AUGUST 1ST

 

1967

Sri Chinmoy was interviewed on Radio WLUZ in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

 

1968

Sri Chinmoy gave a talk on the topic ‘What is our true necessity?’, to members of the Finance Department of the Government of Puerto Rico.

 

1974

Sri Chinmoy delivered a lecture, entitled ‘God And Goal’, in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations in New York, NY.

 

1978

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at the Sri Chinmoy Gallery in Warwickshire, UK.

 

1979

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at Victoria Park in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1980

Sri Chinmoy delivered a lecture, entitled ‘Prayer And Meditation’, in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations in New York, NY.

 

1990

Sri Chinmoy offered a ‘Peace Meditation’ at US Senate, where he also lifted W. Susantade Alwis, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UN; Michael Sheriffs, Ambassador of Cyprus to the UN, at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA.

 

1993

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s artworks, featuring his first 70,000 Soul-Bird drawings, opened at the Jharna-Kala Gallery, 6 Crosby St., Soho, in New York, NY, USA.

 

2000
   AUGUST 1ST 2000    

Sri Chinmoy attended the closing ceremony of his Jharna-Kala artworks exhibition at Newark International Airport in Newark, NJ, USA.

 

AUGUST 2ND

 

1973

Sri Chinmoy delivered a lecture, entitled ‘You or I?’, in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations in New York, NY.

 

1981

Sri Chinmoy ran a personal best for 1 mile (6:23) at the Sri Chinmoy Grand Prix in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1982

Sri Chinmoy received a Certificate of Merit from the Government of Canada.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy lifted Amritananda Russell Barber, WNBC Television Producer; and Bev Francis, six-time Women’s World Power Lifting Champion in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Mt. Everest was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy lifted 32 members of the Italian soccer team AC Milan at Giants Stadium in Secaucus, NJ, USA.

 

AUGUST 3RD

 

1979

The ‘Aspiration-Plants and Gratitude-Leaves of New York’ 700-mile walk began at the Sri Chinmoy Church in Bayside, NY, USA.

 

1980

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s artworks opened at 170 Thompson St., Greenwich Village, in New York, NY, USA.

 

1996

Sri Chinmoy sang and whistled 15 of his own Bhajans songs — ‘My Heart-Whistle-Birds’  — in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

AUGUST 4TH

 

1981

Tributes for Sri Chinmoy’s 50th Birthday were read into Congressional Record at the US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA.

 

1982
  AUGUST 4TH 1982   “Swamiji, I am grateful that you are working in such a place as the United Nations to spread your message to the whole world. I pray to the Lord that He will be able to give you long life and strength to enable you to spread your vision to all human beings.” — Sardar Dhillon, High Commissioner of India to Canada  

Sri Chinmoy met with Sardar Dhillon, India’s High Commissioner to Canada, at the United Nations in New York.

 

1986
   AUGUST 4TH 1986    

Sri Chinmoy was named ‘Peace Ambassador in Puerto Rico’ by Governor Rafael Hernández Colón of Puerto Rico.

 

1988
   AUGUST 4TH 1988    

Sri Chinmoy lifted 7,040¼ lbs. with his left arm, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert in honour of Swami Vivekananda at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy met with Russian Cosmonaut Gennadi Strekalov in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996

Sri Chinmoy completed the English translation of ‘August 15, 1945’, Dyulok Chariye, his epic 180-line Bengali poem written at the age of 13 and dedicated to Sri Aurobindo for his birthday, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Cambodia was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001

 

Sri Chinmoy lifted 34 people, including Dr. Kul Gautam, Deputy Executive-Director of UNICEF; and Lindy Remigino, 100m Olympic Gold Medallist, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

  

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy lifted 36 people, including Ted Erikson, 3-time English Channel swimmer; Adolf Kiefer, 1936 Olympic gold medallist in backstroke; the family of Jesse Owens, legendary Olympic gold medallist; Willye White, Olympic silver medallist in long jump and 4 x 100 m relay, at Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

AUGUST 5TH

 

1971

Sri Chinmoy delivered a talk, entitled ‘A Spiritual Goal For The United Nations: Is It Practical?’, in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations in New York, NY.

 

1979

Sri Chinmoy offered a concert at St. Patrick’s Church in Albany, NY, USA.

 

1980

Sri Chinmoy ran 800 metres in 2:59.9 at the New York Road Runners’ Summer Track Event on Randall’s Island, NY, USA.

 

1982

Sri Chinmoy ran a one-mile race in 7:10, and offered a concert in Woodstock, NY, USA.

 

1999

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Sri Chinmoy read out a letter declaring 101 Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms in India to date, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted 1,005 lbs. using a seated calf raise with knee platform, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 6TH

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Dalhousie Arts Centre in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy offered an organ performance at St. Mary’s Basilica in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy offered a piano performance at Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy lifted Raul Sicilia Salgado, President Municipal De Tula, State of Hidalgo, Mexico, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy met with Pir Vilayat Khan, Leader of the Sufi Order in the West at the United Nations in New York.

 

2000

Sri Chinmoy achieved a 2,200-lb standing calf raise and a 1,300-lb seated calf raise, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy received the Heart of Sierra Leone and the Heart of Swaziland Awards.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy achieved an 800-lb, double-platform, double-arm lift in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 7TH

 

1976
  AUGUST 7TH 1976    

Sri Chinmoy drew ‘The Golden Boat’ (Sri Chinmoy Centre emblem) in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1979

Sri Chinmoy painted a three-dimensional Jharna-Kala artwork on an octagonal gazebo in 3 hr. 20 min. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1982

Sri Chinmoy ran a personal best for 4 miles in 30:33 (7:38 pace) at the ‘Summer Blahs’ race in Central Park, New York, NY, USA.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy lifted Gary Ackerman, U.S. Congressman from New York State, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy participated in the closing ceremony of the second Peace Run, along with with Mayor-elect David Dinkins and over a dozen UN dignitaries at the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York, NY, USA.

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 22 people, including Lamuel Stanislaus, Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001

Niue was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted 34 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy lifted 24 Bengali nationals in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 8TH

 

1933
  AUGUST 8TH 1933   “My parents and my elder sisters and brothers brought me to the Ashram and the spiritual life – the place of my heart’s awakening and my life’s oneness-realisation with the highest Absolute Supreme. Nothing can be more important, more significant, more meaningful and more fruitful in the life of a seeker than to go and sit at the feet of one’s Master.” — Sri Chinmoy, August 8, 1988  

As a young child, Madal (Chinmoy) was brought to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, by his parents for the first time for a short visit. At just under 2 years of age, he travelled with his family on the four-day steam train journey from Chittagong in East Bengal. The family undertook three more round trips to the Ashram in 1936, 1939 and 1941 – each time covering the arduous, 5,000-km journey – before all children finally became permanent members of the Ashram after both parents passed away in 1944. Read more...

 

1984
  AUGUST 8TH 1984      

Sri Chinmoy was interviewed by KPFK-FM radio in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Listen to the interview...

 

1984
  AUGUST 8TH 1984      

Sudhahota Carl Lewis presented Sri Chinmoy with his winner’s bouquet, moments after receiving his gold medal for the 100 metres at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

 

1987

Sri Chinmoy carried the Peace Torch for the last leg of first Peace Run in New York, NY, USA.

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy celebrated the 55th anniversary of his first visit to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on August 8, 1933 – in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1993
   AUGUST 8TH 1993   I want everyone to know how deeply grateful I have been for the exulting experience that you have provided me tonight. There was tremendous spiritual serenity ... and you have uplifted me towards great spiritual heights.” — Siddhartha Shankar Ray, Ambassador of India to the United States  

Sri Chinmoy presented the U Thant Peace Award to Siddhartha Shankar Ray, India’s Ambassador to the United States, during special tribute programme in his honour, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996

Sri Chinmoy completed 1,301 poems in 22 hours and 45 minutes, published in Two God-Amusement-Rivals: My Heart-Song-Beauty And My Life-Dance-Fragrance, Parts 1-13, at an average pace of one poem every minute and 3 seconds, his most prolific outpouring written within a 24-hour period, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000
  AUGUST 8TH 2000   It is most gratifying to learn that Shri Chinmoy ji is planting the seeds of world peace through his meditations at United Nations and many other centers around the world through music, literature, poetry and programmes like peace-run and peace-blossoms.”Dr. Rajani Rai, Lieutenant-Governor of Pondicherry  

Pondicherry in India was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom.

 

2000

Mauritius was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy received the Heart of Vanuatu Award.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy lifted 26 people, including numerous professors at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, USA.

 

2004

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at the Regional Museum in Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

 

AUGUST 9TH

 

1979

Sri Chinmoy held a reception for elite runners at the Jharna-Kala Gallery, 937 Madison Ave., New York, NY, USA.

 

1984

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Santa Ana Stadium in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1997

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

 

2000

Tanzania was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

AUGUST 10TH

 

1975

Sri Chinmoy gave his first public violin recital, during which he played his most sacred song, ‘The Invocation to the Supreme’, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1981

Sri Chinmoy race walked a personal best for 4 miles in 47:20 (11:50 pace) at the Sri Chinmoy Grand Prix in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NY, USA.

 

1982

Sri Chinmoy delivered a lecture, entitled ‘Surrender’, at the University of Delaware, in Newark, DE, USA.

 

1987

Sri Chinmoy placed first in the Sri Chinmoy Tennis Tournament for Priests and Rabbis, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1990

Sri Chinmoy race walked a personal best for 100 metres in 23.09 seconds in Queens, NY, USA.

 

1993
  AUGUST 10TH 1993    

Sri Chinmoy was interviewed by Uzbekistan television, in Jamaica, NY, USA. For the occasion, he donned traditional Samarkand robes in honour of his great grandfather who came from that city in the former Soviet Union.

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Kiribati was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy lifted 16 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy completed setting to music ‘Kshamar Adarshar’, (‘Megher Koler’) the immortal Bengali story The Ideal of Forgiveness by Sri Aurobindo that Sri Chinmoy rendered into Bengali verse in 1946 at the age of 14. At a total of 200 lines, it is Sri Chinmoy’s longest Bengali song. (He also rendered it into an English iambic pentameter poem of 107 lines in 1956.) – Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 11TH

 

1980

Sri Chinmoy placed first in his age group at a 2-mile race in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

 

1986
  AUGUST 11TH 1986   “The very fact that I have been devotedly practising and practising gives me joy, and the tenacity or perseverance that I am showing is itself progress. Anything that we do devotedly and soulfully helps us make progress.” — Sri Chinmoy  

Sri Chinmoy achieved a lift of 303¼ lbs., using his right arm only, in Jamaica, NY, USA. After his first attempt on 23 May 1986, Sri Chinmoy finally achieved the lift on his 213th attempt. Read more...

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 33 people, including Otis Davis, 1960 Olympic gold medallist (400 m); Lou Jones, 1956 Olympic gold medallist (4x400 m); Koumtog Laotegguelnodji, Ambassador of Chad to the UN; Frank Padovan, New York State Senator; George Weah ‘African Player of the Century’ and ‘World’s Best Soccer Player’ of 1995 – Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy achieved a double-arm lift of 900 lbs. using a single platform, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2007

Sri Chinmoy lifted an 800-lb. weight stack, twice with his right arm, using a single platform, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 12TH

 

1966

The AUM Centre, Inc. of Santurce, Puerto Rico, was legally registered by its Board of Directors with the Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, making it the first in the world to become an incorporated organisation. The AUM Centre later became known worldwide as the Sri Chinmoy Centre.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy lifted Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (1974-77), in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1990

Sri Chinmoy lifted 18 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991

Sri Chinmoy sang 60 songs by heart for his 60th birthday at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1999

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 13TH

 

1977

Sri Chinmoy completed 630 rhyming poems in English during a 24-hour period – midnight to midnight – in Jamaica, NY, USA. The poems were subsequently published as A Soulful Cy Versus a Fruitful Smile.

 

1985

Sri Chinmoy achieved a lift of 80 lbs. using one arm, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy lifted 13 people, including Dr. Hari B. Joshi, Consul-General of the Kingdom of Nepal to the UN, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy lifted numerous people, including Bruce Merrifield, 1984 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry. Also lifted 8 people on using an overhead calf raise, including Addwittya Roberta Flack and Mokshagun Clarence Clemons, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991

Sri Chinmoy played his longest piano improvisation of 69 minutes in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996

Sri Chinmoy played a 65-minute piano improvisation, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 23 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy received the Heart of Puerto Rico Award.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy lifted Karina Shadoyan, Olympic wrestler, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006

Sri Chinmoy lifted L. Subramaniam, renowned Indian violinist, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2007
  AUGUST 13TH 2007    

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA. Listen to the concert...

 

AUGUST 14TH

 

1976

Sri Chinmoy received a Commendation of Merit and Appreciation from the US President’s Council on Physical Fitness, USA.

 

1976

The Liberty Torch Relay celebration was held in Washington, DC, USA.

 

1987

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991

Sri Chinmoy performed on 60 instruments for his 60th birthday, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted 50 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 15TH

 

1978

Sri Chinmoy composed the song ‘Mayor Ed Koch’ in honour of the newly elected mayor of New York City, NY, USA. The song was performed during his meeting with the mayor at City Hall the next day. (Edward ‘Ed’ Koch served three terms as mayor of New York City from 1978–1989.)

 

1981

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at 133 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA.

 

1986

Sri Chinmoy achieved a 400-lb. lift using a seated calf raise in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1987
  AUGUST 15TH 1987    

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert and organ performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1997

Sri Chinmoy released 50 doves; created 50 paintings; and offered a Peace Concert, performing on 50 instruments – the last of 50 concerts dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of India’s Independence – at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Morocco was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 47 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy completed 300 Soul-Bird drawings, totalling 7,305 since he began a new style on June 9, 2005, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 16TH

 

1978
   AUGUST 16TH 1978    

Sri Chinmoy met with Mayor Ed Koch at City Hall in New York, NY, USA.

 

1978

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at 133 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA.

 

1984

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Riverside Church in New York, NY, USA.

 

1987

Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy resumed his sprinting career in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1990

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991

Sri Chinmoy lifted 61 people for a total of 9,587 lbs. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1992

Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1999

Iceland was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000

Chad was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at which he played on 70 pianos for his 70th birthday at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy performed ‘Kshamar Adarshar’, (‘Megher Koler’) the immortal Bengali story The Ideal of Forgiveness by Sri Aurobindo that Sri Chinmoy rendered into Bengali verse in 1946 at age 14. At a total of 200 lines, it is Sri Chinmoy’s longest Bengali song, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002
  AUGUST 16TH 2002  

Ravi Shankar, to you I offer my soulful obeisance. You are the Lion-Sitarist. In the world of hallowed music-pilgrimage,     Immortal you are in every heart. From high Heaven, the Cosmic Gods descend and garland you. At every moment they illumine your life-road. Two sleepless friends you have:      Heaven’s Fragrance, Heaven’s Glory. Rapt in dance at the Feet of the Absolute Lord Supreme     Is your outer frame.                                                       — Sri Chinmoy

Translated by Sri Chinmoy from his original Bengali verse.

 

Sri Chinmoy composed the Bengali song ‘Pranati Janai Ravi Shankar’ in honour of the great Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. Sri Chinmoy’s performance of this song was released on a CD entitled Pranati–Obeisance and can be heard on Radio Sri Chinmoy.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy lifted 19 people, including Reverend Daniel Deane, weighing 585 lbs. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy spontaneously composed 74 Bengali songs from previously written poems. He also sang 26 new Bengali compositions from memory, accompanying himself on the keyboard, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 17TH

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert and organ performance at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, NY, USA.

 

1991

Sri Chinmoy lifted 100 lbs. 60 times, first with his right arm and then with his left arm, for a total of 120 times, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996

Sri Chinmoy performed 13,000 crunch sit-ups in 2 hours and 40 minutes, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 42 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy lifted 24 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted 54 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 18TH

 

1986

Sri Chinmoy achieved a lift of 500 lbs. using a seated calf raise, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991

Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1992

Puerto Rico was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace Island. Although officially a territory of the USA, Sri Chinmoy regarded Puerto Rico as a separate country and in 1998 he declared it the first Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000

Spain was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2007

Sri Chinmoy lifted Alo Devi Siddha on her birthday, and lifted her two sisters, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 19TH

 

1990

Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation at India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1995

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Julia Richman High School in New York, NY, USA.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 39 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy lifted P.C. Sorcar, Jr., India’s most famous magician, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy lifted Shibendu Lahiri, great-grandson of Sri Lahiri Mahashoy, great Bengali yogi of the 19th century, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006

Sri Chinmoy lifted 458 lbs. on a double platform one-arm apparatus in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006

Sri Chinmoy performed his heaviest one-arm lift (one person plus apparatus weighing 406 lbs.) using a double platform, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006

Sri Chinmoy performed a 580-lbs. seated leg press weight stack lift, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006

Sri Chinmoy lifted one man plus apparatus weighing 462 lbs. using a shoulder ‘shrug’, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

 

AUGUST 20TH

 

1981
  AUGUST 20TH 1981      

Sri Chinmoy was awarded the Order of Balboa, Panama’s highest decoration, by Foreign Minister Jorge E. Illueca of Panama, at the United Nations in New York.

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy jogged 100 metres with Olympic gold medallist Sudhahota Carl Lewis, who racewalked, and then lifted him twice – first, using only his right arm and then, using only his left arm – at Victory Field in Forest Park, NY, USA. This was the first occasion on which Sudhahota was lifted by Sri Chinmoy.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Julia Richman High School in New York, NY, USA.

 

1994
   AUGUST 20TH 1994    

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert in the Cultural Center at Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY, USA.

 

2001

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks, hosted by UN Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury of Bangladesh, opened at the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York, NY, USA.

 

2003
  AUGUST 20TH 2003      

Sri Chinmoy lifted the world’s no. 1 surfer, Kelly Slater, and Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, New York, NY, USA. Read Kelly Slater article in ‘Tracks’ magazine...

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted 25 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 21ST

 

1976

Sri Chinmoy offered a 7-hour public meditation at All Angel’s Church in New York, NY, USA.

 

1978
 

Published in Forbes magazine:

“Do not be afraid of evil. But be always cheerful in doing good. Evil will soon leave you, for evil is extremely jealous of good.” — Sri Chinmoy

 

One of Sri Chinmoy’s aphorisms, from his book ‘Meditations: Food For The Soul’, appeared in the August 21 issue of Forbes magazine, USA.

 

1986
  AUGUST 21ST 1986      

Sri Chinmoy achieved a 320½-lb. right-arm lift (double his body weight) in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1988
  AUGUST 21ST 1988   AUGUST 21ST 1988      

Sri Chinmoy offered a public meditation at India’s Independence Day Celebration in New York, NY, USA.

 

1991
  AUGUST 21ST 1991      

Sri Chinmoy was presented with Honorary Membership of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, India’s foremost cultural organisation in New York, NY, USA.

 

1992

Sri Chinmoy achieved a javelin throw of 29.83 metres, his best throw in twelve years, in the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day at Victory-Field in Forest Hills, NY, USA.

 

1998

South Africa was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000

Albania and Cook Islands were declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001

Rwanda was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

AUGUST 22ND

 

1992

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at the Town Hall in New York, NY, USA.

 

1994

Sri Chinmoy was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy and Culture from Donetsk University, Ukraine.

 

1996

Sri Chinmoy achieved a personal best in the two-handed volleyball throw of 14.20 metres, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Bolivia, Costa Rica, Lesotho and the Netherlands were declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001

Bosnia-Herzegovina was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 18 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted 40 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy achieved his heaviest multi-person platform lift – 6 women totalling 878 lbs. – Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert, performing on 74 pianos for his 74th birthday, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
  AUGUST 22ND 2005   AUGUST 22ND 2005      

A stamp featuring a photograph of Sri Chinmoy meeting Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1988 was issued by the Republic of Zambia as part of a four-stamp commemorative set (Sheetlet II of 4xK3300) in memory of the Pontiff’s passing.

 

AUGUST 23RD

 

1999

Latvia was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000

Kenya was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000
  AUGUST 23RD 2000   AUGUST 23RD 2000   AUGUST 23RD 2000   AUGUST 23RD 2000      

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert and organ performance at Riverside Church in New York, NY, USA.

 

2001

Cyprus was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy lifted Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 24TH

 

1978

Sri Chinmoy achieved a personal best long jump in the West of 3.71 metres at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day at Fox Lane High School, Bedford, NY, USA.

 

1980

Sri Chinmoy achieved a personal best javelin throw in the West of 29.96 metres at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day.

 

1992

Sri Chinmoy lifted 24 children, members of the Omsk Choir from Siberia, Russia, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1998

Zimbabwe was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy lifted 37 people, including Pandit Uma Shankar Mishra, sitar player, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at the Exhibition Hall of the Herson Regional Artists’ Association in Herson, Ukraine.

 

2004

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at the Exhibition Hall of the Herson Regional Artists’ Association in Herson, Ukraine.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted Aurangzeb Khan, the Tallest Man in America (8’ 0”) in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert and performed 99 songs on the esraj at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 25TH

 

1976

Sri Chinmoy ran 100 metres in 14.7 seconds at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day at SUNY in New Paltz, NY, USA.

 

1976

Sri Chinmoy achieved a personal best discus throw in the West of 27.90 metres at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day at Jamaica High School Track, Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1984

Sri Chinmoy completed 6 versions of Madal Circus Theme Song in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy achieved a personal best 8-lb. shotput of 11.10 metres at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day.

 

2000

Greece, Italy and Tajikistan were declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2000
   AUGUST 25TH 2000   AUGUST 25TH 2000   AUGUST 25TH 2000    

Sri Chinmoy offered the U Thant Peace Award to Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, founder and publisher of Hinduism Today magazine and International Hindu Leader, at the United Nations in New York, NY, USA. Read more...

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy lifted 39 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 26TH

 

1968

Sri Chinmoy delivered a lecture, entitled ‘Know Thyself’, at the University of Puerto Rico, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

 

1976

An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opened at the Jharna-Kala Gallery, 104 Greene Street, Soho, New York, NY, USA.

 

1976

Sri Chinmoy performed 99 new Bengali songs, later published as Supreme, Teach Me How to Surrender in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1978
  AUGUST 26TH 1978    

Sri Chinmoy attended a ‘Happy Birthday’ parade in his honour. The parade marched up Madison Ave. from 23rd St. to 72nd St. in New York, NY, USA.

 

1978

Sri Chinmoy offered a meditation and performed on the esraj at an open-air concert held in a large field on land owned by the non-profit Creative Music Foundation, Woodstock, NY, USA.

 

1981

Sri Chinmoy ran all 31 races and won the master’s division in the Sri Chinmoy Grand Prix, held in the Queens’ environs, NY, USA.

 

1992

Sri Chinmoy lifted 21 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1997

Sri Chinmoy had his last telephone conversation with Mother Teresa from Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1999

Ghana was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert, performing on 70 instruments for his 70th birthday, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted Wyclef Jean, 3-time Grammy Award winner, hip-hop, rap and reggae musician, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy leg pressed for 40 minutes on the Merry-Go-Round Lift holding 8 women weighing a total of 2,418 lbs.; lifted 1,200 lbs. with a seated double-arm dumbbell press; lifted 1,200 lbs. with a double dumbbell bench press; lifted 120 lbs. 2 times using a tricep exercise machine with pulley; raised a 90-lb. dumbbell 30 times with each arm overhead using a seated one-arm lift; lifted 100 lbs. 10 times with each arm using a seated dumbbell top curl; and spontaneously composed 94 English songs from poems previously written for his 74th birthday.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert, performing on 74 wind instruments for 74th birthday, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006

Sri Chinmoy lifted Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis on 9 different machines to honour his 9 gold medals in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 27TH

 

1931

Sri Chinmoy came into this world an hour before sunset on Thursday, August 27th, 1931, in the small village of East Shakpura, Chittagong, Bengal. He was the youngest of seven children born to mother Yogamaya Ghose and father Shashi Kumar Ghose.

 

1965
  AUGUST 27TH 1965      

The first AUM magazine, “a monthly journal devoted to the spiritual writings of Chinmoy Kumar Ghose,” was published in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

1967

Sri Chinmoy composed his most sacred song, the ‘Invocation’, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1972

The first week-long birthday celebration for Sri Chinmoy was held in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1974
  AUGUST 27TH 1974      

Sri Chinmoy played the roles of the Supreme and Christ in his play The Son in Manhattan, NY, USA.

 

1975

Sri Chinmoy performed on 27 different instruments for the first time, playing all songs from memory, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1976

Sri Chinmoy gave his second performance on 27 different instruments in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1977

Sri Chinmoy planted a Meditation Tree on Parsons Blvd. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1978

Beginning at midnight, a 47-mile run honouring Sri Chinmoy’s 47th birthday was held at Jamaica High School Track and surrounds, in Jamaica, Queens, NY, USA. In this inaugural race, which has continued to be held annually, 58 of Sri Chinmoy’s students took part.

 

 

1978
  AUGUST 27TH 1978   AUGUST 27TH 1978   AUGUST 27TH 1978   AUGUST 27TH 1978   AUGUST 27TH 1978    AUGUST 27TH 1978  

All five boroughs of New York City – Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island – proclaimed August 27, 1978, as ‘Sri Chinmoy Day’. Queens Councilman Morton Povman personally came to Jamaica High School Track in Queens to wish Sri Chinmoy happy birthday and present him with the borough’s proclamation.

 

1978

Sri Chinmoy performed from memory 47 new Bengali songs, Bela Chale Jai, published that day in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

 

1979
  AUGUST 27TH 1979    

Sri Chinmoy ran his first ultra-marathon (47 miles in 12:41:48) in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1980
  AUGUST 27TH 1980    

Sri Chinmoy ran a personal best for 47 miles in 11:27:24 (14:37 pace) in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1981

Sri Chinmoy performed 50 songs to selected poems from Ten Thousand Flower-Flames in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1982

Sri Chinmoy’s hand-written book I Know Not Why was published in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1984

Sri Chinmoy offered a concert, which included improvisations on the synthesizer, esraj and sitar – later released on cassette as Joy-Ripples.

 

1985

Sri Chinmoy spontaneously set to music 48 English poems from The Goal Is Won in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1986

Sri Chinmoy spontaneously set to music 55 English poems from his 700th book My God-Hunger-Dreams; and also performed on 63 instruments at New Rochelle, NY, USA.

 

1993
  AUGUST 27TH 1993      

Sri Chinmoy celebrated his 62nd birthday at Aspiration-Ground in New York, NY, USA. And a tennis milestone was achieved — in the one year since his last birthday, Sri Chinmoy played a total of 3100 games of tennis. 

 

1994

Sri Chinmoy received a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations Honorary Degree from St. Petersburg State University of Education, Russia.

 

1994
  AUGUST 27TH 1994        
AUGUST 27TH 1994
 

Sri Chinmoy sang some of his famous Avatar songs at his birthday celebration function at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1997
  AUGUST 27TH 1997        
AUGUST 27TH 1997
 

Sri Chinmoy held a full-day function in honour of the 50th Anniversary of India’s independence, at which he offered long meditations and painted 50 Jharna-Kala works of art in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Micronesia was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001
  AUGUST 27TH 2001        
AUGUST 27TH 2001
 

Sri Chinmoy composed and performed 70 new Bengali songs for 70th Birthday at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA. The songs were later published as, The Tears and Smiles.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy received Heart of Bhutan, Heart of Guyana and Heart of Samoa Awards.

 

2001

Cameroon, Senegal and Tuvalu were declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy received the Crystal Apple Award from New York City Council, presented by Councilman Jimmy Gennaro, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy performed on various instruments at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy offered an unprecedented Peace Concert on his 74th birthday – including playing 74 pianos, playing 74 different flutes, playing 74 compositions on the esraj and singing 74 new songs – at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

The Luminous Life of Sri Chinmoy was the first biography printed by an outside publisher, in Delhi, India.

 

2007

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 28TH

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy lifted 28 people at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY, USA.

 

1990

Sri Chinmoy lifted Pia Zadora, renowned singer, in Jamaica NY, USA.

 

1990

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at the Town Hall in New York, NY, USA.

 

1993
  AUGUST 28TH 1993        
AUGUST 28TH 1993
 

Sri Chinmoy offered the silent meditation at the opening of the main plenary session of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

2000

Guyana and Uzbekistan were declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001

Sri Chinmoy lifted 48 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 29TH

 

1979

Sri Chinmoy ran a personal best for a 13-mile race in a time of 2:41:03 at Jamaica High School track in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1988

Sri Chinmoy lifted 19 Japanese nationals in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989

Sri Chinmoy offered the opening meditation for the Nation Federation of Indian-American Associations Exhibit, at which his Jharna-Kala paintings were featured, at Sheraton Hotel in New York, NY, USA.

 

1992

Sri Chinmoy lifted Irina Malikova, Chief of International Programs, the Gorbachev Foundation, Moscow, Russia, at the Armenian Church in New York NY, USA.

 

1993
  AUGUST 29TH 1993   “You are a great person. You are an artist, and your paintings convey many messages of our deepest spiritual nature, as do your poetry, your biographical sketches of the great men of your time, and your words of inspiration with which you encouraged the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa of my country, and even people with much greater responsibilities, like Mikhail Gorbachev. I know very well because they hold you very dear in their hearts for the inspiration you gave, the love you gave, and above all, for your being by them in the hours of their difficulties. You are one of the rarest gifts that humankind of the 20th century has. May I wish that your services would continue forever.” — Ananda Guruge, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States  

Sri Chinmoy met with Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States Ananda Guruge at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in Chicago, USA.

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert in the State Ballroom at Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

2002

Sri Chinmoy lifted Ismail Merchant, 6-time Academy Award-winning producer and director; Mercedes Ruehl, Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner – Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted Leander Paes, India’s top tennis champion, who plays mixed doubles with Martina Navratilova, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy lifted 28 members of the Youth Choir in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 30TH

 

1980

Sri Chinmoy offered the official benediction at the first Pan American Track and Field Masters Championship, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Read more...

 

1996

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York, NY, USA.

 

2000

The Philippines and St. Vincent were declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001

Côte d’Ivoire was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2002

The first Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Marathon was held in Rockland Lake State Park, NY, USA.

 

2005

Sri Chinmoy performed a 140-lb. wrist curl 20 times with each wrist in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
  AUGUST 30TH 2005    

Sri Chinmoy lifted Martina Navratilova, legendary tennis player, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 31ST

 

1977

Sri Chinmoy wrote From the Source to the Source, 401 rhyming poems.

 

1991

Sri Chinmoy received the Diploma of International Recognition from the World Fellowship of Buddhists.

 

1993

Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000

Portugal was declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2003

Sri Chinmoy lifted 72 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004

Sri Chinmoy lifted 15 people, including Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation, New York City; Richard Murphy, Queens Commissioner of Parks, in Jamaica, NY, USA.