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  • Quotations from the Writings of Sri Chinmoy

    Visitors often comment on Sri Chinmoy’s inspiring short poems, aphorisms and prayers that are displayed each day on the front page of Sri Chinmoy Reflections. Now, there is an entire section dedicated to his most quotable quotes.

     

    Heart
    The heart that gives
    Receives everything
    In return.

    Mind
    When the mind does not speak,
    Its unspoken words
    Are extremely powerful.

    Peace
    May the flames of peace-torch
    Kindle and awaken
    Each and every world-citizen.
     
     


    Divided into categories for easy access, this new section begins, quite naturally, with quotations on the ‘Heart’, followed by the ‘Mind’ and ‘Peace’, with many more to come. Read on…

     

  • Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s Arrival in the West with Six New eBooks

    To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in the West, Aum Publications has released six new eBooks and for a limited time they will be available at special prices on amazon.com, iTunes, nook, kobo and other popular sites.

    Beyond Within, an anthology of Sri Chinmoy’s philosophical writings; The Oneness of the Eastern Heart and the Western Mind, a compendium of more than 400 of Sri Chinmoy’s university lectures; The Silent Teaching, an ideal book for anyone who wants to try meditation for the first time; Selected Poems, a selection of Sri Chinmoy’s poetry spanning the years from his youth in India to his mature poems written in the West; My Daily Heart-Blossoms, a series of 365 spiritual illuminations—one for each day of the year; and Everest-Aspiration, a collection of 99 extemporaneous talks from 1977, will all be available online for just $2.99 US during the coming month of April.

    Everest-Aspiration will be FREE from Wed-Sun (April 23-27, 2014) Available soon…


  • Sri Chinmoy’s First Visit to Australia

    On February 28, 1976, Sri Chinmoy departed New York on an epic 10,000-mile journey across the globe. And after a series of gruelling flights across two continents and the vast Pacific Ocean he finally arrived in Perth, late in the evening on the first day of March, eager to begin his tour of Australia.

    During his ten-day stay, Sri Chinmoy visited the major cities of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide where he gave talks at universities, met with prominent Australians and recorded music for two LP albums. It was in Australia where he played the esraj for the first time on television and learned to play the Western flute. Read a day-by-day account of this historic tour…


  • Two Immortal Songs — Ami Jabo and Phire Chalo

    At his first recitals in America and later at his Peace Concerts around the world, Sri Chinmoy would sing the plaintive, traditional Bengali song Phire Chalo. He would have heard it countless times in India and it was a melody he loved. In 1932, this song became famous throughout the entire sub-continent when it was sung by the blind singer K. C. Dey in the film ‘Chandidasa’.

    Fifty years later, in 1982, Sri Chinmoy based his song Ami Jabo upon the original melody of Phire Chalo and, by adding his own poetic lyrics, gave it a new life. Both songs are India’s immortal gifts to the world. Read more, view videos and listen to the songs…

  •  JANUARY 30TH 1987

     

    On January 30, 1987, Sri Chinmoy lifted a weight of 7,063¾ pounds using only his right-arm. It was an achievement that challenged the limits of human possibility and it shook the world of weightlifting.

    Sri Chinmoy was not a professional weightlifter, and he was certainly not built for the task. At 5 feet 8 inches high and weighing only 162½ pounds, he was far from the imposing muscle-bound figure one would expect. And given his age of 55 years, he was a most unlikely person to be attempting to lift such massive weights. He was, however, a great spiritual master, a man of adamantine will who had absolute reliance upon God’s Grace.

     

    “If I ask my mind whether I can lift 7,000 pounds, immediately it will say, ‘Impossible!’ … But when I am in the heart, with the heart and for the heart, there is no such thing as impossibility because of the heart’s oneness.”   — Sri Chinmoy                                          (Excerpt from a 1993 press conference.) Read more...

     

    Sri Chinmoy’s lift of 7,063¾ pounds was not an easily won victory. Over a 19-month period, from June 26, 1985, when he first began serious weightlifting, Sri Chinmoy trained daily, performing multiple sessions of intensive strength-building exercises, enabling him to progressively lift heavier and heavier weights.

     

     

    As each goal was reached, his determination increased. One lift in particular illustrates Sri Chinmoy’s never-give-up philosophy — it took him 212 attempts before he finally succeeded in lifting a 303¼-pound dumbbell.

    Sri Chinmoy’s progress was nothing short of exponential. It was 17 gruelling months before he finally lifted more than 1,000 pounds. Then 2½ weeks later on November 27, 1986, he broke the 2,000 pound barrier, and on January 20, 1987, a lift of over 3,000 pounds was achieved.

    Sri Chinmoy was the first spiritual master in history to directly challenge the inertia and inconscience of the material world through the discipline of weightlifting. His miracle lift of 7,063¾ pounds was, and will forever remain, a triumph of the spirit over matter.

    View the musical score of the song composed by Sri Chinmoy
    Read an article about the 7,063¾-pound lift, Worlds Where Matter And Spirit Meet
    Read an early, first-hand account of Sri Chinmoy’s Weightlifting Adventure

     

  • NEW YEAR’S MESSAGES

    “On the eve of the New Year, a new consciousness dawns on earth. God once again inspires each human being, each creature, with new hope, new light, new peace and new joy.” — Sri Chinmoy

    During his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy’s annual New Year’s Message became a tradition. Usually offered in conjunction with a public meditation or concert in the month of December, Sri Chinmoy would recite a special message for the coming New Year.

    Here, for the first time, is the entire collection of New Year's Messages from 1966 to 2007, together with Sri Chinmoy’s own comments, photographs from the public meditations, and songs composed. Read more...


  • CHRISTMAS: The Play of Universal Emotion

    by Sri Chinmoy

    Each year in the West, Sri Chinmoy observed the birth of Christ. His first Christmas in New York, in 1964, was celebrated at the home of his two American sponsors, Sam Spanier and Eric Hughes. (click photo). The following is an excerpt from ‘CHRISTMAS: The Play of Universal Emotion’ published in AUM Magazine in 1965.

    “This is the day that unites near and far. This is the day that awakens the best in us, within and without. This is the Day of Eternal Bliss, from which the Past, Present and Future derive much significance of Existence. Christmas reveals to us a limitless ocean of Universal Joy. The waves of the suffering world dare not declare their existence.” Read more...


  • A Soulful Tribute to NELSON MANDELA (1918-2013)

    Nelson Mandela — Father of the South African Nation — passed away on December 5th, at the age of 95, at his home in Johannesburg. Not only was he a towering inspiration to the people of South Africa, he was universally admired for his courageous struggle against apartheid; his unbreakable will in the face of 27 years of imprisonment; and his compassion and forgiveness of his oppressors.

    His legacy to the world at large is beautifully described by his close spiritual friend and fellow peace-lover Sri Chinmoy in the following poems and reflections:

    “President Mandela’s very name
    Builds a hope-cathedral
    In the heart of despair-flooded humanity.”

    View slideshow . . .

            ANNIVERSARIES


  • INDIAN FLUTE

    SRI CHINMOY CENTRE

    SRI CHINMOY
    MASTERS GAMES

    7,040¼-LB.
    ONE-ARM LIFT
    JULY 21, 1974
    Sri Chinmoy played Indian flute for the first time – Iceland
    JULY 22, 1966
    Inauguration of first meditation centre – Puerto Rico
    JULY 27, 1985
    First competition for older athletes – Greenwich, CT, USA
    AUGUST 4, 1988
    Sri Chinmoy lifted 7,040¼ lbs. using only his left arm –
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  • ORIGINAL
    WRITINGS
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    EARLY YEARS UNITED NATIONS
    From the pen of the Master List of concerts
    around the world
    Essays on Sri Chinmoy’s
    early life in India
    Sri Chinmoy’s meditations at the UN in New York
  • FAMILY TREE WEIGHTLIFTING MEETINGS TRAVELS
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    Sri Chinmoy’s paternal
    and maternal ancestry
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    weightlifting feats
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    inspiring world figures
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    visits to various countries
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    Insights into Sri Chinmoy’s daily life in New York