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…
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...
The opportunity to venture into uncharted waters has always been a profound source of inspiration for seekers after knowledge. The creative works of Sri Chinmoy have presented just such a challenge, particularly in the last century when he was newly arrived in the West from India.... That this writer was also a musician, a mystic and a philosopher merely compounded the difficulties. But, somehow, barriers dissolved. Traditional universities acceded to topics that had never been attempted before ... and pioneering studies [were] undertaken at universities in Australia, the USA, Iceland and New Zealand. The fact that these dissertations and theses came to fruition is a testament to the enduring power of Sri Chinmoy’s words and music – and to the courage of a handful of scholars scattered around the globe. Read more…
by Sri Chinmoy
The seven letters in this volume, written by Sri Chinmoy between November 1968 and January 1969, were first printed in a booklet entitled ‘My Letters’.
Since these letters were first written, they have largely remained unread. They are published here in their entirety, with the original typed pages displayed in a slideshow format and the unedited text for each letter available through the table of contents.