Meditation-Silence 34: Aspiration

This is the 34th episode of the series “Meditation-Silence” which focuses on the power of meditation. It also includes a meditation video of Sri Chinmoy, taken this time during a meditation on “Aspiration-Ground” in Queens, NY with original live sound (August 1983). Today’s quote is on “Aspiration”:

“Why do me meditate? We meditate just because our life needs inspiration. Our life needs aspiration. Aspiration is to some extend a form of meditation. It is our meditation that promises to give us our realisation-tree. Today meditation plays the role of aspiration. And tomorrow meditation will play the role of realisation. The inner pilot – the Pilot-Supreme – inspires us to act and it is he who has already kept the fruit of action safe and alive of our aspiration.”

– Sri Chinmoy, from “Wings of Joy”, first published by Fireside, NY, 1997.

Produced and filmed by kedarvideo, Switzerland; Narration: Kanan Roberts, Music: “Flute Music for Meditation” © Sri Chinmoy

The Divine Smile

The photographs in this slideshow do not only show Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) in a meditative state, they also let us remember that the master’s smile always was part of his life. When he met disciples, when he gave out prasad (sanctified food) and when he met with world-famous figures from all walks of life. It is this smile which attracted seekers everywhere, it is this smile that was shining from concert and workshop posters, and it is this smile that was being spread when he appeared on a TV show. You could not approach him with your mind because immediately after meeting him you felt his sweetest heart-power. And this is the strength of a true spiritual master. Sri Chinmoy used words only if necessary, like in an interview, a conversation or a talk. But much stronger was his meditation and closely connected his divine smile, that will be with us for eternity.

I went through thousands of photographs of Sri Chinmoy from many of his most active photographers and compiled this slideshow, surrounded by his own flute music. Enjoy and keep these smiles in your heart! Length: 12:50 min / Edited by Kedar Misani.

Opening of the parliament of World’s Religions

On the day 8 years ago Sri Chinmoy opened the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain. As already in 1993 in Chicago, he was invited to open this important worldwide spiritual event. After being introduced, he gave a silent meditation and continued by playing on his favorite instrument, the Indian esraj. About 5,000 people were present in and around the auditorium in Barcelona. Camera & Edit: Kedar Misani

Writing as Sadhana

Tejvan Pettinger

Sri Chinmoy often encouraged us to write – write about the spiritual life, write about our experiences with Guru. On one occasion Guru said to us: “Can disciples not write for one hour every day?” Later Guru, modified this to: “Can disciples not write for half an hour every day?” Perhaps Guru said this in the hope we might write for perhaps half an hour every week or even half an hour every month…. When I think about what brought me to the spiritual life, a large part was reading accounts by disciples of great Masters – disciples of Ramana Maharshi, Sri Ramakrishna and Yogananda. They all inspired me to practice meditation and the spiritual life. Now, I am also fortunate to read so many accounts by disciples of our own Guru. – Like Gunagriha’s book, the many miracle stories, Arpan’s function reports and even just short reminiscences from Joy weekends.

There can be something intimidating about writing that first sentence; the mind is adept at finding a 100 excuses / reasons / justifications to delay. But, once we clear some space and devote it to writing, we can often be surprised at how beneficial writing is. I feel it is somewhat like talking to new disciples. As Guru says, when we talk to new seekers, it brings to the fore our good qualities, and reminds our forgetful mind of all the many good experiences we have had in the spiritual life. It is the same with writing, it helps to relive profound experiences and strengthen our aspiration.

Perfection and Speed

Both perfection and speed are aspects of Sri Chinmoy’s path. Guru, of course embodied both; with tremendous dynamism he could also work with great perfection. However, if we start with an idealised model of perfection, our

clever mind may just use this as an excuse never to start. “I’m not a writer, other people can do it better e.t.c.” But, we need to start where we are. It’s best just to write and allow the words to flow; it can always be improved later. (and thanks to all those who send me corrections for my second grade grammar standards… )

I remember one experience as a new disciple. It was my first family Christmas after becoming a disciple. I found the party atmosphere difficult; I just couldn’t enjoy the same things I used to before being a disciple. I remember becoming somewhat wistful and unhappy, but, then I just started writing on a spiritual topic. I don’t think the article was any good, but, it did my consciousness alot of good! The mild unhappiness left and, for the first time, I realised the power of writing as an aspect of spiritual sadhana.



Jharna-Kala – the art of Sri Chinmoy

“Jharna-Kala” is the name Sri Chinmoy has chosen for his artwork. It is a Bengali expression and signifies art flowing from the source of creation, flowing from the inspiration the artist receives in his meditation. The paintings are spontaneous and uplifting. Their composition is the intuitive interplay of light and colour flowing across the canvas in both serene and exhilarating rhythms. Never have I met such paintings. They are definitely a new art form: 100 % from the heart, leaving the mind aside. Created in seconds and minutes, they represent the vastness of the spirit and show the beauty of the colours and shapes. I personally have a strong relationship with Sri Chinmoy’s art. The moment I encountered his paintings, I felt a strong attraction. I am therefore happy that I could build a little collection with original artworks, created with vivid acrylic colours. They are only a small segment of a huge body of work, consisting of 150’000 paintings and around 15 million bird drawings. Some pictures can be seen on, the ones from my own collection here. I also produced several slideshows and short documentary features that can be watched on Enjoy them!