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)
Some years ago disciples of Sri Chinmoy published a regular news report with inspiring stories from around the world. After a break the series starts again with a great new episode, produced by UItpal Marshall. Have a look and learn more about the German Channel Swimmer Vasanti Niemz, a Self-Transcendence Race in Moscow, a visit to an orphenage in Vietnam and glimpses from the World Harmony Run in Cardiff, England, where also one of Sri Chinmoy’s life-size statues recently has been inaugurated.
Yesterday, another life-size statue of peace advocate Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) has been inaugurated in Perth, Australia. Congratulations!
In the last couple of years live-size statues of spiritual teacher and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) have been placed in Oslo, Bali, Prague, Puerto Rico, Nepal, Mazatlan , Vaasa and Seattle. The artist behind these sculpures is Kaivalya Torpy from England. I recently had the chance to speak with him in Nepal, where the latest statute was inaugurated on a hill near Kathmandu in Nagarkot. Kaivalya speaks about the beginnings of his artistry, the many faces of sculpting Sri Chinmoy and very exciting plans for the future. Learn more in this newest episode of LIFE Voices, #33!
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.
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