Sri Chinmoy Kumar Ghose (1931—2007)
Sri Chinmoy is a spiritual teacher and dreamer of world peace whose dynamic life of self-offering served and continues to inspire people all over the world. A renaissance man in every sense of the term, Sri Chinmoy left a vast legacy of writings, poetry, music, artwork, sporting achievements and a variety of community service initiatives that will continue to encourage and guide humanity toward the ideal of a peaceful oneness-world-family for centuries to come. It is from this legacy that we draw the material, inspiration and experience for the free meditation classes that we offer.
A spiritual Master is an
From the Father Heaven
To the Mother Earth.
Despite being recognised and honoured for his many accomplishments and selfless service to humanity by many of the world's governments, universities and institutions throughout his life, Sri Chinmoy remained perpetually humble. Once asked how he viewed himself and his role in the world, Sri Chinmoy had the following to say.
People say that I am an ambassador of peace, but that is not true; I am a student of peace. Only a student can always go on learning. Every day, every hour, every minute and every second I am learning to see, feel and become one with the new light and delight that the message of universal peace is offering to me and to humanity. I am a student of peace and I wish to remain so forever and forever, for peace is a reality that is constantly transcending its own high, higher, highest heights.
Sri Chinmoy was also ceaselessly positive and an eternal optimist. The reason for his optimism became apparent during an interview on Westchester Newsline in the 1980s when the interviewer, Kevin McCabe, asked Sri Chinmoy why he was optimistic and hopeful for the future. Here is that portion of the interview.
When we live in the heart,
Everything is optimistic
Sri Chinmoy is asked, "Do you have a vision of what the world could be like?"
During an interview about the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy talks about the eternal dream of a world inundated with love, harmony and oneness. Despite wrong forces operating in the world, Sri Chinmoy suggests we need to keep aspiring with our own fragile efforts to help transform the world.
Excerpt from the interview:
"It is not my vision. It is a birthless and deathless vision. Thousands of years ago, let us say, our Indian Vedic seers of the hoary past, many, many, six thousand, seven thousand years ago. Then again we got the message from the Saviour Christ, the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, where there will be no quarrel, no fight, no war, nothing. So the same message, that is an eternal message, we are just carrying. It is like a relay race."