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.
Experiences of meditationPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
How I became interested in meditationAbhejali Bernardova Zlín, Czech Republic
Self-transcendence in meditationKailash Beyer Zurich, Switzerland
Help From AboveToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
A Divine Phone CallJogyata 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.
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.
Muslim gives free introductory meditation classes throughout the year in his home city of Auckland.
A former Olympic-level contender in sailing, Preetidutta gives many meditation classes in her native Auckland.
A childhood meeting with Sri Chinmoy by Devashishu Torpy.
Sri Chinmoy's students recall some of their treasured memories.
Having a Spiritual TeacherPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Sri Chinmoy's inner guidanceKailash Beyer Zurich, Switzerland
My Life with Sri Chinmoy: a bookTejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
Starting a spiritual caféToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Listen to the inner voiceVidura Groulx Montreal, Canada
An airport meditation experienceJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
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
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.
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.
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.
Experiences of sport and self-transcendence.
Winning the Swiss Alpine MarathonVajin Armstrong Auckland, New Zealand
Breaking Guinness recordsAshrita Furman New York, United States
Running the world's longest raceJayasalini Abramovskikh Moscow, Russia
How Sri Chinmoy appreciated enthusiasmPrachar Stegemann Canberra, Australia
Progress-Pilgrimage: A 1200km run from Vienna to ParisShamita Achenbach-König Vienna, Austria
How meditation helped me swim the English ChannelAbhejali Bernardova Zlín, Czech Republic
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Suhasini has helped to organise many memorable Peace Run ceremonies in Bali, as well as travelling to many countries with the international team.
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...
My love of spiritual poetryManatita Hutchinson London, United Kingdom
The Random DogToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation: Touching The InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Bhutan, A Country Less Travelled...Ambarish Keenan Dublin, Ireland
A Mountain MeditationJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
The Swimming RelayToshala 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.
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.