'It was like I was seeing who Guru really was: this extraordinary, beautiful being inside a physical body'
This is one of the stories in our Story-Gems project, a collection of our experiences with our Guru, Sri Chinmoy. Project homepage »
I was asleep in New York when the phone rang, and I was invited to go up to Guru's house. That was about 1:00 in the morning. I went to his house, and there were about six boys and maybe six girls there in the room.
Guru didn't say very much, but he asked us to walk around the room as a walking meditation past him and round the back in a circle. We walked around him about seven or eight times very, very slowly.
When I walked past Guru, I began to see this extraordinary being that I had never really seen before. It was like I was seeing who Guru really was, this extraordinary, beautiful being inside a physical body. Guru looked like some very ancient, very majestic and quite incomprehensible spiritual force. I realised that I was really getting a glimpse of man in God or God in man, that there was this very powerful being inside the finite body that was Guru. I realised that Guru would always be beyond my comprehension, that my mind could not fathom how vast Guru really was.
Sri Chinmoy's students describe their inner and outer experiences.
The Swimming RelayToshala Elliott Auckland, New Zealand
My inner callingPurnakama Rajna Winnipeg, Canada
The oneness of all paths - personal experiencesNirbhasa Magee Dublin, Ireland
No Fear, Only the Heart’s ConcernJogyata Dallas Auckland, New Zealand
The day my Guru accepted me as his discipleBanshidhar Medeiros San Juan, Puerto Rico
The happiest I've ever beenGabriele Settimi San Diego, United States
The spiritual life is normal to meShankara Smith London, United Kingdom
My Life with Sri Chinmoy: a bookTejvan Pettinger Oxford, United Kingdom
Muhammad Ali: I was expecting a monster, but I found a lambSevananda Padilla San Juan, Puerto Rico
In the Right Place, At the Right TimeEshana Gadjanski Novi Sad, Serbia
It does not matter which spoon you useBrahmacharini Rebidoux St. John's, Canada
interviews with Sri Chinmoy's students