1964-2014

A timeline of Sri Chinmoy's activities in the West, choosing one significant event from each year for 1964-2014.

50 Years in the West.

  • 1964 - 13 Apr - Sri Chinmoy arrives at JFK airport, New York, US.
  • 1965 - 27 Aug - The first "Aum Magazine" is published. The magazine includes Sri Chinmoy's aphorisms and philosophy.
  • 1966 - 22 July - Inauguration of the first Aum (Sri Chinmoy) Centre in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 1967 - 27 Aug - Sri Chinmoy composes "The Invocation".
  • 1968 - 4 Dec - Begins first major lecture tour in the United States, starting at Yale University.
  • 1969 - 25 Mar - Sri Chinmoy gives a talk at Harvard University on 'The Vedanta Philosophy'.
  • 1970 - 14 Apr - Inauguration of 'Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations' at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General U Thant.
  • 1971 - Songs of the Soul published. A collection of discourses and poems by Sri Chinmoy.
  • 1972 - My Flute published. A collection of significant and memorable poems.
  • 1973 - 27 Jan - First edition of the magazine – "Meditation at the United Nations".
  • 1974 - 19 Nov - Sri Chinmoy painted his first 'Jharna Kala' painting of a rose in Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1975 - 24 July - Sri Chinmoy attended and meditated with leaders of religious faiths at the National Day of Prayer observance held at the Church Center for the United Nations.
  • 1976 - Jul - Liberty Torch Run, a relay in which runners from Sri Chinmoy Centre marked America’s bicentennial by running through 50 states for 7 weeks. (more info)
  • 1977 - Oct - Founding of Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team
  • 1978 - 1 Jun - Sri Chinmoy began his long-distance running career, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA.
  • 1979 - 3 Mar - Sri Chinmoy ran his first marathon, Chico, CA, in a time of 4:31:34.
  • 1980 - 27 Aug - Completed a 47-mile ultramarathon in 11:27:24, Queens, NY.
  • 1981 - 10 Jun - Inauguration of Aspiration-Ground, Sri Chinmoy's meditation and meeting place in Queens, New York.
  • 1982 - Sri Chinmoy visited all 50 states in the US offering lecture-concerts as part of a series “Fifty Oneness-State-Songs”.
  • 1983 - 27 Sep - Sri Chinmoy first played the Cello.
  • 1984 - 24 Mar - 8,000 people attended Sri Chinmoy's first Peace Concert in Cologne, Germany.
  • 1985 - 26 Jun - Sri Chinmoy took up weightlifting.
  • 1986 - Peace Mile inauguration in Battersea Park, London.
  • 1987 - 27 Apr - Launch of Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in New York.
  • 1988 - 26 Jun - Sri Chinmoy began the 'Lifting up the World with a Oneness-Heart' programme (Bill Mahasamrat Pearl was first to be lifted).
  • 1989 - 24 Apr - The first Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom between Central Falls and Cumberland, Rhode Island.
  • 1990 - 29 May - First meeting with President Gorbachev in Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1991 - 29 Dec - Sri Chinmoy began drawing Dream-Freedom-Peace-Birds in Malta.
  • 1992 - 20 Jul - Sri Chinmoy leads Meditation for Peace at the New York Games.
  • 1993 - Medaille d'Or (Gold medal in Literature), International Academy of Lutece, Paris.
  • 1994 - Gandhi Peace Award - Presented jointly to Sri Chinmoy and Coretta Scott King.
  • 1995 - 8 Oct  - Gave concert to 15,000 in Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 1996 - 7 Aug - Composed 1,301 poems in space of 22 hours 45 minutes.
  • 1997 - Jul-Aug - First edition of the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race.
  • 1998 - 29 Sep - Sri Chinmoy resumed weightlifting after 10-year gap at the age of 67.
  • 1999 - 27 Aug - Inauguration of Aspiration-Temple in Aspiration-Ground, New York.
  • 2000 - 23 Sep - Largest concert of 18,000, Montreal, Canada.
  • 2001 - Sri Chinmoy awarded  'The Heart of UN Progress' -  presented by Mr Mark Malloch Brown of the UNDP.
  • 2002 - Sri Chinmoy awarded  'Mother Teresa Award' – presented by President Boris Trajkovski of Macedonia.
  • 2003 - 13 Jul - Lifted 113 people in a single day, Seattle, US.
  • 2004 - 23 Nov - Sri Chinmoy's first visit to China.
  • 2005 - Honorary Degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Peace Studies and World Peace Promotion, International University, Cambodia.
  • 2006 - President Gorbachev visited Aspiration-Ground and Pilgrim-House museum in NY.
  • 2007 - 11 Oct - Sri Chinmoy's mahasamadhi.
  • 2008 - 19 May - Concert for Sri Chinmoy at Royal Albert Hall starring Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov.
  • 2009 - 28 Aug - Rezwa Bannya Choudhury performs at the New York  Songs of the Soul Concert.
  • 2010 - Oct - An exhibition of paintings for World-Harmony and World-Peace by Sri  Chinmoy displayed at the United Nations.
  • 2011 - 22 Apr - Release of film 'Challenging Impossibility' about Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting featured at Tribeca film festival.
  • 2012 - Apr - Sri Chinmoy inducted as Honor Administrator–International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF).
  • 2013 - Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run completes an entire circumnavigation of Australia.
  • 2014 - 13 Apr - 50th anniversary of Sri Chinmoy's mission in the West.