Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sri Chinmoy died at the age of 76

Thursday, October 11, 2007 The Passing of Sri Chinmoy
This morning the spiritual inspiration of my life, Guru Sri Chinmoy, died at the age of 76. In the coming days there will be many tributes to his remarkable life. I wanted to post some words in tribute. I will offer more in the days to come. Note the official press release... Posted by S. Neil Vineberg at 5:16 PM
Early Years In India (1931-1964) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He was the youngest of seven children, born in Shakpura village in the
Chittagong District of East Bengal (now Bangladesh).[5] His parents were Shashi Kumar Ghosh, a railway inspector turned banker,[6] and Yogamaya Ghosh, an Indian homemaker of devout temperament.[7] He lost his father to illness in 1943, and his mother a few months later. Orphaned, in 1944 the 12-year-old Chinmoy joined his brothers and sisters at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where elder brothers Hriday and Chitta had already established a presence.[8] There he spent the next twenty years in spiritual practice, including meditation, study in Bengali and English literature,[9] and work in the ashram's cottage industries.[10]
In his teens and twenties he was a sprinter and decathlete.[11] In 1955 he became secretary to Nolini Kanta Gupta[12] - the third in charge at the ashram - translating many of the latter's articles from Bengali to English.[13] He also published articles of his own about India's spiritual leaders,[14] and continued filling notebooks with poems, songs, and reflections on ashram life.[15]...
His early writings were published by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram,[41] and after 1964, by his Western students. He gained wider recognition in 1970–71 with Yoga and the Spiritual Life (Tower Publications), Meditations: Food for the Soul (Harper & Row), and Songs of the Soul (Herder & Herder). In the spring of 1971, The Philosophical Society of England published his 1969 Harvard lecture "The Vedanta Philosophy."[42] In July 1972, the Princeton Seminary Bulletin published his lecture "The Upanishads: India's Soul-Offering" delivered there the previous October.[43] Since then his poems, essays, stories and aphorisms have been published widely.[44]
He penned commentaries on the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad-Gita[45] - and a book of plays on the life of the Buddha[46] which were produced off-Broadway in New York in 1995,[47] and at London's Union Theatre in 2005.[48] His longest play, The Descent of the Blue,[49] recounts important incidents in the life of Sri Aurobindo. It was first published serially in Mother India: A Monthly Review of Culture.[50]

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