Rare recordings

Sri Chinmoy delivered over 500 lectures at universities and cultural institutions around the world during his more than forty years in the West – most of them in his first two decades, between 1965 and 1985. He also offered thousands of informal talks and answered countless spiritual questions.

With this collection of rare recordings, there is now the opportunity to directly experience the charm and power of Sri Chinmoy’s original spoken words.


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.

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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.”

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EAST AND WEST – Original Audio Recording

by Sri Chinmoy

In February 1965, Sri Chinmoy was interviewed on a New York City radio station, during which he read a short message. This is the earliest known recording of Sri Chinmoy, made just ten months after his arrival in the West, at the age of 33.

Here, Sri Chinmoy shares his spiritual optimism for the union of East and West: “Across all physical and conventional barriers between East and West, high above national standards, above even individual standards, will fly the supreme banner of Divine Oneness.” These prophetic words were published six months later as an essay in the first issue of AUM Magazine in August 1965.

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OUR PATH – Original Audio Recording

by Sri Chinmoy

“Our path is basically the path of the heart and not that of the mind. This does not mean that I am criticising the path of the mind. Far from it. We feel, that the path of the heart leads us faster towards our goal.”

These are the immortal words of Sri Chinmoy as he spoke to members of his newly formed London Centre on November 21, 1970. It is unquestionably one of Sri Chinmoy’s most important talks. The power and conviction of Sri Chinmoy’s voice in this original recording is as accessible and inspiring today as it was all those decades ago.

Listen to the original recording along with transcription.