His meditation students experienced Sri Chinmoy as a spiritual master, who cared for their spiritual progress with extraordinary love and compassion. Even today, after Sri Chinmoy has left his body, they feel his inner presence and support on his path of meditation. People who follow the spiritual path after his physical departure from the earth also experience a great inner support in meditation and in everyday life.
Sri Chinmoy was born on August 27, 1931 in the village of Shakpura in present-day Bangladesh, India at that time. After the early death of his parents, he entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Southern India at the age of 12, together with his brothers and sisters, where he intensively meditated for 20 years. Since 1964 he lived in New York and passed on his inner experience to those who are interested. Today, there are over 300 meditation centers in 50 countries, where hundreds of thousands of people have learned meditation for free and benefited from the spiritual heritage of Sri Chinmoy. Sri Chinmy’s spiritual songs, poems, writings and works of art are seen by many around the world as a tremendous asset to their own spiritual lives.
Sri Chinmoy gained the trust and respect of outstanding personalities from all walks of life, including Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmoind Tuti, and Carl Sudhahota Lewis..
The deep sense of peace and tranquility I experienced in Sri Chinmoy was contagious, and we all felt inspired and encouraged by an extraordinary man. – Nelson Mandela
Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a meeting with Sri Chinmoy on 16 March 2004 in New York:
You are part of the spiritual power of love emanating from God and transforming the evil of this world into its opposite. Thank you for persevere and carry on, carry on. Maybe this world will only continue to exist because of people like you who are helping to keep them alive. – Desmond Tutu