Sri Chinmoy



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Chinmoy Kumar Ghose
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Integral Yoga
Main Countries of Activity: 
USA
Date of Birth: 
27 August 1931
Place of Birth: 
Shakpura, East Bengal (nowadays Bangladesh)
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
11 October 2007
Ancestor Gurus: 

Biography

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 experience with seekers in the West.

He served as a spiritual guide to students in many 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 enormous creativity - he was engaged in music, poetry, painting, literature and sports.

He 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. He did not charge a fee for his spiritual guidance, concerts, lectures and public meditations.

Sri Chinmoy entered Mahasamadhi (died) on the morning of 11 October 2007.

Teachings

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."

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