D. Selected tributes – received for “A Celebration of Life of Sri Chinmoy”

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After Sri Chinmoy’s passing, tributes were received from around the world. Below are some which were available at the programme on 30th October and  part of  publication at  : celebration-life-sri-chinmoy/

This post covers:  D.   Selected tributes …………………………………    p.  24 –  45

For more information on programme of 30 Oct 2007, see also link to separate posts:

A.  Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………… p.2
B.   Sri Chinmoy’s meetings and correspondence with the Secretaries-General of the UN . p.3 – 7
C.   A Celebration of the Life of Sri Chinmoy, held at the United Nations……………………. p. 8 – 23

E.   Excerpts from Sri Chinmoy’s writings …………………………………………………. p.  46  – 54


Tributes as they appear in printed version of Programme

 (click on thumbnail images after list for excerpts)


  • President, Mikhail Gorbachev
  • President Bill Clinton
  • President Nelson Mandela
  • Vice President Al Gore
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • H.E. Dr. SrgjanKerim, President of the United Nations General Assembly for the current 62nd Session
  •  H.E. Mr. Jan Eliasson, President of the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Darfur
  • Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Iraq and Myanmar
  • Mr. Ted Turner, Chairman of the Board, United Nations Foundation; and Chairman, Turner Enterprises, Inc.
  • Mr. Ray Chambers, Chairman, Millennium Promise; Chairman, Amerlior Foundation; and Co-chairman, Malaria No More
  • H.E. Mr. Alexandre Gorelik, Director, UN Information Centre – Moscow
  • Mr. Kul C. Gautam, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, Prime Minister of Nepal
  • H.E. Ambassador Andrei Dapkiunas, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus
  • to the UN
  • H.E. Ambassador, Henry L. Mac-Donald, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Suriname
  • to the UN
  • Dr. Marcelo Suárez Salvia, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Argentina to the UN
  • H.E. Ambassador, Nirupam Sen, Permanent Representative of India to the UN
  • H.E. Ambassador Marcello Spatafora, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN
  • Ms. Jane Goodall, Renowned Primatologist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and UN Messenger of Peace
  • Ms. Susan Sarandon, Academy Award-winning actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
  • Mr. Hans Janitschek, President of the United Nations SRC Society of Writers
  • President Jorge Illueca, Former President of Panama; President of the 38th Session of the UN General Assembly
  • President Guido de Marco, President of Malta, 1999-2004; President of the 45th session of the UN General Assembly
  • Hon. Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Former Prime Minister of Nepal; Leader of the National Democratic Party
  • Hon. Kirti Nidhi Bista, Former Prime Minister of Nepal
  • President Michal Kovac, Former President of the Slovak Republic
  • President Sam Nujoma, Founding President of Namibia
  • Hon. Rafael Hernández Colón, Governor of Puerto Rico, 1973-1976; 1985-1992
  • H.E. Mr. LakhanL. Mehrotra, Former Secretary of the Government of India, and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Cambodia and Indonesia
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Malloch Brown, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom; former UN Deputy Secretary-General
  • Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Former UN Under-Secretary-General
  • Dr. Ananda Guruge, Professor; former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France,
  • UNESCO and the USA; and former Senior Special Adviser to the Director-General of UNESCO
  • Hon. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, India; Former Ambassador of India to the United States
  • H.E. Ambassador, Davidson L. Hepburn, Former Permanent Representative of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to the UN; and member of the Executive Board of UNESCO
  • H.E. Ambassador, Alan Nazareth, Ambassador of India (Retd); and Managing Trustee, Sarvodaya International Trust
  • H.E. Ambassador Lamuel Stanislaus, Former Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN
  • H.E. Ambassador David M. Thomas, Former Permanent Representative of Liberia to the UN
  • Mr. Robert Muller, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General
  • Mr. Uner Kirdar, Former Senior Adviser to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); and Director of UNDP’s Development Study Programme
  • Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, United States Member of Congress for Rhode Island
  • Hon. Rajnath Singh, Member of the Parliament of India, and President, Bharatiya Janata Party
  • Congressman GaryAckerman, United States Member of Congress for the congressional district in which Sri Chinmoy lived
  • Senator Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator from New York
  • Hon. S. K. Singh, Governor of Rajasthan, India
  • Hon. Peter Milliken, M.P., Speaker, House of Commons of Canada
  • Hon. Senator Mac Harb, Member of the Senate of Canada
  • Hon. Svenn Kristiansen, Mayor of Oslo, Norway
  • From a Proclamation issued by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, (signed) REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON, SR., Founder and President; MARTIN L. KING, Chairman of the Board; REVEREND JAMES T. MEEKS, Executive Vice President
  • Professor James G. Basker, Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History, Barnard College, Columbia University; President, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • Professor Anita Bose Pfaff & Professor Martin Pfaff, University of Augsburg. Daughter and son-in-law of Indian freedom fighter and nationalist leader Subhas Chandra Bose
  • Mr. Adrian Benepe, New York City Parks Commissioner
  • Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1977
  • Mr. Roger Mandle, President of the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Mr. Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, Director and Founder, Department of Physical Education, Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Bishop Carlos Belo, East Timor, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1996
  • Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Son of Pir Vilayat Khan and head of the Sufi Order in the West
  • Sister M. Nirmala, Superior General, Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity
  • The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu, Executive Director, The Tutu Institute for Prayer and
  • Pilgrimage
  • Monsignor Thomas Hartman, Former director of television and radio for the Diocese of Rockwille Center
  • Reverend Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths
  • James Parks Morton, Dean Emeritus of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Interfaith Center of New York
  • Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Director, Center for Interreligious Understanding
  • Paramacharya Palaniswami, Editor-in-chief of Hinduism Today magazine
  • This tribute is offered on behalf of the Monks of Kauai’s
  • Hindu Monastery in Hawaii founded in 1970 by
  • Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)
  • Ms. Rory Kennedy, Award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer
  • Mr. Joe Franklin, Legendary American television and radio personality
  • Mr. Bill McCreary, Emmy Award-winning journalist
  • Ms. Madhurima Judith Light, Emmy Award-winning actress; and
  • Mr. Robert Desiderio, Mr. Herb Hamsher and Mr. Jonathan Stoller
  • Mr. Syed-ur-Raub, President, Thikana newspaper
  • Mr. Mohammad Fazlur-Rahman, Editor, Thikana
  • Mr. M.M. Shahin, Former Member of Parliament of the People’s Republic of
  • Bangladesh; and Chairman, Thikana
  • Mr. Alimuddin and Mr. Khursedul Islam, Secretary and Convenor of the Progressive Forum, USA, respectively
  • Ravi Shankar, Legendary sitar virtuoso
  • Purushottama Boris Grebenshikov and Bhuvaneshwari  Grebenshikova, Legendary Russian singer, musician and songwriter
  • Narada MichaelWalden, Multiple Grammy Award winner, producer, drummer, singer and songwriter
  • Mokshagun Clarence Clemons, Numero uno saxophonist and hit recording artist
  • Roberta Flack, Six-time Grammy Award winner
  • Philip Glass, Renowned American composer
  • Sudhahota Carl Lewis, Nine-time Olympic gold medal winner, and spokesman for the World Harmony Run founded by Sri Chinmoy
  • Quincy Jones, Legendary music producer and humanitarian
  • Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, Legendary guitarist and creator of the Mahavishnu Orchestra
  • Mr. Paul Horn, Grammy Award-winning flutist; and Ms. Ann Horn
  • Mahasamrat Bill Pearl and Bhavatarini Judy Pearl, 5-Time Mr. Universe; Best-Built Man of the 20th Century
  • Sarbottama Tatyana Lebedeva, Olympic champion in long jump, world champion and European champion in triple jump and in long jump
  • NikolayValuyev, Former world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Ms. Billie Jean King, Legendary tennis player and athlete
  • Frank Zane, 3-Time Mr. Olympia and 3-Time Mr. Universe
  • Mr. Ted Corbitt, Father of long-distance running and ultramarathon pioneer
  • The Jesse Owens Family
  • Alison Streeter, Holder of the record for the most swims across the English Channel—43 times
  • Khaliah Ali, Daughter of Muhammad Ali
  • Wayne DeMilia, Vice President, International Federation of Body Builders; Chief Judge, Mr. Olympia and Ms. Olympia, Bodybuilding’s premier contests
  • Kevin Murphy, ‘King of the Channel’ – 34 successful swims across the English Channel; World Record Holder for Men, for most crossings of swimming the English Channel
  • Jesper Olsen, First person to run around the world
  • Mike Katz, Mr. Universe, Mr. America, Educator; Co-star of the classic bodybuilding movie, Pumping Iron
  • Hugo Girard,  IFSA Super-series World Champion Strongman
  • Dan Lurie, Winner of America’s Most Muscular Man contest three years in a row; Trainer of Champions