Biography of Sri Chinmoy - Part 2
Sri Chinmoy's Goals and the Sri Chinmoy Centre
Since his departure from India in 1964, Sri Chinmoy has endeavoured to foster a new groundswell for global harmony through an extensive anthology of published writings; through works of art and poetry; in over seven hundred global concerts of his own compositions; through dialogue with world leaders; through sports, athletics and multiple unique initiatives that have involved countless people at a grassroots level.
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.
Sri Chinmoy –
world harmony dreamer
He sees the spiritual awakening in each individual – a widening capacity for love and compassion, an empathy and oneness with others, inner peace, a love for both God the creator and God in creation itself – as the great challenge facing mankind and essential in achieving a harmonious world.
"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".
With their universal appeal and relevance and their 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.
The Sri Chinmoy Centre
Members of the global Sri Chinmoy Centre
gather to meditate with Sri Chinmoy
In the four decades that Sri Chinmoy has resided in the West, Sri Chinmoy Centres have been established in some 400 cities in over 70 countries. Their activities share a common goal of fostering world harmony through athletic, cultural and musical initiatives that have a popular community following. The Sri Chinmoy Centre does not have a dogma or require any particular belief system of its adherents – rather it espouses a spiritual approach to life based upon a belief in the essential goodness and divinity of the human soul.
Sri Chinmoy encourages the practise of meditation as a powerful method of cultivating this spiritual awakening, and sees the inner peace in each individual as a necessary pre-condition to any lasting harmony in the world. In his words, "Each individual has to become the pathfinder of a new world." To this end, the Sri Chinmoy Centre offers courses in meditation as one of its principal activities – at Sri Chinmoy's request these courses are available to the public for free.
As with many spiritual organisations, Sri Chinmoy has established guidelines and standards for his meditation centres. He requests those who follow his path to be vegetarian and to refrain from alcohol, drugs and smoking. His students are encouraged to meditate regularly and to meet once or twice each week to meditate together. This is a cornerstone of his spiritual path.
Exercise, particularly running, is also encouraged, reflecting his belief in the importance of physical well-being and excellence as a complement to spiritual progress. Body, mind, heart, soul – each of these inseparable aspects of our humanity can be perfected. Sri Chinmoy encourages his students to offer something of their talents or capacities to the community as well, believing that by sharing their inspiration and concern for others they can, in various ways, serve the goal of world harmony.
Sri Chinmoy sprinting
Sri Chinmoy takes a personal interest in the development of his disciples worldwide and has travelled to many countries to meet his followers and to encourage the growth of the centres. As a loving parent will try to bring forward the very best in his or her child, so too, through these principles of right living, the role of the spiritual teacher is to encourage the rapid blossoming of the student's potential and spirit.