Tributes from spiritual figures


tutuArchbishop Desmond Tutu

Nobel Peace laureate, 1984

“Sri Chinmoy was a great man. God is smiling to know the immense good he has accomplished and encouraged in others. In a world of suspicion, hostility and conflict, he worked tirelessly to bring the different faiths together and inspired many to emulate.”


Bishop Carlos Belo, East Timor

Nobel Peace Laureate, 1996

“The Lord of Life and of Death receives his most blessed son who during his life sleeplessly worked for the peace and harmony of between peoples of religion.”


Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

President of the Sufi Order International. Son and successor of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

“Beloved ones of God, lovers of Mahaguru Hazrat Sri Chinmoy, I can hardly speak for the power of my feeling at this moment: to be with you here marking the transition of this great saint, this great man of God, who has touched all of our lives so deeply, and to feel how his spirit has, moving beyond the physical body, saturated the atmosphere, surrounding and pervading us with love, guidance, tremendous compassion.”

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Sister M. Nirmala

Superior General, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity

"Though Sri Chinmoy has left this earth physically, he is in peace with God, and is spiritually present among us through his prayer, his message of peace and the example of the life he has lived in the service of humanity promoting peace…We commend Sri Chinmoy and all of you to the prayer of our Mother – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who knew Sri Chinmoy very well and appreciated his works of peace, for she knew ‘Works of love are works of peace.'"

See also: Kind Words - Mother Teresa

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The Art of Living Foundation

“His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Art of Living family are with you in this moment of grief. Sri Chinmoy's philosophy of peace and his work of brining people from all faiths together will continue to inspire the world.”


His Holiness Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda

Founder of Yoga in Daily Life

“Our heartfelt prayers and condolences are extended to all the students of Sri Sri Chinmoy at this time of his passing. His was a truly divine life dedicated to humanity. Tonight "Yoga in Daily Life" members dedicated one minute's silent prayer in his memory.”


Reverend Dr Marcus Braybrooke

President of the World Congress of Faiths

“Sri Chinmoy embodied the spirit of peace which the world so badly needs. He did this through his poetry, his paintings, his teaching, but above all through his life and spiritual presence. Through the World Harmony Run he helped people make friends across the differences of religion, race, language, colour and culture. He enabled many of us to see these differences not as barriers but as enriching for us all. His dedicated service to the Oneness of humanity should be lifted up and remembered as an example to us all.

I treasure the inspiring memory of meeting him and share the sadness of so many people that he is no longer with us in body, although still present in spirit. I also express the sympathy and good wishes of members of the World Congress of Faiths.”


Ven. Kurunegoda Piyatissa Nayaka Maha Thero

Leader of the New York Buddhist Viharas

“With regard to the passing away of Sri Chinmoy who had rendered great services towards bringing peace among divergent peoples, the Sir Lankan community expresses its deepest condolences wishing him the joy of Nibbana.”


Paramacharya Palaniswami

Editor-in-chief of Hinduism Today magazine

This tribute is offered on behalf of the Monks of Kauai’s Hindu Monastery in Hawaii founded in 1970 by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)

“Sri Chinmoy was a unique inspiration, living proof of the Divine possibilities within mankind. He was one of the few who spoke of God-Realisation from his own experience in much the same profound manner as our Gurudeva. How he exuded love. How he showed the way of goodness and gentleness. How he lived so we might all live more perfectly, serve more selflessly. Our several encounters with him both in Kauai and New York were precious moments of joy.”


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