Internationally respected spiritual master Sri Chinmoy was born in 1931 in Bengal, India and spent more than twenty years of his early life in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram (spiritual community). In 1964 he came to New York and dedicated himself to inspiring and serving those seeking a deeper meaning in life.
During his life he gave many talks on spirituality, was interviewed on television and radio and offered over 700 Peace Concerts around the world including the Royal Albert Hall in London. He founded the Peace Run, an annual global relay run that strives to create goodwill among people of all nations.
He believed that in each of us there is an unlimited potential for goodness, creativity, oneness and self-transcendence and that all of us can and will be united as a world-family in the pursuit of peace. His life was an example of this philosophy in action through a vast outpouring of literature, art, music and spiritual activity.
He passed away in October 2007 and left a legacy of approximately 23,000 songs, more than 100,000 poems in over 1500 published books, thousands of paintings and Sri Chinmoy Centres in over 60 countries around the world.
He advocated meditation on the heart centre as the most effective way of meditating:
“The way to achieve inner peace is to meditate on the heart, where there is constant joy and constant love. At that time you will not cry for appreciation from others. You will all the time depend on your inner source, which can offer you infinite Joy, infinite Love, infinite Peace.”