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A collection of quotes by Sri Chinmoy on spirituality, peace, meditation, inspiration, joy, purity, sincerity, beauty, life, smile, failure, success and strength.

80 Sri Chinmoy Quotes To Enlighten Your Spiritual Side

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Chinmoy Kumar Ghosh, renowned as Sri Chinmoy, was an Indian spiritual guru. He was instrumental in making the practice of meditation mainstream in the western world. Chinmoy’s parents passed away when he was a child and by the time he was only 12, he moved to Sri Aurobindo Ashram located in Pondicherry. It was during his stay in Pondicherry for two decades that he became an authority on spirituality and meditation. Chinmoy decided to migrate to the United States in 1964 in order to provide spiritual guidance to the people there and with the help of Aurobindo Ashram; he moved to New York City. In the United States, Chinmoy opened up his first meditation school at Queens and over the years, his popularity grew as new meditation centers were built all across the world in 60 nations and the number of students eventually soared into thousands. In addition to that, Chinmoy was also a well-known author of books on spirituality, wrote poems and organized public events in order to educate people about the benefits of meditation. We bring to you a treasure trove of quotes that have been excerpted from his books, thoughts, poems, speeches and sessions. Read on the compilation of some of the best quotes by Sri Chinmoy that will surely give you an idea about meditation and spirituality. 

I am very happy Because I have conquered myself And not the world. I am very happy Because I have loved the world And not myself.

- Sri Chinmoy

Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.

- Sri Chinmoy

Hate is often an obverse form of love. You hate someone whom you really wish to love but whom you cannot love.

- Sri Chinmoy

Be sincere in your thoughts, Be pure in your feelings. You will not have to run after happiness. Happiness will run after you.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

Peace begins When expectation ends.

- Perfection and Transcendence, Sri Chinmoy

If we feel inwardly strong, we will have no need or desire to speak ill of others.

- Sri Chinmoy

Just one smile Immensely increases the beauty Of the universe.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

Do you want to change the world? Then change yourself first. Do you want to change yourself? Then remain completely silent inside the silence-sea.

- Meditation: Man-perfection in God-satisfaction, Sri Chinmoy

You hate someone whom you really wish to love, but whom you cannot love. Perhaps he himself prevents you. That is a disguised form of love.

- Sri Chinmoy

Hope is sweet. Hope is illumining. Hope is fulfilling. Hope can be everlasting. Therefore, do not give up hope, Even in the sunset of your life.

- My Life's Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment, Sri Chinmoy

Love your enemy. It will not only puzzle him, But finally illumine him.

- Sri Chinmoy

Do not Blame the world. Find a solution.

- My Life's Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment, Sri Chinmoy

Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seeker's life- in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

If we can feel that it is not our voice, not our fingers, but some reality deep inside our heart which is expressing itself, then we will know that it is the soul’s music.

- Sri Chinmoy

Not to give up under any circumstances should be the motto of our life: I shall try again and again, and I am bound to succeed. There will be obstacles, but I have to defy the obstacles.

- Sri Chinmoy

Try not to change the world. You will fail. Try to love the world. Lo, the world is changed. Changed forever.

- Sri Chinmoy

The inner light actually comes from the soul; it is already inside us. The moment we can have free access to our soul, we will see that this light is coming to the fore to permeate our whole outer existence.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

You must never forget that greatness does not guarantee happiness but goodness always does

- Sri Chinmoy

Never worry about things That you are unable to change. Change your own way Of looking at truth,

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

Do you want to make progress? If so, then take each problem not as a challenging rival, but as an encouraging friend of yours, who is helping you to arrive at your ultimate destination.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

If we feel secure In the depths of our heart, We shall not challenge anybody, For inner confidence Is nothing short of Complete satisfaction.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

Run and become. Become and run. Run to succeed in the outer world. Become to proceed in the inner world.

- Sri Chinmoy

World-peace can be achieved when the power of love replaces the love of power.

- Sri Chinmoy

I begin by imagining The impossible And end by accomplishing The impossible.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

Instead of telling the world What it is supposed to do, Why don't you immediately do it yourself? In this way, I assure you, Your happiness will be surprisingly multiplied.

- Sri Chinmoy

Wherever you go, go with inspiration and aspiration. Whatever you do, do with love and concern. Whomever you see, see with purity's beauty And responsibility's glory.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

Daring enthusiasm And abiding cheerfulness Can accomplish everything on earth Without fail.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Look at your heart-flower and smile. You will be able to solve your most pressing problems.

- Meditation: Man-perfection in God-satisfaction, Sri Chinmoy

Hope knows no fear. Hope dares to blossom even inside the abysmal abyss. Hope secretly feeds and strengthens promise.

- Sri Chinmoy

Death is not the end death can never be the end. Death is the road. Life is the traveller. The Soul is the Guide

- Sri Chinmoy

Remain cheerful, For nothing destructive can pierce through The solid wall of cheerfulness.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

Yesterday I was clever, That is why I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, That is why I am changing myself.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

Not by blaming the world, not by shunning the world, but only be loving the world can I have peace of mind

- Sri Chinmoy

Every day there is only one thing to learn: how to be honestly happy.

- Meditation: Man-perfection in God-satisfaction, Sri Chinmoy

Truth is in all, But love is all.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Your mind has a flood of questions. There is but one teacher Who can answer them. Who is that teacher? Your silence-loving heart.

- Sri Chinmoy

True humility means giving joy to others.

- My Life's Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment, Sri Chinmoy

When we encourage others With no personal motives, We raise high, very high, Humanity's progress-standard.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

Now is the time to make good use of time. Today is the day to begin a perfect day.

- Meditation: Man-perfection in God-satisfaction, Sri Chinmoy

Be universal in your love. You will see the universe to be the picture of your own being.

- My Life's Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment, Sri Chinmoy

Be kind, be all sympathy, For each and every human being Is forced to fight against himself.

- My Life's Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment, Sri Chinmoy

To follow the crowd Is to miss The destination.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

Every second a seeker can start over, For his life's mistakes Are initial drafts And not the final version.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

No matter how fleeting Your smile is, Your smile is the very beginning Of your wisdom-light.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Do you want to be happy? Then make your life as soulfully simple As sleeplessly breathing.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

The word "impossible" is only in the mind And not in the heart. If we can remain in the heart, There will be no end to our progress.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Tell others When you love them. This will really make their lives Worth living.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

In between your failure-tree And your triumph-tree, The tree that is growing Is known as your patience-tree.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

To make the fastest progress, Be an absolutely cheerful Hero-warrior And take both victory and failure As parallel experience rivers Leading to the sea Of progress-delight.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

If you want to understand yourself, Then do not examine yourself. Just love yourself more sincerely, More soulfully And more self-givingly.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

My heart's gratitude Is My life's plenitude.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Wait for tomorrow To think tomorrow's thoughts.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

I love my enemies for two reasons: they inspire me to recognise my weakness. They also inspire me to perfect my imperfect nature.

- Sri Chinmoy

True inner joy is self-created. It does not depend on outer circumstances. A river is flowing in and through you carrying the message of joy. This divine joy is the sole purpose of life.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

I meditate So that I can inundate My entire being With the omnipotent power of peace.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

When you are right, everything around you is right, for the beautiful flow that is inside your heart has the capacity to spread its fragrance of oneness-light all around you.

- Meditation: Man-perfection in God-satisfaction, Sri Chinmoy

True gratitude can never come From the mind. It has to flow from the heart To the mind, vital and body Until everything that we have and are Is a sea of gratitude.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Gratitude is pure happiness. Happiness is sure perfection.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Not what happens to you But how you accept it Is of paramount importance.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

To succeed in any field, Our enthusiasm-eyes must sparkle And our enthusiasm-hearts Must dance.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Patience, increasing patience, Is all we need To be victorious In the battlefield of life.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Beyond speech and mind, Into the river of ever-effulgent Light My heart dives. Today thousands of doors, closed for millennia, Are opened wide.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

When I think good thoughts, I feel that man is not, after all, so bad.

- My Life's Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment, Sri Chinmoy

The language of the heart Is the only language That everybody can understand.

- Sri Chinmoy's Heart Garden: A Book of Aphorisms for Joy and Inspiration, Sri Chinmoy

There is nothing more powerful than peace.

- Meditation: Man-perfection in God-satisfaction, Sri Chinmoy

Your defeats in life's battlefield Will soon be ending, Because your mind is no longer indifferent To your heart's spontaneous enthusiasm.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

Poise is an unseen power, And this unseen power is always ready To come to the aid of the outer action.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

A moment's truth Can and shall make the world beautiful. A moment's peace Can and shall save the world. A moment's love Can and shall make the world perfect.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Fear is a real enemy. What does it do? It buys our coffin long before we are destined to die.

- Sri Chinmoy

What you powerfully hold In your thought-world Will make you either A street beggar Or a great king.

- My Life's Soul-Journey: Daily Meditations for Ever-Increasing Spiritual Fulfillment, Sri Chinmoy

A spiritually established life is not an easy task. But a materially satisfied life is an impossible task.

- Meditation: Man-perfection in God-satisfaction, Sri Chinmoy

Not the power to conquer others But the power to become one with others is the ultimate power.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Meditation is silence, energising and fulfilling. Silent is the eloquent expression of the inexpressible.

- The Silent Teacher: A Beginner's Guide to Meditation, Sri Chinmoy

Deepen your faith in yourself. Nothing will be able To frighten or weaken you.

- The Wings of Joy: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace, Sri Chinmoy

Complete and total perfection will come about only when we feel that our perfection is no perfections as long as the rest of humanity remains imperfect.

- Sri Chinmoy

Peace is eternal. It is never too late to have peace. Time is always ripe for that. We can make our life truly fruitful if we are not cut off from our Source, which is the peace of Eternity.

- The Jewels of Happiness: Inspiration and Wisdom to Guide Your Life-Journey, Sri Chinmoy

Love the world. Otherwise, you will be forced to carry the heaviest load: your own bitter self.

- Sri Chinmoy

Love is not a thing to understand. Love is not a thing to feel. Love is not a thing to give and receive. Love is a thing only to become And eternally be.

- Sri Chinmoy

God’s philosophy is simpler than the simplest: “Never give up, never give up!

- Sri Chinmoy

Life is nothing but the expansion of love. We can cultivate divine love by entering into the Source. The Source is God, who is all Love.

- Sri Chinmoy