The Sri Chinmoy Centre gives meditation classes in over 350 cities all over the world. Sri Chinmoy asked his desciples to offer these classes to the general public free of charge, as he felt that the inner peace that meditation could bring was the birthright of each individual, and not something that should come at a price.
Frequently asked questions answered by Sri Chinmoy's meditation class givers
Q. Why are the classes free?
There are a few reasons:
- First, as we mentioned at the beginning of the page, we feel that inner peace shouldn't be just another product. Through meditation, you are not so much acquiring anything new as discovering the keys to your own inner beauty which was always there.
- We aim to create a very beautiful and pure atmosphere for our classes, where people are comfortable coming in the knowledge that nobody is expecting anything from them in return.
- The people who give the classes consider it an extension of their own meditation practice, and something that gives them a sense of fulfilment that no money can buy. Sri Chinmoy taught us meditation using the path of the heart, and one of the things you discover on this path is that when you share the gift of meditation which comes from the heart, your own awareness and experience of that gift actually increases instead of decreases.
Often people ask us when they come to classes how can they contribute. Sometimes there is a donation box, or alternatively you could buy a book or CD - then you have something to take home in return - however, it is not expected.
Q. What do you teach in the courses?
Meditation is first and formost a practical subject, and one that has to be experienced. Hence we teach a lot of different practical exercises - breathing exercises, visualisations, concentration exercises, mantras and heart centred meditation. The exercises are typically accompanied with explanations on what meditation is, the benefits of meditation, tips on setting up your own daily practice and integrating meditation into your daily life.
Sri Chinmoy asked that the classgivers themselves meditate before each class, so that they would be able to create a meditative atmosphere for the classes. Each class instructor has their own life experience that they bring to the class, so no two classes are the same.
Q. Do we need to bring anything?
Generally, no, everything will be provided. It is nice to have some light-coloured loose comfortable clothing, as you will be sitting in the same place for a while.
Q. Are there any fees for subsequent courses?
No. In his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy never charged for any of the concerts or public meditations he gave, or for his spiritual guidance. For those who wanted to become his students, he always said "my only fee is your aspiration" - meaning the student's inner wish to constantly make progress and go forward in their meditation.
Find a class near you
To find a class near to where you live, follow this link and use the map controls to zoom in on your country. Clicking on a marker for a city will open up a link to a page for classes in that city, with details of how you can get in touch with the class organisers.