Born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in a small village of Shakpura in East Bengal on August 27, 1931, Sri Chinmoy was the youngest of seven children. In the year 1944, after both his parents had passed away, 12 year-old Chinmoy entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in South India where he spent the next twenty years in spiritual practice, including long hours of meditation, practising athletics, writing poetry, essays and spiritual songs. In his early teens, Chinmoy had many deep inner experiences, and in the following years achieved very advanced states of meditation. In the year 1964, he came to New York to share his inner wealth with sincere seekers in the West.
Sri Chinmoy sees aspiration as the heart’s ceaseless yearning for ever higher and deeper realities – as the spiritual force behind all great advances in religion, culture, sports and science. By living in the heart and aspiring for continual self-transcendence, men and women can bring forward the best in themselves and find their path to true satisfaction. He serves as spiritual guide to students from around the world, encouraging a balanced lifestyle that incorporates the inner disciplines of prayer and meditation with the dynamism of contemporary life.
Sri Chinmoy’s life was active and creative in various fields. His vast output spans the domains of music, poetry, painting, literature, sports and even weight-lifting. He also travelled throughout the world to offer free peace concerts, gave lectures and public meditations, met with his students, and discussed spirituality with world and community leaders. Following the tradition of true Indian spirituality Sri Chinmoy did not charge a fee for his spiritual guidance, concerts, lectures and public meditations.
Sri Chinmoy entered Mahasamadhi – the mystic process through which spiritual Masters leave the body, on the morning of October 11, 2007.
Find out more about Sri Chinmoy at www.srichinmoy.org