Sri Chinmoy is a spiritual teacher who dedicated his life in the service of humanity. In his 43 years in the West, he endeavoured to inspire and serve mankind with his soulful offerings – his prayers and meditations, literary, musical and artistic works.
We hope that the simplicity, purity and light of Sri Chinmoy’s offerings on this site will inspire you.
Sri Chinmoy’s yoga is firmly rooted in the spiritual traditions of the Vedas and Upanishads; at the same time, it offers a unique exposition of these ancient ideals. Sri Chinmoy’s path encompasses the path of devotion (bhakti yoga), selfless service (Karma Yoga), meditation (dhyani yoga) and the yoga of wisdom (jnani yoga).
Despite encompassing these many different aspects, Sri Chinmoy says that in essence: “Our path is the path of simplicity“. In particular, he teaches that it is the qualities of the heart which enable the seeker to make the fastest progress:
“Our path is basically the path of the heart and not the path of the mind. This does not mean that we are criticising the path of the mind. Far from it. We just feel that the path of the heart leads us faster towards our goal.”
The heart is one of the main themes of Sri Chinmoy’s writings; he frequently encourages seekers to use the intuitive power of the heart, and not to rely only on the mind. He suggests that when we use the mind we are limited by our critical and negative thoughts; however, if we exercise the capacity of the heart we can have a feeling of oneness and experience the expansion of our consciousness.
“There is a vast difference between what you can get from the mind and what you can get from the heart. The mind is limited; the heart is unlimited.”
– Sri Chinmoy
As in other spiritual traditions, Sri Chinmoy reveals that the primary objective of a seeker is to attain self-realisation (or God-realisation) through prayer and meditation. But, in addition to this inner life, Sri Chinmoy also places great value on manifestation or dedicated action. In his own life, Sri Chinmoy demonstrated how one can combine a life of meditation and prayer with numerous outer activities. Another feature of Sri Chinmoy’s teaching is his encouragement to surpass one’s self-imposed limits. He gives this the term “self transcendence”.
Although a spiritual Teacher (Guru) to many, Sri Chinmoy teaches that the only real Guru is the Supreme himself. He considers himself to be an instrument of God, like an elder brother in the family guiding his other family members.
Another important aspect of Sri Chinmoy’s yoga is affirmation of the underlying unity of world religions. Frequently he has stated how all religions ultimately lead to the same goal, even if their outer expressions are different.
“There is no fundamental difference between one religion and another, because each religion embodies the ultimate Truth. Each religion is right, absolutely right, because each religion conveys the message of Truth in its own way.”
- Sri Chinmoy
When asked about his own religion, Sri Chinmoy would often state that, although he was raised a Hindu, his only religion was his’love of God’
“I happened to take birth in a Hindu family, but because I am a truth-seeker and a God-lover, I feel that there is only one religion and that religion is love of God. If we truly love God, we embrace all religions as our own, very own.”