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.
A Divine Phone CallJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation: Touching The InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
An airport meditation experienceJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Self-transcendence in meditationKailash Beyer Zurich, Switzerland
Where the finite connects to 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.
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.
As well as giving meditation classes in Ottawa, Brahmata also sings and plays guitar with Sangit Surabhi, a group that performs concerts of Sri Chinmoy's music.
A childhood meeting with Sri Chinmoy by Devashishu Torpy.
Sri Chinmoy's students recall some of their treasured memories.
Time seemed to freezeBrahmata Michael Ottawa, Canada
What drew me to Sri Chinmoy's pathNikolaus Drekonja San Diego, United States
My Life with Sri Chinmoy: a bookTejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
Running for PeaceJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
It does not matter which spoon you useBrahmacharini Rebidoux St. John's, Canada
Sri Chinmoy's inner guidanceKailash Beyer Zurich, Switzerland
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
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.
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.
Adarsha is a very powerful and soulful singer - Sri Chinmoy greatly admired his singing and would sometimes invite him to sing during his own concerts. He sings in many concerts each year, including the world wide 'Songs of the Soul' concert series honouring Sri Chinmoy's musical legacy.
Experiences of sport and self-transcendence.
Progress-Pilgrimage: A 1200km run from Vienna to ParisShamita Achenbach-König Vienna, Austria
10-Day Race: Staring into the InfinitePatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
How Sri Chinmoy appreciated enthusiasmPrachar Stegemann Canberra, Australia
Running and MeGarga Chamberlain Bristol, United Kingdom
Why we organise ultra-distance eventsSubarnamala Riedel Zurich, Switzerland
Breaking Guinness recordsAshrita Furman New York, United States
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
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.
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.
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.
Bayarkhuu has travelled the world as part of the international Peace Run team, taking part in runs in Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and Korea
An enthusiastic runner, Sweta helps to organise the Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run in her native Nepal, and has been part of the international team for the North American leg on three occasions.
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...
My love of spiritual poetryManatita Hutchinson London, United Kingdom
The Swimming RelayToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Bhutan, A Country Less Travelled...Ambarish Keenan Dublin, Ireland
The Random DogToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
A Mountain MeditationJogyata Dallas 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.