#184. The Garden of Light 20th Anniversary

We celebrated The Garden of Light’s 20th anniversary November 21st 2019, in our new location at 1111 Bank Street in Old Ottawa South. We were delighted to host so many of you from the community and share music, inspiration, chai tea, essential oil blends and great conversation! We look forward to welcoming you all back soon to our special paradise: The Garden of Light. Slideshow and photography by Prabhakar https://www.pjtstreet.com/

#183. Interview: Utsahi’s meditation experience (Ottawa – March 21, 2020)

Utsahi St-Amand mentions his first meditation moments when he had just turned 40 (Moncton, New-Brunswick), his appreciation for the Halifax Centre, where he belonged until coming to Ottawa in 1990, his first encounter with Sri Chinmoy, then his many subsequent visits to New York. Throughout this interview, he relates how his experiences with Sri Chinmoy changed him, in his Master’s words, from a professor to “a student of the heart”. He also shares the double experience of the physical presence of the Master, both in Ottawa and New York, and then the after October 2007: the new presence of his Master. He adds some comments about The Garden of Light, which he owns and the meditation classes, which he offers with Prabhakar. He describes the period we are going through as follows: «Times of uncertainty are times of opportunity”.

#181. 827 children sing peace songs by Sri Chinmoy (Pécs, Hungary – October 21, 2019)

On October 21, 2019, 827 children (between 7-19 years old) from 23 schools in Pécs and the surrounding area sang at the famous Kodály Center – one of the best music halls in Hungary – 15 peace songs in Bengali and English by Sri Chinmoy, accompanied by the ensemble “Mountain-Silence” in honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace. At the end all the children – the whole audience – gave a standing ovation, clapping and thrumming enthusiastically. As an “encore” the children sang two songs once more with great joy and enthusiasm.

The next big project will be a similar group of children but coming from many places around the world. The event is planned for the 30th of October 2020 in Győr. If you have ideas to realize this event or want to participate please contact: kinga.csornay@gmail.com.

#177. Palermo Peace Week (November 8-17, 2019)

This video documents a remarkable week long event celebrating peace in Palermo. An initiative involving Mayor Leoluca Orlando and the city of Palermo hosting 10 exhibitions of Sri Chinmoy’s Jharna-Kala artwork along with numerous Peace Run events, concerts and seminars. The event culminated with a parade through the city of a 160 m long canvas of children’s artwork dedicated to Peace.

#175. How Running Can Transform Your Life. Discover who you are with Sanjay Rawal

When we think about running, most of us think of it as a form of physical exercise – something that we do to lose weight, look better or stay healthy. Some of us like to measure how far and how quickly we can run. But running can be so much more than that. What if someone told you that running could be a tool to transform your life? This week, film-maker and inspirational human being, Sanjay Rawal, is here to do just that.

Whilst making his latest film (3100: Run and Become), Sanjay followed the most elite multi-day race in the world – the 3,100-mile race, which takes place on the streets of Queens, New York City each summer. He also followed the Kalahari Bushman and a group of Japanese Monks. What was common amongst all three groups of people was that they performed superhuman feats with the sole goal of spiritual growth. Sanjay talks about their individual journeys and what we can all learn from them.

Through physical exertion, Sanjay believes that we can all understand who we are and connect to something bigger than ourselves. We discuss how modern life presents many obstacles for us, but Sanjay explains how we can all achieve self-expansion, whether we are running or simply walking down the road. This is an incredible conversation – I think you will really enjoy it.

Find out more about 3100 Film:

Articles: BBC – Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence:

Find out more about Sanjay:

#174. Colours of Peace (Seattle, WA – September 21, 2019)

‘Colours of Peace’ comes to the Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion for its first celebration in the United States honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st, 2019.

1000 works from Seattle area school kids are joined by over 200 works of art from 20 countries on loan from the permanent Colors of Peace collection in Italy.

Here are links into

  • The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run news page
  • Photos available here

To find out more, visit the official website: www.peacerun.org.

#171. Peace Run Toronto (The Parliament of the World’s Religions – November 1-7, 2018)

In November of 2018, The Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in Toronto, Canada. The Peace Torch was passed around this at International gathering to people of all faiths and backgrounds and many expressed their heartfelt wishes and prayers for world peace.

https://www.peacerun.org/ca/news/2018/1113/3332/ To find out more, visit the official website: www.peacerun.org.

#169. Plant a Tree for World-Harmony

International Mother Earth Day is celebrated to remind each of us that the Earth and its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance. The United Nations General Assembly, noting that Earth Day is observed each year in many countries, decided to designate April 22 as International Mother Earth Day through resolution A/RES/63/278, adopted in 2009. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now includes events in more than 193 countries. 

Sri Chinmoy Centre has several projects that are directly supportive of the ideals of these two concerns.
 They include such tree planting programs with community and school children as, “Plant a Tree for World-Harmony”. In this ceremony the children each help to plant a tree and promise to help take care of it so that it grows, by watering it and protecting it. 
   With that an art poster created by Sri Chinmoy with the ”Plant a Tree for World-Harmony” slogan on it is presented to the school to remind the children of their responsibility to help make earth a better place to live. 
  Sri Chinmoy had also written many, many poems and aphorisms about trees with the message of love of nature which he had hoped would bring concern for earth to the fore front of modern day human awareness.

#165. Colours of Peace (Rome – September 21, 2018)

At a special event to mark the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st, seven-thousand thousand peace-drawings from children around the world were displayed around the perimeter of the Colosseum in Rome.

The event, entitled “Colors of Peace” is organised by the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run with the Patronship of the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Republic, Regione Lazio, in collaboration with the Archaeological Park of the Colosseum, the Istituto Superiore Morano di Caivano and the Arvalia association, the contribution of Roma Capitale Municipality and with the media partnership of Italian National Broadcaster RAI Gulp.

The ceremony also featured an award presentation for the winners of the Peace Movie Award, an international competition under the patronage of the Italian ministries of Education, Universities and Research; and Cultural Heritage and Activities. As part of the competition, schools around the world contributed video clips of 30 seconds or under, defining and celebrating peace in their own way.
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To find out more, visit the official website: www.peacerun.org.