was born in 1931 into a wealthy and religious family in East Bengal. His six siblings were all in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, where the 12 year old Chinmoy followed them after the death of their parents. After a few weeks he had spent with work in the ashram kitchen, he saw the Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the experience of the Absolute, which made him realize that he had been a yogi already in a previous existence with a high degree of inner realization and recognition.
He remained in the ashram for 20 years, where he perfected his mind through intense meditation, enhanced and stabilized, to also be able to maintain it in daily life. In 1964 he followed an inspiration to New York where he still lives with a growing number of students.
As a spiritual master, he would not only teach meditation and inspire his students, but rather step out of the power of this inner life into the world and act creatively. Sri Chinmoy writes poetry and prose, paints, draws, composes and playes music. He set some world records.
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