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Sri Chinmoy passes away October 10, 2007

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    http://www.srichinmoy.org/srichinmoy/ Sri Chinmoy 1931 - 2007 Beloved Spiritual Leader Sri Chinmoy Passes Away NEW YORK, October 11, 2007 - Internationally
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      Sri Chinmoy 1931 - 2007
      Beloved Spiritual Leader Sri Chinmoy Passes Away

      NEW YORK, October 11, 2007 - Internationally renowned peace leader
      and spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy passed away yesterday morning in
      his home in Queens, New York. The cause of death was a heart attack.

      Respected and loved worldwide, Sri Chinmoy's philosophy for world
      peace was manifested through a wide array of activities, ranging from
      literature to art to sports to music. The universal nature of his
      philosophy embraced and encouraged people of all backgrounds, faiths
      and nationalities to work together for peace. Over 600 leaders,
      luminaries and professors had nominated Sri Chinmoy for the 2007
      Nobel Peace Prize. He was one of the finalists for this year's prize,
      which cannot be awarded posthumously.

      Hailed as a modern day renaissance man, Sri Chinmoy wrote over 1600
      books of prose and poetry, composed over 20,000 pieces of music,
      played over 800 Peace Concerts in venues like Lincoln Center and
      Carnegie Hall and was an avid runner, tennis player and champion
      weightlifter.

      President Mikhail Gorbachev wrote,

      "Your enormous and significant activities are helping people to live
      better lives in peace, friendship and love. Whatever you dedicate
      yourself to - art, poetry, drawing - all this is connected with
      peace, peace amongst people and peace amongst nations."

      Sri Chinmoy was born on August 27, 1931 in a small village in east
      India. Orphaned at the age of 11, Sri Chinmoy travelled with his six
      brothers and sisters to a spiritual community in south India, where
      he spent the next 20 years in intense prayer and meditation. Heeding
      an inner call, he travelled to the United States in 1964 and made New
      York City his home.

      In the 43 years since his arrival in the West, Sri Chinmoy became a
      model of the potential of humankind. Opening centers throughout the
      world for peace and harmony he tirelessly travelled the globe to
      share his inspiration and goodwill.

      Of his contributions to peace, President Nelson Mandela wrote,

      "It is a very rare gift indeed for humankind to be blessed with such
      a selfless individual who has dedicated his entire life to the
      service of world peace. Your work has inspired spiritual growth,
      resilience and well-being, especially in view of the present and
      unprecedented onslaughts against humankind. Yours is a voice of
      reason we all must heed."

      A champion of interfaith harmony, Sri Chinmoy was beloved by
      religious leaders of all denominations. From Mother Teresa to Pope
      Paul VI and Pope John Paul II to the Dalai Lama, Sri Chinmoy was
      celebrated as a true servant of God.

      "I am so pleased with all the good work you are doing for world peace
      and for people in so many countries," wrote Mother Teresa. "May we
      continue to work together and share together, all for the glory of
      God and for the good of man."

      Sri Chinmoy was an ardent supporter of the United Nations. Since 1970
      he had served as the leader of the Peace Meditation at the United
      Nations, an association of delegates and staff he founded under the
      aegis of the third UN Secretary-General U Thant.

      "The outer message of the United Nations is peace. The inner message
      of the United Nations is love. The inmost message of the United
      Nations is oneness," said Sri Chinmoy.
      Javier Perez de Cuellar, the fifth UN Secretary-General said,

      "Sri Chinmoy, you are the heart of the United Nations. In all the
      years I was Secretary-General and even before, you were always with
      us. Your message was always with us, and we were being inspired by
      you."

      Sri Chinmoy's love of sports spanned a lifetime and resulted in a
      number of landmark programs for peace and self-transcendence. In
      1987, Sri Chinmoy founded the World Harmony Run, the world's largest
      relay for peace involving tens of thousands of participants in over
      70 nations.

      Sri Chinmoy also founded the Sri Chinmoy Marathon team which is a
      leading promoter of ultra distance races, sponsoring events ranging
      from marathons to the world's longest footrace, a 3100 mile run.

      "The physical and the spiritual must go together," taught Sri
      Chinmoy. "They cannot be separated."

      In this light, Sri Chinmoy astounded sports heroes and luminaries
      through a weightlifting career which he began in 1986, at the age of
      55. Weight being anything but insurmountable, Sri Chinmoy credited
      his inner peace for the ability to lift thousands, sometimes even
      tens of thousands of pounds. From cars to animals to small planes,
      Sri Chinmoy lifted almost every object imaginable in various styles
      of strongman lifts.

      "I have learned from Sri Chinmoy that the size of the arm does not
      make the man; the size of the heart makes the man," said five-time
      Mr. Universe and Best Built Man of the 20th Century, Bill
      Pearl. "Nobody on earth has done what Sri Chinmoy has done."
      A musician since his youth, Sri Chinmoy made dozens of recordings,
      composed over 20,000 songs, and offered more than 800 Peace Concerts -
      all free of charge.

      "Sri Chinmoy has a tremendous, a fantastic creative urge!" exclaimed
      Indian maestro Ravi Shankar.

      A humanitarian, Sri Chinmoy's service organization, the Oneness-Heart-
      Tears and Smiles collected and distributed millions of dollars of
      medical supplies throughout Asia and Africa. Dedicated to easing pain
      and alleviating suffering, Sri Chinmoy once wrote, "My Lord, do give
      me the capacity to wipe every tear from every heart."

      Sri Chinmoy practiced a life of spiritual discipline and never
      married. Over 7,000 people continue to follow his philosophy through
      the over 100 Sri Chinmoy Centres worldwide.

      For more information, contact Sri Chinmoy Centre Media Relations at
      +1 347 968 9417
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