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The Sri Chinmoy Library
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Aspiration-body, illumination-soul, part 3
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 1493rd book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
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Marty Gallagher: What essentially is your philosophy with regard to making progress?
Marty Gallagher: Some weightlifters are critical because they are too ego-filled.
Marty Gallagher: You have offered us such good advice. We are going to apply it!
Marty Gallagher: Earlier you were saying how you went and touched the plates and became friendly, as it were, with the plates. What other things do you do before you lift? What do you think or not think?
Marty Gallagher: We work a lot with young lifters. What advice would you give to them?
Marty Gallagher: How do you know the moment to actually grab the bar and lift?
Marty Gallagher: How often do you recommend that a person meditate? Should he meditate before he lifts and for how long?
Hugh Cassidy: What about breathing?
Marty Gallagher: How does meditation differ from concentration?
Interviewer: Guru, is weightlifting a part of your general philosophy of transcending oneself, transcending one's limits, one's own preconceptions?
Interviewer: What is it like when you lift up those heavy weights?
Interviewer: Well, you have lifted some incredible weights! Today, on our show, Sri Chinmoy will lift his own bodyweight with one hand — an amazing, amazing feat! What goes through your mind when you lift a weight? Do you chant a mantra? Do you pray?
Interviewer: You say that you do these lifts with the physical body, but there must be some tremendous inner strength, an inner reality, that enables you to perform such weightlifting feats.
Interviewer: Is weightlifting a challenge or an adventure?
Interviewer: I know you said before that it is the power of meditation that enables you to lift such incredible weights. I might mention that Sri Chinmoy's recent lift of 7,000 pounds was over 44 times his bodyweight! Meditation must hold tremendous potential for all of us.
Interviewer: That's really wonderful. What is the actual nature or technique of meditation? What does one do when one meditates?
Interviewer: Can everyone develop their receptivity?
Interviewer: There is very much talk today about world peace and I know that you have a very interesting philosophy of world peace as being a collective product of individual meditation. Very often we think of world peace as something that comes about through political leaders. Your philosophy is unique. Could you tell us about it?
Interviewer: At the United Nations, Sri Chinmoy has been leading meditations for delegates and staff for the past twenty years. He has also held meditations at the United States Congress and at the British Parliament. Sri Chinmoy, what do you think the role of the U.N. is in today's turbulent world?
Interviewer. Do you think there will ever be a time when significant portions of the population meditate on a regular basis?
Interviewer: When you speak of the Supreme, when you speak of God, what do you mean? We have been given a traditional view of God as a sort of judgement figure up in the sky. Your view of God is very, very positive and very, very fulfilling.
Interviewer: That is something we all need. Last year Sri Chinmoy sponsored a relay for world peace, the Oneness-Home Peace Run. Over 20,000 runners participated, carrying a flaming torch around the world. I believe they covered 27,000 miles. I understand that you sponsor a number of athletic events for peace that integrate your spiritual philosophy with the act of physical self-transcendence.
Interviewer: We often have preconceived limits of what our physical and mental capacities are. You know, just looking at the weight that you are going to be lifting makes me exhausted! Do you think that we limit ourselves too much as individuals?
Interviewer: Your philosophy presents a very, very positive view of the world and of our capacities. What is your vision of the future? What could ultimately happen in the future in a positive way?
Interviewer: I understand that you have approximately one hundred meditation centres throughout the world and you teach a practical way of attaining inner peace. What is the philosophy behind your particular spiritual teaching?
Interviewer: Guru, how is your philosophy seen in your music, in your paintings, in your tennis, in everything that you do?
Interviewer: Sri Chinmoy, in your work for world peace, you have met with numerous world leaders. You recently met with the Pope, I understand, in Rome. What was it like meeting the Pope?
Interviewer: You have recently begun playing the organ and concentrating on keyboard music. Why did you take up the keyboard and the organ?
Interviewer: This is really wonderful. We have been so happy to have you on the show today. I might mention that Sri Chinmoy is headquartered in New York. He has received Honorary Citizenship from over 26 different States and has meditation centres throughout the United States. It has been a great honour having you, Guru, and I look forward to seeing you again.
Interview with Frank Zane
Bill McCreary: What is the procedure for your lifting?
Question: Is it possible to be among the best in the world in power events, such as weightlifting and sprinting, without using steroids?
Question: We know that muscles are controlled by the brain via the central nervous system. Is it possible to get the brain to fire up more electricity (nerve impulse) and at a greater rate?
Question: Where does energy come from?
Question: Which methods or techniques do you advise for power event (weightlifting and sprinting) athletes if they want to improve towards high performance?
Question: When you first had the inspiration or idea of lifting the heaviest weight possible, did you have a clue as to your limits?
Question: Have you ever lost confidence in yourself while trying to reach your ultimate goal of 7,000 plus pounds?
Question: In the book 'The Miracle of Miracles' about your one-arm miracle lift of 7,033 3/4 pounds, there are two certificates proving your lift is valid: one from the Amateur Athletic Union USA signed by Cliff Sawyer; the second from the British Amateur Weightlifting Association signed by Jim Smith. Why do you think that some people still do not believe it?
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