Sri Chinmoy was born into a deeply spiritual family in Bengal, India in 1931. He entered an ashram or spiritual community at the age of 12 and soon proved himself to be a spiritual prodigy.
In a matter of weeks after joining the ashram Sri Chinmoy very quickly achieved a profound state of enlightenment, then spent the next 20 years perfecting and evolving his realisation so that he could serve the world at large. He called his teaching and spiritual practices the “Path of Love, Devotion, Surrender”.
In 1964 Sri Chinmoy moved to New York and established a small group of followers who devotedly practised his form of meditation. He was invited to offer twice-weekly meditations at the United Nations and gradually built a worldwide following with meditation centres in many countries.
Sri Chinmoy developed various means of inspiring people to discover their own spiritual nature. As a poet, artist, athlete and peace lover, he engaged with people in ways that made spirituality seem completely normal, natural and practical.
Sri Chinmoy encouraged his centres around the world to offer free meditation classes in the traditional and time-honoured way of passing down the knowledge of the ancients — as a gift from one heart to another. It is in this spirit that we offer our classes.
Sri Chinmoy entered into Mahasamadhi in October 2007. His work and the light of his being still flourishes in the world and in the activities of his centres.