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RECENT ADDITIONS

Sri Chinmoy’s First Visit to Australia

On February 28, 1976, Sri Chinmoy departed New York on an epic 10,000-mile journey across the globe. And after a series of gruelling flights across two continents and the vast Pacific Ocean he finally arrived in Perth, late in the evening on the first day of March, eager to begin his tour of Australia.

During his ten-day stay, Sri Chinmoy visited the major cities of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide where he gave talks at universities, met with prominent Australians and recorded music for two LP albums. It was in Australia where he played the esraj on television for the first time and learned to play the Western flute. Read a day-by-day account of this historic tour…

Two Immortal Songs — Ami Jabo and Phire Chalo

At his first recitals in America and later at his Peace Concerts around the world, Sri Chinmoy would sing the plaintive, traditional Bengali song Phire Chalo. He would have heard it countless times in India and it was a melody he loved. In 1932, this song became famous throughout the entire sub-continent when it was sung by the blind singer K. C. Dey in the film ‘Chandidasa’.

Fifty years later, in 1982, Sri Chinmoy based his song Ami Jabo upon the original melody of Phire Chalo, and by adding his own poetic lyrics, gave it a new life. Both songs are India’s immortal gifts to the world. Read more, view videos and listen to the songs…

Sri Chinmoy’s Miracle Lift

On January 30, 1987, Sri Chinmoy lifted a weight of 7,063¾ pounds using only his right-arm. It was an achievement that challenged the limits of human possibility and it shook the world of weightlifting.

Sri Chinmoy was not a professional weightlifter, and he was certainly not built for the task. At 5 feet 8 inches high and weighing only 162½ pounds, he was far from the imposing muscle-bound figure one would expect. And given his age of 55 years, he was a most unlikely person to be attempting to lift such massive weights. He was, however, a great spiritual master, a man of adamantine will who had absolute reliance upon God’s Grace. Read more…

NEW YEAR’S MESSAGES

“On the eve of the New Year, a new consciousness dawns on earth. God once again inspires each human being, each creature, with new hope, new light, new peace and new joy.” — Sri Chinmoy

During his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy’s annual New Year’s Message became a tradition. Usually offered in conjunction with a public meditation or concert in the month of December, Sri Chinmoy would recite a special message for the coming New Year.

Here, for the first time, is the entire collection of New Year's Messages from 1966 to 2007, together with Sri Chinmoy’s own comments, photographs from the public meditations, and songs composed. Read more...

CHRISTMAS: The Play of Universal Emotion

by Sri Chinmoy

Each year in the West, Sri Chinmoy observed the birth of Christ. His first Christmas in New York, in 1964, was celebrated at the home of his two American sponsors, Sam Spanier and Eric Hughes. (click photo). The following is an excerpt from ‘CHRISTMAS: The Play of Universal Emotion’ published in AUM Magazine in 1965.

“This is the day that unites near and far. This is the day that awakens the best in us, within and without. This is the Day of Eternal Bliss, from which the Past, Present and Future derive much significance of Existence.

Christmas reveals to us a limitless ocean of Universal Joy. The waves of the suffering world dare not declare their existence.” Read more...

 

A Soulful Tribute to NELSON MANDELA (1918-2013)

Nelson Mandela — Father of the South African Nation — passed away on December 5th, at the age of 95, at his home in Johannesburg. Not only was he a towering inspiration to the people of South Africa, he was universally admired for his courageous struggle against apartheid; his unbreakable will in the face of 27 years of imprisonment; and his compassion and forgiveness of his oppressors.

His legacy to the world at large is beautifully described by his close spiritual friend and fellow peace-lover Sri Chinmoy in the following poems and reflections:

“President Mandela’s very name
Builds a hope-cathedral
In the heart of despair-flooded humanity.”

View slideshow . . .

THE MEANING OF DISCIPLESHIP TODAY – Original Audio Recording

by Sri Chinmoy

On June 1st, 1979, at the request of the Dean of the Pacific School of Religion at Berkeley in California, Sri Chinmoy delivered one of his most historic lectures.

He opens his main address with the question: “Who is a disciple?” And immediately answers: “A disciple is a seeker, a truth-seeker.... A disciple is a lover; he is a Heaven-lover.... A disciple is a server; he is an earth-server.... A disciple is a fulfiller; he is a God-fulfiller.”

Sri Chinmoy highlights the differences between “yesterday’s disciple, today’s disciple and tomorrow’s disciple” and explains the importance of the Master-disciple relationship.

Listen to the original recording along with transcription.

 

Scholarly Studies

by Sri Chinmoy

The opportunity to venture into uncharted waters has always been a profound source of inspiration for seekers after knowledge. The creative works of Sri Chinmoy have presented just such a challenge, particularly in the last century when he was newly arrived in the West from India.... That this writer was also a musician, a mystic and a philosopher merely compounded the difficulties. But, somehow, barriers dissolved. Traditional universities acceded to topics that had never been attempted before ... and pioneering studies [were] undertaken at universities in Australia, the USA, Iceland and New Zealand. The fact that these dissertations and theses came to fruition is a testament to the enduring power of Sri Chinmoy’s words and music – and to the courage of a handful of scholars scattered around the globe. Read more…

 

MY LETTERS

by Sri Chinmoy

The seven letters in this volume, written by Sri Chinmoy between November 1968 and January 1969, were first printed in a booklet entitled ‘My Letters’.

Since these letters were first written, they have largely remained unread. They are published here in their entirety, with the original typed pages displayed in a slideshow format and the unedited text for each letter available through the table of contents. Read more…

 

Bengali songs

The lyrical quality of the Bengali language lends itself perfectly to poetic expression. Its cadence and rhythm give it a natural musicality. Even so, it takes the touch of divine inspiration to transform these elements into immortal songs. 

Sri Chinmoy had the rare gift of being able to create Bengali lyrics and simultaneously imbue them with haunting and exquisite melodies. From his earliest childhood until the final days of his life, he immersed himself in the world of song. Read more...

 

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD – Original Audio Recording

by Sri Chinmoy

On April 22nd, 1974, Sri Chinmoy delivered three university talks in three different US states. In this, the final lecture of the day, at the North Idaho Junior College in Idaho, Sri Chinmoy answers one of humanity’s age-old questions: Does God exist?

“Here we are all seekers. Some of us may not be as sincere as others. Some of us may be curiosity-mongers. Some of us, at times, become doubters. Some of us, at times, become atheists. Yet we are all seekers. Just because we are seekers, at God’s Choice Hour, one day we shall realise God.”

Listen to the original recording along with transcription.