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  • Meditation – Getting Started | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    nice things about meditation is that we don t need to know very much we are not filling the mind with knowledge and technique but rather unlearning emptying the mind entirely Nor is there any dogma or belief system required you only need to feel that you yourself can blossom into something more that the nice qualities in your nature or the moments of peace in your life can be greatly multiplied Meditation is entering into the energising silence inner peace and expansive happiness of the soul But to reach this inner plane you need to create the necessary conditions in your outer life which will support this self discovery The first secret here is sincerity no matter how busy or demanding your outer life may be you need to commit to a regular daily time to practice and create a focal place at home where this practice can become established Like a plant growing in the sunlight your special place and special time will be sunlight to the soul Find a corner of your room or a small space that feels right set up a low table with a clean cloth over it and place there a candle in a holder and a flower or two in a vase Add one or two personal items if you wish a photo of a spiritual master some prayer beads a meditation statue whatever connects you to the feeling of spirit You can sit there on a cushion on a meditation stool or on a chair whatever suits you Ideally you should sit about one metre back at eye level Find some incense that you like as well this creates a special feeling and adds a little of the ritual and the sacred to your practice Simple meditative music a bamboo flute

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  • Meditation – The Benefits | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    feel and function in our outer life is determined to a very great extent by our inner life our happiness our confidence our moods our consciousness We often have little power to change events in the outer world but we can change the way we react to them When we are happy and calm difficulties and problems are easily coped with when we are anxious or unhappy the same difficulties can become nightmares Our whole experience of life is coloured by our own consciousness our life is the creation of our minds Meditation balances the inner and outer worlds and brings out the bright colours of our nature joyfulness serenity loving kindness strength These emerging positive qualities reshape our very experience of life for everything starts within Sri Chinmoy spiritual master and harmony inspirer The Inner Pilot The writings of all the great sages and pathfinders over the centuries share many recurring ideas and truths one of these is a belief in the wisdom and beauty of the human soul Sri Chinmoy describes the soul as our inner pilot it is our highest Self our truest Self our in house life guide The more we listen to our soul the more our outer life will flourish and prosper and it is in the silence and stillness of meditation that the wisdom of the soul can most easily be felt and experienced In everything of life decision making problem solving the search for fulfillment and purpose the inner pilot is there to show us the way and we can learn to access it through our deepening practice The Soul s Special Promise The great sages also tell us that each soul is unique and has something very special to accomplish on earth It is by listening to our inner pilot that we begin to feel and understand what our life s deeper purpose is and then our outer life becomes increasingly in harmony with this knowledge The discovery and fulfillment of the soul s special promise brings us great happiness Power of mind The many techniques employed in learning meditation share a common theme harnessing and concentrating the power of the mind By products and benefits of this effort are numerous an ability to focus and concentrate quickly enhanced memory a stillness in the meditating mind which enables us to access deeper intuitive creative and inspirational parts of our being Power of Heart Sri Chinmoy places great emphasis on the spiritual heart in our quest for happiness for it houses many of our most powerful spiritual qualities A widening deepening capacity for love compassion for others a oneness with all of life inner wisdom a desireless happiness like the fragrance of an inner flower spreading out into our life a treasure trove waiting to be discovered The heart is an egoless unhorizoned consciousness and living in the heart is one of the secrets of real happiness One of the principle forms of yoga bhakti yoga is centered in the spiritual heart

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  • Some Secrets of Meditation | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    in some personal way or have some feeling of your soul s connection with a divine benign intelligence this secret is enormously powerful Your meditation is less self reliant self effort and more a gift of Grace everything will be given to you by God because you are His child and He or She loves you Feel like a child when you meditate and call out to the loving parent to help you find your way to give you the experiences you need and to keep you moving forward along the best path for your self discovery 5 The habits that shape our lives can either help or hinder our progress and we ourselves can best judge their impact on our spiritual life Remember the principle of holistics the mind body heart soul interconnection and that what we do in one part of our life will affect all the others The physical body for example needs to have well being fitness and vitality to enhance the quality of our meditation if we are unwell or physically restless even sitting still in a chair for ten minutes to meditate will be very difficult Exercise helps the body to have stillness to co operate in the effort to cultivate inner peace Many spiritual paths also recommend a shift towards a more vegetarian diet the food we eat impacts on our consciousness as well and affects the energies in the body mind and subtle nervous system Smoking drinking and drugs are a common feature too in our modern lifestyle but from a spiritual point of view they diminish the purity of our mind and body and slow our progress The body can be a temple or a dungeon You choose But an energetic pure disciplined physical is a perfect foundation for the blossoming of our spiritual life body mind physical spiritual go together Feel open enough to embracing new things not caught by your own habits to the extent that you no longer even have the freedom or willpower to change them An excellent selection of Sri Chinmoy s writings on this subject can be found at Body Mind Spirit Thus lifestyle is important if you meditate deeply then wander off to a horror movie or watch television all night it s rather like pouring water into a bucket with holes in it All your inner wealth will drain out of you Sri Ramakrishna a great spiritual master from the late 1800 s sometimes illustrated this point in a striking analogy to three different kinds of dolls Here the doll represents a seeker a searcher of truth one doll is made of salt one of cloth one of stone If you lower the salt doll into the ocean the ocean of ignorance the world it will simply dissolve the cloth doll will be saturated with worldliness but yet retain some of its shape and spirit the stone doll will remain untouched and the water will simply run off it If you want to

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  • The Meditation Book | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    calm during your practice time responsive also to the subtler feelings and energies of the spiritual heart But you need to be careful what you read avoid intellectual or excessively mental books about meditation or anything that over stimulates the mind with thought One text that has been an enduring source of guidance and help for me is Sri Chinmoy s wonderful guide book Meditation We each have our favourite spiritual books and this is a standout favourite for me Here s why The great spiritual masters who have lived on earth over our long history are like pathfinders who have made the journey of self discovery before us and pioneered new paths for seekers like ourselves to follow Their writings and teachings their music the legacy they leave behind is like a map of the journey that we ourselves have now begun and helps us greatly in finding our own way forward They are like mountain guides who having navigated their way many times up to the mountain summit come back down to show others a sure path up to the high peaks In Sri Chinmoy s writings we find such a gift Having attained through years of intense practice a very advanced mastery of meditation Sri Chinmoy is a teacher whose knowledge of meditation flows from direct insight and experience With the authority of one who has climbed to the mountain top he sets out each step each stage of the journey with clarity and common sense Meditation is a landmark classic an anthology of meditation techniques ranging from simple to advanced and containing a wealth of practical advice and inspiring teachings for the inner traveller Each chapter offers a theme topic about some essential aspect of meditation including mastering the essentials meditation in the spiritual heart mantra

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  • Biography of Sri Chinmoy | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    future for humanity through initiatives in sports music the teaching of meditation and humanitarian aid His vast body of creative works and diverse activities are unified by this single purpose Sri Chinmoy has lived in New York city since 1964 Early Life Seventy four year old Sri Chinmoy was the youngest of seven children the son of Shashi Kumar Ghose a railway inspector and later founder of a small Chittagong bank and Yogamaya Ghose During his childhood Sri Chinmoy was known by the affectionate Bengali nickname Madal meaning kettledrum a reference to his noisiness and liveliness Prophetically Yogamaya said of her son My Madal is destined to be played on by the gods and goddesses in the skies When Sri Chinmoy was 11 his father died a year later his mother Yogamaya also passed away and the young Madal left Bengal permanently to join several of his family members in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in South India Sri Chinmoy spent the next two decades immersing himself in the dynamic culture of a large and active ashram He was a talented athlete and excelled as a sprinter and decathlete wrote and published frequent articles and poems the beginnings of a prolific literary career and developed a profound love for meditation which he would often practise for up to fourteen hours a day On April 13th 1964 at the age of 32 Sri Chinmoy moved to the West to share like Vivekananda and other Indian sages before him the teachings of India and to serve the goal of world harmony More Life of Sri Chinmoy Yogamaya Sri Chinmoy s Mother Religion Sri Chinmoy was born into a Hindu family but is best known for his deep respect for all religions and spiritual paths and his own deep love for God In his

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  • Biography of Sri Chinmoy - Part 2 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    life wants love and the outer life wants power Now we are all exercising the love of power But a day will come when this world will be inundated with the power that loves Only the power that loves can change the world My ultimate goal is for the power of love to replace the love of power within each individual At that time world peace can be achieved revealed offered and manifested on earth With their universal appeal and relevance and their complete acceptance of other cultural and religious beliefs Sri Chinmoy s views lend themselves to a wide audience He has become well known for his inspirational message of optimism and hope his unswerving belief in the unlimited potential and innate goodness of the human spirit and his belief in the oneness of all humankind The Sri Chinmoy Centre Members of the global Sri Chinmoy Centre gather to meditate with Sri Chinmoy In the four decades that Sri Chinmoy has resided in the West Sri Chinmoy Centres have been established in some 400 cities in over 70 countries Their activities share a common goal of fostering world harmony through athletic cultural and musical initiatives that have a popular community following The Sri Chinmoy Centre does not have a dogma or require any particular belief system of its adherents rather it espouses a spiritual approach to life based upon a belief in the essential goodness and divinity of the human soul Sri Chinmoy encourages the practise of meditation as a powerful method of cultivating this spiritual awakening and sees the inner peace in each individual as a necessary pre condition to any lasting harmony in the world In his words Each individual has to become the pathfinder of a new world To this end the Sri Chinmoy Centre offers

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  • Biography of Sri Chinmoy - Part 3 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    visit Sri Chinmoy Library and Sri Chinmoy Poetry Creating thousands of acrylic paintings displayed in galleries worldwide Sri Chinmoy calls his artwork Jharna Kala a Bengali phrase meaning fountain art a reference to it s spontaneous and flowing style His often abstract art varies from miniature works to huge murals A number of his paintings form permanent features in galleries and institutions worldwide The late Raisa Gorbachev wife of former President Mikhail Gorbachev described Sri Chinmoy s paintings as a meeting with the nobility of the human soul Drawing millions of bird sketches or soul birds rapidly executed pen and ink drawings of avian images depicting the inner qualities of the human soul Many commentators and art critics have hailed this achievement as one of the most striking and singular in modern art and selections from Sri Chinmoy s anthology of bird sketches have been displayed in many notable venues including JFK International Airport the United Nations Headquarters UNESCO Paris London s Mall Galleries and The Louvre in Paris Please feel welcome to visit Sri Chinmoy Art Offering over 700 concerts of his own meditative compositions to audiences of up to 19 000 people often in major auditoriums worldwide and always free of charge Sri Chinmoy is a prolific composer of devotional music and accomplished on many instruments in particular the stringed Indian esraj on which he is regarded as a maestro He commonly performs on up to 20 different instruments in concert specialising in the cello Western echo flute Indian harmonium piano and violin Sri Chinmoy has dedicated a number of concerts to prominent political figures including 13 concerts dedicated to President Mikhail Gorbachev of the former Soviet Union and to other prominent cultural and religious figures such as Pope John Paul II Mother Teresa and Leonard Bernstein Sri

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  • Biography of Sri Chinmoy - Part 4 | New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centre
    to serve God in a special way and the peace loving souls who are encouraging us whole heartedly deserve my ever blossoming gratitude World harmony world peace these are not mere dictionary words These are the realities divine realities and supreme realities For all of us who are aspiring to become good citizens of the world our Harmony Run is a supremely important inspiration to us all Sri Chinmoy In 1970 at the request of U Thant the third Secretary General of the United Nations Sri Chinmoy founded a non denominational programme at the United Nations in New York which offers meditations for world harmony interfaith programmes and cultural activities for UN delegates staff members and special guests In 1991 Sri Chinmoy established an international humanitarian aid organisation The Oneness Heart Tears and Smiles which now sends medical pharmaceutical and educational supplies to over 120 countries This initiative specialises in meeting specific country aid requirements and has fostered a network of aid programmes and support services The Oneness Heart Tears and Smiles has developed a popular Kids to Kids programme in which participating donor schools in one country send educational supplies and essential items to their counterparts in other countries Our humanitarian service is not our self motivated condescending act of charity to the poor and the needy It is a gigantic opportunity to feed nourish and strengthen our own poor brothers and sisters so that they can side by side march along with us to proclaim the world oneness victory of God the Creation Sri Chinmoy Sri Chinmoy began weightlifting in 1985 at the age of 54 Specialising in both one arm lifts and the standing and seated calf raise since 1986 Sri Chinmoy has performed many unusual lifts and feats of strength with one purpose in mind to encourage others to believe in and explore their own unlimited potential in whatever field of life He describes this core belief as self transcendence the capacity of each and every human being to surpass their imagined limitations On a custom built standing calf raise machine Sri Chinmoy has lifted elephants sailboats helicopters Lear jets grand pianos trucks and mounted Canadian policemen to name a few The novelty and inspiration he has brought to weightlifting have resulted in enduring friendships with many strength athletes and inspired a renewed interest and understanding of the body mind physical spiritual connection My lifting is all done on the strength of my heart s oneness with the world What I wish to show by these feats of strength is that prayer and meditation can definitely increase one s outer capacity When we transcend ourselves we do not compete with others we do not compete with the rest of the world but at every moment we compete with ourselves We compete only with our previous achievements And each time we surpass our previous achievements we get joy Sri Chinmoy Sri Chinmoy has also founded a unique award programme called Lifting Up the World with a Oneness

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