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A Guru, Two Popes & Mother Teresa

Patrick O’Brien

Does the Catholic Church have any common meeting ground with Hinduism, the paganism of India? It would seem that there is no real religious meeting point. Here is a short biography of a leading Hindu spiritual master and his affinities with three well-known Conciliar Catholics. Reading his biography closely should cause warning lights to flash in your mind – he is absolutely un- and anti-Catholic.

Chinmoy’s ideas

From his website, we learn than Sri Chinmoy was born in the small village of Shakpura in East Bengal (now Bangladesh) in 1931, the youngest of seven children. In 1944, 12 year-old Chinmoy entered the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, a spiritual community near Pondicherry in South India. There he spent the next 20 years in spiritual formation - including long hours of meditation, practicing athletics, writing poetry, essays and mystical songs.

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Guru Chinmoy entering trance
In his early teens, Chinmoy had many “profound inner experiences,” and in subsequent years achieved “very advanced states of meditation.” In 1964, he moved to New York City to share his inner “wealth” with sincere seekers in the West.

Sri Chinmoy sees aspiration - the heart's ceaseless yearning for ever higher and deeper realities - as the spiritual force behind all great advances in religion, culture, sports and science. By aspiring for continual Hindu self-transcendence, he tells us, men and women can bring forward the best in themselves and find their path to true satisfaction.

In his words: "Our goal is to go from bright to brighter to brightest, from high to higher to highest. And even in the highest, there is no end to our progress, for God Himself is inside each of us and God at every moment is transcending His own Reality."

Sri Chinmoy serves as spiritual guide to students in some 60 countries around the world, encouraging a lifestyle that incorporates the inner disciplines of Hindu prayer and meditation with the dynamism of contemporary life. He frequently travelled throughout the world to meet and discuss spirituality with world and community leaders.

Supposedly Sri Chinmoy did not die on the morning of October 11, 2007, and stand before God at his private judgment; instead he entered Mahasamadhi - the mystical process through which spiritual masters leave the body and become established in the unity of full enlightenment. (Sri Chinmoy website, http://www.srichinmoy.org)

Eulogies from Popes & Mother Teresa

Sri Chinmoy, Paul VI

Sri Chinmoy, John Paul II

Sri Chinmoy, Mother Teresa

Paul VI, John Paul II & Mother Teresa with the guru
So Chinmoy was clearly a Hindu spiritual master, having "inner experiences," achieving an "advanced states of meditation," etc. Now, about Hindus, Vatican II said that they are on a "loving trusting flight towards God." (Abbott Edition, p. 662)

Pope Paul VI met Sri Chinmoy on March 22, 1972 and said: "This meeting of ours has been most essential. Your message and mine are the same. When we both leave this world, you and I, we will meet together." (Paul expects to be in Heaven with the Hindu guru)

On October 14, 1987, Pope John Paul II addressed this Hindu master with "God bless you and your divine activities." On November 18, 1988, JPII said: "God bless you and all your contemplative activities." (John Paul considers Hinduism a divine activity and worthy of God's blessing)

Mother Teresa as well met Sri Chinmoy, this convinced Hindu who spreads the message of that false religion. She is quoted, on October 1, 1994, as saying: "I am so pleased with all the good work you are doing for world peace and for people in so many countries. May we continue to work together and to share together all for the glory of God and for the good of man."

And on October 17, 1995, she reaffirmed: "All you are doing is for God. How beautiful! Thank God! God is doing everything for both of us. Pray for me." Again, on June 27, 1997, she wrote: "Thank you for all you are to God, for the beautiful work you have done for the glory of God and the good of souls."

And finally she said, on August 27, 1997: "All you are doing for the world is for the glory of God and for the good of people! Your works of love are works of prayer, and our works of prayer are works of God." (Mother Teresa thinks that spreading Hinduism is helpful for world peace that Hinduism contributes to the glory of God and the good of our souls)

Now reader, recall, these are words of two Popes, one to be beatified soon, and of one nun already beatified, to a Hindu spiritual master. And ask yourself if a Catholic could have said these words, or if St. Francis Xavier would have spoken in this way when he set out to convert Hindu India in the 1500s?

If these three representatives of the Church are indeed speaking like Catholics, how was the Church so wrong for the first 1960 years of her history?

Posted February 27, 2011

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