Quotes about self-transcendence

“There is only one dream
That will always be perfect
In your lifetime,
And that is the dream
Of self-transcendence.”

– Sri Chinmoy 1

“Determination and impossibility are never to be found together.”

– Sri Chinmoy 2

“We compete not for the sake of defeating others, but in order to bring forward our own capacity. Our best capacity comes forward only when there are other people around us. They inspire us to bring forward our utmost capacity, and we inspire them to bring forward their utmost capacity”

– Sri Chinmoy 3

“Self-transcendence gives us joy in boundless measure. When we transcend ourselves, we do not compete with others. We do not compete with the rest of the world, but at every moment we compete with ourselves. We compete only with our previous achievements. And each time we surpass our previous achievements, we get joy.”

– Sri Chinmoy 4

“Who is the real loser?
He who enjoys
The superiority-inferiority-game.”

– Sri Chinmoy 5

“There is only
One perfect road
That road is ahead of you,
Always ahead of you.”

– Sri Chinmoy 6

“We have to believe in a higher Power.
Only by believing in a higher Power
Can we go beyond and beyond
Our limited, human capacity.”

– Sri Chinmoy 7

“I do not have any set goal; my goal is self-transcendence. I always try to transcend myself. I do not compete with the rest of the world. I compete only with myself, and I try to become a better human being. This is my ultimate goal.”

– Sri Chinmoy 8

Unmistakably knows
No equal.”

– Sri Chinmoy 9

“Go beyond, farther beyond!
Do not limit yourself
By comparing yourself with others
Or even with your own self.”

– Sri Chinmoy 10

“He is happy
Because every day he tries
And actually does
A little more than he thinks he can.”

– Sri Chinmoy 11

“Movement is always equipped
With the capacity to destroy
The stagnant negativity
Of the mind.”

Sri Chinmoy 12


  1. Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 163, Agni Press, 1991
  2. Sri Chinmoy, Seventy Seven Thousand Service Trees, part 14, Agni Press, 1999
  3. Sri Chinmoy, The body: humanity’s fortress, Agni Press, 1974
  4. Sri Chinmoy, The oneness of the Eastern heart and the Western mind, part 3, Agni Press, 2004
  5. Sri Chinmoy, The God of the mind, Agni Press, 1989
  6. Sri Chinmoy, My fifty gratitude-summers, Agni Press, 1981
  7. Sri Chinmoy, I am my life’s God-hunger-heart, part 4, Agni Press, 1994
  8. Sri Chinmoy, Aspiration-Body, Illumination-Soul part 2, Agni Press, 1993
  9. Sri Chinmoy, My Christmas-New Year-Vacation Aspiration-Prayers, Part 30, Agni Press, 2004
  10. Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 99, Agni Press, 1984
  11. Sri Chinmoy, Twenty-Seven Thousand Aspiration-Plants, Part 92, Agni Press, 1984
  12.   Seventy-Seven Thousand Service-Trees, Part 04, Agni Press, 1998

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