This interview with Vajin Armstrong, a student of Sri Chinmoy's from New Zealand, was conducted shortly after he won the Swiss Alpine Marathon in Davos, Switzerland in July 2016. Vajin has competed at elite level for many years, and he talks about many topics including the link between running and meditation, his relationship with Sri Chinmoy, and advice for new runners.
This interview is part of the LIFE Voices series, shot and edited by Kedar Misani
Garga works as a supervisor in a call centre, a job where he frequently has to interact with callers who are angry and upset. He explains how his meditation helps him understand and communicate with upset callers, and gives him a sense of inner peace and detachment that helps him remain unaffected.
All spiritual seekers go through high and low points in their journey of self-discovery. When going through a 'dry' period, Banshidhar recommends to always have a 'never give up' attitude, and to have an awareness of how fleeting time is.
Multiday races are one of the ways in which Sri Chinmoy's students challenge themselves. Ratuja describes how her experiences during the race changed, and she reached a point where "there comes a time when there is only the road, you, and your soul".
Kailash, a long-time student of Sri Chinmoy, explains how constant self-transcendence is essential in the spiritual life - "if you want to have a deeper meditation, you need to grow into a deeper kind of personality, and in order to do that we have to transcend ourselves."
Tatiana Kvasova a Russian member of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team successfully completed her first crossing of the English Channel - in a time of 20hrs 13mins; it marked the 47th successful crossing of the English Channel by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in the past 32 years.
Daulot Fountain, from Seattle US, talks about his early years on Sri Chinmoy’s path and how he began to live a spiritual life.
Garga Chamberlain from Bristol Sri Chinmoy Centre talks about how he came to follow a spiritual life and his experience of being on Sri Chinmoy’s path. Garga also explains what, for him, is the essence of Sri Chinmoy’s spiritual path.
Pranlobha works as a cook in a vegetarian restaurant in Seattle, run by students of Sri Chinmoy. In this short video, Pranlobha talks about the benefits and challenges of working in a spiritual workplace, focused on the teachings of Sri Chinmoy.
On 8th July, the European leg of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run finished in a ceremony in Minsk, Belarus. The uplifting international gathering marked the culmination of several months running through Europe and Asia, with five routes converging on the finish in Minsk.
Five torches representing the five different Peace Run routes converging in Minsk for the final ceremony.