The Automatic Camera

The automatic camera takes away all my joy. Before I lift I am all concentration, but when I have to turn the camera on, all my concentration goes away. The switch is near my left ear.

Dhanu has told me that it will photograph for not more than 12 to 14 seconds, and it takes 6 pictures per second. I said to myself, “Before I lift the weight, perhaps the camera will stop.”

Then I lifted the weight so quickly that the camera was still going after I finished. It sounds like a printing press — so much noise! It is like a hostile force. How can you concentrate when there is so much noise near you?

— 30 November 1986

From:Sri Chinmoy,My weightlifting tears and smiles, part 2, Agni Press, 1986
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