Sri Chinmoy was born in Bengal, India, in what is now Bangladesh. From 1944 to 1964 he lived in a spiritual community in the South of India, where he immersed himself in meditation, sports and the ancient yoga traditions of India. In 1964 Sri Chinmoy followed an inner command to come to the West to share the spiritual wisdom of the East with aspiring seekers. During the past four decades Sri Chinmoy has inspired a worldwide organisation dedicated to promoting global harmony and individual self-transcendence.
Sri Chinmoy sought to combine the spirituality of the East with the dynamism of the West, and show through his personal example how spirituality can be brought into every aspect of life. To this end, he has made prolific and eye-opening contributions in the fields of literature, poetry, art, music and athletics.
Underlying all of Sri Chinmoy’s efforts and initiatives is his recurring theme message that humanity belongs to one world family, and that world harmony is both the birthright and final destiny of mankind which each human being can help to create.
Sri Chinmoy says, “My ultimate goal is for the whole world to walk together in peace and oneness… This ultimate goal requires a transformation of human nature. There must be a great synthesis between the inner life and the outer life. The inner life wants love, and the outer life wants power. Now we are all exercising the love of power. But a day will come when this world will be inundated with the power that loves. Only the power that loves can change the world. My ultimate goal is for the power of love to replace the love of power within each individual. At that time, world peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on earth”.
With their universal appeal, relevance and complete acceptance of other cultural and religious beliefs, Sri Chinmoy’s views lend themselves to a wide audience. He has become well known for his inspirational message of optimism and hope, his unswerving belief in the unlimited potential and innate goodness of the human spirit, and his belief in the oneness of all humankind.
Sri Chinmoy’s official website: www.srichinmoy.org
Meditation Christchurch: www.meditationchristchurch.org
Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team: nz.srichinmoyraces.org
The Lotus-Heart restaurantwww.thelotusheart.co.nz
Gandharva Loka world music store: www.gandharvaloka.co.nz