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  • Biography of Sri Chinmoy - Part 5 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    us Sri Chinmoy Meditating Just as a rose has many petals all of which add to the beauty and fragrance of the rose so too the world shall become one world family Together we shall live in harmony in a spirit of self giving for the good of all By giving joy to others and by receiving inspiration from others each individual will contribute to the perfection of the whole Sri Chinmoy Sri Chinmoy brings to our modern world the timeless truths embodied in the lives and teachings of other great sages and luminaries before him charting out a fresh course a map of the sacred journey in the age old quest for fulfillment and happiness that lies at the heart of all human life In a life of simple living yet extraordinary activity he has dedicated himself to the spiritual awakening of humanity which he regards as the most pressing challenge of our time Here is an authentic and much loved spiritual master whose contributions towards the goal of world harmony and spirituality will be treasured for a very long time to come In the words of one dignitary From ages past from the Vedic vision of life from Lord Buddha to Christ to Mahatma Gandhi in our own time through many saints and savants the spirit of spirituality in man has been expressed You personify the spirit in that great tradition Sri Chinmoy we are deeply indebted to you Sri Chinmoy s Passing October 11 2007 Beloved Spiritual Teacher Sri Chinmoy Passes Away Internationally renowned world harmony leader spiritual teacher and humanitarian Sri Chinmoy passed away peacefully on the morning of 11 October at his home in Queens New York He was 76 years of age During the memorial week at a private ceremony UN officials religious leaders

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  • Body-Mind-Spirit | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    filled with life force the mind is clear the heart is happy even the soul is pleased The following little gold nuggets of wisdom are spoken comments offered verbatim by sports lover and fitness advocate Sri Chinmoy in response to various questions about the role of physical excellence in our life journey These charming and original insights invite us to be inspired about the limitless potential of the body when harnessed to the aspiration of spirit to explore the idea of self transcendence with its urge to surpass previous achievements and to set goals dream our impossible dreams then make them a reality And with the foundation of dynamism and health that running creates and the self discipline and self belief which it encourages how much your whole life will become a song of joy Sri Chinmoy finishing the 3rd annual 47 mile race Aug 27 1980 age 50 Our gratitude to Sri Chinmoy whose huge contribution to running and sports has touched countless lives and inspired generations of people to run fast in the race of life Body Mind Spirit Part 2 Body Mind Spirit has been translated into the following languages Espanol Cuerpo Mente Espiritu The Sri Chinmoy

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  • Body-Mind-Spirit - Part 2 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    is by doing something by becoming something not necessarily something great or famous that we can overcome our reluctance It is through moving which is progress and achieving which is another type of progress that we can overcome reluctance In order to overcome reluctance we have to have a goal and we have to try to reach that goal By always moving and progressing toward a goal you not only become a better runner but you also become a better instrument of God WE HAVE TO KNOW that physical energy has only one source and that source is spiritual energy As long as we remain in the body consciousness we are not aware of this But when we go deep within we see that spiritual energy is the source of physical vital and mental energy When spiritual energy enters into the physical it becomes somewhat polluted It is unable to maintain its pristine purity What we need is purity on the inner plane and dedication on the outer plane Inner purity we can get through aspiration and outer dedication comes through gradual inner purification and inner awareness When we have both inner purity and outer dedication then spiritual energy enters into physical energy and physical energy at that time becomes an added strength to spiritual energy IF VICTORY IS THE ONLY GOAL then athletes can never find happiness for even if they win today tomorrow somebody else will come along and take away their glory Real happiness can never be found in separating ourselves from others Real happiness comes only in feeling our oneness with others even if they defeat us Regardless of who wins on the sports ground each one should try to excel in his own life by competing with himself and going forward according to his own capacity to his destined goal In this way each individual will all the time make progress and achieve greater and greater perfection True happiness comes only from our increasing sense of perfection which we can achieve only through self transcendence RUNNING REMINDS US of our inner journey which is ahead of us The goal is ahead and we are running towards the goal It is a great feeling which eventually grows into a great achievement Playing tennis reminds us of being an instrument The tennis ball is a self giving instrument always trying to please us in our own way Whichever way we want to strike it the tennis ball surrenders It is always ready to listen to us according to our capacity So tennis reminds us of a divine goal which is to become a perfect instrument of God and to please God in His own Way and running reminds us of our continuous journey along Eternity s Road toward the destined goal Tennis and running are like two paths going to the same goal they both ultimately reach the goal but they reach it from different directions WE RUN WE BECOME At every moment we are running to

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  • Body-Mind-Spirit - Part 3 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    Once evolution starts on any plane you can t go back to the initial point If you are consciously running toward the goal then naturally you want to get there sooner than the soonest If you want to run fast faster fastest then you have to simplify your outer life your life of confusion your life of desire your life of anxiety and worry At the same time you have to intensify your inner life your life of aspiration your life of dedication and illumination Purification and illumination are bound to take place at God s choice Hour At that time first you will see that the goal is right in front of you Then you will feel that the goal is within you and finally you will come to realise that not only is the goal within you but you are the goal itself Your own higher self is the goal that your lower self has been searching for A GREAT CHAMPION is he who sees and feels that he is a mere instrument of his Inner Pilot and that his Inner Pilot is racing in and through him according to his own capacity of receptivity A champion of champions is he whose inner life has become the Vision of his Absolute Supreme and whose outer life has become the Perfection Channel of his Beloved Supreme WITH OUR IMAGINATION POWER we can challenge the tricky mind and win We weaken ourselves by imagining that we are weak Again we can strengthen ourselves by imagining that we are strong Our imagination often compels us to think we cannot do something or cannot say something We often use imagination in a wrong direction So instead of letting imagination take us backwards we should use it to take us forward toward our goal To a great extent speed in running starts with the mind You have to develop more imagination Imagine that you are running fast and appreciate your speed Then let the thrill and joy that you get from your imagination inundate you This joy will increase your speed You can also think of some people who really do run fast and try to identify yourself with them WHILE RUNNING do not think of yourself as twenty five or thirty years old Only think of yourself as being six or seven years old At the age of six or seven a child does not sit he just runs here and there So imagine the enthusiasm of a young child and identify yourself not with the child but with the source of his enthusiasm If you are running long distance identify yourself with ten or even twenty runners who are ahead of you Only imagine the way they are breathing in and breathing out Then while you are inhaling feel that you are breathing in their own breath and that the energy of the twenty runners is entering into you Then while you are exhaling feel that all twenty runners are breathing

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  • Body-Mind-Spirit - Part 4 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    made a tremendous sacrifice when it put the fruit into my mouth If there is a sense of separativity there is always sacrifice otherwise it is all oneness all oneness It is all part of God s Cosmic Game that I do this and you do that There is no I there is no you there is no winner or loser It is all one reality a oneness reality A WINNING ATTITUDE from the spiritual point of view is a self giving attitude If you have a sincere self giving attitude then you are more than ready to conquer your own ignorance In ordinary human life we try to win by defeating others In the spiritual life we try to win by conquering the unaspiring and the undivine in ourselves The winning attitude is our eagerness to conquer the qualities that are not willing to progress or that are trying to destroy us IF ONE IS A SEEKER ATHLETE then before he runs or jumps before he enters into physical activities he should offer a few moments of gratitude to his Inner Pilot for inspiring him to become an athlete An athlete is he who runs who values time who values speed and who believes in a goal that ever moves forward There are millions and billions of people on earth who are not athletes but he already is an athlete So if he can offer his gratitude for that then he increases his receptivity power If he increases his receptivity power then he automatically increases his athletic capacity For it is receptivity that increases capacity The moment he increases his receptivity he is blessed with more capacity abundant capacity boundless capacity And to increase his receptivity there is only one way to offer his gratitude heart for what he has already become THERE IS A GREAT DIFFERENCE between psychic concentration and physical or vital concentration Psychic concentration is really difficult much more difficult than physical or vital concentration It is like the elder brother But the younger brother can definitely help the elder brother The concentration power that you learn from athletics will definitely add to your psychic concentration Suprabha Beckjord finishing her 9th 3 100 mile race August 2005 And if someone has psychic concentration as well as physical concentration vital concentration and mental concentration then that person can easily be a great champion in the athletic world as well as in the spiritual world BEFORE RUNNING MEDITATION is good to make the mind calm and quiet so that wrong forces do not enter When you meditate your mind acquires some poise Then while you are running if you can bring forward this poise it will help you overcome the mental frustration that often comes while running long distances When you are running long distances all kinds of frustrating thoughts will come and make you feel that what you are doing is useless Or the mind will say Oh this is boring and you will not want to

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  • Body-Mind-Spirit - Part 5 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    like a wheel So cycling reminds us of the process of evolution and of how everything goes in cycles Once upon a time in the hoary past we lived in an era of truth Now we are living in an era of falsehood There was a time when truth reigned supreme but now we see at every moment and every place that falsehood is reigning supreme Our goal is to bring back again the golden age in which truth will be our inner guide and will reign supreme So cycling reminds us of evolution inner and outer WE CAN THINK OF ourselves as two halves imperfection is one half and our sincere cry for perfection is the other half One side is weakness and the other side is strength With our inner cry for perfection let us run towards our destination and reach the illumination shore When our being is fully illumined then dark ignorant forces are afraid to come near us Before we reach the destination they challenge us But once we reach the illumination destination the ignorant forces do not dare enter into us because they feel that they will be totally destroyed They do not know that they will only be transformed and illumined IN THE PAST people cared for the fitness of the body because they knew that if they had a healthy body then they would be able to stay on earth longer If they were spiritual people they felt that a healthy body would enable them to continue praying and meditating for many more years Today also we know that if the body is full of sickness then we will not be able to pray and meditate well For weeks and months we may suffer both physically and spiritually We have the body and we have the soul A spiritual person has to give equal importance to both the body and the soul If he pays attention only to the body if he becomes physically strong but spiritually very weak then for him there will be no peace of mind or inner happiness Again if he pays attention only to prayer and meditation and neglects the body then his body will not be a fit instrument to reveal and manifest God In the morning he will try to pray to God but he will have to stop because he has a headache upset stomach and so forth If someone does not get any exercise at all then the physical will remain unlit lethargic and a real hindrance to the aspirant If the physical consciousness does not aspire it will remain separated from the soul Then rest assured you will never be able to achieve perfection The physical has to aspire in its own way to increase its capacity so that it can hold light Then the physical will contribute to the spiritual and you will be able to aspire and manifest much more So physical fitness and spirituality must go together It is like

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  • Body-Mind-Spirit - Part 6 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    to feel that he is representing all of humanity Then with a devoted and soulful heart if he can soulfully offer his achievement to the Supreme Athlete his Source at that time he is doing absolutely the right thing The Olympic athlete should feel that he is a member of the world family and his goal should be his own continuous progress If he can continually transcend his own achievements he is bound to achieve satisfaction for progress is nothing short of satisfaction The two go always together If he cares only for success then even if he succeeds he will not get abiding joy For in the twinkling of an eye he will look around and see his achievements being shattered here or elsewhere But his own progress is like a seed that eventually becomes a sapling and then a giant banyan tree which will give him a continuous sense of satisfaction When he is progressing at that time he is growing he is glowing and like a river he is constantly flowing to his Vastness Source the Sea of Oneness WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU need to bring forward from your inner life while you are running The first one is enthusiasm Who embodies enthusiasm A little child Who can be more enthusiastic than a child He enters into a garden and runs here and there here and there appreciating everything that he sees Then in addition to enthusiasm you need eagerness Again who has more eagerness than a little child If he plays with a toy he is so eager his whole world is the toy If you can feel that you are a five year old or six year old child tiredness will not come into your mind A child does not know what tiredness is He knows only enthusiasm and eagerness EVERY DAY when you run you have to feel that it is a golden opportunity to appreciate the One who is inspiring you Always you have to feel that the Supreme is inspiring you to run this longer than the longest distance Somebody is begging you urging you to do the right thing Again when you agree and say Yes I will do it then that Somebody Himself runs in and through you When you run if you offer the prayer God please make me a good runner I want to make progress this time in my running then this is a good prayer At that time God Himself will become a good runner inside you When you think of the long distance try to imagine that it is something to play with Do not think of distance as something you will cover Do not think that you will be tired you will be exhausted or you will die You have to take running as a game you like to play AN ATHLETE IS already an artist An artist is he who has disciplined his life to discover the one Truth that manifests itself in

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  • Body-Mind-Spirit - Part 7 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    thoughts inner goodwill inner strength then we will be nowhere in the outer life WHEN YOU ARE doing something for the Supreme and you are in the heart you can work hours and hours day and night When we love something or someone this is what always happens If you are in the heart there is a constant supply of energy and sweetness We all have to develop sweetness Sweetness is not masculine or feminine People say that only girls can have sweetness and not men but sweetness is not something masculine or feminine Sweetness is a reality which is constantly supplying us with newness and freshness When your mind is operating very powerfully you are not the boss Your boss is self doubt self criticism fear worry and anxiety But when you run inside your heart at that time your boss is your love of God your boss is your surrender to God s Will If you can keep that feeling in your outer life while you are running then there will be no problem When you run if you can make yourself feel that inside your heart Somebody is running or your heart is running or you are running with your heart then tiredness disappears the power of distance disappears Only the power of oneness oneness oneness with God s Will appears HOW I WISH all human beings would run faster than the fastest with unimaginable speed towards Eternity s ever transcending Goal Once we reach the highest transcendental Height with our fastest speed and consciously begin serving our Supreme Pilot at every moment at that time we can and we shall create an absolutely new creation At that time there will be only one reality one song the song of self transcendence NOW YOU ARE HAPPY because you are the fastest runner You have received just a drop of outer joy but this drop makes you feel that you are the happiest person The immortal Jesse Owens Sri Chinmoy s childhood hero explodes from his blocks as he begins his world record breaking 100 yard dash at the Berlin Olympics in 1936 Similarly the people who love you and admire you also feel happy because they have become one with your heart and soul But when you become the fastest runner the supreme hero in the inner world the joy that you receive is infinite At that time you become the happiest person by becoming one with your own infinite Light and Delight When this happens the outer happiness that you previously felt fades into insignificance WHEN WE THINK OF 700 1 000 or 1 300 miles we are reminded of Eternity We are all running along Eternity s Road which is at once birthless and deathless You are the pioneer hero runners who will be running along Eternity s Road Today humanity is loving your hearts and treasuring your lives with utmost joy and utmost pride Once more to each runner on behalf of the Sri

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