Anubha began meditating and joined the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Adelaide in 1992 at the age of 21. Deeply struck by the authenticity of Sri Chinmoy’s teachings, she spent the next 15 years frequently visiting Sri Chinmoy (until his passing in 2007) to learn directly from him.
Anubha has taught meditation to thousands of seekers in various countries and says it is always uplifting to meet fellow seekers who are also aspiring for a higher way of being for themselves and the world.
During Anubha’s years in Adelaide she was race director for the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, which hosts various sporting events, including the national championship Sri Chinmoy 24-Hour Race. A keen runner herself, she has completed many marathons and ultra-running events. She was the women’s national champion for the 24-hour race in 1997, 1999 and 2000, with a personal best of 183kms.
After living in New Zealand and New York for a number of years, Anubha moved to Perth in 2012. In 2013 she was the WA State Coordinator for the Peace Run—an international relay run that circumnavigated the continent.
Grahak Cunningham enjoys extreme fitness. He has completed the world’s longest footrace: the Self-Transcendence 3,100-mile race four times, winning the event in 2012. Founded by Sri Chinmoy to showcase the limitless potential of the human spirit, this annual event takes place around a city block in Jamaica, New York. It attracts an elite field of international runners. Grahak has lowered the Australian record for this distance (and 5,000 km) each time he has competed. His current best and the world’s all-time 3rd best for 3,100 miles is 43 days–where he averaged 114 kilometres a day.
Grahak studied at the University of Western Australia and it was at university that he finally got the chance to learn more about Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy and meditation classes. When Grahak is not challenging impossibility on the running track, he also travels widely, giving meditation workshops and motivational and corporate talks. He has put together many community events to coincide with Harmony Week, and art exhibits of Sri Chinmoy’s original bird drawings and paintings. He has also created many opportunities for schoolchildren to run with the Peace Torch. Grahak is a keen surfer and tennis player.
Watch Grahak being interviewed about the 3,100-mile race on Australia’s Today Show Mornings:
Listen to an ABC interview with Grahak over the phone as he was competing in the 2009 edition of the 3,100-mile race:
Prabuddha first became a meditation student of Sri Chinmoy in 1979 after attending a series of free classes at the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Adelaide. He embraced Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy of ‘Love, Devotion and Surrender’, integrating a pure and healthy lifestyle into a daily practice. Following the inspiration of fellow meditation centre members, he opened a vegetarian restaurant and began regular physical exercise, running many fun-runs and marathons throughout the years.
He moved to Perth in 1995 at Sri Chinmoy’s request to re-establish the meditation centre. Over the past two decades, he has offered free meditation classes and workshops all over the metropolitan area. Literally thousands of people have learnt the fundamentals of meditation through his warm, practical and experience-based approach.
Prabuddha has also organised a number of athletic events in Perth and has been responsible for the logistics of the Australian leg of the Peace Run, an inspirational torch relay founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1987. In 2014 he captained the team as it ran from Uluru to Adelaide, along the Oodnadatta Track. Over the years, he has coordinated many exhibits of Sri Chinmoy’s artworks and several concerts dedicated to Sri Chinmoy’s music.