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English: Princess Diana meeting with Sri Chinm...

Princess Diana meeting with Sri Chinmoy, Kensington Palace, May 21st 1997 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) was an Indian guru from W. Bengal. He was popular in the West and based in NYC until his death.

Credible in the eyes of some, listed as a cult leader by the French National Assembly Commission for Cult Investigation, Chinmoy ran a restaurant chain where devotees clothed themselves in traditional Indian attire.

Chinmoy used to write books about reincarnation and the meaning of life, as well as compose meditation music and lift weights. Not too long before his death he declared that his devotees were not allowed to marry nor have children.

To this kedarvideo adds:

That his disciples should remain single was part of his philosophy during all his teachings and not only before his passing. And this is common among all serious spiritual and religious paths and is also being practiced by most of the world’s monks and nuns. To read more on Sri Chinmoy’s life you can also check his website http://www.srichinmoy.org. » See in context

Kedarvideo’s claim is debatable. Just because someone is single does not necessarily make them “serious” (i.e. deep and close to God). And to ban marriage seems to imply that married people cannot be deep or close to God. In the eyes of most major religions this stance is both impractical and discriminatory.

When interested in Sri Chinmoy after studying in India, I attended a meeting for possible recruits. At that meeting a person who was related to a disciple called out that the disciple in question was ignoring his/her spouse and family at the expense of driving long hours to be with other Chinmoy disciples in NYC. This was my first exposure to the kind of tensions that can arise when a person embraces a new religious path that family members are not sympathetic to.

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  1. Sorry, but Sri Chinmoy wrote more than 1500 books and one entitled “Death and reincarnation”. He also extensively wrote on the meaning of life. That his disciples should remain single was part of his philosophy during all his teachings and not only before his passing. And this is common among all serious spiritual and religious paths and is also being practiced by most of the world’s monks and nuns. To read more on Sri Chinmoy’s life you can also check his website http://www.srichinmoy.org.

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  2. Thank you for your comment.

    I think it’s my local dialect that is at issue here. To say that someone did “x” while not doing “y” may imply, according to some English usage, that the person did do “y” when not doing “x.”

    A bit confusing with all the different English idioms around the world, to be sure! I’m going to edit that sentence to make it more clear. Thanks again.

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