AUGUST 1ST

 

1967
Sri Chinmoy is interviewed on Radio WLUZ in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

 

1968
Sri Chinmoy gives 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 delivers 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 opens at the Sri Chinmoy Gallery in Warwickshire, UK.

 

1979
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opens at Victoria Park in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1980
Sri Chinmoy delivers a lecture, entitled ‘Prayer and Meditation’, in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations in New York, NY.

 

1990
Sri Chinmoy offers a ‘Peace Meditation’ at US Senate, where he also lifts 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, opens at the Jharna-Kala Gallery, 6 Crosby St., Soho, in New York, NY, USA.

 

2000

   AUGUST 1ST 2000    

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

 

AUGUST 2ND

 

1973
Sri Chinmoy delivers a lecture, entitled ‘You or I?’, in the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations in New York, NY.

 

1981
Sri Chinmoy runs a personal best for 1 mile (6:23) at the Sri Chinmoy Grand Prix in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1982
Sri Chinmoy receives a Certificate of Merit from the Government of Canada.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy lifts Amritananda Russell Barber, WNBC Television Producer; and Bev Francis, six-time Women’s World Power Lifting Champion in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000
Mt. Everest is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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 begins at the Sri Chinmoy Church in Bayside, NY, USA.

 

1980
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s artworks opens at 170 Thompson St., Greenwich Village, in New York, NY, USA.

 

1996
Sri Chinmoy sings and whistles 15 of his own Bhajans songs — ‘My Heart-Whistle-Birds’ — in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

AUGUST 4TH

 

1981
Tributes for Sri Chinmoy’s 50th Birthday are 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 meets with Sardar Dhillon, India’s High Commissioner to Canada, at the United Nations in New York.

 

1986

   AUGUST 4TH 1986    

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

 

1988

   AUGUST 4TH 1988    

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

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert in honour of Swami Vivekananda at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in Jamaica, NY, USA.
 

1995
Sri Chinmoy meets with Russian Cosmonaut Gennadi Strekalov in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996
Sri Chinmoy completes 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 is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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 lifts 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 the long jump and 4 x 100 m relay, at Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

AUGUST 5TH

 

1971
Sri Chinmoy delivers 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 offers a concert at St. Patrick’s Church in Albany, NY, USA.

 

1980
Sri Chinmoy runs 800 metres in 2:59.9 at the New York Road Runners’ Summer Track Event on Randall’s Island, NY, USA.

 

1982
Sri Chinmoy runs a one-mile race in 7:10 and offers a concert in Woodstock, NY, USA.

 

1999
Sri Chinmoy offers 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 lifts 1,005 lbs. using a seated calf raise with knee platform, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 6TH

 

1988
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Dalhousie Arts Centre in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1988
Sri Chinmoy offers an organ performance at St. Mary’s Basilica in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1988
Sri Chinmoy offers a piano performance at Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax, NS, Canada.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy lifts Raul Sicilia Salgado, President Municipal De Tula, State of Hidalgo, Mexico, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy meets with Pir Vilayat Khan, Leader of the Sufi Order in the West at the United Nations in New York.

 

2000
Sri Chinmoy achieves a 2,200-lb standing calf raise and a 1,300-lb seated calf raise, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy receives the Heart of Sierra Leone and the Heart of Swaziland Awards.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy achieves an 800-lb, double-platform, double-arm lift in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 7TH

 

1976

  AUGUST 7TH 1976    

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

 

1979
Sri Chinmoy paints a three-dimensional Jharna-Kala artwork on an octagonal gazebo in 3 hr. 20 min. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1982
Sri Chinmoy runs 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 lifts Gary Ackerman, U.S. Congressman from New York State, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy participates in the closing ceremony of the second Peace Run, along with Mayor-elect David Dinkins and over a dozen UN dignitaries at the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza in New York, NY, USA.

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 15th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 22 people, including Lamuel Stanislaus, Ambassador of Grenada to the United Nations, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001
Niue is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy lifts 34 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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) is 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 travels with his family on the four-day steam train journey from Chittagong in East Bengal. The family undertakes 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 become permanent members of the Ashram after both parents pass away in 1944. Read more...

 

1984

  AUGUST 8TH 1984      

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

 

1984

  AUGUST 8TH 1984      

Sudhahota Carl Lewis presents 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 carries the Peace Torch for the last leg of the first Peace Run in New York, NY, USA.

 

1988
Sri Chinmoy celebrates 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 presents the U Thant Peace Award to Siddhartha Shankar Ray, India’s Ambassador to the United States, during a special tribute programme in his honour, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 16th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996
Sri Chinmoy completes 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 is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom.

 

2000
Mauritius is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy receives the Heart of Vanuatu Award.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy lifts 26 people, including numerous professors at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, USA.

 

2004
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opens 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 offers a Peace Concert at Santa Ana Stadium in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 17th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1997
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

 

2000
Tanzania is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

AUGUST 10TH

 

1975
Sri Chinmoy gives his first public violin recital, during which he plays his most sacred song, ‘The Invocation to the Supreme’, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1981
Sri Chinmoy race walks 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 delivers a lecture, entitled ‘Surrender’, at the University of Delaware, in Newark, DE, USA.

 

1987
Sri Chinmoy places first in the Sri Chinmoy Tennis Tournament for Priests and Rabbis, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1990
Sri Chinmoy race walks a personal best for 100 metres in 23.09 seconds in Queens, NY, USA.

 

1993

  AUGUST 10TH 1993    

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

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 18th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000
Kiribati is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2002
Sri Chinmoy lifts 16 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002
Sri Chinmoy completes 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 places 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 achieves 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 achieves the lift on his 214th attempt. Read more...

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 19th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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 achieves a double-arm lift of 900 lbs. using a single platform, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2007
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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, is 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 becomes known worldwide as the Sri Chinmoy Centre.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy lifts Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (1974-77), in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy is interviewed by Mark Teich from Omni magazine, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1990
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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 offers a Peace Concert — the 20th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1999
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 13TH

 

1977
Sri Chinmoy completes 630 rhyming poems in English during a 24-hour period – midnight to midnight – in Jamaica, NY, USA. The poems are subsequently published as A Soulful Cry Versus a Fruitful Smile.

 

1985
Sri Chinmoy achieves a lift of 80 lbs. using one arm, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1988
Sri Chinmoy lifts 13 people, including Dr. Hari B. Joshi, Consul-General of the Kingdom of Nepal to the UN, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy lifts numerous people, including Bruce Merrifield, 1984 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry. He also lifts 8 people using an overhead calf raise, including Addwitiya Roberta Flack and Mokshagun Clarence Clemons, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991
Sri Chinmoy plays his longest piano improvisation of 69 minutes in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 21st of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996
Sri Chinmoy plays a 65-minute piano improvisation, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 23 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy receives the Heart of Puerto Rico Award.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy lifts Karina Shadoyan, Olympic wrestler, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006
Sri Chinmoy lifts L. Subramaniam, renowned Indian violinist, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2007

  AUGUST 13TH 2007    

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

 

AUGUST 14TH

 

1976
Sri Chinmoy receives a Commendation of Merit and Appreciation from the US President’s Council on Physical Fitness, USA.

 

1976
The Liberty Torch Relay celebration is held in Washington, DC, USA.

 

1987
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991
Sri Chinmoy performs on 60 instruments for his 60th birthday, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 22nd of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy lifts 50 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 15TH

 

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

 

1981
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opens at 133 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA.

 

1986
Sri Chinmoy achieves a 400-lb. lift using a seated calf raise in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1987

  AUGUST 15TH 1987    

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

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 23rd of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1997

 
  AUGUST 27TH 1997        

AUGUST 27TH 1997

 

Sri Chinmoy holds a full-day function in honour of the 50th Anniversary of India’s independence, at which he offers long meditations and paints 50 Jharna-Kala works of art and releases 50 doves. He also offers 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 is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 47 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy completes 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 meets with Mayor Ed Koch at City Hall in New York, NY, USA.

 

1978
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opens at 133 West 24th Street, New York, NY, USA.

 

1984
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Riverside Church in New York, NY, USA.

 

1987
Sri Chinmoy offers the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy resumes his sprinting career in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1990
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991
Sri Chinmoy lifts 61 people for a total of 9,587 lbs. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1992
Sri Chinmoy offers the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 24th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1999
Iceland is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000
Chad is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at which he plays on 70 pianos for his 70th birthday at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002
Sri Chinmoy performs ‘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 composes the Bengali song ‘Pranati Janai Ravi Shankar’ in honour of the great Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. Sri Chinmoy’s performance of this song is released on a CD entitled Pranati–Obeisance and can be heard on Radio Sri Chinmoy.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy lifts 19 people, including Reverend Daniel Deane, weighing 585 lbs. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy spontaneously composes 74 Bengali songs from previously written poems for his 74th birthday. He also sings 26 new Bengali compositions from memory, accompanying himself on the keyboard, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 17TH

 

1988
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert and organ performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, NY, USA.

 

1991
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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 offers a Peace Concert — the 25th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1996
Sri Chinmoy performs 13,000 crunch sit-ups in 2 hours and 40 minutes, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 42 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2002
Sri Chinmoy lifts 24 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy lifts 54 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 18TH

 

1986
Sri Chinmoy achieves a lift of 500 lbs. using a seated calf raise, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1991
Sri Chinmoy offers the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1992
Puerto Rico is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace Island. Although officially a territory of the USA, Sri Chinmoy regards Puerto Rico as a separate country and in 1998 he declares it the first Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000
Spain is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2007
Sri Chinmoy lifts Alo Devi Siddha on her birthday, and lifts her two sisters, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 19TH

 

1990
Sri Chinmoy offers the opening meditation at India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1995
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert — the 26th of 50 concerts held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations — at Julia Richman High School in New York, NY, USA.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 39 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy lifts P.C. Sorcar, Jr., India’s most famous magician, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy lifts Shibendu Lahiri, great-grandson of Sri Lahiri Mahashoy, great Bengali yogi of the 19th century, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006
Sri Chinmoy lifts 458 lbs. on a double platform one-arm apparatus in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006
Sri Chinmoy performs his heaviest one-arm lift (one person plus apparatus weighing 406 lbs.) using a double platform, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006
Sri Chinmoy performs a 580-lbs. seated leg press weight stack lift, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006
Sri Chinmoy lifts one man plus apparatus weighing 462 lbs. using a shoulder ‘shrug’, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 20TH

 

1971
Sri Chinmoy receives a congratulatory letter from Frank J. Longo, Sr., Mayor of the City of Bristol, Connecticut, declaring “There is no doubt in my mind that you are a true and dedicated disciple of God.” 

 

1981

  AUGUST 20TH 1981      

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

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy offers the opening meditation at the India Day Parade Cultural Ceremony in New York, NY, USA.

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Julia Richman High School in New York, NY, USA.

 

1994

   AUGUST 20TH 1994    

Sri Chinmoy offers 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, opens at the United Nations Secretariat Building in New York, NY, USA.

 

2003

  AUGUST 20TH 2003      

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

 

AUGUST 21ST

 

1976
Sri Chinmoy offers 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’, appears in the August 21 issue of Forbes magazine, USA.

 

1986

  AUGUST 21ST 1986      

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

 

1988

 
  AUGUST 21ST 1988   AUGUST 21ST 1988      

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

 

1991

  AUGUST 21ST 1991      

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

 

1992
Sri Chinmoy achieves 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 is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000
Albania and Cook Islands are declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001
Rwanda is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy performs 74 pushups and creates 122 Soul-Bird drawings in 74 seconds for his 74th birthday at Madal Circus in New York, USA.

 

AUGUST 22ND

 

1992
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at the Town Hall in New York, NY, USA.

 

1994
Sri Chinmoy is awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Philosophy and Culture from Donetsk University, Ukraine.

 

1996
Sri Chinmoy achieves 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 are declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001
Bosnia-Herzegovina is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 18 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy lifts 40 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy achieves his heaviest multi-person platform lift – 6 women totalling 878 lbs. – Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert, performing on 74 pianos for his 74th birthday, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA. He begins at 11:07 a.m. starting with ‘The Invocation’. 

 

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 is 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 is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000
Kenya is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2000

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

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

 

2001
Cyprus is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy lifts Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 24TH

 

1978
Sri Chinmoy achieves 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 achieves a personal best javelin throw in the West of 29.96 metres at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day.

 

1992
Sri Chinmoy lifts 24 children, members of the Omsk Choir from Siberia, Russia, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1998
Zimbabwe is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy lifts 37 people, including Pandit Uma Shankar Mishra, sitar player, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opens at the Exhibition Hall of the Herson Regional Artists’ Association in Herson, Ukraine.

 

2004
An exhibition of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artworks opens at the Exhibition Hall of the Herson Regional Artists’ Association in Herson, Ukraine.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy lifts Aurangzeb Khan, the Tallest Man in America (8’ 0”) in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert and performs 99 songs on the esraj at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 25TH

 

1976
Sri Chinmoy runs 100 metres in 14.7 seconds at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day at SUNY in New Paltz, NY, USA.

 

1976
Sri Chinmoy achieves 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 completes 6 versions of Madal Circus Theme Song in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy achieves a personal best 8-lb. shotput of 11.10 metres at the Sri Chinmoy Sports Day.

 

2000
Greece, Italy and Tajikistan are declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2000

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

Sri Chinmoy offers 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 lifts 39 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 26TH

 

1968
Sri Chinmoy delivers 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 opens at the Jharna-Kala Gallery, 104 Greene Street, Soho, New York, NY, USA.

 

1976
Sri Chinmoy performs 99 new Bengali songs, later published as Supreme, Teach Me How to Surrender in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1978

  AUGUST 26TH 1978  

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

 

1978
Sri Chinmoy offers a meditation and performs 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 runs 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 lifts 21 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1997
Sri Chinmoy had his last telephone conversation with Mother Teresa from Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1999
Ghana is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert, performing on 70 instruments for his 70th birthday, at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy lifts Wyclef Jean, 3-time Grammy Award winner, hip-hop, rap and reggae musician, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy leg presses for 40 minutes on the Merry-Go-Round Lift holding 8 women weighing a total of 2,418 lbs.; lifts 1,200 lbs. with a seated double-arm dumbbell press; lifts 1,200 lbs. with a double dumbbell bench press; lifts 120 lbs. 2 times using a tricep exercise machine with pulley; raises a 90-lb. dumbbell 30 times with each arm overhead using a seated one-arm lift; lifts 100 lbs. 10 times with each arm using a seated dumbbell top curl; and spontaneously composes 94 English songs from poems previously written for his 74th birthday.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert, performing on 74 wind instruments for 74th birthday, for an audience of 1,500 at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2006
Sri Chinmoy lifts Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis on 9 different machines to honour his 9 gold medals in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 27TH

 

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

 

1965

  AUGUST 27TH 1965      

The first issue of AUM magazine, “a monthly journal devoted to the spiritual writings of Chinmoy Kumar Ghose,” is published. It is printed by Boro Park Printers on New Utrecht Avenue in Brooklyn, New York.

 

1967
Sri Chinmoy formally reveals his most sacred song, ‘The Invocation’, on the occasion of his 36th Birthday during a special meditation meeting with his disciples at his home on the 4th floor of 504 East 84th Street in Manhattan, New York, NY, USA.

 

1971
Sri Chinmoy’s 40th birthday is celebrated in Jamaica, New York, USA.

 

1972
The first week-long birthday celebration for Sri Chinmoy is held in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1974

  AUGUST 27TH 1974      

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

 

1975
Sri Chinmoy performs on 27 different instruments for the first time, playing all songs from memory, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1976
Sri Chinmoy gives his second performance on 27 different instruments in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1977
Sri Chinmoy plants a Meditation Tree on Parsons Blvd. in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1978
Beginning at midnight, a 47-mile run honouring Sri Chinmoy’s 47th birthday is 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 – proclaims 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 performs from memory 47 new Bengali songs, Bela Chale Jai, published that day in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1979

  AUGUST 27TH 1979    

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

 

1980

  AUGUST 27TH 1980    

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

 

1981
Sri Chinmoy performs 50 songs to selected poems from Ten Thousand Flower-Flames in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1982
Sri Chinmoy’s hand-written book ‘I meditate So that is published in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1984
Sri Chinmoy offers a concert, which includes improvisations on the synthesizer, esraj and sitar – later released on cassette as Joy-Ripples.

 

1985
Sri Chinmoy spontaneously sets to music 48 English poems from The Goal Is Won in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1986
Sri Chinmoy spontaneously sets to music 55 English poems from his 700th book My God-Hunger-Dreams; and also performs on 63 instruments at New Rochelle, NY, USA.

 

1993

  AUGUST 27TH 1993  

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

 

1994
Sri Chinmoy receives an Honorary Degree of ‘Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations’ from the St. Petersburg State University of Education, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

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. Watch the video...

 

2000
Micronesia is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2001

  AUGUST 27TH 2001      

Sri Chinmoy composes and performs 70 new Bengali songs on his 70th Birthday at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, New York. Watch the video... The songs are later published as The Tears and Smiles of a God-Fragrance-Heart.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy receives Heart of Bhutan, Heart of Guyana and Heart of Samoa Awards.

 

2001
Cameroon, Senegal and Tuvalu are declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy receives the Crystal Apple Award from New York City Council, presented by Councilman Jimmy Gennaro, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy performs on various instruments at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert, singing 206 Bengali songs by heart in two sessions, to an audience of 1,500 at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA. The same day, his students present him with a 46-foot-long birthday cake containing over 27,000 candles — a Guinness World Record.

 

2005
The Luminous Life of Sri Chinmoy is the first biography printed by an outside publisher, in Delhi, India.

 

2007
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 28TH

 

1988
Sri Chinmoy lifts 28 people at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY, USA.

 

1990
Sri Chinmoy lifts Pia Zadora, renowned singer, in Jamaica NY, USA.

 

1990
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at the Town Hall in New York, NY, USA.

 

1993

  AUGUST 28TH 1993        
AUGUST 28TH 1993
 

Sri Chinmoy offers 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 are declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001
Sri Chinmoy lifts 48 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 29TH

 

1979
Sri Chinmoy runs 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 lifts 19 Japanese nationals in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

1989
Sri Chinmoy offers the opening meditation for the Nation Federation of Indian-American Associations Exhibit, at which his Jharna-Kala paintings are featured, at Sheraton Hotel in New York, NY, USA.

 

1992
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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 meets with Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States Ananda Guruge at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions in Chicago, USA.

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert in the State Ballroom at Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

2002
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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 lifts Leander Paes, India’s top tennis champion, who plays mixed doubles with Martina Navratilova, in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy lifts 28 members of the Youth Choir in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

AUGUST 30TH

 

1980
Sri Chinmoy offers the official benediction at the first Pan American Track and Field Masters Championship, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Read more...

 

1996
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York, NY, USA.

 

2000
The Philippines and St. Vincent are declared Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nations.

 

2001
Côte d’Ivoire is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2002
The first Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Marathon is held in Rockland Lake State Park, NY, USA.

 

2005
Sri Chinmoy performs a 140-lb. wrist curl 20 times with each wrist in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2005

  AUGUST 30TH 2005    

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

 

 

AUGUST 31ST

 

1977
Sri Chinmoy writes From the Source to the Source, 401 rhyming poems.

 

1991
Sri Chinmoy receives the Diploma of International Recognition from the World Fellowship of Buddhists.

 

1993
Sri Chinmoy offers a Peace Concert at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2000
Portugal is declared a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom-Nation.

 

2003
Sri Chinmoy lifts 72 people in Jamaica, NY, USA.

 

2004
Sri Chinmoy lifts 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.