Divine Enterprises

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Pranlobha Kalagian talks about working in the Silence-Heart-Nest restaurant in Seattle.
Sri Chinmoy encouraged some of his students to open up enterprises where they could serve the public. These range from small gift shops to cafes, restaurants, printing presses and running stores.

These enterprises aim to offer more than just a product - they seek to provide consumers with a unique and peaceful environment to enjoy their meal, coffee or shopping experience. Sri Chinmoy called them divine enterprises to emphasise this aspect - he asked his students working in the enterprise to feel as if they are serving God inside each customer.

The enterprises are independently owned by Sri Chinmoy's students, but often Sri Chinmoy would offer names to the enterprises to reflect the high spiritual ideals his path strives for.

Find an enterprise: Cafés & Restaurants • Music storesRunning storesFlower ShopsGift Shops

Cafés and restaurants

Australian Enterprises

Australia and New Zealand

Canada

Panorama Cafe, Queens

United States

Europe

Music Stores

The Gandharva Loka music stores sell intriguing and captivating instruments from around the world, with stores in Dublin, Salzburg, Christchurch.

Other music stores: Sangitamiya - the Nectar-Music, Reykjavik, Iceland 

Running stores

As well as putting on races for the public, Sri Chinmoy's students also serve the running community with stores in the UK and Italy.

Flower shops

  • The Garland of Divinity's Love, New York
  • Phulero Dola, Ottawa
  • Gratitude-Heart-Garden, Chicago

 

Gift Shops

 


Selfless service

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Muslim Badami from Auckland, New Zealand explains why selfless service is his favourite aspect of Sri Chinmoy's path
Sri Chinmoy felt that meditation should not be an escape from the world, but a way to have deep inner peace while remaining in society. He felt that the best way to do this was to perform ones daily tasks with a sense of 'selflessness' - to get joy from giving one's efforts for the betterment of mankind, instead of being attached to the end result.

In our path, selfless service plays a considerable role. Meditation and selfless service are both of paramount importance....Each time we do selfless service we increase our capacity. God is omnipresent. He is the universal Consciousness. When we do selfless service, we feel oneness with the rest of mankind and become one with this universal Consciousness. Each moment we do something selflessly we enlarge our consciousness from the one to the many. First oneness starts with our spiritual brothers and sisters and then it spreads to the rest of the world.

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The spiritual benefit of a vegetarian Diet

Sri Chinmoy's students follow a vegetarian diet as part of their spiritual discipline; many of the enterprises are cafes or restaurants that serve vegetarian food. Here are some related links on our sites