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The Sri Chinmoy Library
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I play tennis every day
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. Published on srichinmoylibrary.com with the permission of Sri Chinmoy. This is the 986th book written by Sri Chinmoy after he came to the West in 1964.
Table of Contents
Part I: I play tennis every day
Part II: Questions and answers
Question: Do you root for a tennis player to actually win a match or doesn't it matter to you whether someone wins or not?
Question: McEnroe hits all his ground strokes with a backhand continental grip and many people say it would improve his game if he would change to a more standard forehand grip. What do you think of this theory?
Question: What is the main quality that it takes to win a match? Is it something spiritual, mental or physical?
Question: Do you think that the huge prize money involved in professional tennis is ruining the game?
Question: In ultra-running they are talking of bringing in money. Will it ruin the consciousness there as well?
Question: An interviewer once asked Agassi what was the first thing in his life, and Agassi said 'faith'. Do you think there will be a time when he will start inspiring people to have faith in God?
Question: Sometimes one player is way ahead, and it seems like the match is over. Then the other player somehow comes back and actually wins. I saw that once in a match where Borg defeated Tanner. What is it that made him win?
Question: Some players are very undivine on the court. Does that mean they are really bad people?
Question: Guru, when we put on Sri Chinmoy Tennis Classics in our cities, how can we make it an experience that will be beneficial to the inner life and not just another tennis tournament?
Question: Borg never won the U.S. Open and Lendl, of course, has never won Wimbledon. Is it a karmic thing, just bad luck or just not being good enough at the time?
Question: Why is the destination partial to certain individuals?
Question: Last year you mentioned that five tennis stars on the inner plane had volunteered to help improve your game. What happened with them?
Question: Sometimes when I play tennis badly I get very, very frustrated and when I'm playing well I get so much joy. Is there some way I can be more consistent instead of playing badly one day and playing well the next?
Question: Databir and I played a lot together when you were in Bali and I noticed that every time we played one person was dominant right from the beginning. Why did this happen?
Question: What should you do if there is a very close match and you hit a ball that seems to strike the line, but your opponent calls it out?
Question: You said that McEnroe brings forward intensity when he gets mad. Steffi Graf does the same thing. Is it good to get angry in order to win a match?
Question: In a match when you see a ball you know you can put away, how do you use dynamic power instead of the aggressive vital?
Question: If a person can hit a forehand shot with either the right or left hand is it necessary to also learn the backhand?
Question: What is a good way to get inspiration in tennis after you play badly?
Part III: Questions and answers on the relation between tennis and running
Question: What are the different qualities of tennis and running?
Question: I consider myself a tennis player, not a runner. On the one hand I get more joy from playing tennis, but on the other hand I get more satisfaction if I run a marathon. Why is this?
Part IV: Discourses
Never give up
Learning from tennis
Part V: Poems
The spiritual message of tennis
I go to God twice a day
God's Tennis Court
Part I: I play tennis every day ›
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