Happiness Anthology Takes Inspiration From Sri Chinmoy

happiness_delight_treeHappiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry is presented in honour of the International Day of Happiness. Representing 56 countries and five world regions, the poems are in English, with original-language versions in 30 different languages, including the 6 official languages of the United Nations. This anthology is presented on World Poetry Day.

The anthology is dedicated Sri Chinmoy, whose poem The Roots of Delight -Tree, is the source of the book’s title. A painting by Sri Chinmoy is also featured on the book’s cover.

Jharna Kala 40th anniversary

November 19th was the 40th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna Kala – “Fountain Art”; this anniversary was observed around the world.

40 years ago Sri Chinmoy created this rose drawing in a hotel room in Ottawa (Canada), the first drawing in the West.

“Jharna-Kala” is the Bengali name Sri Chinmoy chose for his artwork. The English translation is “Fountain Art” – which signifies art flowing from the source of creation, flowing from the inspiration he receives in meditation.


A Soul Bird drawing. Sri Chinmoy signed his paintings CKG

Recently, members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre observed the 40th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s art.


An undated Jharna Kala


Meditation Workshop in Palm Harbor by Stutisheel

Meditation: discover peace within

18 & 20 November, 2014

A two days workshop was given by  Stutisheel Lebedev, eight time finisher of the world’s longest road race, The Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. He has being practicing meditation for 23 years and has discovered a natural and almost unlimited source of energy coming from within. He shared his inspiration to not be afraid of dreaming and achieving the impossible.



World record flower garland

August 27th marked the 83rd birth anniversary of Sri Chinmoy; this year 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary since Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in the West in April 1964. To mark the special anniversary, students of Sri Chinmoy met in New York and took part in various activities as part of a two week long celebration.


This included making the world’s longest flower garland. A team of 200 volunteers, led by Ashrita Furman worked around the clock to create a new Guinness world record for a flower garland which totalled 5 miles (8.046 km) in length.

The flower garland was made in multiple loops at Joseph-Austin-Field in in the borough Queens of New York The super-sized garland weighing 4000 lb (1800 kg) ensures Ashrita Furman a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records. (Ashrita Furman currently holds 206 Guinness World Records)

After the record was documented, the flowers were re-used to create a stunning ‘room of flowers’ in a nearby driveway.

Other activities during the August celebrations included the Sri Chinmoy Self-transcendence marathon in Rockland State Park and a Songs of the Soul Concert in Manhattan New York.

(photo Bijoy Imhof)

Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race in the media

The 2014 edition of Self-Transcendence 3100 mile race is nearly over – after 50 plus days of the 14 runners competing in this epic feat of endurance .  So far five runners have completed the 3,100 miles, with Sarvagata Ukrainskyi of the Ukraine finishing 1st in a time of 45 days. Sarah Barnett (Aus) is due to finish soon becoming the first female to win this race, and only the 4th women ever to finish.

3100 mile race

William Sichel (Orkney Islands, Scotland, UK) is also likely to finish within the time limit, becoming the first over 60 year old to complete the distance.

3100 mile race

The 3100 mile race inspired by spiritual Teacher, Sri Chinmoy, takes part in humble surroundings in Jamaica, Queens – and has recently featured in many international news outlets.

Video from CBS News

For more results and details, visit:

Photos: Jowan (Spontaneous Beauty(link is external))

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April 13, 2014 – 50 Year Anniversary of Service in the West

50-logo.jpgThis month is the Golden Jubilee of Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in America. On April 13, 2014 Sri Chinmoy came to the West from India and made his home in New York for the next four decades. While still in India he wrote many soulful tributes to America. Sri Chinmoy has also composed numerous stirring songs dedicated to America.

Students of Sri Chinmoy will observe the 50th anniversary with activities in New York and across the globe. On April 9th, an invitational marathon(link is external) will be held. A Songs of the Soul concert(link is external) will be held on April 15th and a meditation and music workshop(link is external) will be held on April 9th.

SriChinmoy50.org is a special site dedicated to his 50 years of service