Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), was born in East Bengal, India (now Bangladesh). Heeding an inner command, he came to the United States in 1964 to be of service to aspirants in the Western world. He served as spiritual guide to thousands of students in more than 100 meditation Centres worldwide. Renowned as a student of peace, at the invitation of then Secretary-General U Thant of the United Nations, in 1970 Sri Chinmoy began leading twice- weekly peace meditations for delegates and staff at UN Headquarters, and continued to do so for the rest of his life. He offered over 700 meditative concerts in venues all over the world, always free of charge, and during the concerts played a wide variety of Eastern and Western instruments. Sri
Chinmoy’s boundless creativity found expression also in art, literature and athletics. He maintained friendships with such world luminaries as President Mikhail Gorbachev, President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mother Teresa.