Much loved for his own deep love for humanity and his lifelong dedication to world peace, spiritual master Sri Chinmoy touched and inspired countless lives. His prolific teachings flow from the ancient springs of India’s spirituality and bring anew its timeless message – that happiness lies in self discovery, in the quest for enlightenment, in realizing our own ultimately divine nature.
He cherished all of the world’s religions and spiritual paths as aspects of one underlying Truth; formed enduring friendships with many world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Mikhail Gorbachev and Princess Diana; and left behind an astonishing legacy of literature (1600 books), art, poetry and tranquil music compositions. During his life Sri Chinmoy pioneered many initiatives to foster a more peaceful world – in humanitarian aid, through sport and music, in the international World Harmony Run, and through interfaith and U.N. meditations. The teaching of meditation, always freely, remains a strong part of his legacy.
Sri Chinmoy’s message is one of optimism and hope and a belief in the innate goodness of the human heart. His many efforts and initiatives over 76 years were unified by his vision of a world oneness – family living together in peace, in his words:
“My ultimate goal is for the whole world to live together in peace and oneness. There must be a great synthesis between the inner life and the outer life. The inner life wants love, and the outer life wants power … Only the power that loves can change the world. My ultimate goal is for the power of love to replace the love of power within each individual. At that time, world peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on earth.
Sri Chinmoy visited Cape Town in December 1995 and, together with a small group of his students from around the world, offered a series of free concerts for peace and meditation workshops for the people of Cape Town. During this time he also met with many of Cape Town’s prominent leaders, including the then Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu.
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