Meditation saves a prison inmate's life

This is one of the stories in our Story-Gems project, a collection of our experiences with our Guru, Sri Chinmoy. Project homepage »

As part of the Humanity's Perfection-Builders program, Vajra and some prison inmates give a performance of spiritual theatre.

It so happened that one day while Guru was at the Jamaica track, a prison inmate I had been corresponding with ran up to Guru and said, "Are you Sri Chinmoy?" and Guru said yes.

It turned out that when he was in prison, the inmate was being threatened by one of the prison gangs inside the prison itself. His life was on the line. Somehow he had started meditating on a Transcendental picture of Sri Chinmoy which I had given him in our correspondence.

He came out of prison and he saw Guru – the very person he had been meditating on – running on Jamaica track, and told him, "You saved my life." When Guru concentrated on it, he saw it was absolutely true.

After he had that experience with the young man running up to him at Jamaica Hills, Guru called me and and said, "I want you to take my books into prisons." That's when I started the Humanity's Perfection-Builders programme of giving meditations at different prisons throughout Canada and the United States.

God’s Protection
Is always eager to save my life
From untold dangers.

Sri Chinmoy 1

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