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Mahasamadhi of Sri Chinmoy


One of the last photos of Sri Chinmoy taken before his mahasamadhi in October 2007. Photo Projjwal.

When a yogi /spiritual master passes away, we often refer it to as their ‘mahasamadhi’

Mahasamadhi is a term used to describe the death of a fully realised Guru / yogi. Mahasamadhi is a yogi’s conscious decision to leave the body. This conscious decision to leave the body can be only attained by a yogi who has attained God Realisation.

For many, death is a frightening experience, but for a realised spiritual Master, death is a natural transition from the one plane of consciousness to another.

Sri Sarada Devi said something most significant about death.

“The difference between a spiritual man and an ordinary man is very simple. Easily you can know the difference between the two. An ordinary man cries and sheds bitter tears when death approaches him; whereas a spiritual man, if he is really spiritual, he will laugh and laugh when death approaches him, for to him death is fun, nothing else”.

Philosophy of death at Sri

Therefore, when the hour of God strikes – when their mission on earth is complete, a yogi is able to consciously withdraw his life-breath from his body. A yogi then enters his final resting place – the consciousness of nirvana / heaven.

However, when a spiritual master leaves the body, it does not mean that their mission is over. What it means is that now they work from a different plane of consciousness.


As mentioned here: The final poem in the last poetry book sold by Sri Chinmoy, offered these immortal lines.

“My physical death
Is not the end of my life –
I am an eternal journey.”

– Sri Chinmoy

Many of my fellow students of Sri Chinmoy, feel that the spirit of Sri Chinmoy is as visibly tangible now, as it was during his lifetime. If anything the meditative consciousness of Sri Chinmoy has been heightened by the atmosphere of veneration and dignified silence which has encouraged a profound peace to descend on our meeting place.

Quite often, students and well wishers would express their kind hopes that Sri Chinmoy would live to a 100 years. But, I remember on quite a few occasions Sri Chinmoy commenting that he really didn’t wish to live for such a long time!

Sri Chinmoy never worried about the future or made great plans as to what would happen after his death, Sri Chinmoy had the faith to leave everything in the hands of God.

In his later years, Sri Chinmoy was often in great physical pain, as his body slowly deteriorated. In this thoughtful essay, Tribute to Sri Chinmoy we can understand why Sri Chinmoy’s death was a natural progression.

Before Sri Aurobindo passed away in 1950, at the age of 78, he commented that he would be able to achieve more by leaving the body.




Sri Chinmoy Biography

“The power that dominates cannot solve world problems. The power that loves can solve world problems.”- Sri Chinmoy

 This is a biography I wrote of Sri Chinmoy, from his early life in India to his later life in the West.

Photo by: Unmesh Swanson, Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries.


Hope by Sri Chinmoy


Hope is at once both simple and profound.
It is hope that binds Heaven and earth. Hope is the bridge between Heaven and earth.
It is hope that makes us feel, at the beginning of our spiritual journey, that we are of God and that we are for God. “

Sri Chinmoy

Photo by Tejvan. View of Magdalen Tower and Christ Church Meadow Oxford, October 18th 2007


The Great Upset – England and France Through to Semis

England 12 – Australia 10

France 20 – New Zealand 18

Yesterday, I was counting runners at the 24 hour race in Tooting Bec, organised by Sri Chinmoy A.C and Run and Become. I was glad to be counting runners, because it meant I would miss watching England getting beating by Australia (or so I thought).

What a turnaround. Sport can often throw up surprises. But, this is one of the great upsets, given England and France’s performances in their first game.

Who Know what will happen in the next games. Anything could happen.

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Commiserations to my Australian and New Zealand friends, 🙂


Quotes of Groucho Marx

Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men — the other 999 follow women.

Groucho Marx

# Marriage is the chief cause of divorce.

# Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

# Although it is generally known, I think it’s about time to announce that I was born at a very early age.

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Inspirational Quotes on Truth

Satyam eva jayate.

Truth alone triumphs.
– Upanishads

“I stand for truth. Truth will never mix with untruth. And even if the whole world is against me, truth must triumph in the end.”

Swami Vivekananda

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?


One truth to learn:
Ignorance is naught.

One truth to follow:
The path of Grace.

One truth to live:
Forget Him not.

One truth to be:
His Heart and Face.

– Sri Chinmoy
– My Flute


Links about Sri Chinmoy

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Harmony and Unity amongst Religions

The idea of religious unity has strikes a chord with many people. I think that one of the great advances of the past century is that people have become more aware, tolerant and accepting of different faiths. True, there is still a long way to go. But, I feel that people are no longer inspired by the idea of only one path being correct. Sri Chinmoy has done much to try and promote the ideal of the underlying unity of the different world religions.

“No religion is absolutely perfect. Yet not only do we fight for religion, but also are we often willing to sacrifice our lives for it. And what we hopelessly fail to do is to live it. A true religion is that which has no caste, no creed, no colour. It is but an all-uniting and all-pervading embrace.”

Religion should not be a means to divide a separate people. It should be a vehicle to bring people together. As Sri Chinmoy suggests:

Man-made religions find fault with one another, whereas God-made religion is eternally a oneness-song — God-manifestation through human aspiration on earth.”

One of the great exponents of Religious Unity was the Hindu Yogi, Swami Vivekananda. This is an audio recording of his opening speech given at the World Parliament of Religions, Chicago, 1894.

Photo: Sri Chinmoy at World Parliament of Religions, Barcelona 2004
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