Sri Chinmoy is presented with the Sports Day decathlon award by the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India.

Footnote adapted from Under a Blue Pondicherry Sky by Vidagdha Bennett: For two years consecutively, 1958 and 1959, Chinmoy was the decathlon champion. On both occasions, he was given a gold medal embossed with a tortoise, the sign of immortality. In 1959 he was also blessed with a pair of shoes for his victory, though unfortunately, the shoes were too big for him. In 1958 he scored the highest points in the decathlon — 4726. In 1959 he scored 4712.


Sri Chinmoy lifts 330 lb. with one arm; and during a standing calf-raise workout, lifts a total of 106 ton, in Jamaica, Queens, New York.


A Discouraging Fact

by Sri Chinmoy

Today a discouraging or disconcerting thing happened: I ran 100 metres in 17.50 seconds. Then I racewalked 100 metres in 16.50 seconds!

Published in Walking-Challenging-Becoming, part 1


Weightlifting Prayer

by Sri Chinmoy


My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme!
Please, please bless me
With a perfection-searching mind,
Perfection-aspiring mind,
Perfection-loving mind
And perfection-living mind.
My Supreme, my Supreme, my Supreme!


Sri Chinmoy offers this prayer at 7:48 a.m. before lifting 270 lbs. with both arms simultaneously three times. (Total: 540 lbs.).

Published in My Morning Soul-Body Prayers, part 9