Lifting up the World with a Oneness-Heart

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Sting and his wife Trudie after being lifted by Sri Chinmoy in New York on 11 March 2003.

The sport of weightlifting can certainly be considered as a path of self-development, but rarely is it seen as a ‘service to mankind’. Yet this philosophical perspective found unique expression in the skills Sri Chinmoy had honed throughout his years of weight training and his aspiration to honour people who had contributed something significant to the progress of the world.

It is common for the members of a team to display their joy in winning a game by hoisting the hero of a match upon their shoulders. But Sri Chinmoy took the inspiration far beyond the field of play; he wanted to honour people from all walks of life in a very special way. And so a programme called ‘Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart’ was born.

Over a period of 20 years, Sri Chinmoy physically lifted 8,300 people — athletes, scientists, mountain-climbers, actors, monks, doctors, children and centenarians — on a specially constructed platform. Usually, he would lift the person using one arm, and occasionally he would lift a whole group of people at one time using a standing calf-raise. To many, this unique honour of being lifted was also Sri Chinmoy’s way of raising up their spirits. Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart, very well sums up Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy, that a true feeling of oneness between individuals, communities and nations would indeed bring about world peace. (An excerpt from Sri Chinmoy Reflections.)


Actress Helen Hunt speaks about Sri Chinmoy on the David Letterman Show.

Sri Chinmoy being interviewed on the Joe Franklin Show.


President Nelson Mandela being lifted by Sri Chinmoy.