Guru's Fastest Marathon-30 Years
- Today, March 25, 2009 is the 30th Anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's fastest
marathon: the Heartwatcher's Marathon in Toledo,Ohio.Guru certainly was
a 'heartwatcher' in a spiritual way and everything he did, even running
marathons, was to awaken and inspire our own hearts in all we say and
He was a man of action who certainly knew the meaning of
self-transcendence, a term he loved to use to describe our own spiritual
progress in our life's journey.Sri Chinmoy did not only talk about
self-transcendence nor did he just preach the philosophy. He 'walked the
walk' as they say, or 'ran the run', to be more precise in this case.
Only three short weeks after running his very first marathon race at the
age of 47, with barely enough time to recover fully, he then ran another
marathon 36 minutes faster! This is one very powerful example from the
many achievements in his life that offered true meaning to the
philosophy of self-transcendence.
As a long-time runner and marathoner and sometime poet, I was inspired
to express my delight at this incredible achievement with a short poem
about Guru's first two marathons. I felt that the fewer words I could
use the better, as the real poetry came from his efforts, actions and
achievements in the marathoning world, just as they also did in all of
his fields of endeavor.
So here is the poem which some of you may already be familiar with:
Our Marathon Master
You bravely opened
You powerfully smashed
And sent us all to heaven.
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