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Pioneer-runners of tomorrow’s world-peace-dawn: ultramarathon running and self-transcendence
First published by
. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 1255th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I — Remarks on ultramarathon running
Remarks before the first 700 — 1,000 — 1,300-mile race
Remarks before the first 7-day race
Remarks after the 1991 700 — 1,000 — 1,300-mile race
Remarks after the first 3,100-mile race
Remarks after the 200-mile race
Remarks to Yiannis Kouros upon his breaking the world record for 24 hours
Part III — Talks on running
The outer running and the inner running
A great champion
Who is the winner?
Part IV — The body and the soul
O my body
What is the purpose of the physical body?
"The purpose of my life"
"When we live in the soul"
"The soul lives in constant joy"
"The necessities of the body"
"By ignoring the body"
"When we have dynamic energy"
Part V — Competition, training and self-transcendence
Question: Why do you encourage your students to participate in and to organise endurance events or long-distance races?
Question: What is the spiritual purpose of competitive sports?
Question: What should an athlete do, from the spiritual point of view, to increase his performance?
Question: How can I go faster? I find it so uninspiring to run slowly.
Question: How can we sustain enthusiasm and freshness in our training and keep it from becoming tedious and boring?
Question: How can I remain cheerful about my running on days when I cannot run my fastest?
Question: Why do we get injuries for no apparent reason?
Question: How can we spiritually heal injuries?
Question: How can we use meditation to get rid of pain?
Question: Do pain and suffering aid our spiritual life by purifying it?
Question: What is the source of suffering?
Question: How do you run through inner pain?
Question: Should we run even when we are extremely tired?
Question: How do you keep your enthusiasm when you start to get tired and exhausted during running?
Question: How can I maintain my aspiration throughout a particular race?
Question: What do you think is the best attitude for a seeker-athlete during training and during competition, and how should these two attitudes work together?
Question: How much does the idea of failure hold back one's progress in training or competition?
Question: What is a winning attitude?
Question: During training an athlete sacrifices a great deal of time, and yet on the race day he may not do well. What attitude should he have at that time?
Question: How can an athlete establish peace inside himself to give him strength?
Question: Does inner running help our outer running?
Question: What is the difference between aspiration and ambition?
Question: How does your philosophy of self-transcendence apply in an international competition where world records are often being contested?
Question: Is there a limit to any record?
Question: You have drawn three million birds; one of your students has just run a thousand miles. This is genuinely inspiring, but it is also quite extreme. Could you explain why you go to such extremes?
Question: Yes, this makes very good sense. It's about spirituality and limitlessness. It's a definition. By breaking the barriers down and considering three million birds as something possible to draw, one is asserting spiritual reality. Is that correct?
Part VI — Excerpts from conversations with Sudhahota Carl Lewis
Sudhahota Carl Lewis:
How should I pray when I am preparing for competition, during the practice time and also right before a race?
Part VII — Notes
Photos in first edition
Editor's preface to the first edition
A brief history of the Sri Chinmoy ultramarathons
About Sri Chinmoy
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