We come from all backgrounds and walks of life, brought together by our shared love of meditation, spirituality and world-service.
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
|Contents of this page:
|1. Our inner life:
|3. Writing and poetry by Sri Chinmoy's students
Meditation experiences by Sri Chinmoy's students.
Getting through difficult times in your meditationBanshidhar Medeiros San Juan, Puerto Rico
Self-transcendence in meditationKailash Beyer Zurich, Switzerland
The most beautiful and fulfilling of all possible experiencesJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation: Touching The InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Seeing the God inside my sonUtsahi St-Armand Ottawa, Canada
An intense, concentrated FireToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
The first time that I really understood that I had a soulJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation Nights at the Sri Chinmoy CentrePreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Spirituality means speedPatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
An airport meditation experienceJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
My 5 a.m. strategic meditationsSanchita Fleming Ottawa, Canada
Reflections on meditationJanaka Spence Edinburgh, United Kingdom
A childhood meeting with Sri Chinmoy by Devashishu Torpy.
Sri Chinmoy's students recall some of their treasured memories.
Growing up on Sri Chinmoy's pathAruna Pohland Augsburg, Germany
A barrage of Candy BulletsJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
When I met Sri Chinmoy for the first timeBaridhi Yonchev Sofia, Bulgaria
My evolving relationship with my spiritual TeacherPradeep Hoogakker The Hague, Netherlands
People see something in Guru and want to be part of itSaraswati Martín San Juan, Puerto Rico
The day I recieved my spiritual nameBanshidhar Medeiros San Juan, Puerto Rico
The day I saw my Guru's Third EyeVidura Groulx Montreal, Canada
I know where you areKamalakanta Nieves New York, United States
Sri Chinmoy meets St. PeterParamita Jarvis Kingston, Canada
Humorous moments with Sri ChinmoyToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
A demonstration of the Master’s occult powersArpan De Angelo New York, United States
My first experience with Sri ChinmoyNayak Polissar Seattle, United States
What drew me to Sri Chinmoy's pathNikolaus Drekonja San Diego, United States
Books by members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre
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
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.
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.
Agnikana has been surrounded by music since her childhood and leads a group that plays spiritual music in concerts all over Europe. She is also a fast runner over short and long distances.
Experiences of sport and self-transcendence.
Is it unspiritual to care about winning?Tejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
10-Day Race: Staring into the InfinitePatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
Listen to the inner voiceVidura Groulx Montreal, Canada
How sports and fitness became part of our spiritual lifeBanshidhar Medeiros San Juan, Puerto Rico
Why we organise ultra-distance eventsSubarnamala Riedel Zurich, Switzerland
Why run 3100 miles?Smarana Puntigam Vienna, Austria
A few of our athletic members
Samalya became a student of Sri Chinmoy when he was 19. A talented athlete, he holds a current Marathon PB of 2.28h
Our best female marathon runner with a PB of 2:28, Samunnati competed in the 2016 Olympics for her native Ukraine
Abhejali is a talented athlete! She first swum the English Channel in 2011 and completed the 'Oceans Seven' of famous open water swims in 2019. She most recently completed a 'Channel Triathlon' - swimming, biking and running all the way from Dover to Prague.
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
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.
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.
Harita is the US co-ordinator for the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. She is also a formidable runner, having run the world's longest race - the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile race - three times.
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.
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...
A Mountain MeditationJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Sri Chinmoy's biography, written by one of the most famous Bengali authorsMahatapa Palit New York, United States
The Swimming RelayToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
My love of spiritual poetryManatita Hutchinson London, United Kingdom
Bhutan, A Country Less Travelled...Ambarish Keenan Dublin, Ireland
The Random DogToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Art and Photography
Pranlobha is a very keen photographer, and has used that talent to great effect on her travels throughout the world with the Peace Run.
Ashish's specialities are cooking and photography. He also is an enthusiastic participant in the World Harmony Run, having joined the international team on runs through Australia, the USA and Ireland.
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.