Meet some of our members

Members of the Sri Chinmoy Centers in America have been meditating for over forty years, some since early childhood, some since yesterday. Their stories of self-discovery inspire regardless of age. 


Sanjay Rawal

New York

Sanjay is an award-winning filmmaker; in 2010 he directed the documentary Ocean Monk, and co-directed Challenging Impossibility in 2011, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Lunthita works as a Medical Database Analyst in Florida. In her spare time, she is very active in many disciplines - including running, musical performances and giving meditation classes.

Boijayanti is a joint race director of a number of races organised by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team in the New York area, including the Self-Transcendece Swim-Run and the Flusing Meadows 5k race.

Adhiratha Keefe

New York

Adhiratha joined Sri Chinmoy's path in the 1970s, and spent many years working at the United Nations. A sports enthusiast, he was one of the first of Sri Chinmoy's students to swim the English Channel and has traveled all over the world including with the World Harmony and Peace Runs.

Source: Radio Sri Chinmoy

As part of the 'Conversation-Hearts' series of interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students, Adhiratha Keefe shares with us some of the insights about the spiritual life which he has learned from observing his own life, and also from his many years of studying meditation under the guidance of Sri Chinmoy.

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In 2011, Natabara co-directed Challenging Impossibility, which explores Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting and his message that we all have unlimited potential if we have faith in our inmost capacities.

Arpan De Angelo

New York

Inspired and encouraged by Sri Chinmoy, Arpan has been running and racing since 1972 and has run over 300 marathons and ultramarathons as well as hundreds of shorter races over the years. He also feels that poetry and running have a close relationship as he tries to express some of his running experiences through his poems.

Pranlobha is a very keen photographer, and has used that talent to great effect on her travels throughout the world with the World Harmony Run.

Papaha Gosline

San Diego

Papaha is an artist and musician who owns a gallery and art studio that focuses on showing spiritual contemporary art and producing commercial design. Inspired by the example of Sri Chinmoy he also lives a very athletic lifestyle teaching tennis part time, along with enjoying many other sports activities in sunny San Diego.

Ashrita Furman

New York

Ashrita became a student of Sri Chinmoy in 1970. Using the practise of meditation he has been able to break more Guinness world records than any other person

Pradhan Balter


Pradhan runs a successful restaurant in Chicago. He has also written a book about his life with Sri Chinmoy - "At The Feet of My Master". He is also written "A Twenty-First Century Seeker" - a complete guide to meditation and living a spiritual life in today's busy world.

Sharani Robins

East Providence

Sharani is a keen photographer and writes frequently, contributing to her blog and Inspiration-Letters