Chinmoy Kumar Ghose
period of life : 1931 - 2007
place of birth : Chittagong District, Bangladesh
sibblings : Hriday Ghose, Chitta Ghose | nationality : Indian
occupation : Junior clerk at the Indian consulate, Founder of the spiritual organisation
" Sri Chinmoy Centre ", Author
" Be universal in your love. You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being. "
" Let us not worry about the future. Let us only do the right thing today, at this moment,here and now. Let the future take care of itself. "
" For a genuine seeker, the inner world is infinitely more real than the outer world. "
Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, better known as Sri Chinmoy (27 August 1931 – 11 October 2007), was an Indian spiritual master who taught meditation in the West after moving to New York City in 1964. Chinmoy established his first meditation center in Queens, New York, and eventually had thousands of students in 60 countries. A prolific author, artist, poet, and musician, he also held public events such as concerts and meditations on the theme of inner peace. Chinmoy also advocated athleticism to achieve spiritual enlightenment, including distance running, swimming, and weightlifting. He organized marathons and other races, and was an active runner and, following a knee injury, weightlifter
Chinmoy was the youngest of seven children, born in Shakpura, BoalkhaliUpazila, in the Chittagong District of East Bengal (now Bangladesh). He lost his father to illness in 1943, and his mother a few months later. In 1944, the 12-year-old Chinmoy joined his brothers and sisters at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, where elder brothers Hriday and Chitta had already established a presence.There he spent the next 20 years in spiritual practice, including meditation, study in Bengali and English literature, and work in the ashram’s cottage industries. Chinmoy translated his writings from Bengali into English.
In 1964, Chinmoy was prompted to move to the United States in response to a "message from within" to be of service to people in the West searching for spiritual fulfilment.
Chinmoy travelled widely, and dedicated his many activities and the events he founded to peace. He met with world figures, and was often described as an ambassador of peace. He did not charge fees for his spiritual guidance or music performances. He was respectful towards all religions and religious figures of the world. He attracted an estimated 7,000 students in his lifetime. Chinmoy offered the musicians a disciplined spiritual path that forbade the use of drugs and alcohol and encouraged music and poetry as expressions of thankfulness to the Divine. In April 1970, Chinmoy began giving twice-weekly meditations for UN delegates, staff and representatives of NGOs as the director of the meditation group called "Sri Chinmoy: Peace Meditations at the United Nations" in New York. His path was a contemporary spiritual system of yoga, practised under the guidance of a guru, or spiritual teacher. Unlike in some other older traditions, Chinmoy taught that a complete withdrawal from the world was not necessary for spiritual progress, but rather " a gradual and total Illumination of life.