(USA, President of the Association of Road Racing Athletes; 4th place in the 1976 Olympics marathon in Montreal)

Question: Why do you think runners are often able to achieve a kind of meditative state while running?

Sri Chinmoy: Concentration and meditation are members of the same family. When a runner focuses all his attention on a particular race, he is in a position to free his mind from uncomely distractions. Here one-pointed concentration is the path-finder for deeper meditative consciousness.