Sri Chinmoy’s Mahasamadhi

Mahasamadhi is a term used to describe the physical passing of a yogi / spiritual Master; it refers to a yogi’s conscious decision to leave the body.


Sri Chinmoy meditating in 2007

Sri Chinmoy left the body on 11 October 2007 in New York. In the following days, his students from around the world gathered for the opportunity to pray and meditate at Aspiration-Ground – the place where Sri Chinmoy spent many hours during his lifetime. Also, during this week, his students performed many soulful musical offerings – a fitting tribute to the spirit and musical legacy of Sri Chinmoy. During these meditations and musical performances, there was a profound peace and stillness, very reminiscent of the times Sri Chinmoy when would meditate in person.

We use the term ‘leaving the body’ rather than ‘death’ to indicate that the soul is immortal and the spirit of a great soul continues to be very much connected with the earth atmosphere.

The day before Sri Chinmoy’s mahasamadhi on 10 October, he held a weekly meditation, where he sold a book of prayers My Christmas-New Year-Vacation-Aspiration-Prayers, (written during stay in Langkawi, Malaysia in early 2006.) The last prayer in the book was:

“My physical death
Is not the end of my life –
I am an eternal journey.”

Mahasamadhi Celebrations


Every year since 2007, his students have continued to meet in order to continue this tradition of meditation and music. It is not an event to mourn his physical passing, but to celebrate and be grateful for the rich legacy of music and spiritual offerings left by Sri Chinmoy. For those who meditate – there is a strong feeling that, for a realised spiritual Master, death is just a natural transition from the one plane of consciousness to another.

October performances


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