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6 March

Shamita's Run across Austria

During the depths of winter, Shamita Achenbach-Konig undertook a challenging seven day run across the length of Austria. She ran 640km over a total of seven days to take her from her birthplace of Bregenz, in the very west of Austria, to her home in Vienna.

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Shamita, a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre, undertook this feat of endurance to put into practise Sri Chinmoy's philosophy of self-transcendence.

“I do not have any set goal; my goal is self-transcendence. I always try to transcend myself. I do not compete with the rest of the world. I compete only with myself, and I try to become a better human being. This is my ultimate goal.”

– Sri Chinmoy 1

Sri Chinmoy teaches that physical self-transcendence can also enable us to bring to the fore our inner capacities such as endurance, patience and faith. As Shamita says:

"When we run, we connect with a higher world, with a divine consciousness that is the same as meditation. For me, running is meditation or a long prayer in which thoughts become still…one gains access to levels of consciousness that bring light, joy, peace, and happiness."

During her run, Shamita had to contend with 4,000m of ascent and descent, plus the harsh weather of an Austrian winter. Shamita is a professional cellist by profession but has been running ultra-distance races with the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team for over 25 years.


2 MarchSofia, Bulgaria

European Peace Run begins in Bulgaria

Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the start of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in Bulgaria last weekend.

Members of the Peace Run visit a local school

The run, which aims to promote peace and harmony, began it’s 2018 journey from the capital of Bulgaria Sofia.

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The Peace Run begins

The start of the run was witnessed by a cross-section of the local community who offered their good wishes to the runners.

The Mayor of Sofia offers her good-wishes to the Peace Run.
The Peace Runners will covers several thousand km and cross several countries before it finishes in Lisbon on 8th Oct. The run continue in all weathers!


The Peace Run Torch
The Peace Run Torch

“No price is too great to pay for inner peace. Peace is the harmonious control of life. It is vibrant with life-energy. It is a power that easily transcends all our worldly knowledge.”

- Sri Chinmoy 1


26 February

Abhejali completes the 'Oceans Seven' swimming challenge

Recently, Abhejali Bernardova, a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre from Zlin in the Czech Republic, successfully swam across the Cook Strait of New Zealand to become only the 10th swimmer and 4th woman to complete the global Oceans Seven challenge.


The Oceans Seven Challenge was founded in 2008, creating the challenge of swimming seven major crossings of open water around the world.

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The swim crossings include The English Channel, the Strait of Gibraltar, Catalina Channel in California, Tsugaru Channel (Japan), the Irish Channel between Ireland and Scotland, Molokai (Kaiwi) Channel in Hawaii and the Cook Strait. The swims have to be completed under traditional English Channel rules (unassisted and no neoprene suit)

With the support of fellow members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, Abhejali successfully completed her seventh and final challenge between the two major islands of New Zealand. 

Abhejali's swim occurred in the aftermath of cyclone Gita hitting New Zealand just a few days before.  During the swim, she had to overcome seasickness, jellyfish, strong currents, cold water and many other challenges to finish the 22km distance (as the crow flies) in a time of 13 hours, 9 minutes and 48 seconds. However, Abhejali remarked on how the tides were so strong, that she spent time swimming but effectively going backwards.

"Maybe for about three hours, or a little longer I basically swam but still actually the current was taking us back, the direction to Wellington and then there were big swells and I was seasick for the first five hours and then a little bit more." (Radio NZ)

Asked how she felt after finishing the epic swim, Abhejali remarked: "Grateful and happy."

14 February

Peace Run visits Nepal

Earlier this week, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run visited Nepal, including a visit to the sacred Shanti Stupa (Peace Shrine) in Pokhara on top of Ananda Hill.


During the opening ceremony, Mr Tej Bahadur Gurung offered his gratitude to the runners and expressed a strong hope that the message of the Peace Run would spread from this part of Nepal to all over the World.


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Many distinguished guests from the city of Pokhara (2nd largest in Nepal) came to take part in this ceremony - to join in with an international team of runners from several countries around the world.

The shrine of Shanti Stupa features four statues of the Buddha facing in four different directions.


The runners also met with schoolchildren and locals who were moved to see the Peace Run pass through their city.


Previously the Nepal Peace Run had started at the Sri Chinmoy Statue in Nagarkot in the foothills of the Himalayas.

During his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy visited Nepal on a few occasions, meeting with His Majesty Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, King of Nepal in Feb 1998. Sri Chinmoy considered himself a student of peace and by travelling around the world sought to inspire others to follow a more peaceful approach to life.

How I wish I could tell
The whole world
That I wish to live only
At one place:
The foot of peace-mountain.

Sri Chinmoy [1]


After the event, Ashrita Furman endeavoured to break a Guinness World Record for flipping a lit sword in the air in as many times as possible in 30 seconds. He managed 28 in the allotted time!

More coverage of the Peace Run at

12 FebruaryLondon, United Kingdom

Purushottama Boris Grebenshikov in London

Recently, Boris Grebenshikov (Purushottama) offered a special concert in London dedicated to the musical legacy of Sri Chinmoy. Purushottama performed with a selection of international guests, including several members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. The concert was played to a packed audience at Holy Trinity Church, London with concertgoers expressing their appreciation for the music and unique atmosphere of the event.

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Short video of the concert


This video offers a few selected highlights from the concert and includes a song dedicated to Saraswati. Purushottama composed this song shortly after meeting Sri Chinmoy for the first time in February 2006. Sri Chinmoy was deeply impressed with the singer's soulful composition and offered a few Sanskrit words to help complete the song. 1

In 2007, Sri Chinmoy invited his good friend Purushottama to offer a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London and the United Nations in New York. Both venues were of great significance to Sri Chinmoy as he offered meditations at the United Nations since 1970; 2 and several Peace Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.


7 February

Mountain Silence perform at UN in Geneva for Indian 70th anniversary

To help celebrate the 70th Anniversary of India's Republic Day, the music group Mountain Silence were invited to offer a concert of music to those attending the celebrations at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Mountain Silence is an ensemble of women’s musicians who are based in Zurich, Germany and Austria. They have been performing the music of Sri Chinmoy since 1988 in concerts all around the world. The group was introduced by Ms. S.V. Klabnikova as follows:

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“The pure and uplifting tunes of these songs are characterized by deep inwardness and joyfully ascending dynamics... They allow the listeners to feel the peace and beauty of their own heart to be free to get carried away or dive deep in the enchanting melodies.”

"And it is on that note that the group strives to use this heartfelt music as a channel to promote harmony, oneness and understanding among all countries and cultures because there is far more that unites us than divides us. These are essentially the core principles that the United Nations is built upon and which we fully and proudly support.”


The celebration was held in the halls of the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation, with about 700 guests and friends in attendance. Sponsored by the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, the evening aimed to celebrate the spiritual, cultural and economic strengths of India as it looks forward to the future.

Sri Chinmoy was born in 1931, in Bengal (then part of India) and grew up in south India, before moving to the West in 1964. Sri Chinmoy often spoke of his love for India and in 1997 he offered 50 peace concerts around the world to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of India’s Independence. Speaking on the divine mission of India, Sri Chinmoy wrote:

“Our Bharat Mata always beckons the length and breadth of the world. She inspires the seekers. She elevates the consciousness of those who sincerely thirst for a higher life, a life of illumination and perfection.

India, in its purest sense, is neither a matter-hungry nor a world-shunning country.

An indomitable will is energising Bharat Mata. Progress, both material and spiritual, is being effected with lightning speed." 1


Audio: A sample of Mountain Silence's music from one of their many recordings over the years. More available at Radio Sri Chinmoy (see link below)


5 February

Inspiration-Letters - Running issue

In this edition of "Inspiration-Letters," several writers from the Sri Chinmoy Centre share their thoughts on the topic of running. From reminiscences of coming last in a race to the spiritual odyssey of running a 47-mile race and thoughts on the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race.

To Sri Chinmoy, running was an essential aspect of his spiritual path, teaching that the inner running and outer running should go together because running can definitely encourage good qualities of dynamism, concentration, perseverance and transcendence of mental problems.

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“Running helps us considerably. Running is continuous motion. Because of our running, we feel that there is a goal — not only an outer goal but also an inner goal.”

– Sri Chinmoy [1]

Editor of Inspiration-Letters, Mahiruha Klein offers a suitable introduction - remarking on some of his memories of being inspired by running on Sri Chinmoy's Path.

"The longest race in the world is the Sri Chinmoy 3,100 Mile Self-Transcendence Race, held every summer in Queens.  The runners need to complete at least sixty miles a day (more than two marathons daily) to finish in the fifty-day cutoff.  I have often gone to see them; sometimes I just go and sit and read.  The feeling of self-transcendence is palpable.  Whenever I go to watch them run, I feel I should maintain soulful silence.  I feel like these runners are a symbolic offering to the world, through their own stamina, endurance, determination, they are pathfinders of a new world."

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23 January

Video: What the Dublin Sri Chinmoy Centre did in 2017

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It was a busy year for the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Dublin! The Centre gives free meditation classes every couple of months, and also organised two big meditation events with invited speakers. The Festival of Meditation in June featured talks and workshops by Pradhan Balter from Chicago, as well as concerts from British group Ananda and Glaswegian singer Adarsha Kelly. 

The concerts also featured Mangala's group, an international female instrumental group led by Mangala from Dublin. Earlier in the year, the group had just released their first album, a live recording, and afterwards they visited Nurnberg in Germany to play a concert and record their second CD. 

Meanwhile, Sadanand Magee, a tabla player who has toured many countries playing Sri Chinmoy's music, toured many cities in Russia with his friend Kanala on sitar, giving concerts for over 3000 people.

Then in September, we had another in our popular Let's Meditate series of meditation workshops, which featured Jogyata Dallas. Jogyata is a much sought after speaker on meditation, and has visited Ireland many times before to give classes.

In November we started a monthly series called Music, Mantra and Meditation where people can get together and sing simple mantric songs, supported by members of our centre playing harmonium and tabla - if you like, you can also grab a simple instrument like a bell or a shaker and join in. We also had Art and meditation evenings, where people could try meditating and then painting in silence from that inner source.

Our teacher, Sri Chinmoy, believed that sport and meditation were natural complements, and encouraged his students to stay fit and try and transcend their capacities through sport. We had a very nice surprise in October, when our friend and fellow student of Sri Chinmoy, Sammunati Nataliya Lehonkova, came over from the Ukraine and won the Dublin Marathon. Samunnati has won the Dublin Marathon before, and represented the Ukraine in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In addition, Nirbhasa Magee completed the worlds biggest ultramarathoning challenge - the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race - for the second time, taking almost three days off his previous effort.

This April also saw many of us go to Galway to attend the opening ceremony of the European leg of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run, the worlds largest torch relay run for peace. From Galway the Run travelled a distance of 5000km through every European country before finishing in Minsk, Belarus.

Of course we also found a lot of time for our own inner disciplines, organising meditations and events just to keep us happy and making progress in our spiritual lives. Sri Chinmoy encouraged us to have regular Joy Days - days or weekends where we could meet together for meditation, singing, impromptu plays, fun runs and games - so we had these both for our own Centre and travelling to other Sri Chinmoy Centres in the UK and France. In addition, we organised one-week 'aspiration challenges' amongst ourselves, where we each tried to commit to a certain standard of spiritual practise for one week.

3 January

New Year Peace Run

To celebrate the New Year, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run took part in events in Montenegro and Croatia.

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Peace Run on the top of Lovćen Mountain

On New Year’s Eve, an international team of runners  marked the start of the upcoming year’s events by visiting the sacred mountain of Lovćen a national park of Montenegro.

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Carrying the Peace Run torch across the top of Lovcen mountain

The volunteers carried the Peace Torch to the snow capped mountain, which also serves as a monument to the most influential poet of Montenegro - Petar Petrović Njegoš. 

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Team of Peace Runners in Dubrovnik 10 km race

On the following day, a team of Peace Runners took part in Dubrovnik's New Year 10 km race. The runners were interviewed by local TV and were able to share the message of the Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy - that the Peace Run aspires to unite people from different backgrounds through running and humanity’s shared wish for a more peaceful world.

Is the oneness-bridge
Between my satisfaction
And the world’s satisfaction.”

Sri Chinmoy [1]

Male and female winners of 10 km race

Abhinabha Tangerman (left) Olivera Jeftić from Serbia (centre) and Mr. Mišo Mihočević (right), the race manger with his Torch Bearer Award from the Peace Run.

Abhinabha Tangerman, who won the mens 10km race, is a member of the Peace Run team from Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Peace Run at school
Peace Run at school in Sutomore

Earlier in the week, the Peace Run Team had visited schools and local communities in Montenegro.


Photos by Yatkara Aleksapolskyy

30 December

200th Songs of the Soul Concert

Recently, students of Sri Chinmoy offered the 200th Songs of the Soul Concert in Budva, Montenegro. In the picturesque surroundings of Budva, several groups of musicians performed arrangements and interpretations of Sri Chinmoy’s music. Fusing a range of styles and instruments, the diversity of music contributed to a meditative and joyful atmosphere - appreciated by those in attendance.

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The performers

The concert began with acapella singing by a group of female singers before switching to the renowned musician Alap who played a range of flutes, accompanied by drums. Several other groups, containing musicians from all over the globe, continued the concert - each offering a small glimpse into the musical potential of Sri Chinmoy’s approximate 22,000 compositions.

Paree's Group

The Songs of the Soul concert series began in New York, April 2008 - shortly after Sri Chinmoy’s mahasamadhi and, since then, around 20 concerts a year have been given in all the major continents and many different cities. These concerts of soulful and meditative music are dedicated to the musical spirit and legacy of Sri Chinmoy. The performers come from a variety of musical backgrounds - some professional, some enthusiasts, but all feel a special value in offering the music of Sri Chinmoy to the general public.

In the same spirit as Sri Chinmoy’s Peace Concert Series, all Songs of the Soul Concerts are offered free of charge.

Selected photos of performers from concert

Alap and Lucas
Arthada's Group
Blue Flower
Blue Flower


Introducing the concert
Shamita and Dohai


Photos Bijoy, Surabhamat


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