Sri Chinmoy encouraged some of his students to open up enterprises where they could offer the public a service. These range from small gift shops to cafes, restaurants, printing presses and running stores.
These enterprises aim to offer more than just a product – they seek to provide consumers with a unique and peaceful environment to enjoy their meal, coffee or shopping experience. Sri Chinmoy used the term ‘divine enterprise’ to emphasise this aspect – he asked his students working in the enterprise to feel as if they are serving God inside each customer. The enterprises are independently owned by his students, but often Sri Chinmoy would offer names to the enterprises to reflect the high spiritual ideals his path strives for.