Chinmoy, Sri (1931– )
Sri Kumar Ghose Chinmoy is a modern Hindu mystic. He
was born August 27, 1931, in Chittagong, East Bengal. He is
said to have had profound mystical experiences during childhood,
achieving the enlightened condition of nirvikalpa samadhi
(superconsciousness beyond subject and object) at the age of
twelve. Soon afterward, he entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram
at Pondicherry, where he remained for 20 years, developing
and perfecting his realization through prayer and meditation.
Sri Chinmoy immigrated to the United States in 1964 and
founded a center in New York. Soon his teachings spread to
Puerto Rico, then to other parts of North America, Europe, and
the Far East. After establishing his mission in America, he conducted
regular weekly meditations for delegates and staff at the
United Nations Church Center (dedicated to creating world
peace through spiritual development) in New York; later he became
the first director of the U.N. Meditation Group. Sri Chinmoy
has also lectured at more than 150 universities throughout
the world, including Oxford and Cambridge. He had a private
audience at the Vatican with Pope Paul, who presented him
with a medallion.
Sri Chinmoy’s basic teaching is the pathway of love, devotion,
and surrender to God. He also emphasizes the value of
sports, particularly running, and is himself a dedicated runner.
The Sri Chinmoy Center in New York sponsors over 100 public
races each year, including marathons and ultramarathons,
which are an example of what Chinmoy refers to as the meditation
of action. The center also runs the Annam Brahma Restaurant
in Jamaica, New York.
Sri Chinmoy has written over 300 books of spiritual aphorisms,
lectures, poems, and questions and answers and has
composed over 2,000 songs and musical works. He has given
concerts at music centers in the United States and Europe. He
has also expressed the experience of meditation in color and
form in thousands of mystical paintings. There are now Sri
Chinmoy centers throughout the world. U.S. address PO Box
32433, Jamaica, NY 11432.
Sources
Chinmoy, Sri. Arise! Awake! Thoughts of a Yogi. New York F.
Fell, 1972.
———. Astrology The Supernatural and the Beyond. Hollis,
N.Y. Vishma Press,1973.
———. Death and Reincarnation Eternity’s Voyage. Jamaica,
N.Y. Agni Press, 1974.
———. Mother India’s Light-house. San Francisco Shi Chinmoy
Center, n.d.
———. The Seeker’s Mind. Jamaica, N.Y. Agni Press, 1978.

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