Sri Chinmoy was born in Bengal, India, in what is now Bangladesh. From 1944 to 1964, he lived in a spiritual community in the South of India where he immersed himself in meditation, sports and the ancient yoga traditions of India. In 1964, Sri Chinmoy followed an inner command to come to the West to share the spiritual wisdom of the East with aspiring seekers.
For over four decades, Sri Chinmoy has inspired a worldwide organisation dedicated to promoting global harmony and individual self-transcendence. Sri Chinmoy has sought to combine the spirituality of the East with the dynamism of the West, and show through his personal example how spirituality can be brought into every aspect of life. To this end, he has made prolific and eye-opening contributions in the fields of literature, poetry, art, music and athletics. Underlying all of Sri Chinmoy’s efforts and initiatives is his recurring theme message that humanity belongs to one world family, and that world harmony is both the birthright and final destiny of mankind which each human being can help to create.
“My ultimate goal is for the whole world to walk together in peace and oneness… This ultimate goal requires a transformation of human nature. There must be a great synthesis between the inner life and the outer life. The inner life wants love, and the outer life wants power. Now we are all exercising the love of power. But a day will come when this world will be inundated with the power that loves. Only the power that loves can change the world. My ultimate goal is for the power of love to replace the love of power within each individual. At that time, world peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on earth.” ~ Sri Chinmoy.
With their universal appeal, relevance and complete acceptance of other cultural and religious beliefs, Sri Chinmoy’s views lend themselves to a wide audience. He has become well known for his inspirational message of optimism and hope, his unswerving belief in the unlimited potential and innate goodness of the human spirit, and his belief in the oneness of all humankind.
Sri Chinmoy in Ottawa
Throughout his life, Sri Chinmoy visited our beautiful capital city many times to offer university lectures, free concerts, art exhibits and silent meditations for world peace.
In 1994, a remarkable exhibit of his one million ‘Peace-Bird’ drawings was held in a gallery in the Byward Market.
In 1999, he performed on over 30 different musical instruments before an audience of 7,500 at a free Peace Concert at Scotiabank Place.
Sri Chinmoy also offered two Peace Concerts on Parliament Hill for members of the House of Commons, the Senate and the diplomatic community.
An article entitled “Sri Chinmoy Answers“, which offers Sri Chinmoy’s spiritual wisdom to life’s everyday questions, is featured monthly in Ottawa’s Tone Magazine.
Ottawa Sri Chinmoy Centre
The Ottawa Sri Chinmoy Centre meets twice a week for meditations and also offer a variety of activities, including:
- Free Meditation clases
- Concerts of Music – See: Songs of the Soul
- Races – 24 Hr, 12 Hr, 6 Hr Self-Transcendence Race
Sri Chinmoy Links
For more information about Sri Chinmoy, his life and multifarious activities, please visit the following links:
- Sri Chinmoy – Sri Chinmoy’s homepage
- Life of Sri Chinmoy – biographical information on Sri Chinmoy’s life
- Sri Chinmoy Poetry – the poetry of Sri Chinmoy
- Radio Sri Chinmoy – home to audio recordings by Sri Chinmoy and Sri Chinmoy Centre
- Sri Chinmoy TV – home to video recordings of Sri Chinmoy and the Sri Chinmoy Centre
- Sri Chinmoy Library – Sri Chinmoy’s books online
- Sri Chinmoy Music – Sri Chinmoy’s writtings regarding the spiritual role of music
- Sri Chinmoy Songs – the songs and music of Sri Chinmoy
- Sri Chinmoy Reflections – reflections on Sri Chinmoy’s inspirational life and activities
- Madal The Child and A Shakpura Village Boy – biographical writings about Sri Chinmoy by Vidagdha Bennett.