John Hanc: While running, is it also a time to meditate?

Sri Chinmoy: For others I cannot speak, but in my case when I am jogging or walking, I am in a very high consciousness. At that time the world of thought ceases and I am in another world — not the thought-world but the world of self-giving and serving. While running, a runner is all joy unless he is suffering from muscle cramps or some other ailment or he is killing himself trying to become first. But in the New York Marathon, for example, thousands and thousands of people are running just for the joy of it. Even if they take five hours, no harm, so long as they finish. They say, “Every runner is a winner,” and it is so true. This is also our philosophy.

Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 29.First published by Agni Press in 2001.

This is the 1372nd book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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