“Each spiritual seeker has an inner hunger.
This hunger is for the Unlimited,
for Infinity itself.”
Our free meditation programs are inspired by the vision and philosophy of Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), who devoted his life to serving the highest aspirations of humanity. Sri Chinmoy says, “Meditation is everybody’s birthright. In meditation we establish our oneness with the entire world and our whole being is inundated with peace.”
Sri Chinmoy was born in 1931 in the village of Shakpura, Chittagong, in the easternmost part of India (now Bangladesh). All seven brothers and sisters in the family chose a spiritual life and became residents of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in South India. Chinmoy Kumar Ghose was the youngest child. After the death of both his parents, he joined this spiritual community at the age of twelve.
For twenty years, Sri Chinmoy spent many hours each day and night in meditation and had profound inner experiences, which deepened and widened as he continued his inner journey. He also led an active outer life writing poetry, essays and music, studying, working and excelling in sports. In 1964 he came to New York and founded the International Sri Chinmoy Centres which are dedicated to spiritual service and community worldwide.
“Each spiritual seeker has an inner hunger. This hunger is for the Unlimited, for Infinity itself.” The spiritual hunger within us is our aspiration – the inner cry or longing for a deeper meaning and higher reality. Meditation and service to the world are the expression of our aspiration. Living in the heart, we find our own true satisfaction and our oneness with others.
With aspiration we continually transcend ourselves “from light, to more light, abundant light, to infinite light.” It is the aspiration within each person that creates progress in all areas of human life – religion, science, the arts, culture, public life and sports.
Sri Chinmoy passed away on October 11, 2007, leaving his physical body at the age of seventy-six.
Sri Chinmoy’s Service in the West
Sri Chinmoy sought to combine the spirituality of the East with the dynamism of the West. In his own life, he sought to bring spirituality to every aspect of outer life. To this end, he made prolific contributions in the fields of literature, poetry, art, music and athletics.
World Peace Run
The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-World Peace Run was founded in 1987. It is a grassroots initiative to promote greater understanding and friendship among peoples of the world. As a symbol of harmony, runners carry a flaming torch, traveling through over 100 nations around the globe. More on World Peace Run
Kind Words from World Leaders
During his 43 years of service in the West, Sri Chinmoy met many world leaders and received many kind words of encouragement for his service to humanity. More Kind Words
Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to building bridges between different faiths. This stemmed from his belief that “Each religion is an unfailing path leading to the eternal truth and is a proper manifestation of that Truth.” More on Interfaith Activities
Sri Chinmoy was a keen sportsman since his early ashram days. He encouraged physical fitness and is considered one of the pioneers of the world of running. The Sri Chinmoy Centres sponsor running fitness events of all kinds, from track and field, to marathons, to the world’s longest certified race: the 3100-mile Self-Transcendence Run. In the latter part of his life, Sri Chinmoy sought to pursue physical transcendence through weightlifting, showing that age is only in the mind and not in the heart. More on Sri Chinmoy’s sporting activities
To Sri Chinmoy, music and spirituality were inseparable. Sri Chinmoy composed thousands of songs and felt that through illumining music we can bring the qualities of the heart to the fore. During the course of his travels, Sri Chinmoy frequently offered free music concerts, performing on a number of musical instruments including esraj, flute, piano, harmonium and cello. These performances almost exclusively utilized his own musical compositions. More on songs and music of Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy wrote on many aspects of the spiritual life. His most expressive medium was poetry, and he has written hundreds of thousands of meditative aphorisms. Sri Chinmoy also wrote essays, plays and talks. More on writings of Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy has created a beautiful collection of spiritual art. He termed his art Jharna-Kala, meaning ‘Fountain-Art’, or art flowing from the inner Source that meditation allowed him to tap into. More on Sri Chinmoy’s art
Sri Chinmoy was the founder of the Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles Humanitarian programme. This is a humanitarian service coordinated by the International Sri Chinmoy Centre, connecting the lives and hearts of people in over 150 nations. More on Humanitarian Aid
Interwoven throughout the tapestry of his creative life has always been a profound appreciation and reverence for world-unity, be it expressed through his millions of soul-bird drawings or his analogies to the inspiration-bird throughout his poetry, prose and music.
The theme is recurrent throughout all of his creative endeavours, whether it be through art, poetry, music, lecture, cultural performance, teaching meditation, sponsoring sporting events, or his many decades of service to the United Nations as a vehicle for harmony in the world. That theme is harmony: harmony within and harmony without. Harmony throughout a Oneness-World.
Other Sites about Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy.org – Official complete Source about Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy Library – Online resource of Sri Chinmoy’s published books. There are currently over 1,100 books which can be searched
Sri Chinmoy Centre – Information from Sri Chinmoy Centres around the world
Yoga of Sri Chinmoy – Writings of Sri Chinmoy arranged into different categories.
Sri Chinmoy TV – Videos featuring activities of Sri Chinmoy and members of Sri Chinmoy Centres.
Life of Sri Chinmoy – Site presenting biographical sketches about Sri Chinmoy from early years in India to his later mission in the West. Also includes short stories by Sri Chinmoy recounting experiences in different aspects of his life.
Radio Sri Chinmoy – Meditative and spiritual music free to listen to and download