When Sri Chinmoy lifted his Smart Car at York College on November 13th, 2004 it was the culmination of the entire programme that evening. Sri Chinmoy ascended to the top of the platform, eight feet above the stage. The car had been driven onto a ground platform that was attached by four steel tension rods to the lifting apparatus. Sri Chinmoy positioned himself underneath the shoulder pads, meditated briefly and then, with a mighty heave, brought his body into an upright position. The car swung back and forth freely for several seconds. Seated in the front row of the audience, Frank Zane later said: “Guru lifted the car nearly an inch and a half off the floor. I could see it dangling!” Needless to say, this lift brought the house down.
The 2004 Smart Car lift shares pieces of equipment with one of Sri Chinmoy’s oldest and most signature lifts: the standing calf raise with ground ramp. The ramp could accommodate large objects, animals, and groups of people – cars, planes, grand pianos, pumpkins, elephants, and trees, as well as myriads of people from all nations.
“God’s choice warriors
Shake hands with impossibility
With a roaring laughter.”
– Sri Chinmoy
(This post is taken from a series of displays made to commemorate Sri Chinmoy’s 25th lifting anniversary in June 2010. You can find a slideshow of the displays on our galleries page)
- Interview with Bishwas Pollisar who helped to design the lifting apparatus for the smart car lift.