"The stormy life can be braved only by the heart's sunny meditations." - Sri Chinmoy

Lifting up the World With a Oneness-Heart

Presented to men, women and children from all walks of life, the Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart Award honours people who have helped to raise the standard of humanity.

Some of the most notable recipients include: spiritual leaders such as Mother Teresa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; world leaders like President Nelson Mandela and President Mary Robinson; UN leaders like Javier Pérez de Cuellar; musicians such as Sting, Roberta Flack, Ravi Shankar, Janos Starker and Wyclef Jean; athletes like Muhammad Ali, Cal Lewis, Bill Pearl, Grank Zane, Billie Jean Kind and Martina Navratilova; professors like Dr. Jane Goodall; and humanitarians such as Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.

Sri Chinmoy honours each recipient in a singularly spectacular fashion – by lifting them overhead on a specially-made platform. Sri Chinmoy has lifted persons of all sizes, including the world sumo champion Asashoryu, as well as a man weighting over 700 pounds, as a way of congratulating him for loosing over 100 pounds.

This unique programme has grown into a family of recipients from over 100 nations, representing all faiths and backgrounds, a truly global movement of encouragement and goodwill.

“From the depth of our hearts we thank you for bearing the weight of Sting and Trudie (Styler) on your giant shoulders and lifting us high so that our hearts opened up to receive the universal love which pours out from you.” – Sting, Legendary Musician

“A heart of oneness-peace is always beyond the reach of a doubting mind.” – Sri Chinmoy