Hostile forcesSo many times the hostile forces come to attack me at the very moment I am about to lift. A dog will start barking for no reason or a plane will be the culprit. This morning, just as I was about to lift 1300 pounds, two planes went over, one after the other. So much noise they made and how prolonged the sound was! But I always try to overcome these hostile forces and I never, never give in to them.
— 23 June 1986
Sri Chinmoy, My weightlifting tears and smiles, part 1, Agni Press, 1986