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Sri Chinmoy

Guru_gazeboLet’s Meditate was inspired by Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), a rare and genuine spiritual Master who taught meditation to individuals and audiences around the world, always for free.

“Sri Chinmoy… is revered in India as one of the few holy men to have reached Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the absolute highest level of consciousness….” New York Times

Sri Chinmoy was born in India in 1931. He spent twenty years of his life, from the ages of 12 to 32, in a spiritual community studying and living the ideals and philosophy he would later share with others. In 1964, at the age of 32, an inner command prompted him to leave India and move to New York. He carried with him a living spirituality that he unconditionally shared with the world throughout his life.

Once in New York, westerners started to notice that he had a personal presence that radiated the inner illumination that he embodied. Peter Serkin (Grammy Award-winning pianist) once said, “it’s definitely inspiring to make eye contact even for a few seconds with such a person.”

His instruction for meditation was uniquely simple, demystifying meditation and making it accessible to everyone – from beginners to the advanced alike. His writing “reminds all of us of what is truly important. It is a blueprint for inner peace and true joy,” Jack Canfield, coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Soul. He required no money from his students and supported himself through the worldwide sale of his books and music.

Sri Chinmoy also taught and demonstrated a new reality of meditation within our modern society:  that meditation is not just about feeling bliss, but it also is a way to discover our higher self and utilize its expanded capacities to realize our dreams.

“Alas, the human in us is hopelessly and unforgettably weak. To our greatest joy, the Divine in us is unimaginably and eternally powerful.”

 “Everything we desperately need

      In the outer life

Breathes secretly

     In our inner life.

The organizers of Let’s Meditate are all students of Sri Chinmoy, and in the tradition he inspired, all events are offered free of charge as our humble offering of community service.

Inspirational Words about Sri Chinmoy:

“What you are doing is in the interest of the entire humanity and the world.”

—Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate

“Your loving heart and profound wisdom are a matter of my boundless admiration.”

—Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the USSR and Nobel Peace Laureate

“This meeting of ours has been most essential. Your message and mine are the same. When we both leave this world, you and I, we will meet together.”

—Pope Paul VI

“You are part of the spiritual force of love that emanates from God and which will transform the evil of this world into its counterpart. Thank you for persisting and going on, going on. Perhaps the world continues in existence only because of people like yourselves who help to hold it in being.”

—Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

“I am so pleased with all the good work you are doing for world peace and for people in so many countries. May we continue to work together and to share together all for the Glory of God and for the good of man.”

—Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Laureate

“The word ‘peace’ is not simply a grouping of letters, but a living entity which must be nurtured if it is to flourish…. With every blossom that Sri Chinmoy helps to foster, the dream of world peace becomes a more viable reality.”

—US Secretary of State John Kerry, former US Senator, Massachusetts

“I would like to hail once again your invaluable contributions to world peace and human togetherness, which are a source of pride and inspiration for political action worldwide. Please accept my sincere thanks for what you are doing for the betterment of mankind.”

—Javier Perez de Cuellar, former Secretary-General of the United Nations

“Your letters are so enormously encouraging. It is through this encouragement that I find the strength to continue with the fight against landmines, which is so vitally important to me…”

—Princess Diana

“And when we look around the world and multiply our inner self by 6 billion other human beings, if we multiply that force that is within us, to do the good that he taught us to do:  to think the thoughts, to allow the chemistry of our brain and body to overcome what the scientists do not yet understand—it is then, it is then, that the world will achieve peace; that each and every one of us that he has inspired, whose heart he still reaches into, whose soul he still grips, can go on like those spawned by the salmon who swam upstream, and spread that message to inspire in others what he inspired in us.”

—Congressman Gary Ackerman, Queens, New York

“Sri Chinmoy has been a dedicated servant of peace who has been able to bring diverse people together for noble goals. At a time when war continues to rage, violence exists between races, and governments still violate basic human rights, Sri Chinmoy’s message of peace is timely and inspirational.”

—Senator Paul Simon, Illinois

“Sri Chinmoy is a miraculous model of the abundance in the creative life, and I can only hope that I may someday participate in that cosmic fountain of stillness and profound energy which he inhabits.”

—Leonard Bernstein, composer and conductor

“Sri Chinmoy reverberates knowledge.” “He has no ego; it is all honest feeling. Sri Chinmoy’s music is a magical flow deep down in your heart of hearts.”

—Roberta Flack, six-time Grammy Award winning singer and musician

“Sri Chinmoy, you’re an inspiration to all of us.”

—Carl Lewis, eight-time Olympic Gold Medalist

“I believe very much in what you do. I am an admirer of yours. I love what you’re doing.”

—Jesse Owens, four-time Olympic Gold Medalist

“Sri Chinmoy is a man of peace, a man of faith, and a man of God. He has done so much in the past twenty-five years to make a better world for all of us. The world badly needs more peaceful and loving men like Sri Chinmoy. Sri Chinmoy is doing so much for the world, for people of all faiths, because of his own peace and faith.”

—Muhammad Ali, three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion

“Sri Chinmoy has been a true voice for peace and love, based on the profound principles of humanity. He takes us into a world where our heart and aspirations run free. A place where we pursue our most wanted desire to discover the true meaning of happiness the jewels of happiness inside of us.”

—Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate, President of Timor-Lest (East Timor)

“Your accomplishments show us that the only limitations to the body and the spirit are the limitations which we place upon ourselves. May the love that you hold for mankind extend from the soul through the body into a real and lasting peace.”

—Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada

“Just reading these pages by Sri Chinmoy instantly brought me a feeling of peace. They returned me, like a loving voice calling me home from the world’s wilderness, to myself and to the awareness that unconditional giving, love and happiness are possible for us every moment of our lives.”

—Professor Charles Johnson, National Book Award winner

“Men like Sri Chinmoy were all too rare in this world. In fact, Sri Chinmoy was truly one-of-a-kind. I was, am and will always be his biggest fan, for he understood what truly matters most in life: and that is love. His love could fill an ocean. I join the many people touched by this man and pray that his message will touch many more.”

—Quincy Jones, Grammy Award winning musician and humanitarian

“Finding one’s way in life is difficult even in the best of times. The presence of inspiring human beings is the surest way of receiving help and guidance in these matters. Five years of my life were spent under the direct tutelege of Sri Chinmoy. There are but a few real and true human beings to whom I will never ever be able to repay my debt of gratitude. The principle reason for this is that they have transcended the merely human and attained the All. Sri Chinmoy is one of these human beings. My gratitude to him will remain forever endless.”

—Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Legendary jazz guitarist and creator of the Mahavishnu Orchestra

“He had a very special connection to music. In his performances, with clarity, simplicity and directness, he was able to move his listeners in a very immediate and deeply emotional way.  In his lifetime he brought tremendous joy to the people who were with him. For me, his life was a special and personal inspiration.”

—Philip Glass, Academy Award nominated composer