Nations Favourite Poem

Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn?s rain.
When you awaken in the morning?s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

– Author (Mary Fyre)

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In 1995 a BBC radio programme conducted a survey to find the nations
favourite poem. They decided the nations most favourite poems was

Ashrita Sets new Record

World record breaker gets inspiration for 119th record.

Ashirta Furman, of Queens, N.Y., established a record for running a mile on tin pots earlier that afternoon, with a time of 18 minutes and 26 seconds. The pots were held against his shoes by hand-held strings. A stipulation of the record was that the tin pots musn’t fall off.

The record was set at POWNAL Green Mountain Race Track on Friday 8th September. After setting and submitting a record it usually takes about 6 weeks for it to be ratified by Guiness.

Furman credits his study of meditation, under the tutelage of Sri Chinmoy, for his ability to break so many records.

“It’s all in fun, but there’s a serious side because there’s physical conditioning and a lot of mental focus required,” he said. “You really have to focus deep within yourself. I really have to use the training I got from meditation to be very one-pointed and not allow other distractions to stop me.”

Bipin Larkin, a friend of Furman’s, was present for the record attempts.

“It’s
the spirit behind the thing that keeps you going, and it’s like an
adventure,” said Larkin. “(Furman) believes in transcendence, in going
beyond his restrictions.”

from: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/localnews/ci_4305679

Self Transcendence

Many people take an interest in spirituality because of a feeling that “there has to be more to life than our ordinary every day experiences” It is when we start seeking for a deeper meaning and understanding of life that we become drawn to meditation and spirituality.

Spirituality in essence is a journey of self discovery, we can also use the term “self transcendence”.

Spirituality & Practice

“Life is a sacred adventure. Every day we encounter signs that point to
the active presence of Spirit in the world around us. Spiritual literacy
is the ability to read the signs written in the texts of our own
experiences. Whether viewed as a gift from God or a skill to be
cultivated, this facility enables us to discern and decipher a world
full of meaning.


Spiritual literacy is practiced in all the world’s wisdom traditions.
Medieval Catholic monks called it “reading the book of the world.”
Muslims suggest that everything that happens outside and inside us is a
letter to be read. Native Americans find their way through the
wilderness by “reading sign.” From ancient times to today, spiritually
literate people have been able to locate within their daily life points
of connection with the sacred…

World Harmony Run Finishes in New York

After crossing all 48 mainland states in the USA the World Harmony Run finished in New York on August 23rd.

The World Harmony Run founded by Sri Chinmoy is an initiative to promote greater world harmony and friendship. The run does not raise money or seek to highlight any political cause.

The American section run began in April of this year and has been on the road for over 4 months.

The finishing ceremony was for the American run. There are also run being held simultaneously in Europe, Asia and Africa. The European leg will finish in London in October

Sri Chinmoy and other invited guests at the finishing ceremony in New York

USA World Harmony Run

Indian Parliament Honors Gurus

The Indian parliament recently unveiled statues of Sri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda.

 

 Swami Vivekananda was a spiritual genius of commanding intellect. Exhorting the nation to spiritual greatness, he awakened India to a new national consciousness. He was the founder of the Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission to spearhead the teachings of his spiritual guru, Sri Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda was a guiding spirit to the youth and his teachings remain an inspiration.

Shri Aravind Ghose, popularly known as Sri Aurobindo was the first of the national leaders to insist on full independence for India as the goal of the nationalist movement, besides lending all his energies to the freedom struggle.

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