The prose and poetry of Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy’s published works in the West span from 1970 into the new millennium – and number nearly 1,600. Sri Chinmoy’s literary outpouring covers many different genres – seer-poems and mantras of the heighest height, wisdom-flooded aphorisms, world-wide university lectures, full-length plays on the Avatars, one-act plays based on the Indian classics, commentaries on India's ancient scriptures of India and answers to spiritual seekers' questions. Sri Chinmoy has also written most eloquent tributes in poetry and prose to some of the leading luminaries of our times.
On a lighter note, his collected works contain stories at once enlightening and entertaining, hundreds of which have been enacted by his students worldwide.
Sri Chinmoy has published nearly 1, books to date that include:
120,000 Published Poems50,000 poems from “Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees”
27,000 poems from “Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants”
10,000 poems from “Ten Thousand Flower-Flames”
2,240 rhyming poems
1,301 poems written in 24 hours (August 7th-8th, 1996)
The finish of 10,000 Flower-Flames on July 3rd, 1983
63 Plays published in 16 books including11 full length plays (7 on the lives of the Avatars)
52 one-act plays
Sri Chinmoy performing in his own play, “The Son”, on August 27th, 1974.
389 University Lectures
272 lectures at universities in the USA
117 at universities in other countries
Offering a lecture on Sri Aurobindo at King’s College, University of Cambridge, November 12th, 1997
3,950+ Published Stories
400 serious stories
482 biographical stories
364 autobiographical stories
398 light or entertaining stories
2,287 autobiographical anecdotes
54 children's stories
6 translations of other Bengali writers
675+ Published Jokes
Some of Sri Chinmoy’s early books were accepted by distinguished publishing houses such as Simon & Schuster, Rudolf Steiner and Herder & Herder. In recent years, Hazeldon, Health Communications, Blue Dove Press, Simon & Schuster and New Holland Publishers (Australia) have released major books by Sri Chinmoy. Sales of The Wings of Joy have soared to nearly 65,000.