"Weightlifting is not my forte. I was born as a poet and singer. Here in the West, I embarked on playing musical instruments, composing and so forth. Then I got a message from within to enter into the weightlifting world. As you can see, I am not a bodybuilder; I am not a weightlifter. I do not have the muscle mass of a bodybuilder; I do not have the strength of a weightlifter. But I am a truth-seeker and a God-lover. I pray and meditate so that I can establish my oneness with each and every human being in the whole world. My lifting is all done on the strength of my heart’s oneness with the world."
  — Sri Chinmoy