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.
Fairul, a teacher for Convent Primary School organized the visit of the peace runners to Taman Merdeka, a beautiful park in Johor Bharu,, Malaysia. Fairrul had invited students from about 11 schools to come and greet the World Harmony Runners. The students were unbelievably enthusiastic and had prepared lots of excellent dance and choral performances.
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.”
In November of 2012 in cooperation with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations the WORLD HARMONY RUN visited Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. It was a truly remarkable event and all participants very grateful for the enthusiastic and heartfelt welcome from Vietnam. Ha Long Bay in Quang Ninh Province is absolutely gorgeous and well worth a visit. Check out the spirit in this new video.
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.
In 2006, at the age of 30, professional boxer Jorge Pina from Portugal incurred irreparable retina damage during a practice fight. He lost the sight in his left eye and about 70% of the sight in his right eye. When doctors informed him of his predicament, Jorge immediately asked, “Can I run?” and without a pause switched gears to become a marathon runner. Despite his physical disability, Jorge has embraced a new sports career as a para-athlete. He took to the track as a runner and through dedicated training and sleepless determination he has qualified for the London Paralympic Games 2012. In October 2011 he founded the Association Jorge Pina with his close friend and television host Francisco Mendes. This video tells his story, as well as how the World Harmony Run has inspired him.
This video was shown at “A Moment’s Peace”, 28 July 2012, University College London, during the 2012 London Olympics. The event was hosted by Art of the Olympians and organized by the World Harmony Run. Historic footage of Olympic moments are interspersed with inspiring quotes by Sri Chinmoy, founder of the World Harmony Run, who had friendships with Olympic legends Carl Lewis, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Owens, Al Oerter, Amil Zatopek, Bob Beamon, and Tegla Loroupe.
Cardiff Lord Mayor Delme Bowen unveils a statue presented to the city of Cardiff by the World Harmony Run.
The “World Harmony Run”, an international initiative for peace, established by Sri Chinmoy 25 years ago, was truly honoured to be able to present His Excellency Vu Xuan Hong with their World Harmony Run Torch-Bearer award In Nha Trang, Vietnam. Mr. Hong currently serves in quite a number of capacities. He is President of the VUFO (Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations), which co-ordinates Vietnam’s official contacts with all international organisations; Deputy to National Assembly; Member of National Assembly’s External Affairs Comittee and Permanent Member of the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs. Perhaps most importantly he is a man who values peace, friendship and harmony above all elseand works tirelessly to enable these qualities to find a fertile environment in which to thrive. The World Harmony Run has been working with his organisation for 20 years, since Sri Chinmoy’s first visit to Viet Nam in 1992. In 2004 Mr Hong arranged or Sri Chinmoy to receive Vietnam’s highest national award given to a person from another nation – the Medal for Peace and Friendship Among Nations. Representatives of over 30 countries introduced themselves by saying their country and the word for Peace in their language. As an introduction to the World Harmnoy Run, a video of Dr. Davidson Hepburn, President of the UNESCO General Conference (2009-2011) was shown. It included clips from World Harmony Run events around the world, which illustrate Dr Hepburn’s message for 25th Anniversary of the World Harmony Run and a vision for the decade 2012 to 2022 and beyond. Executive Director Salil Wilson presented Mr Hong with the “Torch Bearer” award for his service particularly in the NGO and non-profit sector. Salil said: “In Mr Hong we find not just one or two good qualities or significant achievement, but a veritable host. Here is a jewel of humanity and we are truly fortunate to have this humbling opportunity to recognise and honour his significant contributions to the betterment of humanity.”
Learn more about the “World Harmony Run” on the official website: www.worldharmonyrun.org
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.