Excerpts of a beautiful concert of spiritual music with compositions by Sri Chinmoy in Kathmandu Nepal early 2011. Performers are the European group "Vedic Fire", Vijay Shankar Mishra's Group from India and Skihandini from Russia. Enjoy these meditative melodies.
I met Martin Vosseler in New York after he walked from Los Angeles to Boston in 7 1/2 months to mobilize the people about solar energy. A former doctor in Switzerland he felt the duty to inspire others and stopped his academic career. A year ago he crossed the Atlantic with a solar boat together with 4 other active scientists and adventurers. He proved that with the energy a hairdryer or a iron needs, you can run a whole boat with two electric motors, the whole technical and kitchen equipment - only with the energy of the available sun-light. After our interview he went back to Europe, but not by plane but on board of a freightliner from Miami to Italy. In his interview he reveals all about his economical and spiritual approach to live.
Author Erich von Däniken is certainly one of the most famous and also most controversial authors of our time. He has not only written 29 books in 32 languages with a total circulation of 63 million, but he also traveled the world all over, explored many unknown isssues and gave uncounted talks in universities, congress forums and many TV programs in Europe as well as abroad. With this exclusive interview I would like to present some aspects of this colourful personality. I could touch on themes like his biggest discoveries, his opinions on UFO and crop circles as well as his vision of the year 2012 and his latest book and film projects. This is episode 16 of the interview series called LIFE Voices, published on the 13th of each month by kedarvideo, Switzerland.
I had the privilege to meet and interview an extraordinary woman in New York. Sister Madonna is a 78 old catholic nun from Spokane, Washington, who was not only dedicating her life to her religious life but also made history in the running scene. At 52 she ran her first race, soon after she completed a marathon in less than 3 1/2 hours. Since then she has participated in 20 Hawaiian Ironman races and 300 Triathlons throughout the world. At 78 she is by far the fastest in her age category. The whole interview lasted for almost one hour and it was amazing and fascinating to hear her stories and learn about her experiences. It has never been so hard for me to edit an interview because each sentence expresses a feeling and reveals her passion for God as well as for the triathlon world. I tried to condense the highlights into this 13-minute version illustrated with video footage from HBO as well as from members of our Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team. This is episode 15 of the monthly interview series LIFE Voices.
40-year-old Swiss triathlete Olivier Bernhard is 2x world champion, 5x Ironman winner, 7x Powerman Zofingen champion and 13x number one triathlete in Switzerland. After all his sports successes he took on another challenge and started coaching—first athletes and later also managers and whole boards of companies. We were able to interview Olivier in Eastern Switzerland where he participated in the World Harmony Run together with Tegla Loroupe in the spring of 2008. He tells us about the secrets of his sports career and about his main goal in coaching: “Do it with passion”. This is episode 14 of LIFE Voices.
Tegla Loroupe is one of the most gifted marathon runners. She is not only active in sports but also makes big steps towards peace with her Peace Races in Kenya, and as UN Ambassador of Sport. She recently worked together with Kofi Annan for a peaceful solution in the Kenyan Government. We had the privilege to meet and interview her in Switzerland where she ran a half-marathon and participated in the World Harmony Run. In this interview Tegla also speaks about her relationship with Sri Chinmoy whom she met several times and admires a lot.
Kyudo is not a sport, Kyudo is a Martial Art form, practised in Japan for centuries. When I was in Kamakura, I was able to visit a Kyudo Training School within one of the main temples of the town. Mamie Mayanaki from Toyko was so kind as to introduce us to this ancient art of Kyudo, where the archer is always in a meditative consciousness and follows a strict set of traditional ceremonies and guidelines. As Mamie states in her interview, you need to practise for 30 years or more to achieve perfection in this field.
In August 2007, 29-year-old Indian marathon swimmer Pahuja Meenakshi visited Switzerland to attend the 20th International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim, from Rapperswil to Zurich in Lake Zurich. She managed to finish the distance of 26.4 k in 10:48 hours, and placed 5th in the main women's category. We had the chance to interview her before the competition and include some pictures from the race. This is LIFE Voices No. 9
Kumudini Shoba states, "Ayurveda helps everyone to stay healthy and balanced. Ayurveda's truth is simple: Look within yourself, look at your body, look at your mind and look at your inner being and if you can just look at yourself, then you are going to live a lot more healthier and happier." Learn more about the ancient health philolosophy of Ayurveda with Kumudini, originally from Sri Lanka, now living in Seattle and responsable for one of the finest companies of Ayurvedic supplements in Singapore.
In the last few years Guinness Record holder Ashrita Furman has always surprised us with a special present for his teacher Sri Chinmoy's birthday on August 27th. In 2007 he wanted to break the record of building the world's largest pencil, and he did it with the help of an international group of gifted and brave friends. It is over 76 feet long, weighs 18,000 pounds, represents the volume of 1,900,000 regular pencils and contains 4,500 pounds of graphite. Watch the building and celebration of this unusual record-breaking birthday present in Queens, New York.
A fascination for volcanos is the life breath of Peter Diethelm who has visited volcanos worldwide, but especially feels attracted by Mount Etna in Sicily. We interviewed the Swiss volcano expert who works closely with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich as well as TV stations all over Europe. He shows us his collection of volcanic stones and passionately tells his life and death stories from the past years. We had the chance to view all his video material and chose some glowing items to illustrate his memories.
Swiss percussion artist Pit Gutmann invites us in his world of sound, water and light in form of a new sculpture-happening, recently performed near the Rheinfall in Northern Switzerland.
When I attended the "Global Peace Meditation Prayer Day" in Zurich on May 20, 2007, I met the founder of the "World Spirit Forum" (WSF), that is being organized as an alternative congress to the World Economic Forum in Davos. The WSF takes place a couple of days before the WEF and is located in Arosa, which is in the same mountain region of Switzerland. As the founder Sesto Castagnoli explains in our interview, the World Spirit Forum offers an exchange between people from all walks of life with a completely free mind, and they should participate as humans not as leaders. This is Episode 5 of "LIFE Voices", a monthly video podcast with inspiring interviews from around the world.
9-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis is a legend. For years he captured the attention of all lovers of the track and field disciplines. His multifarious Olympic achievements made him the hero of a whole generation. Now is the time to look back, to learn about his secrets in achieving his goals and to look into the future. Carl Lewis was so kind as to to grant us an interview in New York. Heinz Heer, himself a master athlete in Switzerland, conducted the interview. This episode of "LIVE Voices" is longer than normal but due to this unique oportunity and the richness of the answers we made an exception. If you would like to watch the original broadcast file, use this link: http://www.srichinmoy.tv/tv/174
Guinness World Records have certified PAC-Car II, from ETH Zurich (Technical University of Zurich), as the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle. PAC-Car II reaches 5385 km with hydrogen equivalent to 1 liter of gasoline. This is an interview with the leader of the development team, Prof. Lino Guzzella.
EPISODE 3 of "LIFE Voices - The Extraordinary in Everyday Life" - monthly podcast, presenting interviews with inspiring personalities from around the world. Published on the 13th of each month. Today with Buddhist Monk Brā Mānit Yānadharo, whom I met at his temple Wat Rongdhamsamakkee in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He offers us insight into the daily practise of a Buddhist monk, his vision on Nirvana and his expectation for his next incarnation.
This film brings you the feeling of a real Japanese fire ceremony. There is no text, no additional music, only the rythm of the temple drums, the chanting of the monks, the flickering of the fire and the sweat of the people who participated in this ceremony in the SAIFUKUJI TEMPLE near Kagoshima in southern Japan. You can almost sense the heat of the fire, the fume of burning incense and the smoke of the pieces of wood that carry a message of the people - wishes that rise to Heaven with the help of the smoke. Experience this ceremony as I did some years ago. It was one of the most stunning experiences of my life.