Sri Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

Indian-born Bengali and American Contemporary Spiritual Leader, Author, Poet, Athlete and Artist

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There is no greater miracle than our conscious efforts to become good human beings.

To follow the crowd is to miss the destination.

Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever.

What is love? If love means possessing someone or something then that is not real love; that is not pure love. If love means giving and becoming one with everything, with humanity and divinity, then that is real love.

Each thought is the creator of a new experience.

For a genuine seeker, the inner world is infinitely more real than the outer world.

God's Compassion – He gives us not only one chance but countless chances to change our wrong directions

How can one know who his spiritual teacher is?...His heart looks at the spiritual Masters and makes the choice. When the heart sees a spiritual Master, if it is overwhelmed with joy, then there is every probability that that spiritual Master is the right one for the seeker.

I do feel there are countless people on earth who do not believe in the inner power, the inner life. They feel that the outer strength and the outer life are everything. I do not agree with them. There is an inner life; there is spirit, and my ability to lift these heavy weights proves that it can work in matter as well.

I take exercise for each part of the body: arms, legs, back and whatever muscles are required to keep the body fit. I do at least 20 different exercises daily for my upper and lower body. Then I come here every morning to do calf raises and play tennis. If there is time in the afternoon, I play tennis again. At least three hours I spend on weightlifting and bodybuilding.

If we live in our oneness-heart, we will feel the essence of all religions which is the love of God. Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood and the feeling of oneness are the signs of a true religion.

In my philosophy everyone, including the poor, sick and aged, belongs to one family—God’s Family. God is at once poor and rich, sick and healthy, young and old, for He exists inside each and every individual. Here on earth we are all God’s children.

Just one smile immensely increases the beauty of the universe.

Love is the only wealth that man absolutely needs. Love is the only wealth that God precisely is.

Meditation is silence, energizing and fulfilling. Silent is the eloquent expression of the inexpressible.

Music is the inner or universal language of God. I do not speak French or German or Italian, but if music is played from any of those countries, immediately the heart of the music enters into my heart, or my heart enters into the music. At that time no outer communication is needed; the inner communion of the heart is enough. My heart is communing with the heart of the music, and in our communion we become inseparably one.

My soul reminds me again and again that I am not the doer. I am only a witness- God-existence-life.

Not what happens to you but how you accept it is of paramount importance.

One word that wakes All humanity: Love, love, love!

Peace is something that we become. Once we become peace, then only can we give peace to the world and receive peace from the world.

Running offers us the message of transcendence. In our running, every day we are aiming at a new goal... every day we are running towards a goal, but when we reach that goal, we want to go still farther. Either we want to improve our timing or increase our distance. There is no end. Running means continual transcendence, and that is also the message of our inner life.

Soulful music is the music that immediately elevates our consciousness to the Absolute, to the Highest. But ordinary music, vital music, brings our consciousness down. For a fleeting second or a few hours, we get a kind of pleasure; but then this pleasure takes us into a lower vital consciousness where we are tempted. From the temptation-world we enter into the frustration-world, and from the frustration-world we enter into the destruction-world. But soulful music takes us into the world of aspiration. From aspiration we enter into the world of realization, where our inner existence is flooded with Light and Delight.

The flame of oneness-life can never be extinguished. It only knows how to burn on forever and forever.

The stormy life can be braved only by the heart's sunny meditations.

There is no yawning gulf between man and God. Through his aspiration and meditation, Man can become conscious of his oneness with God.

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Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

Indian-born Bengali and American Contemporary Spiritual Leader, Author, Poet, Athlete and Artist