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.
Help From AboveToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
How I became interested in meditationAbhejali Bernardova Zlín, Czech Republic
Getting through difficult times in your meditationBanshidhar Medeiros San Juan, Puerto Rico
Where the finite connects to the InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation: Touching The InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
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.
Jogyata has given classes and talks on meditation for the general public for over 30 years, both in New Zealand and around the world. He has published a collection of stories about his experiences as a student of Sri Chinmoy.
Lunthita works as a Medical Database Analyst in Florida. In her spare time, she is very active in many disciplines - including running, musical performances and giving meditation classes.
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.
What drew me to Sri Chinmoy's pathNikolaus Drekonja San Diego, United States
My first experience with Sri ChinmoyNayak Polissar Seattle, United States
I just knew from the moment I saw himAshrita Furman New York, United States
Starting a spiritual caféToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation functions with Sri ChinmoyKokila Chamberlain Bristol, United Kingdom
When I met Sri Chinmoy for the first timeBaridhi Yonchev Sofia, Bulgaria
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
A singer and accomplished piano accordionist, Toshala is also a member of the international women's group Shindhu.
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.
Hridananda Andres Ramon
Originally from Colombia, Hridananda came to Iceland to study and now calls it home. A versatile musician and composer, he assists with arranging Sri Chinmoy's melodies to be performed by the 75-member Gandharva Loka Orchestra at concerts around the world.
Experiences of sport and self-transcendence.
Running a Six-Day RaceRatuja Zub Minsk, Belarus
Progress-Pilgrimage: A 1200km run from Vienna to ParisShamita Achenbach-König Vienna, Austria
Why we organise ultra-distance eventsSubarnamala Riedel Zurich, Switzerland
10-Day Race: Staring into the InfinitePatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
Winning the Swiss Alpine MarathonVajin Armstrong Auckland, New Zealand
Listen to the inner voiceVidura Groulx Montreal, Canada
A few of our athletic members
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.
An accomplished ultra-marathon runner, triathlete and book author, Jayasalini has completed the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 6 and 10 day race, the 3100 Mile Race, and an ironman triathlon. She now gives meditation classes in former Soviet Union.
Abhejali is a talented athlete, having won the Czech national 24 hour athletic championships in 2000 and successfully swum the English Channel in 2011. She is currently aiming to complete the 'Oceans Seven' of famous open water swims.
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
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.
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.
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.
A talented musician, Laufey has organised Peace Runs in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
Bayarkhuu has travelled the world as part of the international Peace Run team, taking part in runs in Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and Korea
Suhasini has helped to organise many memorable Peace Run ceremonies in Bali, as well as travelling to many countries with the international team.
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
The Swimming RelayToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Bhutan, A Country Less Travelled...Ambarish Keenan Dublin, Ireland
My love of spiritual poetryManatita Hutchinson London, United Kingdom
The Random DogToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Art and Photography
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.
Pranlobha is a very keen photographer, and has used that talent to great effect on her travels throughout the world with the Peace Run.
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.