Biography of Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy was born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in 1931 in a village in East Bengal, which is now Bangladesh. In his childhood, Chinmoy was active and mischievous. But, his life changed when had a mystical vision. This experience inspired him to join the Aurobindo ashram.
Life at Aurobindo Ashram
At the Aurobindo ashram, Chinmoy pursued religious studies and practiced meditation. He lived for twenty years at this ashram meditating and composing poems. Chinmoy woke up early in the morning and absorbed himself in deep meditation for hours together. He was also a good athlete, excelling in the decathlon and sprint events.
Work in the U.S.
In, 1964, Chinmoy felt an inner urge to go to the U.S. to teach spirituality. The 1960s were a period of intense social change in America. Youngsters were starting to rebel against established ideas and were becoming open to Eastern spirituality. Chinmoy’s teachings became popular and he attracted disciples and formed Sri Chinmoy Centers. Here, his followers met for meditation and meetings. Today, hundreds of centers exist in the Far East, South Africa, Australia, Europe and the United States.
Lectures at Universities
Sri Chinmoy was invited by eminent universities to give speeches on spirituality. He spoke at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford and other famous institutions. In 1974, he lectured at universities in all the 50 states in the U.S. These 50 speeches were published as a book titled “Fifty Freedom-Boats to One Golden Shore.
Physical and Artistic Prowess
Sri Chinmoy established the supremacy of mind over matter by lifting heavy weights well into his old age. His inner disciplines of meditation and prayer gave him the external prowess for his physical tasks. Sri Chinmoy even completed ultra marathons. He also expressed himself artistically composing more than 50,000 poems, 17,000 songs and playing music in hundreds of concerts.
Sri Chinmoy’s Message
Sri Chinmoy stated that his goal was to help raise his followers’ consciousness through love. He based his philosophy loosely on Hindu scriptures. His path was based on the heart and not the mind. Sri Chinmoy emphasized on practicing spiritual discipline and meditation. He shed his mortal coil in 2007, at the age of 76.