My spiritual search from childhood

Hemabha talks about how she was interested in spirituality from a very young age. After trying many different paths, she explains what drew her to the path of Sri Chinmoy, whilst living in London, UK. 

A childhood meeting with Sri Chinmoy

Devashishu's parents became Sri Chinmoy's students when he was 9 years old; here he describes how the family's first meeting with Sri Chinmoy happened quite by accident in his home city of London.

My evolving relationship with my spiritual Teacher

Pradeep talks about how, when he joined the spiritual path, he had a certain set of preconceptions about the path and the teacher, Sri Chinmoy. Over the years, he came to realise that a real spiritual teacher's role is only to show you the divinity that you have inside yourself.

How I got my spiritual name

After some time, Sri Chinmoy would often give his students a spiritual name - a name that reflected the inner essence of their soul. Pradeep describes the story of how he got his name, and learned a lot about detachment and oneness in the process.

Experiences of meditation

Preetidutta, a member of the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Auckland, describes some of the precious meditation experiences she has had over the years.

Winning the Swiss Alpine Marathon

This interview with Vajin Armstrong, a student of Sri Chinmoy's from New Zealand, was conducted shortly after he won the Swiss Alpine Marathon in Davos, Switzerland in July 2016. Vajin has competed at elite level for many years, and he talks about many topics including the link between running and meditation, his relationship with Sri Chinmoy, and advice for new runners.

This interview is part of the LIFE Voices series, shot and edited by Kedar Misani

The value of meditation in a stressful job

Garga works as a supervisor in a call centre, a job where he frequently has to interact with callers who are angry and upset. He explains how his meditation helps him understand and communicate with upset callers, and gives him a sense of inner peace and detachment that helps him remain unaffected.

Getting through difficult times in your meditation

All spiritual seekers go through high and low points in their journey of self-discovery. When going through a 'dry' period, Banshidhar recommends to always have a 'never give up' attitude, and to have an awareness of how fleeting time is.

Running a Six-Day Race

Multiday races are one of the ways in which Sri Chinmoy's students challenge themselves. Ratuja describes how her experiences during the race changed, and she reached a point where "there comes a time when there is only the road, you, and your soul".

Self-transcendence in meditation

Kailash, a long-time student of Sri Chinmoy, explains how constant self-transcendence is essential in the spiritual life - "if you want to have a deeper meditation, you need to grow into a deeper kind of personality, and in order to do that we have to transcend ourselves."