ABC News on the passing of Sri Chinmoy

A video and news story from ABC on the passing of Sri Chinmoy on Thursday, 11th October, 2007.

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Oct 12, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy, a peace activist who inspired his followers to feats of extreme physical endurance, has died at the age of 76 at his home in New York, a statement from his organization said on Friday.

Chinmoy, who suffered a heart attack, died on Thursday.

Chinmoy was born in India and in 1964 immigrated to New York, working in the Indian Consulate. He later started a meditation center that eventually spread around the world.

A statement issued on behalf of Chinmoy’s followers said he had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize that was awarded to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Friday. He was a strong supporter of the United Nations and his charities sent food and medicine around the world.

Chinmoy’s followers were said to take on a regimen of vegetarianism, humanitarian service and extreme physical challenges as a way to inner peace. He set an example by running ultra-marathons before switching to weightlifting. Acolytes said he was capable of lifting airplanes and had written more than 1,600 books of prose and poetry in his quest for world peace.

Read more: ABC News: Peace activist Sri Chinmoy dead at 76.

  • Sharani
    Posted at 10:45h, 22 October

    thanks so much for blogging this television footage which aired on ABC. I feel that even though it is brief it conveys a real sense of dignity and nobility. The choice of quote in the video footage of Sri Chinmoy encapsulates his entire spiritual philosophy. True confessions – I wept the first time I watched it.

  • Jaitra Gillespie
    Posted at 11:21h, 22 October

    True confession—I really did weep exactly as related in Sri Chinmoy Will Shine Forever Still.

  • Princess Haiku
    Posted at 17:11h, 30 October

    It is difficult to lose one’s teacher. My consolation.

  • Jaitra Gillespie
    Posted at 18:14h, 30 October

    Thanks Princess.

  • savannah
    Posted at 15:34h, 02 November

    i am sorry for your lost. i hope that you’ve achieved some peace and reconciliation since his passing.

  • Jaitra Gillespie
    Posted at 16:28h, 02 November

    Thank you Savannah. Believe it or not I am, where writing is concerned, more inspired than ever, and have a large number of posts planned for sooner, rather than later.

    And I am grateful that people such as yourself are still reading during this soon to end I hope period of inactivity—a period more due to work commitments right at the moment than anything else.

  • savannah
    Posted at 12:00h, 03 November

    good for you, sugar…we all deal with grief in different ways, but i’ve found it’s always good to check in with/drop a line to friends even when you think they might not be home 😉

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