From 1985 until his passing in 2007, Sri Chinmoy became intensely involved in the world of weightlifting, performing many remarkable weightlifting feats as well as honouring countless people for their services to humanity by raising them overhead using a specially designed apparatus, lifting them up in body and spirit. Naturally, people are curious to know why a spiritual Master would enter into such an unconventional activity: In this 2004 interview, Sri Chinmoy explains how his weightlifting serves the world by giving people joy – “we are here on earth to give joy to each other”.

Camera and edit: Mridanga Spencer

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