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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

SRI CHINMOY - EAST's SHINING STAR OF WISDOM


                                
There are many Indian Masters who went to West and propagated the message of  India,  after Swami Vivekananda.  

Philip Goldberg in his much-acclaimed book "American Veda' termed him 'The Olympian Guru'.  Born as Chinmoy Kumar Ghose in 1931, Sri Chinmoy was orphaned at 11 and spent next 20 years in the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, South  India.  Set his foot on New York in 1964 and worked as a clerk at the Indian Consulate before known to the world as Sri Chinmoy, the leader of a spiritual community in Queens.


Compare to other Gurus of his generation, it is said that Sri Chinmoy had relatively few disciples.   He is such a prolific writer with more than 1,500 books, 115,000 poems and 20,000 songs.  His core philosophy says that a sound body may lead to higher elevation  in spiritual life which can be emanated from the fact that  he  used to participate in marathons and ultra-distance races.   All through his works, he taught the Vedantic message of oneness.

Though his childhood is full of rough weather as his parents had passed away  in much younger age, but something positive in life was in store for young Chinmoy who took shelter in  Sri Aurobindo ashram, Pondicherry that changed his destiny. His following verse inspires me a lot:

"Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest, from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no end to our progress, for God Himself is inside each of us and God at every moment is transcending His own Reality."

After a fruitful life of 76 years, Sri Chinmoy attained Samadhi on 11th October 2007 in New York city.