Aged 13 wrote first Poem in English "The Absolute"
First issue of Aum Magazine. August 27
First lecture in USA: Hicksville High School, Hicksville, NY. October 4
First lecture series in the USA began. December 19
First lecture at an American university: Yale University. December 4
Harvard University talk on Vedanta, 77 years after Vivekananda’s talk. March 25
Bhagavad-Gita lectures began at New York University. March 3
First book published, My Ivy League Leaves. July 13
“The Garland of Nation-Souls,” first lecture at the United Nations, at UN World Youth Conference. July 15
First book commercially published, Yoga and the Spiritual Life, by Tower Publications. Fall,
Meditations: Food for the Soul published by Harper & Row, NY. Fall
Sri Chinmoy’s article “The Vedanta Philosophy” appeared in Journal of the Philosophical Society of England. Spring
First Place Poetry Award from Jean’s Journal for Sri Chinmoy’s poem “Between Nothingness and Eternity.” September 1
Poem “The Absolute” published in A Yearbook of Modern Poets. Fall
Songs of the Soul published by Herder & Herder, NY.
My Lord’s Secrets Revealed published by Herder & Herder, NY.
Upanishad lecture series completed. Begun October 22, 1971. March 1
Sri Chinmoy’s article “The Upanishads: India’s Soul-Offering,” appeared in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. July
Completed 50 plays in 8 days. November 23
Completed lecture series on the Vedas at the Seven Sister colleges, begun November 14. November 29
Arise! Awake! Thoughts of a Yogi published by Frederick Fall, NY.
First course on Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy taught for credit, at the University of Connecticut. February 20
Kundalini lecture series completed at New York University. March 7
Began Promised Light of the Beyond lectures at Columbia University, March 28 New York.
First wrote 50 poems in one day. May 15
UN Secretary-General U Thant attended premier performance of Sri Chinmoy’s Buddha play. New York. May 25
Completed The Dance of Life, a 20-volume series of 1,000 poems, June 20 begun on March 23.
Wrote 150 poems in 24 hours. October 7
Wrote 105 poems in 16 1/2 hours. October 31
Wrote 150 poems in 24 hours. November 16
Completed The Wings of Light, a 20-volume series of 1,000 poems begun in September. December
Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita published by Rudolf Steiner, NY.
Mother India’s Lighthouse published by Rudolf Steiner, NY.
The Supreme and His Four Children published by Fleet Press Corp., NY.
Wrote 208 poems in 22 hours. February 2
Wrote 360 poems in 24 hours (The Goal Is Won). April 28
Completed The Golden Boat, a 20-volume series of 1,000 poems. October 13 begun on January 29.
Completed Fifty Freedom-Boats, a 50-state lecture series, begun January 9. October 29
Fifty-one new books published in 10 days under Sri Chinmoy’s direction by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. November 10
Completed 200 books. November 10
Received the Annual Mentor Poetry Award from the North American Mentor poetry magazine for his poem “0 Bird of Light.”
The Inner Promise published by Simon & Schuster, NY.
Received a Certificate of Merit from North American Mentor poetry magazine for his poem “The Boat of Time Sails On.” January 23
Lecture and meditation at Earth Day Ceremonies, New York City. March 21
Finished his seven lecture series at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, begun April 16. June 9
Wrote 843 poems in 24 hours (Transcendence-Perfection). November 1
Sri Chinmoy’s Bicentennial play, The Sacred Fire, performed for the public in Concord, MA, and, in full or in part, throughout 1976 at sites including the Capitol grounds, Washington DC, New York’s Statue of Liberty and the July 4th Rockefeller Center Fair. December
Presented his 300 books to New York City Mayor Abraham Beame as a gift to the New York Public Library. December 7
300th book, Aspiration-Tree, published, in the first hardbound edition published by the Sri Chinmoy Centre press. December 17
Received the Annual Mentor Poetry Award from the North American Mentor poetry magazine for his poem ‘The Golden Flute.”
Poem “O My America” placed in the official archives of the Bicentennial in Washington, DC.
300 books presented to the Free Library of Philadelphia. January 17
Thirty-six new books published in two and a half weeks under Sri Chinmoy’s direction by the Sri Chinmoy Centre. April 8
Completed Everest-Aspiration, a series of 100 inspiring talks given in 20 days. It was published in a special 4-volume boxed set. Begun July 1. July 20
Wrote 630 rhyming poems in 24 hours (A Soulful Cry Versus a Fruitful Smile). August 13
Completed From the Source to the Source, a volume of 401 rhyming poems, begun on August 3. August 31
Sri Chinmoy’s poetry appeared in Fifty Outstanding American Poets, NY.
Presented his 300 books to the Harvard University Library. The books were received by Dr. Peter Oliver, Librarian of the Andover-Harvard Library of the Harvard Divinity School. February 5
Completed New York State University lecture/concert series. April 30
Special publication of Bela Chale Jai, a hardbound book of 47 Bengali poems and translations written in Sri Chinmoy’s own handwriting on the occasion of his 47th birthday. August 27
Named Honorary Visiting Scholar, Pacific School of Religion, CA. October 5
Completed 100 Indian stories in 19 days. January 24
Began writing Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, a 100-volume series of 10,000 poems. October 22
400th book, 400 Gratitude-Flower-Hearts, published. A special publication of 92 inspiring messages, most written in his handwriting. December 15
One hundred of Sri Chinmoy’s books presented to Brown University, Rhode Island. February 17
Named a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Art. May 8
Offered lecture, “The Inner Role of the United Nations,” at the US State Department’s “Open Forum.” June 6
Ripley’s Believe It or Not nationally-syndicated cartoon carried Sri Chinmoy’s The Goal is Won achievement. June 18
Special publication of I Know Not Why, 27 Bengali poems and translations written in Sri Chinmoy’s handwriting, in honor of his 49th birthday. August 27
Delivered his definitive speech on his running philosophy, “The Inner Running and the Outer Running”, University of Oregon. October 17
Offered his classic speech on gratitude, “I Thank You,” at the New York Ethical Culture Society. November 27
Special publication of My 50 Gratitude-Summers, a hardbound, cloth-covered book of 50 aphorisms written in Sri Chinmoy’s handwriting in honor of his 50th birthday. August 27
Publication of 500th book, I Am Ready, consisting of 40 aphorisms wriitten in Sri Chinmoy’s handwriting in honor of his father’s centenary. April 14
Offered “Rabindranath Tagore” lecture at the Tagore Celebration of the Vidya Bhavan and the Tagore Society, New York. May 8
Fifty of Sri Chinmoy’s books presented to the Yale University Divinity School Library. May 25
Forty-seven of Sri Chinmoy’s books presented to Columbia University Library. May 28
Special publication of Sri Chinmoy’s 513th book, I Meditate So That, consisting of 47 aphorisms written in Sri Chinmoy’s handwriting on the occasion of his 51st birthday. August 27
Invited to read his poetry at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, New York City, as part of the “Poets at the Public” series. October 11
Completed the 50th volume of his 100-volume Ten Thousand Flower-Flames series. November 27
Recited from memory one poem from each of the first fifty volumes of Ten Thousand Flower-Flames (as well as giving the poem number and identifying the cover photo of each volume). December 4
Special publication of My Heart’s Thirty-One Sacred Secrets, Part 1, 31 aphorisms written in Sri Chinmoy’s handwriting. December 9
Recited from memory My Heart’s Thirty-One Sacred Secrets, Part 1. December 9
“Beyond Within” column began in the NY Voice newspaper. December 12
Sri Chinmoy’s poem “Immortality” published in Notable Poets of the Twentieth Century.
Offered lecture, “Realisation,” at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School. April 19
A set of 300 of Sri Chinmoy’s books purchased by the New York Public Library. April 21
Completed his Ten Thousand Flower-Flames poetry series. July 3
Began writing Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants poetry series. July 10
Sri Chinmoy’s play The Son, about the life of the Christ, performed at the United Nations. August 16
Began writing Silence Speaks, a series of daily meditations carried by bookstores in poster format. November 1
Completed his 600th book, I Pray So That. December 9
The Kettledrum Theatre Company, London, performed Sri Chinmoy’s play The Son for the public in Manhattan, White Plains and Rhode Island. April
The Sacred Fire play performed at the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium, United Nations. June 21
Two of Sri Chinmoy’s rhymed poems appeared in The Lyric, the oldest magazine in North America devoted to traditional poetry. Summer
Completed 10,000th of his Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants series. December 10
First USA lecture in Sri Chinmoy’s international lecture/concert/meditation series to many of the world’s major universities. Cornell University, NY. January 25.
Completed his 700th book, My God-Hunger Dreams. August 27
Meeting with Mani Sankar Mukherji, leading author from Bangladesh, who subsequently wrote a series of Bengali articles on Sri Chinmoy. NY. October 5
Presented a selection of his books to the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (USA) and The Hindu Temple Society of North America, at the conclusion his concert sponsored by these groups. July 23
Spoke on the Bhagavad Gita at the Geeta Temple, Queens, NY. November 13
Began series of lectures and peace concerts at 25 major universities around the world, on the occasion of his silver jubilee in the West. Columbia University, NY. February 9
Sri Chinmoy’s Silver Jubilee book published, My Silver Jubilee Heart-Whispers. April 13
Named Honorary Patron of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, India’s leading cultural association. April 21
Special birthday book published, The God of the Mind, 58 poems in his handwriting. August 15
Delivered talk from reviewing stand at India Day Parade, New York City. August 20
Dr. P. Jayaraman, Executive Director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (USA), delivered the first in a series of several readings and interpretations of Sri Chinmoy’s poetry. The readings included Dr. Jayaraman’s translations of the poetry into Hindi. Buchman Hall, NY. April 11
Sri Chinmoy’s “Anniversary in the West” book published, God Is Kidnapped, a hardbound edition of 100 conversations between a seeker and his heart. April 13
Met with Felix Kuznetsov, Director of the Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Jamaica, NY. May 26
The International Association of Educators for World Peace presented Sri Chinmoy with two diplomas of honor, for his work for peace: “Dharmaraja” and the “Fountain of Universal Peace” award. February 22
The World Peace University presented Sri Chinmoy with its World Citizen Humanitarian Award. March 15
Completed his 800th book, Concentration, Meditation, Contemplation. April 16
Sri Chinmoy personally presented President Mikhail Gorbachev with his book of writings dedicated to the President, Gorbachev. The Master-Key of the Universal Heart. London, England. July 17