Sri Chinmoy is a world-renowned spiritual teacher born in 1931 in East Bengal (now Bangladesh). After an intense period of study at the Sri Aurobindo ashram in Pondicherry, southern India, he emigrated to the west in 1964. Over the years countless people have been inspired not only by his presence but also by his phenomenal creative output in a vast number of fields, including music, painting, literature and athletics. He is credited with writing over 1,500 books, 115,000 poems, 20,000 spiritual songs, creating 200,000 paintings and giving almost 800 free peace concerts around the world.
Members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team have swum the English Channel over forty times, the most for any organisation, and taken part in many other challenging events such as ultra-distance running,(including the annual Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race), mountain climbing and long distance cycling.
Mikhail Gorbachev wrote that his passing (in October 2007) was ‘a loss for the whole world’ and that ‘in our hearts, he will forever remain a man who dedicated his whole life to peace’.