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/
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”.
President of the Portuguese Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa very graciously and kindly hosted the team at the Presidential Palace to launch the European Peace Run a seven month 18,000 km journey. We were delighted to have children from Raiz Elementary school join us in meeting the President.
To find out more, visit the official website: www.peacerun.org.
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: [email protected]
As part of the Southern Hemisphere Peace Run finish in Bali we visited numerous villages and towns from November 11 to 15. Here’s just some of the highlights.
An intrepid team of only two women take the torch to the beautiful Maldives Islands as part of the Southern Hemisphere Peace Run.
In November 2019 a Week of Peace was held in Palermo, Sicily incorporating Art Exhibitions, Music Concerts and Peace Runs.
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.
The Sri Chinmoy La Jolla Swim & Run begins with a 1-mile ocean swim from La Jolla Shores Beach followed by either a 5K or a 10K on the flat-packed sand at water’s edge. Participate as either an individual or relay team. Chip timing, finisher’s medals and great refreshments for all. Age-group awards for individuals as well as awards to top relay teams. Sponsored by Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. Swim course monitored by San Diego City Lifeguards. A fun event in the beautiful San Diego surf and sand!
Here are the link into
- 2019 Swim & Run results
- Photos available here
- Additional race information
- Contact to the race director at [email protected]
To find out more, visit the official website: www.srichinmoyraces.org
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:
- Website: https://3100film.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3100film/?h…
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/3100film/
- Manchester screening of 3100 film, 1st Nov 2019: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screen…
- 3100, Run and Become via Amazon: https://amzn.to/2nU50MI
Articles: BBC – Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence:
- The 3,100-mile race around a New York block https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/48702452
- Outside Online – This Film Gets Deep into the Spirituality of Running https://www.outsideonline.com/2358186…
Find out more about Sanjay: