Literature

As we have a human world, where we get all earthly things, even so there is a world of inspiration.
If we go deep within, we can enter into that world and find that the poems are already written. …
There is a world of poetry, a world of prose, a world for all literature that exists. 
 –  Sri Chinmoy

 

 

The Jewels of Happiness
Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey [Audio Edition]

Words by Sri Chinmoy. Narrated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others.

Ever since he led the Peace Meditations at the UN, the power of Sri Chinmoy’s initiatives have been praised by world leaders and influenced thousands of individuals. Here, his insightful words, elegant prose, and shrewd aphorisms form a wonderful tapestry of inspiration for people from all walks of life.  Read more...

The audio book was launched at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

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The Ever-Transcending Quest
A Literary Analysis of the Poetry of Sri Chinmoy
Introduction

by Mrinali Christine Clarke

The idea of a poetic voice expressing or evoking pure consciousness is, of course, a paradoxical problem, for it raises the conundrum – how can one express in mere words an experience of such a subjective metaphysical nature, or, in other words, how does one ‘express the inexpressible’? The daunting nature of such a task has, however, never discouraged the artist or writer from attempting it. Read more

 

 

The Ever-Transcending Quest
Chapter One — Separation

by Mrinali Christine Clarke

In looking at a selection of poetry by Sri Chinmoy, loosely grouped here under the heading of Separation, we first encounter poems that concentrate on the soul’s evolution... The soul as a portion of the Supreme Being manifests itself in the physical world. The inconscience of the dense physical plane then intervenes to blanket the soul’s actual union with the Divine — the Oneness before birth is forgotten, the Quest then begins... Read more

 

 

The Ever-Transcending Quest
Chapter Two
— Trial

by Mrinali Christine Clarke

The Trial now explores the steps of the mature spiritual aspirant as he is tested, and the intricacies of the profound inner relationship and interaction with the Supreme Consciousness.… The subtle relationship between a seeker and his God can involve many cycles of union, and subsequent falls, extremely high experiences, with the interplay of human doubts and insecurities. Read more

 

 

The Ever-Transcending Quest
Chapter Three
— Return

by Mrinali Christine Clarke

Here, in Chapter Three, we finally come to the poet’s work which seeks to describe the experience of ... Union. This is the culmination of the spiritual quest and through the final topics we witness how the English language, hewn by the divine Poet, portrays the exalted states of fulfilment and blissful absorption into divine Consciousness. Read more

 

 

The Art of Running
Spirituality, Aesthetics and Sports in Sri Chinmoy’s Literature

by Hridananda Andrés Ramón

The following paper deals with the genre of sports literature. It offers a study of the most significant works that the philosopher, poet, sportsman and spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy has written in this field. Submitted to the Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, University of Iceland, May 2003. Read more

 

 

Poetry’s Universality and Humanity’s Divinity:
A Reciprocal Soul-Discovery Journey
(English version)

by Hridananda Andrés Ramón

An Approach to the Concepts of Truth, Beauty, and Delight in Sri Chinmoy’s Poetic Work. Submitted to the Faculty of English, University of Iceland, 2005. Read more

Realidad, búsqueda y revelación (Spanish version)

La realización de la Divinidad en la obra poética de Sri Chinmoy. Submitted to Faculty of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Spain), 2003 Read more

 

 

Simplicity and Power

by Dr. Vidagdha Bennett

Every age calls forth its poet, someone who is able to express its deepest ideals and aspirations. The critic who first engages in the appraisal of this newly emergent poet is faced with vastly different responsibilities from the critic who deals with writers of an established excellence. Beyond his direct response to this promising new body of literature lies the task of creating a climate of empathy in which the poems may be received by future readers and commentators. Read more

 

 

Sri Chinmoy and the Language of Prayer

by Dr. Vidagdha Bennett

Perhaps the greatest impulse to pray comes from our perception of the degree of separation between our human heart and God. When God is far from us, we yearn for His Presence. When we feel close to Him, we praise Him. We pray to God in the belief that our prayers will be heard, that they will bridge the chasm between the finite and the Infinite and link us to that immense Other. And, in rare moments of mystic oneness, we feel that prayer can embody something of the radiance and beauty of the Divine itself. Read more

 

 

Sri Chinmoy’s “Ten Thousand Flower-Flames”
A Commentary

by Dr. Vidagdha Bennett

On Sunday, July 3rd, 1983, Sri Chinmoy completed the final poem – poem number 10,000 – of his monumental series entitled Ten Thousand Flower-Flames. It is not often that we are given the opportunity to celebrate a poetic “event”. Both as readers and critics, we are seldom in touch with the immediacy of creation and though a poem should become immortal in after-ages, something of that original impact, akin to a new discovery, is lost with the lengthening passage of time.
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Thus Spoke our Master

 

The Australian SBS Radio, Persian Programme, interviewed Dr. Kazem Abhary about his book, a translation of 500 of Sri Chinmoy’s aphorisms into Persian, titled Pire Maa Farmood, meaning ‘Thus Spoke our Master’ on 20th March 2011. The following questions were asked by the SBS host… Read more