Question: Cooperation Among All Nations is an ancient dream……

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Mr. David Rowe: Cooperation among all nations is an ancient dream. Assuming we are building on the past, how can we assess the outlook now?

Sri Chinmoy: The ancient dream of cooperation is not just a human dream that has nothing to do with reality. This ancient dream, to be precise, is not a dream at all but a faultless and divine vision-an unhorizoned vision  –  that is slowly, steadily and unerringly shaping our individual and collective destiny as humanity marches towards its supreme goal of universal oneness and transcendental newness.

The world is constantly evolving towards a higher standard of life.

It is not moving in a straight line, but rather in a spiral.

Therefore, at times this progress is not immediately noticeable.

To our human mind it may seem confusing and baffling.

But on the strength of our inner oneness with the world situation and world evolution,

we can see unmistakably the world’s slow and steady progress.

True, man-made destructive forces are everywhere. Here they may be found in small measure; somewhere else, in large measure. But the creator of these destructive forces need not remain always a creator of wrong forces; he can easily become a creator of good forces. A negative force is not negative by nature; it is only a force that we use in a negative way. A knife can be used either as a means of destruction or as a means of expanding our own oneness-reality. With a knife one can stab others; with the same knife one can cut fruits and share them with others.

The first step in turning a negative force into a positive force is to remain silent long enough to catch a glimpse either consciously or unconsciously of the divine, illumining and fulfilling light. The second step is to bring this light forward and create positive realities that will accelerate humanity’s progress towards perfection.

The ancient dream-nay, the ancient vision-of cooperation will always remain new and progressive, for creation itself is an ever-transcending reality. If we can open our heart’s door and our mind’s windows, we will be able to see from our body-room the illumining and fulfilling light all around us. Then only we shall dis-cover continual progress in humanity’s march along Eternity’s road to Infinity’s Satisfaction-Goal.

– Sri Chinmoy, appears in  My Meditation-Service At The United Nations For 25 Years, Agni Press, 1995.  A shorter edited version was in Devoted Report to the SG of 1977. This was one of eight questions submitted to Sri Chinmoy by Mr. David Rowe, Political Advisor, United States Mission to the United Nations, in the spring of 1977. The collection also appeared in a small booklet at time: “The Inner Vision: Love of God, The Outer Mission: Service of Humanity.”