Weightlifting For Inspiration — Sri Chinmoy
18 Jan 2016

1999 Show of Strength: At the age of 68, Sri Chinmoy gave public demonstrations of extraordinary phsyical fitness. Bill Pearl, a body building legend, was the master of ceremonies.

2004 Show of Strength: Part I and Part II. Sri Chinmoy was 73 years old and Bill Pearl was the compere.

Documentary: "Challenging Impossibility"

Who was Sri Chinmoy (1931 - 2007)? A spiritual guru from India who also emphasized physical fitness. At the age of 54, Sri Chinmoy took up weightlifting. In the next few years, he progressed rapidly, lifting heavy objects like cars and planes. In years 1999 and 2004, he gave public demonstrations of his feats of strength. Bill Pearl (5-time Mr Universe, a bodybuilding legend) compered both demonstrations. Bill Pearl says that these feats were beyond his own imagination even when he was in his prime as Mr Universe.

"Dalai Lama + Hulk = Sri Chinmoy!" is a funny quote in the 27-minute documentary Challenging Impossibility (27 minutes, 2011).

"If I can inspire anybody in this world, then I feel that my life is meaningful. With my weightlifting, I am offering my physical strength to inspire people."    — Sri Chinmoy

Website: Inspiration Lifts chronicles Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting saga.

Documentary: Challenging Impossibility — available here. News coverage: Huffington Post.

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