Video of the event
Video of the event
The footage is less than 2 minutes long. A mere fragment of much greater event that probably could never be captured adequately by a super 8 film very well anyway.
Yet it shows Sri Chinmoy completing the 47 mile race in 1980 for the 2nd time. A performance that took him 11:27:24 to complete and which surpassed his previous best by 74 minutes.
*photo by Bhashwar
Now there is a new generation following in those same footsteps as their late spiritual teacher 36 years later.
Many who have never even had the opportunity to see Sri Chinmoy little alone remember how powerfully he once used to run
Pratyaya the race director remembers those early days
Petra gets ready for a long night
There is a profound sense of calm as people register
Most have a clear sense of why they do this most difficult thing of running 47 miles starting at midnight on August 27th.
The time of quiet does not last long
Know that as much as it is gift to their teacher it is also something that will offer much more in return. A dedication.
Even for those who do not run tonight but who instead help there is a sense of purpose and dedication.
The race is an opportunity for all to feel part of something great and beautiful that lies both within and without.
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Her story is almost perfection itself. Or at least one that most accurately reflects how we mortals struggle and strive against adversity. Then when we least expect it we accomplish that once insurmountable task that had risen up in front of us.
Click below to hear the sound of Kaneenika’s finish:
In turn we are rewarded or we find the true meaning of just how precious the goals that come to challenge us truly are. Hopefully we learn and grow stronger. Understand just a little better what we must do in order to reach up and draw ourselves closer to our own perfection.
Last year Kaneenika in her first attempt at 3100 miles made it to 3014 miles.
A result that some might call a defeat. But in the peculiar divine world of the Self Transcendence Race it was another kind of victory. One that does not step up onto a visible podium, but instead shines brightly in the summit of the heart.
When we meet this morning I joke with Kaneenika that tomorrow she will not be here
“It is true.”
“It is always very inspiring and encouraging to get messages from people. Quite often I get messages from people I don’t even know. It reminds me that people really follow this race and appreciate what we are doing here.”
“It is so special. When I read these messages they are like a joy pill and a pain killer in one. Also an energy boost. It is so nice to know that people have so much oneness. I am so grateful.”
“This race may look like an individual sport but we have all these supporters and all these helpers. They just carry us along. The race wouldn’t be possible without the helpers and everybody around the world who follows the race. All those who send good wishes and pray for us. That is the beauty of this race.”
“When I was a new disciple. I was watching the race for the first time. I was here in New York for the summer. At the time Rupantar asked me if I would think about this race. But I couldn’t think anything. It was so beyond.”
“Then he told me that Sri Chinmoy once said that when we are doing races like this. Something good happens somewhere else. So I believe that something like that is happening. I don’t believe that Sri Chinmoy created this race just for us to go around and around. That it is really for humanity to make progress.”
Later at the finish line she shares another story. One that took place when she was really having a tough time.
“I was running on the far side of the course and I met a girl who was running in the opposite direction. Then she smiled at me and said you are amazing. I didn’t know her and I didn’t even know if she even knew about the race. So I just smiled back at her out of my misery. And it felt good.”
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She says that she then came upon a mother walking with her little girl. “I smiled at them and they smiled back at me. I thought wow. I am feeling much better than I felt before.”
Just after this she came back into the camp and noticed a banner with Sri Chinmoy’s smiling face on it. Also on it was the aphorism
Just one smile
The beauty of the universe.
This morning when Surasa ran by me she asked if I wouldn’t mind taping a message for her. Of course I considered it a great honor to be able to to record this for all her friends and admirers.
“I have a message for my friends.”
“Dear friends all over the world. I just want to tell you that you don’t have to worry about me. I am really fine.”
“There are other more important things and the world to worry about. For me this is just about missing a few miles, and what is that. Of course it is a new experience for me. Because in my other races, the last 2 were so good.”
“It is a new experience to walk for more than half of the race. But I think new experiences are needed in life. They are good in order to make inner progress. And inner progress is of course what we want to make.”
“So if everything stays like this then I will be able to do more than 3000. I am more than happy about this.”
“So I am not at all disappointed or sad. I really feel happy and peaceful inside. I think this is important. This makes me very happy.”
“But I want to thank you again for all your support. Very soon it will be the end of the race.”
At the start of the race in 2007 Sri Chinmoy spontaneously composed a poem about his beloved 3100 mile race. The runners were standing in front of him. At first he was meditating silently and powerfully and then began to speak these words.
Longest self giving journey
Heaven’s brightest smile
Earth’s proudest embrace
God’s Newest Victory Discovery
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When I meet with Baladev this morning he has just been reading a page full of poems that Sri Chinmoy wrote on the topic of never giving up.
I ask him what that means to him and he says, “right now I am not in a talking mood.”
Instead he uses the time to read them all to me. In a thoughtful and compelling way. Sharing with me, that when he read them moments earlier they had made him cry.
Each one a powerful message. Each one adding another insight into humanity’s deep need, if not obligation to always continually attempt to move forward, even in the face of relentless resistance on all levels.
Baladev is an incredible example of never giving up. This is his 8th summer here and as of last night he had completed 2664 miles. A distance that would take him from his home town of Komjatice Slovakia all the way to Tajikistan. With still 3 days left Baladev will accumulate well over 2700 miles.
He has worn a special shirt this morning. One that was custom made for him a few years ago.
“On my back is ‘Never Give Up,’ and on the front is, ‘Go Forward.’
“When I have never give up on my back I feel as though it is pushing me to go forward, and I am between these 2 secrets. So I am moving. How can I stop?”
Never give up, never give up!
Even if you lose your way
A great many times,
You must realise that your destination
Is sleeplessly expecting your arrival.
Be good and remain
good; if you want
to be a supremely
chosen child of God.
When I go to meet Vasu out on the course he is reciting the daily prayer with Stutisheel. Saying the daily prayer is something that he has done throughout this race, and as far as I know it is something so important to him that he has done this same thing every day in all the 5 years he has run here.
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When he repeats the prayer it is not just done once, or twice. He will say it many many times and for many of the prayers he has memorized them. Letting the sacred words enter so deeply into his heart that they can never be extracted. Using them as guidance for not just each day but his entire life
It is day 49. Yesterday Vasu ran 66 miles, this morning he has just 18 miles to go. He will finish a little after 10 this morning. I joke with Vasu. Since you have the whole day in front of you. Have you made any plans
“I have no plan. God has a plan.”
Vasu says he will be happy when he finishes. “The race has been very very nice. Many disciples have worked on this race. I want to say that this is team work.” He adds that he has been singing the song Sri Chinmoy once wrote about team work.
Is infinitely better and happier
Than any other teamwork.
“Three years ago I had a dream, and in that dream I saw that the distance for this race would be longer in the future.”
Click to Play Sound of Atmavir’s finish:
For Atmavir this morning the finish line is just 41 miles away. When he crosses it for the 9th time late this afternoon it will be the 9th time that he has done so. A distance, should you be so curious to know is 27,900 miles.
He talks about how fast the race went. Which in turn spins the perspective back onto us. A reminder of just how challenging, fulfilling, or frivolous we all spent our past 47 days.
What accomplishments and challenges did we so gracefully and powerfully succeed in like he and all the other members of the very small 3100 mile family.
“I am sure it was not just me that noticed this. I am sure all the runners did and also people who are watching.”
“So I am praying for a new goal. It is really giving me great joy. I am a dreamer and dreamers are walking above the earth.”
“I have strong faith. This year I felt during the race that the capacity is already there. It is just a matter of time. A few more years, and it will come.
“For me this race was the best so far. I feel that they are going up every year. Not just outwardly but inwardly. They are getting richer every single year.”
47 Days: 11 Hours: 32 Minutes: 00 Seconds
Click to Play Sahishnu’s Speech:
Only to invoke
A new Goal
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It was the closes finish ever at the 3100 mile race. Last night at midnight both Yuri and Ashprihanal had put in an astonishing day of running. Demonstrating unquestionably what it really means to dig deep, try harder, and for all of us mortals on the sideline, what appeared to be transcending themselves in a way that has not been witnessed on this little block in Queens ever.
*cover photo Jowan……translation Lyalya….*
It can get confusing when you try and track down the whys and wherefores of this sprint to the finish. Keep in mind the distance between the 2 had been less than a sliver for days. But yesterday with nothing to loose each took their performances to a level that had to be their absolute ultimate. Yuri ran 79 miles and Ashprihanal 86 miles.
They went home at midnight with just 8 miles separating them. A gap, that with an extra day added would have been evaporated by Ashprihanal. But no, the race was not to be won by its record holder from last year. Yuri just had to run 5 more miles. He was to be the champion this year.
“Do you think this is my victory? No this is the victory of the Supreme.”
“This is the victory of our teacher. This is the victory of heaven. This is the victory of earth. The victory of humanity. This is the victory of each and every one of you.”
“It wasn’t a simple race. You can’t understand it with the mind. You can only feel it with the heart.”
“With me my teacher was always present. One that loves me, and one that I love so much.”
“A samurai warrior has come to me and shared with me his strength. All of you here are my friends. Without your support it would not have been possible.”
“We are not just running on a concrete sidewalk. We are not on a path that leads to wealth and fame. This path leads us to the depths of our hearts. The place where God lives within us. Where it is his home. I was there. There is everything there in order to be happy.”
“Happiness, joy, oneness. All of this I want to share with you.”
“I am happy, so happy. Guru is in my heart. The whole world is in my heart. You are all in my heart. It will be like this always.”
Click to Play the sound of Yuri’s finish:…46 Days, 01 hour, 10 minutes, 25 seconds
A heart of gratitude
Finds divine Blessings
And divine Love
All along its way.
I greet Yuri this morning with, “we won’t be doing this again.”
It is his last full day of running and by early tomorrow his 3100 mile race will be over for this year. He starts the day with just 84 more miles left to run.
*Translation by Lyalya*
In each of our previous talks he has mentioned that he feels as though he is approaching God’s home. I joke that with the tiny distance left remaining he must now be brushing his shoes off on the carpet in front of God’s door.
“That is correct but there are no shoes. I just feel the happiness of God. I just feel the presence of God. I feel his embrace He is stretching out his arms to me and I am stretching out my arms towards him.”
“God’s embrace I will feel tomorrow.”
I then ask Yuri a practical question about why his speed over the past 4 days has increased so dramatically. I am curious. Is it because of the looming presence of Ashprihanal drawing closer or something else?
He says no.
“The world has let me go. Everything that was binding me has left. Right now I am just a soul bird. For a bird there are no limitations, no boundaries. But I have a body and I do all I can and this turns out to be 70 miles a day.”
“I am not doing this for the records. I am doing this to bring happiness to my soul. To bring happiness to God and to be able to approach him faster. This is why my speed has increased.”
The body is the patient.
The heart is the sufferer.
The soul is the sympathizer.
God is the ultimate Curer.
Guru Sri Chinmoy
August 2, 2007
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“I think I felt it last week. There was a point when I was able to do 100 laps.”
That point of course was when at last Kaneenika was able to see that she would be able to complete all 3100 miles of the race. She is rightfully cautious as she expresses this optimism. There is still the very real job of taking on the last 421 miles over the course of the final 8 days.
But last night she did 55 miles when she only needed to do 52. Many, many, of Kaneenika’s friends and supporters are taking deep calm breaths now, though likely their fingers are still crossed and held behind their backs.
“When I could do over 100 laps my confidence came back. I feel better now.”
“It is still not over. There are still a lot of prayers to say and miles to run.”
“The first part of the race seemed easy. It was easy sailing. So then after that it changed a lot. I had to go more deep within. I had to get more strength from inside. It wasn’t as though I wasn’t getting it earlier.”
I then ask Kaneenika what it was like when she realized last year that she would not be able to complete the distance.
“It took me a while to accept it.”
She then relates a very powerful experience she had at that time last year when she saw right in front of her what looked like a movie of her life. Scenes that all came, starting from the very moment she had become a student of Sri Chinmoy right up to that point in the race.
It was not in her imagination she says, but was projected right out in front of her.
She says that the experience reaffirmed her belief in what she was doing. “The movie showed me the real meaning of this race.”
“I am trying to be more tolerant… more compassionate….. more humble. How to have more gratitude and also how to have more peace in my life. I can’t say that I know how to do all these things by now. I feel as though I am making progress.”
I then ask for her thoughts on Surasa. “I think that it is just the experience that we all are having. I think this years race is harder for everybody, in some ways. Surasa has always been an inspiration for me.”
“I used to watch her before I started doing these races. I also did a few races with her and I experienced her doing her world record in the 1300 mile race. I always admired her determination and her childlike consciousness and surrender.”
Then Kaneenika describes an experience she had before she got to the half way mark. She was running along the course across from Jamaica High school.
“All of a sudden I felt this peace descending. It was so strong for me. I don’t think I have experienced anything like that before.”
“So this peace is descending on me and I then I felt so much peace inside but also at the same time so much power and confidence. That was very striking for me.”
You can make the fastest progress
If you can say,
“I came into the world
To love God, only God.
I came into the world
To serve God, only God.
I came into the world
To manifest God,