Sri Chinmoy was an Indian spiritual Master, as well as an author, musician, artist, humanitarian and athlete. He came to America from his native India in 1964, and lived in New York until his passing in 2007. He traveled all over the world to offer concerts, and met with many world leaders and personalities to share his message of global harmony.
Sri Chinmoy had a special love for Bali, which he visited many times, offering free concerts of meditative music and meeting with Balinese religious, cultural and political leaders. His artwork was exhibited at ARMA and the Bali Museum.
As soon as I hear the word “Bali,” I get such a sacred, sacred feeling in the depths of my heart. – Sri Chinmoy
He passed away in October 2007, and statues of him entitled ‘Dreamer of World Peace’ hve been dedicated in the gardens of the ARMA Museum and at the Bali International Airport arrivals area.
Sri Chinmoy made the following remarks on a visit to Bali in 1988:
Of all the places I have visited in the last 15 or 16 years, Bali is undoubtedly the best. It has everything: sincerity, simplicity, purity, humility and peace. Is there any divine quality missing here?
Even outwardly it is so beautiful. You can see how beautiful the little cottages and villages are. They have such simplicity!
Bali has maintained most of its pristine purity. You don’t even have to meditate here; nature will meditate on your behalf. Early in the morning if you walk around the villages, their divine qualities will enter into you and you will become a different person. Here in Bali, nature herself will accelerate your inner progress!
This place is Heaven on earth. If a businessman wants to make money here, he may have a problem. But in terms of consciousness, Bali is by far the best — both inwardly and outwardly. In many aspects it is even better than India. I am an Indian, but sincerity has to speak!
Sri Chinmoy’s quotes above are taken from his books My golden children (2013) and The world-experience-tree-climber, part 6 (1994)