About the Sri Chinmoy Centre
For students of Indian Spiritual Master Sri Chinmoy, the Centre serves as a spiritual home to facilitate their meditation, and their journey towards self-discovery.
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At the same time, the Centres regularly offer uplifting events for the public - free instructional programs in meditation, concerts of spiritual music, local athetic events, and more.
Sri ChinmoyBorn in 1931, Sri Chinmoy spent many hours a day in meditation as a teenager and young adult in a spiritual community in South India, and attained the high states of consciousness described in various traditions as enlightenment or God-realisation.
In 1964, out of obedience to an inner command, Sri Chinmoy came to New York in 1964 to share his inner realisations, where he made his home until his passing in 2007. There are now Sri Chinmoy Centres located all over the world, and several thousand students study meditation and live a devoted spiritual life based on his teachings and guidance.
In today's era, the relationship of Spiritual Teacher and student is oft misunderstood and mis-represented. Certainly, a student-teacher relationship is understood in the common sense, but upon close examination, that relationship is quintessential in almost every human experience. Even in something as casual as sharing a conversation with a friend over a cup of coffee, we lend our opinions (we teach) and absorb those of others (we learn). It is part of being human! And as part of that experience, in addition to communicating outwardly, we also learn the ability to communicate in communicate in consciousness. When we witness a loved one feeling "a little down", its quite natural to try to lift that individual with your own love, compassion and care. To the extent that we do this, we are all little gurus in training! Elevating the consciouness of the seeker-student is precisely the role of a spiritual Teacher. But the vehicle he uses is the power of meditative silence, the power of consciousness operating from the highest level.
It is an essential principal of spiritual practices all over that within each and every one of us is a higher spiritual power, or an aspect of the divine. One may call upon this as soul, spirit, inner pilot, Atman, or whatever. Regardless of the name used, the important tenet of the spirtual life is to nuture that aspect and discover ourselves as representatives of the Infinite, or God, or the Supreme. Each and every one of us has that capacity. Perhaps today you will realize God, tomorrow he or she will realize God. A genuine Spiritual Teacher is someone who realized God just the day before. He is simply an elder brother of humanity, but as someone who has ascended the realization mountain, he can help and guide others up that mountain.