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Book Review: My Guru Sri Chinmoy: Life And Teachings

Updated on June 1, 2014
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy

I write these few words just as the great feast of sport at the London Olympiad is coming to a close. Somehow it seems a suitable backdrop against which to situate a Spiritual Master who, as Manatita tells us in this beautiful volume of personal reminiscences, was so taken with the links between the physical and the spiritual. No mean sportsman himself, Śri Chinmoy was a great teacher and a great friend to politicians and Olympians alike, from Nelson Mandela to Carl Lewis. What was his secret?

These pages tell me that the glory of human beings is an incredible capacity to mirror the very life of God. Every now and then we get a glimpse of what is possible – in amazing feats of athletic accomplishment, of course, but also in ordinary yet often heroic acts of kindness and courage. We all need leaders who can show us the way – and Manatita has written warmly of his hero in these pages.

But it’s all too easy for us to become passive spectators, admirers from afar. The best of teachers does not act like some super-nanny, keeping us secure but isolated and all too comfortable. The secret of the good teacher - fairly obvious really - is to know how to challenge, to bring the best out of the pupil.

My own inspiration is not Śri Chinmoy, however much I may respect him, but a 16thCentury Spanish priest called Ignatius of Loyola. I think he and Śri Chinmoy would have enjoyed each other’s company. Ignatius began his little book of Spiritual Exercises by saying that ‘as strolling, walking and running are bodily exercises, so every way of preparing and disposing the soul to rid itself of all the disordered tendencies, and, after it is rid, to seek and find the Divine Will is called a Spiritual Exercise.'

The physical and the spiritual are all of a piece. It takes time to learn how to co-operate with the grace which comes from God. But to those with the deepest of desires, and who have the fortune to know a good teacher, it is a gift which is always granted.

– Dr. Michael Barnes SJ. 5th September, 2013.

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      Manatita44 4 years ago

      Thanks Audrey. My love to you, as always.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Blessings to you!!

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Thanks Again. While I do speak a lot about Sri Chinmoy, the book is essentially a treatise on Yoga Philosophy and is meant to be an inspiration to God-lovers and God-seekers everywhere.

      Of course, it goes without saying that I respect your way. Loving thoughts.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I have only commented on what was here. I have read several items on various Gurus, which is basically my own journey toward Knowledge.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Have you got the book or read the review on Amazon? Not clear. As always, thank you for your extremely kind sentiments.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I enjoyed this immensely. If we open our hearts and minds, the rest will surely follow.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Thank You so much.

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Really interesting.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london


      Ms Dora


      My deepest appreciations for your sentiments expressed here concerning my book. Hari Om Tat Sat.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. During my time I studied Sri Ramacharaka

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations! We can actually read the book cover. Very impressive!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Your inner peace and spirituality shine through in your review and your book. Truly a great read with many valuable lessons.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      manatita44 4 years ago from london

      Thank you so much Bill. With deepest appreciation.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The wisdom of the Ages is there for us to learn; we need only be willing. Well done my friend.

      blessings always