. (Block “C”) on Sunday, 4/14 at the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston (close to the finish line area of the marathon).
In this video, a selection of poems, quotes and inspirational sayings from Sri Chinmoy’s book The Jewels of Happiness have been combined with beautiful photography to make a stunning slideshow. The slideshow includes quotes from each of the main chapters of the book – Peace, love, joy, hope, wisdom, patience, enthusiasm, power, simplicity, sincerity, humility, gratitude and self-transcendence. Length: 8:33 min. Video, photos and artwork: Prabhakar; Music: Vidyutonnati Spitzer.