Nolini-da and Athletics

from the diaries of Sri Chinmoy


I was typing in the flower-room when Nolini-da came up to me and said: “Chinmoy, fifty years ago one of my toes was badly injured while I was playing football, but I recovered. Once I recovered, there was no pain at all, but now it seems that the pain has come back and I can’t do athletics anymore.”

I said to him: “Nolini-da, it seems your body does not want you to participate anymore in athletic competition.”

“I see, I see. Chinmoy, I know that you are not going to participate in athletics this year; you have had enough of it. But you must practise every day without fail to keep your body fit.”

“I do that. Prahllad is my witness.”

“I don’t need your best friend to support your case. I believe you. You know, Chinmoy, I don’t like to participate in athletics anymore either, but there are various reasons why I still have to.”

I said: “I fully understand that.”

He said: “I am glad that you understand it.”

Published in A Service-Flame and a Service-Sun


Photo by Adarini Inkei


Sri Chinmoy (3rd from left, back row) lifts eight of the world’s strongest men, including IFSA world cham­pion Zydrunas Savickas (centre, front row), as part of a three-day strongman competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Seventy-five-year-old Sri Chinmoy, himself weighing just 173 pounds, lifts the strongmen who weigh between 293 and 385 pounds, with one arm and also in groups of three or four using a standing calf raise machine.

Five-time Mr. Universe and ‘Best Built Man of the 20th Century’ Mahasamrat Bill Pearl (2nd from right, back row), introduces the lifts, which Sri Chinmoy calls “one of the highlights of my weightlifting career.”