About Sri Chinmoy
Born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in the small village of Shakpura in East
Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1931, Sri Chinmoy was the youngest of seven
children. In 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. Here he spent the next 20 years in
spiritual practice – including long hours of meditation, practising
athletics, writing poetry, essays and spiritual songs.
In his early teens, Chinmoy had many profound inner experiences, and
in subsequent years achieved very advanced states of meditation. In
1964, he moved to New York City to share his inner wealth with sincere
seekers in the West.
Sri Chinmoy sees aspiration – 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. In his words:
“Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest,
from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no
end to our progress, for God Himself is inside each of us and God at
every moment is transcending His own Reality.”
Sri Chinmoy serves as spiritual guide to students in some 60
countries 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 an expression of boundless creativity. His
vast output spans the domains of music, poetry, painting, literature
and sports. His contributions in each of these fields have been
striking and far-reaching.
Sri Chinmoy frequently travelled throughout the world to offer free
concerts, lectures and public meditations, to meet with his students,
and to meet and discuss spirituality with world and community leaders.
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 11 October 2007.
Sri Chinmoy in Montreal
Sri Chinmoy visited Montreal many times and gave inspiring lectures on spiritual themes at both Concordia and McGill Universities.
He also offered three unique free “Peace Concerts“, at the Palais des Congres de Montreal (Montreal Convention Centre), where 6000, 9000 and 13,000 peace-seekers (respectively) attended.
In 2000 Sri Chinmoy offered a free Peace Concert at what was then known as the Molson Centre and is now the Bell Centre. A record -breaking 19,000 people attended, the largest audience of any of Sri Chinmoy’s concerts worldwide. In an exhalted state of meditation, he played on various instruments and thrilled the audience with his haunting singing voice. It was a unique experience many Montrealers still recall and remark upon when attending our meditation classes.
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