Sri Chinmoy's Fastest Marathon
- Tuesday, March 25 is the 29th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's fastest
marathon (26.2 mile or 42 Km) footrace which he ran in Toledo, Ohio.
On March 25, 1979 he finished the Heart-Watcher's Marathon in a
brilliant time of 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 7 seconds. This race came
only three weeks after having completed his very first marathon in
Chico, California in 4:31:34. In three short weeks, barely enough time
to recover fully from a marathon, Sri Chinmoy was able to not only
recover but trained enough to improve his race time by an amazing 36
This singular feat of self-transcendence and progress in itself is
enough to amaze and inspire any runner, especially those who wish to
progress in the marathon distance. But I would not suggest anyone to try to improve their time by that much in three weeks, it is just not likely to happen. To pay due respects to such an astounding feat, I wrote a special poem many years ago that I have occasionally shared here on this forum. I would again like to share it here to celebrate this special anniversary:
Our Marathon Master
You bravely opened
You powerfully smashed
And sent us all to Heaven.
For those of you who can run and are inspired to train for the marathon distance, or any distance for that matter, I have written a simple training guide called: 'Seven Steps to a Successful Marathon.'
This has lots of running advice and inspiration from Sri Chinmoy's
own writings as well as easy to follow advice from my own experiences at training for and racing marathons for 30 over years. See this link:
This particular anniversary and achievement of Sri Chinmoy is of special importance as it represents in dramatic fashion the true commitment to his own philosophy of self-transcendence. Sri Chinmoy has written extensively on self-transcendence as well as having demonstrated this spiritual principle time and again in his own life.
In one of his earlier talks on the subject, Sri Chinmoy says, "In order to transcend, two things are of paramount importance: our personal effort and God's Grace. By personal effort alone, we cannot transcend ourselves. Again, God's Grace will not do anything unless and until we are receptive. If we can receive God's Grace and properly use it, then only can we reach the Highest. A sincere seeker is transcending his previous reality at every moment. When he transcends, he does not reject anything. The sincere seeker accepts the world as his very own. Like a potter who accepts clay and moulds it into something beautiful, a spiritual seeker accepts the life of ignorance and tries to transform it with his inner wisdom-light."
Some of Sri Chinmoy's poems also offer the message of
self-transcendence in creative ways. This one in particular is of
special interest in that it mentions the transformation and speed that
we can achieve in our inner and outer life for our own
Are the Self-form
Of the same transcendental Reality.
When I endeavour to fathom
With my human comatose eyes,
I see the radical transformation
Of the devouring tiger in me
Into the fast-running, sure-winning deer.
And when I plead with the Supreme
To elucidate the signification
Of transcendence, He just smiles
"Yours is the transcendence-task
To touch the feet of My creation
For its fire-pure transformation.
Yours is the transcendence-goal
Where the comity of souls have discovered
Their only haven."
To celebrate the anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's first marathon three
weeks ago some of us ran marathons or marathon relays. Others may have
transcended themselves in other ways or offered their own form of
aspiration and dutiful respects for such an important and historic
achievement. Most of us may not be ready for another marathon today as
we celebrate this personal record of Sri Chinmoy's marathon career,
but perhaps we can all try to find it in ourselves to understand more
deeply in our own lives the valuable message of self-transcendence that was embodied in this outstanding achievement 29 years ago.
May our gratitude for this achievement transcend itself day by day as we celebrate today's anniversary and all the countless achievements
that Sri Chinmoy offered humanity in all his multifarious fields of
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- ...today the Sri Chinmoy Centre Salzburg humbly & gratefully paid
respects to Guru´s shining achievement with another evening marathon
(most of us have to start working early in the morning).
5 people attended this time: Antonia, Anete, Andrea, Harald and me.
Altogether we completed 3 marathons: girls 1, boys 2.
Though end of march normally offers spring-like temperatures,
snowstorms in best blizzard fashion with thunder & lightening,
followed by temperatures below the freezing point welcomed us this time.
Nevertheless we experienced the special blessings for this marathon
over and over again: running in the fresh and soft snow felt like
running on clouds, time and miles passed quicker than usual, and the
strong feeling during running that Guru is having all the experiences
in and through us, just to name a few.
I must admit that I cherished half-marathon thoughts under the heavy
load of snow on my arms and face, but after the half-marathon the
wildest storms subsided and a few steps later we were already
discussing Harald's new inspiration: a monthly marathon in Salzburg, so to say the "Rainbow Marathon Salzburg" as a regular Centre event, like Centre picnics........
Gratitude steps ahead of us
Running - Smiling - Dancing
- Wow Hubert! Thanks a million for such an inspirational and dynamic
dedication to Guru's achievement today. You are all true divine
warriors and dedicated runners who can keep the inspiration high among
all of us who may struggle at times with our training. You remind us
that we should never forget Guru's tremendous love for and dedication
I hope you can all read my article about Guru's running career in the
next issue of Self-Transcendence-Fragrance Sports which will come out
in April. Guru's running and his encouragement of our running embodies
the essence of his spiritual philosophy in a most dynamic and powerful
way. The concept of proceeding to the Goal of goals in a speedy and
energetic way is of paramount importance, just as we are reminded in
our running disciplines. Also, transcending one's previous
achievements and not stopping until the goal is won is truly an
important aspect of Sri Chinmoy's spiritual path as well as his
Hope to see you all in April, running and smiling,
- We are very grateful to you Arpan,
for fueling our inspiration on this site!
.....this gives me the opportunity to straighten out the lapse from my
i forgot to mention Cäcilia - a very important member of the girls
team in this marathon:
Cäcilia ran the first leg of the girls marathon when the wildest
storms were raging. fighting the snow and cold she covered 8 miles in
a speed that amazed all of us: for the whole distance she was
practically chasing Harald, who happens to be a mere 30 years younger
when i remember right than Guru was also running with cap and gloves
in Toledo that year - a coincidence?
smilingly envisioning the next run
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, arpan_deangelo
> Wow Hubert! Thanks a million for such an inspirational and dynamic
> dedication to Guru's achievement today. You are all true divine
> warriors and dedicated runners who can keep the inspiration high among
> all of us who may struggle at times with our training. You remind us
> that we should never forget Guru's tremendous love for and dedication
> to running.
> I hope you can all read my article about Guru's running career in the
> next issue of Self-Transcendence-Fragrance Sports which will come out
> in April. Guru's running and his encouragement of our running embodies
> the essence of his spiritual philosophy in a most dynamic and powerful
> way. The concept of proceeding to the Goal of goals in a speedy and
> energetic way is of paramount importance, just as we are reminded in
> our running disciplines. Also, transcending one's previous
> achievements and not stopping until the goal is won is truly an
> important aspect of Sri Chinmoy's spiritual path as well as his
> running philosophy.
> Hope to see you all in April, running and smiling,
- Hi Arpan,
although I knew your seven steps marathon program already I was curious to see your website.
It was very inspiring to read the list of all the marathons and ultra races you did so far!!!
What an amazing list!!!
I just came home from a slow training marathon so your site improved the recovery!
- Thank you for the kind words. I apologize for not taking the time to
recently update my site or my list of marathon/ultra races. I would
like to eventually make a list of all the races I have done from track
and field through the Ultras. I think I have over 700 races
altogether, maybe more. But I say this with only gratitude in my heart
and a deep appreciation as well for the incredible encouragement and
radiant examples that my Guru Sri Chinmoy has offered to me and many
others over the years in regards to running.
Of course he has also encouraged, inspired and motivated others to do
accomplish many other things in their lives besides those who relate
to running. But for me, even though I was not a runner when I came to
Sri Chinmoy over 36 years ago, I somehow have developed a love for
running, especially racing. I still love racing even though my times
have naturally slowed down in my 'old age'. But the amazing energy,
grace and light I feel when racing gives me the confidence and
dynamism I need to make progress in other aspects of my life.
We cannot say enough about Sri Chinmoy's contribution to the running
world or to our lives of health and spirituality as well. I feel that
he is still running and enjoys running in and through us as we use our
bodies to the extent that we are able while we are still on this
earth. His loving encouragement is still very powerful and I am sure
many of his disciples feel this quite clearly as they run, sing, work,
perform music, art and other forms of aspiration and manifestation.
I hope that through my aging body I can still inspire younger runners
to keep on trying and achieving. I do not intend to stop running ever
unless the Supreme decides that my body has had enough. Keep up the
enthusiasm for running and you will find yourself loving the sport of
racing as well. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with us here as I
hope others will keep doing as they experience the joys of running.
- Dear friends
Here is my little ultra experience: On the easter weekend I was
supposed to finish my second month of the ultra 700 Mile running
schedule which as many of you know consist of a last week of 40 Miles
Mon-Fri and 70 Miles on the weekend.
Guru had organised for some funny experiences along the way.
At first on Easter Friday we had a snowstorm which means you run
your 45 k on sleet and the storm nearly blew me from my feet. So
you can imagine there was plenty of fuel for your mind to work on :-)
I did feel though all the time that Guru was with me running in and
through me as I had felt so many times during the multidays.
The second day was a true blessing from beginning to the end,
I was running around our Lake of Zürich (67K). As it was my last
part of the whole training phase I did run without any pressure,
the weather was great and I felt so much joy, that I kept a
constant smile on my face.
Listening to a recording of Purushottama performing at the UN was an additional help.
I thank Guru first but also my dear brother Shashanka from Geneva
who called me one day and said that he went deep within and gave
me the message that I can run in the 24 hour race in Basel, but
that I should do 180 K !!. After my first shock upon hearing this
"message" I did get inspired at least to make a good training.
So I would be very happy to be able to see you, Arpan, running
with us in Basel and I thank all those ultrarunners who continue
to run year after year as we all feel, that through running we can please the Supreme and make spiritual progress.
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- Hi Pranam,
thank you for sharing your training experience with us.
The 700m training schedule is really a tough one, so "ich ziehe meinen
Hut vor dir," (I am in deep awe ) when you are doing it to the 10 days
race. I guess you are training for the 10 days race, but how can you
run then in Basel???
Also Diganta-Adhikari, Jeff and myself, we used the Easter Sunday for
a 70km run, where we had to fight the odds of weather. First we had
strong snowfall and towards the evening we had nice rain.
So brother in arms, enjoy your training and do not forget to relax
before the race, so that you have some fire left for the race.
From a country around the corner