honor and World Peace Award from Swami Sri Chinmoy
and unexpected when such an honor is bestowed on an individual, the thrill
and satisfaction is multifold.
We were destined
to receive this coveted award and honor in place of the living legend
Sitar maestro Pandit Ravishankar and his wife Sukanya Shankar. Sri
Chinmoy Peace Foundation of Poojyasri Sri Chinmoy had nominated and decided
to give this honour to Pt. Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Shankar on the occasion
of the foundation's annual convention in San Diego on June 14, 2007.
Knowing that we were to visit San Diego at the same time, Panditji very
graciously and generously opted to recommend and nominate our names for
the award and requested Swami Sri Chinmoy to honor us with this year’s
‘Peace Award’ of their organization.
- V P Dhananjayan,
June 21, 2007
So when we
arrived at San Diego, this surprise was awaiting us on the morning of 14th
The award carries
an insignia and medal. Swamiji’s blessing is bestowed on specially
selected few by lifting them. (Swamiji is internationally famous
for using his Yogic power of concentration to lift any weight. including
aeroplanes and elephants). He very casually lifted both of us jointly
weighing 300 pounds.
guru VP Dhananjayan is the director of Bharata Kalaanjali, Chennai.