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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Giving is not an obligation. Giving is self-expansion.

Gratitude is not a mere word; it is not a mere concept. It is the living breath of your real existence on earth.

How to overcome destructive criticism? Just love a little more. That's all.

I do not give up, I never give up, for there is nothing in this entire world that is irrevocably unchangeable.

If I have just one aim, and if that aim is to be myself, then I am bound to discover joy, true joy, eternal joy.

If you are serious about your spiritual life, then you have to meditate at least once a day. If you are very enthusiastic, you can meditate three times a day-early in the morning, at noon or during your lunch hour, and in the evening. Your morning and evening meditations can be for a longer time, for fifteen minutes or half an hour, whereas your noon meditation can be as short as five or ten minutes. If it is not possible to feed your soul three times a day, then please feed it at least once. Feel that the soul is a little divine child. If you don't feed the divine child within you, it will not be able to grow and manifest your inner divine qualities and your soul's possibilities.

In our spiritual life very often we get fascinating experiences and then we don't want to aspire anymore. It is true that experiences can give us encouragement, but very often when we get too many experiences we enter into the vital world. Suppose you are walking along a street toward your goal. If you see beautiful trees, ponds and flowers alongside the street, what happens? The scenery is so beautiful that you take a rest. You say, Let me stay here and enjoy this, and then you stop and enjoy it. But your destination remains a far cry. A sincere seeker knows what his goal is: the highest Truth. He will not delay his journey. In the spiritual life we aspire for the highest Truth, for God, and for nothing else.

Lack of harmony comes when I feel that I know how to do something better than you. Lack of harmony is the song and dance of superiority. Because everybody feels superior, disharmony at every moment is entering into our lives.

Love the battlefield of life, for joy is always breathing secretly and openly in both your victory and your defeat

Meditation speaks. It speaks in silence. It reveals. It reveals to the aspirant that matter and spirit are one, quantity and quality are one, the immanent and the transcendent are one. It reveals that life can never be the mere existence of seventy or eighty years between birth and death, but is, rather, Eternity itself.

Music is the Vedic bird in us. This bird is called Suparna. This bird divine flies in the welkin of Infinity, with the message of Immortality.

Never give up your inward gaze, and never stop your Godward race.

Now what should be the relation between science and spirituality? It should be a relation of mutual acceptance and true understanding. It is an act of folly on our part to expect the same truth, the same knowledge and the same power from both science and spirituality. We must not do that. Neither must we set up the same goal for science and spirituality.

Our body's food is either vegetable or meat, or both. But the soul's food is music. Undoubtedly it is so. Even our physical nature at times desperately needs music.

Peace is the whole truth that wishes to enrapture humanity. War is the whole falsehood that wants to capture humanity. Peace begins in the soul and ends in the heart. War begins in the mind and ends in the body.

Science depends on outer experiment. Spirituality depends on inner searching and seeking. A scientist discovers the power that very often threatens even his own life. A spiritual seeker discovers the power that guides and molds his life into a life of divine fulfillment.

Spirituality is man's conscious longing for God. Spirituality tells us that God, who is unknowable today, will tomorrow become knowable and, the day after, will become totally known.

The joy of a self-giving life can neither be measured nor be expounded.

The very acceptance of the spiritual life demands enormous courage. This courage is not the courage of a haughty, rough person who will strike others to assert his superiority; it is totally different. This courage is our constant awareness of what we are entering into, of what we are going to become, of what we are going to reveal.

There is only one immediate question: Where is God? The immediate answer is: God is where my heart's love-breath is.

To my extreme happiness, my Lord has come to tell me that from now on I must stand apart from my actions, Divine and undivine. He alone is the Doer; I am a mere observer.

Wait for tomorrow to think tomorrow's thoughts.

Do you want to change the world? Then change yourself first. Do you want to change yourself? Then remain completely silent inside the silence-sea.

Either by silencing the mind or by opening the heart, today's man can become tomorrow's God, tomorrow's Divinity. And embodied Divinity soon becomes revealed Immortality.

God can be seen even by the poorest fool, but not by the self-styled, God-arguing intellectual giants.

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Chinmoy, born Chinmoy Kumar Ghose

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