Challenging Impossibility

Watch the full recording of Challenging Impossibility, a film about the weightlifting of Sri Chinmoy.

In this video, some famous names in the world of weightlifting and body building put Sri Chinmoy’s weightlifting exploits into the unique context of its unprecedented scale and innovative direction.

The short engaging film provides a fascinating insight into this avenue of self-transcendence. The film covers some of Sri Chinmoy’s most notable lifting performances, but also touches on the inner spirit, which is intrinsic to Sri Chinmoy’s lifting capacity.

The film Challenging Impossibility has received numerous awards, including:

Best Documentary Award at the Atlanta Shortsfest, Best Documentary at the Silicon Valley Film Festival, Best Documentary at the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at Duke City Docs, Special Jury Prize at the St. Regis Film Festival and Best Short Documentary at docMiami


News Articles

….Mr. Chinmoy befriended — and, of course, lifted — Mr. Lewis and many other athletes, including the legendary bodybuilder Frank Zane and the strongman Hugo Girard, all of whom visited the museum Friday….

“He sacrificed his body to spread his spiritual message,” said Mr. Zane, a three-time Mr. Olympia in the late 1970s and one of the few people to have beaten Arnold Schwarzenegger, which he did at the 1968 Mr. Universe competition.

–  A Monument to Strength as a Path to Englightenment at New York Times

….It’s one thing for a man or woman in his or her prime to bulk up and take part in the sport of weightlifting, but a 54-year-old spiritual teacher? That’s Sri Chinmoy for you, a man willing to push himself to the limits in order to show the world that anyone can reach their maximum potential.

–  Interview with directors of Challenging Impossibility at Cinema Blend

….Doing a wrist curl with up to a 270 pound hand weight or lifting a baby elephant all on your own may seem impossible, but they are examples of the iron-pumping spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy carried in his efforts to inspire the world.

– Spiritual Guru’s Strength on Display at Tribeca at New York One, including video.



“I met Sri Chinmoy many years ago and I’ve been lifted, he’s inspired me and he’s followed my career….. and if people knew Sri Chinmoy, when you were in his presence it was always positive, you never heard anything negative, he was always inspiring you to be better than yourself and think about other people and that’s what i got from him ….”  – Olympic Medallist (Carl Lewis) talks ‘Challenging Impossibility


“…It’s not often that the terms philosopher, poet, spiritual leader and world record-breaking strongman are attributed to one individual.  But Sri Chinmoy, the subject of the new short documentary film Challenging Impossibility, was all of the above.  “

–  Tribeca Buzz


“Challenging Impossibility is a labor of love from director Natabara Rollosson and Sanjay Rawal — a tribute to their meditation teacher, the late Sri Chinmoy, and his weightlifting, which he began at age 53. He made astonishing progress, starting with lighter weights (obviously) and moving on to people, elephants and aeroplanes (perhaps less obviously). As he lifted many and varied objects, mostly on uniquely designed weightlifting devices, experts in attendance ensured that each lift was indeed authentic. The secret of these feats, claimed Sri Chinmoy, was meditation. “Determination and impossibility are never to be found together,” he said.”

Challenging Impossibility at Huffington Post