Dag Hammarskjold Quoted – peace for all – 1971

Filed under quotations-collections | Thoughts from the UN community.

During Sri Chinmoy’s 1971 talk he quoted Dag Hammarskjold :

What is the first and foremost thing we expect from meditation? Peace. Peace and nothing else. Meditation is the embodiment of peace. The present-day world needs only one thing: peace.

“The peace-lover, our ex-Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, offers us a sublime message:

‘No peace which is not peace for all . . .”

“In peace, what looms large is eternal, fulfilling rest. He says,

“. . . no rest until all has been fulfilled.’

“Why do we meditate? We meditate just because our life needs inspiration, our life needs aspiration. …

“The truth-seeker in Dag Hammarskjöld, on the strength of his own inner conviction said,

‘Somebody placed the shuttle in your hand: somebody who had already arranged the threads.’

“Meditation is this connecting link between our role in the Divine Play, the Divine Lila, and our ultimate Goal in God’s ever-evolving Universe. …Again, when it is a matter of the individual, one individual can far excel the rest of mankind; similarly, one individual prayer far excels all prayer.

“The profound seeker in Dag Hammarskjöld offers an unparalleled prayer for mankind:

‘Before Thee in humility;

With Thee in faith;

In Thee in Peace.’

Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium, United Nations, New York, April 1, 1971   -Sri Chinmoy, The Garland Of Nation-Souls, Agni Press, 1972.