Books by Sri Chinmoy
Listen to Nature: Living in Harmony with the Earth is a new book which presents a collection of Sri Chinmoy's writings on the environment. Through poetry, prose and question and answers, Sri Chinmoy explains the root of our own environmental crisis, how we can learn to love nature and why there is reason to be hopeful of creating a better future.
The new book has a foreword contributed by Jane Goodall, the renowned primatologist and UN Messenger of Peace.
[Sri Chinmoy] stresses the need for a deep spiritual connection with the natural world of which we are part and on which we depend.. Let us heed the words of this spiritual teacher before it is too late."
The book also includes several practical meditation exercises, where Sri Chinmoy offers us the opportunity to meditate on aspects of nature we often take for granted. Sri Chinmoy feels that developing this inner connection with Mother Earth not only feeds the natural environment, but can also bring peace to humanity.
Nature has its own rhythm, its own harmony, its own peace and joy. When you are identified, consciously or unconsciously, with universal Nature, it is all vastness and immensity. There you lose your own outer existence, the feeling that you are separate from other persons. In that state of unified oneness, you become totally one with universal Nature; you become part and parcel of the Vast and the Infinite. You forget your ordinary life, which is your physical frame, your name and your outer existence. In that state, you do not have to make your mind calm and quiet, for the mind is not functioning; you have already become identified with the treasure of universal Nature's consciousness.
Whilst Sri Chinmoy expresses his sadness at the way humanity has damaged Mother Earth, he explains this damage to the environment is a manifestation of the division, fear and greed which are predominant in human minds.
At the same time, Sri Chinmoy offers a message of hope, that through prayer, meditation and identification with Mother Earth we can help to heal the planet and restore the natural beauty of earth.
We must not underestimate the power of spirituality. Prayer and meditation mean new life. When we pray and meditate, at every second we are invoking God’s Compassion. We are saying that Mother Nature is being destroyed. But we have to know that Mother Nature is nothing other than God the creation. We are praying to God the Creator to save God the creation. So He who created this earth can once again create a new creation on the strength of our prayers and meditations.
This medium sized book is an excellent gift for anyone who has love for our planet and wishes to understand both what is going wrong, but also how we can help to protect and renew our connection with nature.
Books by Sri Chinmoy's students
Pradhan Balter has been a student of Sri Chinmoy since 1973, and has given countless talks and workshops on meditation and the spiritual life in over 30 countries. He is a gifted storyteller, and loves to talk about his spiritual journey. He also spent many hours with Sri Chinmoy, and has a lot of stories to tell about that too.
A Twenty-First Century Seeker is compiled from recordings of many of Pradhan's talks, so the book has a very spontaneous, conversational feel to it. The book is really like a practical manual, covering all areas from starting meditation, to growing your spiritual practice and keeping it fresh after months and years have passed.
In 2014, Jayasalini became only the fourth woman ever to complete the world’s longest running race – the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race. Running in rhythm with the heart starts with the profound inspiration she had to run this race shortly after becoming a student of Sri Chinmoy, and takes the reader through her preparation - inner and outer - that brought her to the starting line.
Jayasalini describes the physical, mental and spiritual challenges and joys which face any runner who takes on this race of 52 days - dealing with minor injuries and issues, staying happy and focused, and never giving up - but also the valuable spiritual lessons she learned during this time. For keen runners, it will be of great interest to see how the body and mind cope when pushed to the limit; and for non-runners, it will give a unique insight into a remarkable adventure and the potential of the human spirit. Ultimately, the book is a celebration of running and the ideal of self-transcendence – an experience of a lifetime squeezed into 52 days.
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98 disciples of Sri Chinmoy from around the world tell their own stories of how Sri Chinmoy came to be their Guru, and how his teaching continues to enrich their lives.
In this book, you will meet a cross-section of the Sri Chinmoy Centre; from a Guinness World Record breaker, to accomplished musicians, writers, artists and athletes - all of us ordinary people who have found a way to have deep inner fulfilment in today's world - and find out why individuals from such a diverse range of backgrounds and interests are drawn to Sri Chinmoy as their spiritual Teacher.
From these stories, the reader can get personal insights into many aspects of Sri Chinmoy's spiritual path; sweet reminiscences with Sri Chinmoy, the spiritual value of service, the joy of self-transcendence, as well as experiences of meditation and the inner connection with one's soul and with one's spiritual Teacher. These heartfelt stories will resonate with those seeking a deeper meaning to life.
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Sumangali is one of the best writers in the Sri Chinmoy Centre, and this is an in-depth account of her journey to becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy and finding a deeper fulfilment in life. In vivid terms, she writes of her upbringing and her growing disillusionment with the expectations of modern life; her story is very unique, but the broad themes will resonate with many others also seeking to explore the world of meditation and spirituality.
The second half of the book describes the years she spent with Sri Chinmoy prior to his passing in 2007, and contains many illumining anecdotes and experiences with Sri Chinmoy which helped transform her life and spiritual practice. In all, the book is a revealing perspective on the Guru-disciple relationship, and how the ancient practice of learning from a spiritual Master can have great relevance to a modern spiritual life.
The audiobook, narrated by Sumangali, is also available free of charge to download from sumangali.org, or to listen to at Radio Sri Chinmoy.
Audio: Sumangali talks about how she came to meditation classes organised by the Sri Chinmoy Centre.