Sri Chinmoy was a fully realized spiritual master who was born in Bengal, India in 1931. While still a child he had many deep mystical experiences and at the age of twelve entered an ashram or spiritual community. There he spent the next twenty years in intense meditation and prayer, perfecting his inner vision and reaching the rare state of oneness with God that various traditions call Enlightenment or God-realisation.
Sri Chinmoy would have been content to spend the rest of his life in a samadhi trance, maintaining only the slightest connection with the physical world, but an inner command that he leave India and offer his realisations to aspiring humanity brought him to the United States in 1964. From there he established meditation centres throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. His centres are dedicated to the goal of offering free meditation classes to aspiring seekers.
Besides meditating for several hours a day and guiding his numerous meditation centres, Sri Chinmoy conducted meditations twice a week for United Nations delegates and staff in New York. He also lectured at the United Nations and was frequently invited to speak at universities around the world.
Sri Chinmoy taught that meditation not only brings inner peace, but also stimulates creative expression. His life was truly a testimony to the philosophy of self-transcendence. A prolific writer, he published more than 1,500 books of spiritual poetry, aphorisms, essays, short stories, and lectures. He also competed countless paintings that were exhibited at various galleries and museums in the US and abroad. An accomplished musician, he composed more than 13,000 songs and performed hundreds of concerts in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. When Mikhail Gorbachov learned that Sri Chinmoy would be performing a concert at UN headquarters to honour the 50th anniversary of the UN, he said: “…I cannot fail to express once more my admiration for your creative energy and versatile talents… I sincerely wish you success, and I am sure that the concert will become yet another significant contribution to peace and understanding among peoples, for culture and spirituality are the everlasting values which sustaing the universe.”
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