The Running Master-30 Years
- "People who don't run marathons feel sad that they don't run them, and
people who run marathons feel sad that they do run them. So many
problems human beings have! Why do they have to create additional
problems by entering into the world of marathoning? By running a
marathon has anybody realised God? I don't think any spiritual Master
other than me has ever run a marathon. Perhaps they were wise people.
Perhaps it is because I am not wise that I run marathons".
-31 January 1983
Excerpt from Run And Become, Become And Run, Part 13
<http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/books/0598> by Sri Chinmoy.
You do not have to be a marathon runner or a runner at all to appreciate
and celebrate the fact that Sri Chinmoy ran marathons. He trained very
seriously and ran them, 22 in all, with true dedication and focus. For a
Spiritual Master of his caliber this was totally unprecedented.
The 30th Anniversary of his first marathon race, March 3, is soon upon
us. This weekend, on February 28, we will celebrate this auspicious
occasion in New York. There will be a marathon in the morning which will
also include teams of runners who will share the miles, for those who
cannot run the full marathon.
In the evening we will be singing some of Guru's running songs,
especially the marathon songs. We will also have some plays based on
`Run and Become' stories and then watch some video footage of
Guru running marathons. We also have special T-shirts printed up for the
occasion and will be selling them for April Celebrations if others are
interested. On the front there is a photo of Sri Chinmoy after running
his first marathon with a powerful poem on the back of the shirt:
"I simply do
What many dream of.
I simply do
What others talk about.
I simply become
What others dare not even to imagine."
Poem #830. from Transcendence-Perfection
<http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/books/0241> by Sri Chinmoy.
I am sure other Centres around the world will be celebrating in their
own way also. I am hopeful that some people will be inspired to do some
kind of run as part of this celebration as well.
Sri Chinmoy trained for and ran marathons for us, to uplift and inspire
us to transcend ourselves in some way. For runners it was very exciting
to challenge ourselves to run longer and longer distances. For those who
do not or cannot run it is also an inspiration to challenge oneself to
go beyond one's previous achievements in whatever field of endeavor
that inspires us.
I do hope some people can share here on this site whatever inspirational
events or experiences they will have had this weekend or around the time
of March 3, in celebration of this most meaningful and important
Anniversary. I would like to share two poems I wrote many years ago
which I have shared on this site before in relation to Guru's first
marathon in Chico, California and then only three weeks later, his much
faster marathon in Toledo, Ohio.
Our Marathon Master
You bravely opened
You powerfully smashed
And sent us all to Heaven.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
- Thank you, Arpan, for your heartfelt news and recalls on this special
It is so true, I don´t know any other spiritual Master who has done
so many marathons and ultramarathons so far!
In his talks to his students, Guru used to offer significant insights
about the inner and outer running. Once he said something that
touched my ears and my heart -this is totally unofficial-:¨when you
run, if you can make yourself feel that inside your heart Somebody is
running or your heart is running or you are running with your heart,
then tiredness disappears, the power of distance disappears. Only the
power of oneness, oneness, oneness with God´s Will appears.¨
Isn´t it an incredible positive philosophy?! What a fantastic
illumining future is ahead of all of us!
who hopes finishing the 42km along the week!
- It is very encouraging to know that people who do not usually run
marathons or super long distances are inspired by Guru's long distance
running and are willing to transcend themselves as much as possible.
We just had the marathon here in NY to celebrate the 30th Anniversary
of Guru's first Marathon and many runners came out to run sections of
the race as part of relay teams. It was so uplifting, even to those of
us who were running the whole thing. The other runners brought so much
energy, enthusiasm and light to the occasion and really brought out
the life it truly deserves.
A strong sense of gratitude pervaded the one mile loop for many hours
as we truly were feeling and understanding the significance of our
true Spiritual Master taking the marathon challenge for himself when
he was capable to do so 30 years ago.
For those of us who are still healthy enough and strong enough to run
or walk for miles it is imperative that we continue to do so, even as
we age gracefully in years. It is for our own health and moreso for
our spiritual consciousness that we stay as physically active as we
I will soon be sending a post about our evening function here after
the race which was held on Saturday morning.
Happy running, jogging, walking, moving,
- Hi Evryone,
On Sunday, March 1 st, five people from Belgrade Center ran Marathon
and it was all blessing and blessing. Namitabha finished in 3:11,
Deyan Kljaic 3:55, and they left to finish their regular job in the
Bakery and later in the evening came back for meditation. My only
comment is that they are divine heroes who serve Supreme
Three of us continued among amazing crowd of people, as it was the
first suny day after long and cold winter weather, and we have had
trouble running. We changed the rout to escape few thousand people
who came to river bank to walk, byke and run, and probably each of
us ran more than marathon, God only knows how much we really did.
It was special feeling of cource, and I myself would have given up
if it was not Guru's Anniversary. It took me 8 hours, you see it
well, eight long hours, but they didn't seem so long and not so
haevy at all. I felt dehidrated at the middle and exausted because
of the crowd, but after a while I recovered and ran to the end. It
was not pushy at all, it was just slow in the second part of the
We all felt so happy and fullfilled; boys waited for me for two
hours, serving my soul and I am so grateful that they did stay. This
kind of oneness stays in our hearts for good, inspiring us never to
Young disciple Dario, who works in our restaurant, finished his
first marathon and didn't mind staying and helping Goran and me to
All credit to our Master, whose loving grace was all the time upon
us, giving us opportunity to transcend ourselves in everyway.
I hope we will hear more from San Francisco Center who ran in Chico,
and others who did it in New York and world wide.
My deep Gratitude to all for insppiration,
- Thank you Jadranka for such a nice report on your Marathon weekend. Greetings also to Namitabha who used to race with me when he was here in NY. I hope he can make it back here someday soon.
I am sure many others have had similar experiences as we celebrate such an auspicious occasion as our Guru's first marathon.
- Hi Jadranka,
your stories are very inspiring. They carry so much the spirit of the "early days" which is very much alive in some parts of the world - full of eagerness, enthusiasm and dedication. I think, the slower runners are always the greater heroes! Plus they get more blessings! :)
It always greatly inspires me to think of what Guru has accomplished just even on the physical plane and how many new self-transcendence projects he embarked on, from his late 40ies and even more seriously from his 50ies on. It is nice to be reminded of those significant anniversaries, and to be able to celebrate or commemorate them in one way or another.
- I am new to Sri Chinmoy's teachings---as a lifelong runner I came across and later purchased his book--The Inner Running and the Outer Running---I was so impressed into his insights and revelations on running that I wanted to read and learn more.Thankfully I found this forum. Sri Chinmoy so eloquently reveals that challenging ourselves physically can do much for us mentally and spiritually. I greatly appreciate the wealth of material that is provided here.
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