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Carol Springmeyer (right) and her close friend, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Anne C. Dranginis, were the first two to be lifted on Sri Chinmoy's lat pull-down machine.

"I feel the physical and the spiritual must go together; they cannot be separated. There are people who feel that the physical and the spiritual are like the North Pole and the South Pole. My feeling is that they are not like that at all. To me, they are the temple and the shrine. The soul is the shrine and the body is the temple. If we do not have the temple, the shrine will fall into disrepair or the wind may blow it away. And if we enter into the temple and find there is no shrine, what kind of temple will it be?
— Sri Chinmoy"