On January 30, 1987, Sri Chinmoy lifted a weight of 7,063¾ pounds using only his right-arm. It was an achievement that challenged the limits of human possibility and it shook the world of weightlifting.
Sri Chinmoy was not a professional weightlifter, and he was certainly not built for the task. At 5 feet 8 inches high and weighing only 159 pounds, he was far from the imposing muscle-bound figure one would expect. And given his age of 55 years, he was a most unlikely person to be attempting to lift such massive weights. He was, however, a great spiritual master, a man of adamantine will who had absolute reliance upon God's Grace.
Sri Chinmoy's lift of 7,063¾ pounds was not an easily won victory. Over a 19-month period, from June 26, 1985, when he first began serious weightlifting, Sri Chinmoy trained daily, performing multiple sessions of intensive strength-building exercises, enabling him to progressively lift heavier and heavier weights.
As each goal was reached, his determination increased. One lift in particular illustrates Sri Chinmoy's never-give-up philosophy it took him 212 attempts before he finally succeeded in lifting a 303¼-pound dumbbell.
Sri Chinmoy's progress was nothing short of exponential. It was 17 gruelling months before he finally lifted more than 1,000 pounds. Then 2½ weeks later on November 27, 1986, he broke the 2,000 pound barrier, and on January 20, 1987, a lift of over 3,000 pounds was achieved.
Sri Chinmoy was the first spiritual master in history to directly challenge the inertia and inconscience of the material world through the discipline of weightlifting. His miracle lift of 7,063¾ pounds was, and will forever remain, a triumph of the spirit over matter.
Sri Chinmoy Reflections is celebrating the anniversary with a tribute on its front page:
and also at http://srichinmoy-reflections.com/miracle-lift
There you will find links to articles about Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting and his answer to this most significant question asked by a reporter at a press conference in 1993:
"To be able to lift with just one arm the weight of 7,000 pounds is seemingly as impossible a task as trying to establish peace among the peoples of the world. Is it possible for you to explain how you are able to do such a feat, which is scientifically and logically impossible?"