We come from all backgrounds and walks of life, brought together by our shared love of meditation, spirituality and world-service.
|Contents of this page:||1. Our inner life:||• How we joined the Sri Chinmoy Centre
• Our experiences of meditation and spirituality
• Stories with our teacher, Sri Chinmoy
|2. What keeps us busy (besides meditation):||• Music • Athletics • Divine Enterprises • Running for peace|
|3. Writing and poetry by Sri Chinmoy's students|
How we started
Sri Chinmoy's students describe the journey of self-discovery that led them to the Sri Chinmoy Centre.
Abhinabha Tangerman - Amsterdam, HollandAdesh Widmer - Zurich, SwitzerlandApaga Renner - Graz, AustriaUpasevanam and Mahanidhi - Milan, ItalyPradeep Hoogakker - Den Haag, HollandSarita Earp - Halifax, CanadaShashanka Karlen - Geneva, SwitzerlandTejvan Pettinger - Oxford, UKTirtha Voelckner - Munich, GermanyYasovati Steirer - Graz, Austria
Meditation experiences by Sri Chinmoy's students.
Where the finite connects to the InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Experiences of meditationPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation Nights at the Sri Chinmoy CentrePreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Spirituality means speedPatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
My 5 a.m. strategic meditationsSanchita Fleming Ottawa, Canada
Meet some of our meditation class givers
For Sri Chinmoy's students, giving meditation classes is a way to deepen their own meditation experience by sharing this gift with others.
Muslim gives free introductory meditation classes throughout the year in his home city of Auckland.
Padmasini lives in the south of France, where she runs a delightful cafe called Tripti Kulai. She is also the official translator of Sri Chinmoy's writings and travels all over the world to give talks on meditation.
Apaga and her husband Dipavajan manage the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Graz. Apaga regularly offers meditation classes in her home town, and sings with Paree's International Group in concerts all over the world.
A childhood meeting with Sri Chinmoy by Devashishu Torpy.
Sri Chinmoy's students recall some of their treasured memories.
Starting a spiritual caféToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
My first experience with Sri ChinmoyNayak Polissar Seattle, United States
Growing up on Sri Chinmoy's pathAruna Pohland Augsburg, Germany
My evolving relationship with my spiritual TeacherPradeep Hoogakker The Hague, Netherlands
An airport meditation experienceJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
No prior experience neededSamalya Schafer Berlin, Germany
At Sri Chinmoy's request and encouragement, there are many musicians within the Centre who make arrangements of his meditative songs and perform them free of charge to the public. Here is a small selection of groups:
Some of our musical members
Eshana is an accomplished pianist. She is the leader of the female music group Blue Flower, whose members come from the former Yugoslavian republics, and which offer concerts of Sri Chinmoy's music all over Europe.
Samalya became a student of Sri Chinmoy when he was 19. A talented athlete, he holds a current mile PB of 4:18. He also loves music, and recorded his first CD with the group Ashru Dhara in 2011.
Sadanand plays all kinds of percussion instruments, especially the Indian tablas. He travels to more than 15 countries a year to play meditative music, mainly as part of the Songs of the Soul concert series.
Experiences of sport and self-transcendence.
Why we organise ultra-distance eventsSubarnamala Riedel Zurich, Switzerland
Listen to the inner voiceVidura Groulx Montreal, Canada
The Ever-Transcending GoalPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Running the world's longest raceJayasalini Abramovskikh Moscow, Russia
Progress-Pilgrimage: A 1200km run from Vienna to ParisShamita Achenbach-König Vienna, Austria
Why run 3100 miles?Smarana Puntigam Vienna, Austria
A few of our athletic members
Vajin is one of New Zealand's top distance runners, winning the prestigious Kepler Challenge in 2011 and the Swiss Alpine Marathon in 2016
Boijayanti is a joint race director of a number of races organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in the New York area, including the Self-Transcendece Swim-Run and the Flushing Meadows 5k race.
Ashrita became a student of Sri Chinmoy in 1970. Using the practise of meditation, he has been able to break more Guinness world records than any other person.
Working in a spiritual enterprise
Many of Sri Chinmoy's students work in restaurants and stores dedicated to offering Sri Chinmoy's meditative consciousness to the public. Pranlobha Kalajian who works in the Silence-Heart-Nest restaurant in Seattle, describes what her working day is like.
Members who work in enterprises
Shankara, along with her sister Dipika, manages the Run and Become athletic stores in the UK, which were founded by her father Ongkar with Sri Chinmoy's inspiration. She also leads the international women's music group Temple-Song-Hearts, which performs concerts of Sri Chinmoy's music all over the world.
Aruna is the proprietor of the Cosmos-Heart, a charming little café in the centre of Augsburg which serves coffee and cakes in a peaceful setting.
As well as managing a gift store on Vienna's busiest street, Smarana has also completed ultrarunning's toughest challenge - the 3100 Mile Race - seven times.
A talented musician, Laufey has organised Peace Runs in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
As well as helping to organise the Mongolian Peace Run, Sarankhuu always brings joy and enthusiasm to our international Peace Run team, participating in runs in the USA and Australia.
Bayarkhuu has travelled the world as part of the international Peace Run team, taking part in runs in Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and Korea
Sri Chinmoy encouraged us to use meditation to enhance our capacities in many fields - including writing, poetry, art and photography. Here is a selection of musings from our members...
The Swimming RelayToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
A Mountain MeditationJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
My love of spiritual poetryManatita Hutchinson London, United Kingdom
Meditation: Touching The InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Bhutan, A Country Less Travelled...Ambarish Keenan Dublin, Ireland
The Random DogToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Art and Photography
Papaha owns a gallery and art studio that focuses on showing spiritual contemporary art and producing commercial design. Inspired by the Sri Chinmoy's example, he lives a very athletic lifestyle teaching tennis part time, along with enjoying many other sports activities in sunny San Diego.
Pranlobha is a very keen photographer, and has used that talent to great effect on her travels throughout the world with the Peace Run.
Apaguha travels all over the world as part of the Peace Run international team. An immensely talented photographer, he likes to offer public slideshows from his travels, combining stories with pictures of nature and people.