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October 28, 2021

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The jewels of happiness

The power of words to inspire and transcend

Consider a few words with the power to make your life better: peace, love, joy, hope, wisdom, patience, enthusiasm, sincerity, humility, and gratitude. They don’t need much explanation. Most of us recognize that if we lived by even two or three of them there would be benefits — for ourselves and those around us.

This particular set of words were chosen by Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), who, for many years led the twice-weekly Peace Meditation at the United Nations. He believed strongly in self-transcendence and encouraged everyone to go beyond even their best selves.

He practiced what he preached. He composed thousands of songs and gave almost 800 concerts in all parts of the world, including in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. His art has been shown in galleries in London, New York and Ottawa among many other locations. Every two years runners in more than 100 countries take part in the World Harmony Run he founded; 500 races are presented every year by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team including the world’s longest running race of 3100 miles (5000 kilometres), which takes place in Queens, NY each June.

Now a group of people who have been inspired by his writings and his life have recorded selections for an audiobook titled: The Jewels of Happiness: Practical Inspiration and Wisdom for your Life’s Journey to be released at the end of August.

In the forward Desmond Tutu emphasizes the theme: “our spirit tells us that we are made for transcendence. We are not small. We are not helpless. We are vast, and we have everything we need to succeed…. Come let us make a better and happier life for ourselves and for all our brothers and sisters.”

The performers on “Jewels” include archbishop Tutu (PEACE); singer Roberta Flack (LOVE); Tony-award winner Judith Light (SINCERITY); Russian singer-songwriter Boris Grebenshikov (SIMPLICITY); Ashrita Furman, holder of the most Guinness World Records (ENTHUSIASM); and Olympian Carl Lewis (SELF-TRANSCENDENCE).

You can find selections from the audio book at

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