Sri Chinmoy was a fully realized spiritual master who was born in Bengal, India in 1931. Sri Chinmoy came to the west in 1964 and offered his selfless service to humanity by giving free talks, lectures, concerts on meditation and on the spiritual life.
There are now 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 sustain the universe.”
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