Video: Sri Chinmoy drew over 16 million birds using many different mediums and surfaces - here he draws on fabric.

Sri Chinmoy calls his artwork Jharna-Kala, which is Bengali for "fountain-art." The name reflects the spontaneous fountain of creativity he experiences through meditation, expressed and revealed through an extraordinary output of paintings in a wide array of media and forms.

In December 1991, Sri Chinmoy began drawing birds, representing the soul's freedom. Since then he has drawn millions of an ongoing series entitled "Dream-Freedom Peace-Birds", or soul-birds, as they are often called. From 1991 to 2007, Sri Chinmoy drew over 15 million soul-birds, sometimes as individual drawings, sometimes in drawings containing groups of birds - anything ranging from a few birds together to thousands of birds on a single page.

"Usually when I draw, I try to be in a contemplative mood. I try to keep my mind as empty, vacant and tranquil as possible. The outer mind is like the surface of the sea. On the surface, the sea is full of waves and surges; it is all restlessness. But when we dive deep below, the same sea is all peace, calmness and quiet, and there we find the source of creativity."

Sri Chinmoy

Sri Chinmoy paints and draws rapidly and spontaneously in a meditative way. His mystical, often abstract works of art, varying from miniatures to murals, include a multiplicity of styles and techniques. To date he has completed many thousands of paintings and millions of drawings, and exhibited in galleries around the world.

Resources on Sri Chinmoy's Art

Sri Chinmoy Art - includes selections of work pre 1996. Also includes writings on art and great artists

Jharna Kala Art Gallery at Sri Chinmoy Centre

Videos of Sri Chinmoy's Art