On Saturday, 1 November, Sri Chinmoy began writing poems at 12 a.m. and continued with only brief intermissions, until 12 midnight. During that 24-hour period Sri Chinmoy completed 843 poems. Following is a notice of the event which appeared in the New York Post and selected poems from the book that was printed.

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Sri Chinmoy, the Indian yogi who heads the UN Meditation Group, surpassed his own unofficial world’s record for poetry-writing in a 24-hour period by writing 843 spiritual poems between midnight Saturday and midnight Sunday. The 44-year guru, whose disciples include jazz-rock guitarists John McLaughlin and Carlos Santana, had previously written 360 poems in one day on April 28. He said he used powers of concentration developed through meditation to keep himself going.