Sri Chinmoy was born in the village of Shakpura in the province of East Bengal, India (now Bangladesh) in 1931. He was the youngest of seven children in a devout family. In 1944, after the passing of both of his parents, he joined his brothers and sisters at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in southern India. From that time on he meditated for several hours a day and had many deep inner experiences. It was during this time that Sri Chinmoy began writing poetry and painting to convey his widening mystical vision. He also took an active part in ashram life and was a champion athlete for many years.
Responding to an inner prompting, Sri Chinmoy immigrated to the United States in 1964 to be of service to spiritual aspirants in the Western world. During the 43 years that he lived in the West he founded over 100 meditation centres worldwide and served as a spiritual guide to thousands of students. Sri Chinmoy's boundless creativity found expression not only through poetry and prose, but also through the mediums of musical composition and performance, art and sport. In each sphere he sought to convey the diverse experiences that comprise the spiritual journey: the search for truth and beauty, the struggle to transcend limitations, and the supremely fulfilling communion of the human soul with the Divine.
As a self-described student of peace who combined Eastern spirituality and Western dynamism in a remarkable way, Sri Chinmoy garnered international renowned. In 1970 at the request of U Thant, the third Secretary-General of the United Nations, he began the twice-weekly peace meditations for delegates and staff at the UN headquarters in New York that continued until his passing. Sri Chinmoy enjoyed special friendships with many international luminaries including President Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
After Sri Chinmoy passed away on October 11 2007, tributes were offered from all over the world. Sri Chinmoy's creative, peace-loving and humanitarian endeavours are carried on worldwide by his students, who practice meditation and strive to serve the world in accordance with his timeless teachings.
Sri Chinmoy's Philosophy
During a radio interview in 1991, Sri Chinmoy was asked to sum up his philosophy and answered with the following comment.
"My philosophy is very simple: love and serve. We love God the Creator and serve God the creation. God is at once the Creator and the creation. When I pray and meditate, I love God the Creator, and when I serve mankind, at that time I am serving God the creation." (source)
The theme of acceptance is one of the quinessential aspects of Sri Chinmoy's life and legacy. In January 1998, while staying in Guatemala City, Sri Chinmoy was asked by the media to sum up his philosophy in one sentence and he responded with the following words.
"Our philosophy is the acceptance of life for the transformation of life and also for the manifestation of God's Light here on earth, at God's choice Hour in God's own Way." (source)
Challenging Impossibility – a journey from inner peace to outer strength
Challenging Impossibility is a 2011 documentary film that chronicles Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting odyssey from its beginnings in 1985, when he was 54-years-old, through to a weightlifting exhibition that he offered in New York in 2005. Read more »
Sri Chinmoy Links
- Sri Chinmoy.org – Sri Chinmoy's official website.
- Sri Chinmoy Library – an online resource featuring Sri Chinmoy's talks, poetry and prose.
- Sri Chinmoy TV – videos of Sri Chinmoy's meditations, concerts, talks and other activities.
- Radio Sri Chinmoy – downloadable music for meditation by Sri Chinmoy and his students.
- Sri Chinmoy Songs – an archive of Sri Chinmoy's songs and compositions.
- Sri Chinmoy Music – Sri Chinmoy's writings on the spiritual significance of music.
- Sri Chinmoy in Concert – Sri Chinmoy offered 777 free Peace Concerts of meditative music between 1984 and 2007.
- Yoga of Sri Chinmoy – selections from Sri Chinmoy's writings on yoga (a Sanskrit word meaning 'union with God').
- Sri Chinmoy Reflections – biographical details about Sri Chinmoy and insights into various aspects of his life.
Organisations And Community Service Initiatives Founded By Sri Chinmoy
- Sri Chinmoy Centre – free meditation classes, concerts, peace initiatives, sports and cultural events.
- Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team – offering a broad variety of running and athletic events since 1977.
- Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run – a global torch relay that embodies humanity's universal aspirations for peace.
- The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles – an aid network supported by members of the international Sri Chinmoy Centres.
Sri Chinmoy Downloads
Daily Meditations App
The free Daily Meditations app contains hundreds of Sri Chinmoy's uplifting poems that are superimposed over inspiring nature images and accompanied by Sri Chinmoy's music.
Sri Chinmoy on iTunes
A broad selection of Sri Chinmoy's books, audio books and music are available on iTunes.