Sri Chinmoy is a spiritual teacher who throughout his life demonstrated the power of meditation and its applications to everyday living.
Born in 1931 in the Bengal area of what was then India (now present-day Bangladesh), he lived from the ages of 12 and 32 in a spiritual comminuty in southern India, meditating eight hours a day and achieving very high meditative states. In 1964, Sri Chinmoy came to America to be of service to the growing number of people interested in meditation there, and settled in New York, where he lived until his passing on 11 October 2007.
Sri Chinmoy's philosophy is one that aims to combine the best qualities of both East and West, blending Eastern poise and contemplation with Western dynamism and enthusiasm to create a meditation path that can be brought into everyday living. In the forty-odd years he spent in the West, Sri Chinmoy showed that art, poetry, athletics and music can all be used to great effect in the journey of self-discovery. He frequently travelled to meet with his students and share his meditative insights with leaders and dignitaries from around the globe. Sri Chinmoy's spiritual guidance, as well as the many meditative concerts he performs worldwide, was offered free of charge, in the belief that self-discovery is not something to be bought or sold.
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For twenty years Sri Chinmoy offered almost 800 free concerts of soulful music all around the world....
In his youth, Sri Chinmoy excelled in sprinting and later went on to marathons and ultra-marathons. The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, which Sri Chinmoy founded in 1977, has been the source of many pioneering achievements in endurance events. Read more...
Painting from the source
Since 1974 Sri Chinmoy painted over 200,000 mystical paintings in a style that he called in his native Bengali "Jharna-Kala" or "Fountain-Art" - art flowing directly from the inner source.
Sri Chinmoy wrote poetry and aphorisms ever since he was a teenager, and each of his poems shine a light on some aspect of the spiritual life.
Sri Chinmoy in Ireland
Sri Chinmoy visited Ireland three times in the early seventies, meeting with Presidents Eamon de Valera and Erskine Childers and giving lectures for the general public in Trinity College.