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
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|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 Nights at the Sri Chinmoy CentrePreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
Meditation: Touching The InfiniteJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
Spirituality means speedPatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
An intense, concentrated FireToshala Elliott 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.
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.
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.
My life with Sri ChinmoyNamrata Moses New York, United States
I want what he hasKamalakanta Nieves New York, United States
Meditation functions with Sri ChinmoyKokila Chamberlain Bristol, United Kingdom
Having a Spiritual TeacherPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
My first experience with Sri ChinmoyNayak Polissar Seattle, United States
No prior experience neededSamalya Schafer Berlin, Germany
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.
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.
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.
Running and MeGarga Chamberlain Bristol, United Kingdom
Why run 3100 miles?Smarana Puntigam Vienna, Austria
10-Day Race: Staring into the InfinitePatanga Cordeiro São Paulo, Brazil
How Sri Chinmoy appreciated enthusiasmPrachar Stegemann Canberra, Australia
Running the world's longest raceJayasalini Abramovskikh Moscow, Russia
The Ever-Transcending GoalPreetidutta Thorpe Auckland, New Zealand
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
Bhutan, A Country Less Travelled...Ambarish Keenan Dublin, Ireland
A Mountain MeditationJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
The Random DogToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
My love of spiritual poetryManatita Hutchinson London, United Kingdom
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.
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.