The Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Ride is a bicycle relay with participants of all ages and from all walks of life. The first Ride took place in July 2004, following a 2000 kilometre route through the entire State of Victoria.
The second edition Ride travels along a 1000 kilometre route traversing the south-western region of Western Australia in a clockwise route inland from Perth to Albany and back again along the coast through Busselton and Bunbury.
Each day, members of the relay take turns to cycle an average of 60 kilometres in three one-hour sections, visiting those schools, council offices and individuals along the route who are inspired to meet with the riders and participate in the relay.
The ride is a tangible demonstration of the value of fitness and health. It promotes the notion that the physical health of the individual is important in maintaining the overall health and wellbeing of the wider community.
The Self-Transcendence Ride does not seek to raise money or promote any political or religious cause. Its single purpose is to offer the message of self-transcendence and oneness between people, communities and ultimately between nations.
How to Participate
Your community - whether a school, local council, or group of individuals - is invited to meet with the riders along the route. During this meeting we would like to present to you a beautiful song that embodies the true heart and self-giving life of Australia, and to share our vision of hope, inspiration and friendship as the ride joins one community with the next.
We do not expect you to ride in the relay, but naturally if you are inspired, we extend the invitation to join the riders as they arrive or depart from your community.
What is Self-Transcendence?
Simply stated, self-transcendence is doing something that brings fulfilment into our lives. It can be a positive thought, a kind action, a loving feeling . . . for self-transcendence means to strive to become a better person, and in so doing, make the world a better place for ourselves and for all humanity.
Sri Chinmoy, the renowned fitness advocate, oneness-world server and inspirer of the Self-Transcendence Ride, defines the ideal of self-transcendence as the spiritual force behind all great advances in religion, culture, sports and science. By living in the heart and aspiring for continual self-transcendence, we can bring forward the best in ourselves and find a path to true satisfaction.
He says:"Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest, from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no end to our progress."
The Self-Transcendence Ride is organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team (SCMT), founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1977. The SCMT hosts around 30 fitness events in Australia each year, including one of the country's largest triathlons, staged in Canberra. The SCMT works in close cooperation with State authorities, community groups and volunteers to stage the ride.
Since the dawn of history, humanity has evolved slowly and steadily, sometimes falteringly, but ever onwards. The world's great traditions, cultures and civilisations have offered nations a rich and diverse legacy, expressed most profoundly in our collective literature, music, art, spirituality, social systems and technology. And yet we find ourselves challenged still by some fundamental needs: the oneness present in true friendship between nations that accommodates all differences and eliminates the need to seek refuge; sharing of resources that reduces poverty and loss of dignity; and access to services to ensure adequate health and well-being for all.