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.
An intense, concentrated FireToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation Nights at the Sri Chinmoy CentrePreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Getting through difficult times in your meditationBanshidhar Medeiros San Juan, Puerto Rico
My 5 a.m. strategic meditationsSanchita Fleming Ottawa, Canada
Spirituality means speedPatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
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
Growing up on Sri Chinmoy's pathAruna Pohland Augsburg, Germany
The relationship between Guru and discipleBaridhi Yonchev Sofia, Bulgaria
Running for PeaceJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
An airport meditation experienceJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
It does not matter which spoon you useBrahmacharini Rebidoux St. John's, Canada
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
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.
Ghantika and her whole family became students of Sri Chinmoy. Ghantika plays the saxophone in Bartika's Jazz Group, an all-female group that performs Sri Chinmoy‘s melodies in a combination of jazz, rock and pop styles.
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.
Experiences of sport and self-transcendence.
Why we organise ultra-distance eventsSubarnamala Riedel Zurich, Switzerland
Running the world's longest raceJayasalini Abramovskikh Moscow, Russia
Running and MeGarga Chamberlain Bristol, United Kingdom
How Sri Chinmoy appreciated enthusiasmPrachar Stegemann Canberra, Australia
Why run 3100 miles?Smarana Puntigam Vienna, Austria
Progress-Pilgrimage: A 1200km run from Vienna to ParisShamita Achenbach-König 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
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.
Our best female marathon runner with a PB of 2:28, Samunnati competed in the 2016 Olympics for her native Ukraine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Meditation: Touching The InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
The Swimming RelayToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
A Mountain MeditationJogyata Dallas 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
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.
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.
Pranlobha is a very keen photographer, and has used that talent to great effect on her travels throughout the world with the Peace Run.