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Remembering Sri Chinmoy in Bali

World Harmony Leader Immortalized in Ubud Statue.

(3/21/2009) A 2.2 meter high bronze statue of the late "world harmony leader" Sri Chinmoy has been installed at the Agung Rai Museum (ARMA) in the foothills of Bali at Ubud where a painting by the Chinmoy "Brotherhood" forms part of the museum's permanent collection.

Chinmoy, who held twice-weekly interfaith Peace Meditations at the United Nations since 1970, was the founder of a range of cultural and humanitarian initiatives, including an 80-nation World Harmony Run in 1987 and the Sri Chinmoy Peace Blossom family, both held in Bali.

A sacred ceremony was held to dedicate the statue presided over by Ida Pedanda Gede Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa. This ceremony followed by a few days the initial placement of the statue witness by the Regent of Ubud, Cokorda Gde Ardana Sukawati who said, "the mission of Sri Chinmoy is very close to our hearts . . . and I hope that we can all take part in the mission to balance this world through his works, through his words and through the prayers that we will do every day and at every moment."

Prior to his death, Chinmoy visited Bali many time since 1987 to lead concert, organize peace activities and cultural exchanges. He received numerous awards from the Republic of Indonesia and the island of Bali.