Highlighting Sri Chinmoy's connections with Taupō which includes a three week visit in 2002.
1993: Taupō Becomes A Sri Chinmoy Peace Town
On Tuesday July 20 in 1993, Taupō was inaugurated as a Sri Chinmoy Peace Town by mayor Joan Williamson during a visit by the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run as it passed through the area. As a designated Sri Chinmoy Peace Town, Taupō became part of a programme called the Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms – an international garland of nations (including New Zealand), capitals (including Wellington), cities (including Auckland), towns (numerous in New Zealand), states, borders, natural wonders (including Orakei Korako) and man-made structures (including Stonehenge Aotearoa) – that serve to remind us that peace is as much a state of inner awareness and aspiration as it is an absense of struggle, conflict and war. In this way, the Peace-Blossoms initiative offers an opportunity for different communities to share in mankind's common quest for peace.
2002: Sri Chinmoy Visits Taupō
Sri Chinmoy arrived in Taupō on Sunday December 01, 2002, during a six week visit to New Zealand. The Master remained in Taupō for three weeks at the Wairakei Resort with an international group of his meditation students before heading to Christchurch via Wellington for three weeks. While he was in Taupō Sri Chinmoy offered a Peace Concert at the Great Lake Centre and also held two Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart sessions – a unique encouragement programme that recognises individuals from all walks of life who, by excelling in their respective fields of endeavour, have inspired and uplifted humanity.
Utilising a specially constructed platform, Sri Chinmoy literally lifts the honourees overhead from a seated position below the platform with one arm before presenting them with a special Lifting Up the World Medallion. Sixty-six people were lifted during two Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart sessions in Taupō and the honourees including Colin and Verna Meads and the then mayor of Taupō Clayton Stent.
"I am trying with my capacity to encourage and inspire people in various walks of life who have inspired others in sports, literature, science or politics, or in their own personal lives. I lift them up to show my appreciation for their achievements."
Lifting Lambs And Cows
Having for a number of years called New Zealand 'The Land of The Lambs', Sri Chinmoy also lifted one thousand lambs in six sessions during his time in the North Island. The first of these lifting sessions took place near Hamilton where the Master stayed for five days prior to coming to Taupō. The second session was near Te Kuiti while in transit from Hamilton to Taupō. The remaining four lamb lifting sessions took place around the Taupō region. After the first session of lifting near Hamilton, a reported asked Sri Chinmoy why he had decided to lift one thousand lambs.
"Why am I doing this? I have a deep love for lambs. The saviour Christ had a very special affection, love and fondness for lambs and I also have a very special inner feeling for lambs. We all need to be God's lamb-children. My goal is to inspire people [and] by lifting up one thousand lambs I feel God has given me a golden opportunity to be of service to Him and to inspire others to fulfil their own goals."
Half way through the rigorous lamb lifting project, Sri Chinmoy became inspired to lift one hundred milking cows. This project was quickly organised and took place over three sessions near Taupō at the Parkwood Jersey farm that belonged at the time to Henry and Karen Van Der Hulst.
We are all truly unlimited,
If we only dare to try
And have faith.