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Country Related Programmes of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations. (to be updated and expanded)
From time to time the meditation group offers special programs honouring and celebrating the unique offerings of member states. These events have sometimes been co-sponsored in cooperation with other UN entities or countries’ missions to the United Nations
- Countries National days
- Country Anniversary of Joining United Nations,
- Ambassadors or National Representatives also offer comments on their culture or traditions at other programmes such as International Days of Thanksgiving or World Day of Prayers.
Examples of specific programmes (links to be added) :
- A Musical Exchange with the “Little Singers of Tokyo”
- Happy Anniversary, Austria; Happy Birthday, Secretary-General
- Japan and Italy Honoured
- International Thanksgiving 1978
- Programme for “Panama Day” – in honour of joining the United Nations Nov 1945
- Devotional Concert at the Hindu Temple Society – excerpts
- Norman Rockwell: Artist of Americana
- “Liberia Day” Celebration of joining the United Nations 2 November 1945
- India Honoured – Anniversary of Joining the United Nations
- Peace Corps Anniversary Celebration – a common peace ideal wth UN Volunteers
- Music of Sri Lanka
- Programme in Honour of Australia’s Foundation Day and Presentation of “O My Australia” Banner
- A Concert Highlighting India’s Music
- Meditation Group singers Perform at Valley Forge 200th Anniv. USA first thanksgiving.
- Finland: Champion of Independence – Music Tradition Celebrating admittance to UN Anniversary
- New World Conference – spiritual and Cultural Solidarity in Latin America
- U Thant Peace Award – Presentation to Ganesh Man Singh
- U Thant Peace Award 1991 (b) Professor de Marco’s of Malta life and contributions
- Bajan Singers – Spring Concert – PR Iceland Invite
- (Various countries’ Permanent Representatives to the UN have co-sponsored these concerts)
- A Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Desai
============================== in addition see also:
- Peace Walk FOR UN Charter Day and Peace Walk for UN Day where countries participate and ambassadors have offered comments. –
- INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THANKSGIVING
- National and World Day of Prayer events for Prayers from various countries and cultures
- Country related events CATEGORY: Broad grouping includes all events or presentation with some country related focus or component
Kazakhstan, Astana, East meets WEST 25 July 2012
Some members of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations were able to travel to Kazakhstan in 2012 to be on hand for a number of events in the Capital, Astana including: Welco
japan Tribute to Japan 1982 May 3
A special programme was sponsored by the meditation group on 3 May 1982 to honour Japan on the occasion of Emperor Hirohito’s eighty first birthday} which occurred 29 April. The meditation group choir performed a song dedicated to Emperor Hirohito entitled “Pinnacle Son of Japan” and four other songs about Japan, all composed by Sri Chinmoy.
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At the close of the programme all the Japanese guests joined to sing their national anthem
Peace Concert for UN 40th Anniversary in Hiroshima at start International Year of Peace: 1986 Jan 05
Members of the Peace Meditation at the UN were able to travel to Japan and be part of the Peace activities there at he beginning of the International Year of Peace proclaimed by the United nations for 1986 and in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the U.N.
Below is a report from a Japanese news organization:
An audience of 300 were greatly moved by the Peace Concert given by an Indian meditation Master, Sri Chinmoy, in the Prefecture Cultural Centre in Hiroshima, Japan on January 5.
Sri Chinmoy has composed over 5,000 devotional songs and influenced many popular musicians.
The Peace Concert was given in Hiroshima, a city of international peace. to honour the 40th Anniversary of the U. N .
Sri Chinmoy has been holding meditations twice a week at the U.N. for over 15 years, stressing that world peace will arise from inner peace developed through meditation. Profound melodies performed on Indian instruments and flute echoed in the hall, only 200 meters away from the memorial A-bomb dome. “Upon hearing the haunting melodies for peace , my soul was deeply touched and consoled.” commented a 55·year·old lady from Hiroshima.
– from MAINICHI SHIMBUN Hiroshima January 6, 1986
See also Peace swims in Hiroshima and Nagasaki for Intrnational Year of Peace
International Security and Third World – Amb. Kasemsri, Thailand, 1983 Feb 25
Excerpts from an address to the Meditation Group by H.E. Mr. Birbhongse Kasemsri, Permanent Representative of ‘Thailand, on 25 February 1983:
“smaller nations look at the united Nations as a safe harbour. We tend to regard it or use it as a first recourse, rather than a last resort, especially in times of crisis. We attach more importance to the United Nations than perhaps the major powers need to. We can I think derive a source of strength therein, namely the preponderance of members. This strength of numbers should not be detrimental to the United Nations or its image but, on the contrary, it can be used to the advantage of the united Nations to help strengthen its efforts in the world.”
“But living in an interdependent world we appreciate the fact that countries have to live together in brotherhood. And it is not the poor who will rule the world nor the rich, but all of us will share in an equitable manner the resources of man.
” The preamble of the Charter of the United Nations is a very well-written document and reads so beautifully. It begins with, “We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…” and it continues with the very important passage, “And for these ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours…”
“The last phrase I think touches the heart or the soul of the United Nations. It is something most human beings understand, irrespective of their creed, colour, sex and their economic status in life. Failing to follow these precepts may be the major cause of all the trouble we are having today in the international arena. At the United Nations there is a meditation room, and I dare say, if we diplomats made more frequent use of it, we might contribute our fair share in a more effective way toward strengthening peace and security in our world. By the same token, if world leaders would practice meditation then perhaps they could give new strength, not military, not nuclear, not even economic or financial strength, but inner strength which would lead us to contribute much more effectively towards the desired goals…
Dr. Hepburn visit Cambodia 18 to 31 Jan 2018
Dr. Davidson Hepburn joined members of the Peace Meditation group and others on a visit to Cambodia from 18 to 31 January 2018 Dr. Hepburn was the President of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 35th Governing Council (2009 -2011). During that time he encouraged many to visit World Heritage sites around world. … He explained why in messages he sent to the Sri Chinmoy Oneness- Home World Harmony and Peace Runs which he has experienced in his native Bahamas, Kazakhstan, Malta and other location
“I was delighted to see the Run visit a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites… drawing attention to the efforts of the international community to protect so many cultures around the world.
Initiatives such as the …Run contribute significantly to the realisation of one of UNESCO’s principal mandates: mutual understanding and our shared determination to build and strengthen a culture of peace and harmony”
Philippines 34th UN Anniversary 23 Oct 1979
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see January 1993 some members attended events in Philippines related
Meditation Group Members at Philippine Peace Events, 1993 Jan
Some members of the Meditation Group at the UN joined with students and friends of Sri Chinmoy for Peace related events in the Philippines during their visits to a number of cities there in January of 1993.
During his 30-day visit to the country, there were peace concerts in four cities and launch of peace runs through two provinces
Global event –
Sri Lanka Day 4 Feb 1979
Batik Art lecture and exhibit co-sponsored by Mission of Sri Lanka and Meditation Group 1980
On 4 February 1979) the thirty-second anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence) H.E. Mr. Nadarajah Balasubramaniam, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to the United Nations) spoke about his country’s history and its role in the United Nations. He then treated the audience to an extremely beautiful and sensitive film produced by the Government of Sri Lanka) giving insights into the life of a Buddhist renunciate.
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Honour Australia’s Day, 27 Jan 1978: DETAILS
On 27 January 1978 the Meditation Group hosted a programme marking the anniversary of Australia’s admission to the United Nations, which also coincided with Australia’s National Day. Ambassador Ralph L. Harry of Australia spoke, and members of the Group performed
Honour Sankar Mukherji, Anwarul & Mariam Chowdhury + Lift Up World event 2002 Sep 26
Members of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations were able to participate in a Function to honour Mr. Mani Sankar Mukherji (Sankar), Award-winning Bengali author and journalist, and
Ambassador Anwarul Karim Chowdhury,United Nations Under-Secretary-General, and his wife, Mariam Chowdhury 26 September 2002
Sri Chinmoy sang several of his Bengali songs while accompanying himself on the synthesizer, including special songs Sri Chinmoy had dedicated to Mr. Mukherji and Ambassador Chowdhury.
Afterwards, Sri Chinmoy honoured his guests with the “Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart” award.
At the end of the function, Mr. Mukherji made remarks as reported below:
The renowned Bengali novelist and journalist Mani Sankar Mukherji spent several days in New York in late September and early October meeting and talking with Sri Chinmoy.
During his final visit to Aspiration- Ground on Oct. 2, the author called his visit a pilgrimage, saying “I never realized that in this city of New York there is so much love, so much affection, so much bhakti.” He called Sri Chinmoy a spiritual treasure that he and the Master’s students share, saying he was taking half the treasure home with him and leaving the other half in New York. – reported in Anahata Nada – Aug – Nov 2002
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Members of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations were present for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Bangladesh joining the UN. The programme was hosted
by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 26 September, in a packed Conference Room 3 at the UN headquarters.. The Bhajan singers (which included some of the Meditation Group members) performed at the event and are seen here with some audience members; Main Programme UN Webcast at: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/other-meetingsevents/watch/40th-anniversary-of-bangladeshs-membership-of-the-united-nations/3808944931001
See also International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in 3-03 UN Anniversaries (related to Bangladesh History)
U Thant Peace Award to Pres. Enkhbayer of Mongolia 2007 May 22 receives the U Thant peace Award from Sri Chinmoy
In photo 0f Ambassadors to the UN Jorge Illueca of Panama and Davidson Hepburn of the Bahamas with Sri Chinmoy.
- Countries National days
- Country Anniversary of Joining United Nations,
- Ambassadors or National Representatives also offer comments on their culture or traditions at other programmes such as International Days of Thanksgiving or World Day of Prayers. (see also interfaith harmony pages: Part 3-09 Interfaith Harmony & Shared Values
Examples of specific programmes (links to be added) :
- A Musical Exchange with the “Little Singers of Tokyo”
- On 3 August 1991, the day after their concert at the United Nations which was part of a world tour, the “Little Singers of Tokyo” gave a special performance for Sri Chinmoy and members of the Peace Meditation group .The Japanese children and their conductor, Mrs. Hasegawa, were in turn serenaded by the Peace Meditation choir with songs composed by Sri Chinmoy honouring Japan.
Happy Anniversary, Austria 15 Dec 1978;
On 15 December 1978 a programme in honour of the anniversary of Austria’s joining the United Nations on 14 December 1955 was sponsored by Sri Chinmoy : the Peace Meditation at the United Nations. The programme included several songs performed by the Meditation Group singers, one of which was a song about Austria composed specially for the occasion by Sri Chinmoy.
The guest speaker was Mr. Gustav Ortner, Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations. Slides of Austria were shown, accompanied by selections from Austria’s rich musical heritage.
Mr. Gustav Ortner, Deputy Permanent Representative of Austria to the United Nations:
I first want to thank you very much for welcoming me on this commemorative day which you have organised. I want to congratulate you also for your performance of the choral singing which we have just heard.
I was very sensitive to this, as an Austrian and as an amateur musician, to the very fine quality you have achieved in producing your music.
Austria, a neutral country, has since its membership in the United Nations tried by active collaboration to contribute in the sense of the Charter as an active and neutral country, and therefore also be a markstone within the United Nations, and we have the feeling that we have found within the world community general approval for our activity.
Federal Rep. Germany, UN Anniversary 16 Oct 1979
THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY HONOURED
|On 16 October 1979 the Federal Republic of Germany celebrated the anniversary of its entrance into the UN. Following are excerpts from the remarks of Dr. Frank Stollberg, international lecturer and Second Secretary of the Federal Republic of Germany to the UN, as well as a song dedicated to Germany by Sri Chinmoy that was performed during the programme|
|Dr. Frank Stollberg, Second Secretary, Federal Republic of Germany to the UN: The Federal Republic of Germany as a State is part of a nation which, in the course of its history, produced a great number of eminent personalities, both in the humanities and in politics.. On the basis of the Constitution, the essential principles are in full agreement with those of the Charter of the UN: maintenance and protection of world peace, recognition and realization of human rights, and the development of peaceful and friendly relations with all nations. The UN is a world forum. Interdependence, or mutual dependence, is particularly conspicuous in the disarmament question, for less armament means more material aid to the developing countries.||
|The principle of universality, which is one of the cornerstones of this world organisation, and the awareness of the mounting interdependence of all States must be increasingly made the yardstick of the political action of States. My country feels committed to these principles which, once translated into political action, might well lead to a new world order instilled with a spirit of true interdependence.|
Song dedicated to Germany, composed by Sri Chinmoy was performed during the event.
words and Music by Sri Chinmoy
Germany, Germany, Germany!
The world’s top-brains company,
Drunk deep India’s Upanishad lore.
Max Muller, all-where,
Placed its nectar-core
The singers also sang the national anthem
with German Guests on stage
|and the audience standin
30 April 2007, Some Members of the Peace Meditation Group at the The United Nations were able to travel to Oslo, Norway for a Peace Concert given by Sri Chinmoy
Previously many members were on hand in Aker Brygge, Oslo when The Eternal Peace Flame was Dedicated by Sri Chinmoy, June 9th, 2001
. PEACE CONCERT HELD AT NOBEL PEACECENTER OSLO, Norway – Sri Chinmoy offered the first concert ever at the Nobel Peace Center on April 30. It was an invitation-only event attended by professors, government officials and Members of Parliament from various European countries, along with many Norwegian dignitaries. The concert was introduced by the Oslo Deputy Mayor Svenn Kristiansen and ended with a short talk hy Dr. Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Dr. Arne Naess, one of Norway’s best-known philosophers, and his wife Kit-Fai, were guests of honor at the event. -Report From Mid-April – July 2007 Anahata Nada
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Spirit of Greece at UN 24 Mar 1980
|On 24 March 1980. H.E. Mr. Nicolas Katapodis, Permanent Representative of Greece to the United Nations, highlighted the classical spirit of Greek history and culture in a lecture and film presentation celebrating the Independence Day of Greece, in honour of its thirty fifth year as a member of the United Nations community.
Below are brief excerpts from his talk, as well as “The Mountains Look on Marathon” and “Marathon Runner”-two songs performed at the programme that were written by Sri Chinmoy, who has run the famous Pheidippides marathon in Athens.
|Mr. Nicolas Katapodis, Permanent Representative of Greece to the UN: The present form of Western civilisation owes much to the ancient Greek spirit. This classical Greek spirit has carried over into the Greece of today, and we have continued to contribute to European civilisation in many fields. Two of our poets were awarded the Nobel Prize in the last fifteen years. Other poets are also considered major poets in the European community, and there are painters, sculptors, composers and many other outstanding Greeks whose international careers are very well known. So as we were able to contribute something to Western civilisation, our hope and our wish is to go on doing this and to become contributors to peace in our part of the world and in the world in general. Greece is a founding member of the UN.||1980-03m
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|The principles of the UN Charter are the cornerstone of our foreign policy. We collaborate with the UN in a number of fields and there are a number of our compatriots in the Secretariat. Agencies have permanent offices in Greece as well. The UN is not an abstract concept. It is the countries which are its Member States. In our cooperation with the UN, we feel that in the last analysis the UN is Greece and Greece is the UN We believe in the UN and we try to be a useful and stabilizing factor in our part of the world.|
|The Mountains Look on Marathon
The mountains look on Marathon,
and Marathon looks on the sea;
And musing there an hour alone,
I dreamed that Greece might still be free.
Words by Lord Byron Music by Sri Chinmoy
· George Cordon, Lord Byron
|O Marathon Runner
O marathon runner,
God the Smiler-Winner!
Bondage-body’s supreme victory
challenged life’s summit glory.
You claim today for everyday
In the Captain’s cosmic Oneness-Play.
-Words and music by Sri Chinmoy
Ambassador Katapodis and Sri Chinmoy before film showing
PDF format of report in periodic Bulletin : “Meditation at the UN” Apr 1980 bu-scpmaun-1980-04-27-vol-08-n-04-apr-ocr-opt.pdf See Page-images 45 to 48
Ireland President Eamon de Valera meet with Sri Chinmoy 1973
|Sri Chinmoy meets with the late President of Ireland, Eamon de Valera, on 15 June 1973 in Dublin. “I am grateful to you for illumining me and encouraging me in the evening of my life,” de Valera said. Sri Chinmoy told the Irish leader, “God has granted you inner vision… I see this in your ever-increasing love and ever-increasing compassion for your country.”
Ireland President Erskine Childers meet with Sri Chinmoy 1974 jul-01
|.Dublin, 1 July 1974, Erskine Childers, President of Ireland (1974-1975), discusses the book containing a selection of Sri Chinmoy’s talks and lectures to the UN community. The talks are part of the Meditation programmes Sri Chinmoy led since 1970 at the New York UN Headquarters twice a week
On his second visit to Ireland, Sri Chinmoy was received by President Erskine Childers, at the President’s House in Dublin on July 1. The President told Sri Chinmoy, “I have been reading your book ’The Garland of Nation-Souls’, which I like very much. I, too, believe in meditation…in these days of turmoil and strife, we all need something like meditation… You know, we have tried teaching something about this in our schools, but the only people who have made a real effort to teach this idea have been people from the East, such as yourself.” The President also shared with Sri Chinmoy a hard-bound book, obviously well-used, entitled “A City Without Walls”, a collection of writings from all the religions of the world by Margaret Cushing Osgood ” his grandmother, published, in 1936 (recent reprint in 2018).
Sri Chinmoy with President Erskine Childers of Ireland at Phoenix Park, Dublin, 1 July, 1974
(from left) Colonel McNamarra, Sri Chinmoy, President Childers, Sundar Dalton
|To edit: “You are very modest, Mr. President,” said Sri Chinmoy. “You do not know, however, how much you are doing. You are doing things in the inner world that you are not aware of. Your heart is doing things that your mind is not yet aware of in the outer world. You combine a Cambridge mind and a cosmopolitan heart. Your father gave up his material wealth to serve his country, and you also are doing the same. When you serve the country, whom are you serving? It is God inside the country whom you are serving. When you serve your country and your people, you are serving God inside those people. and what else is this service if not meditation?” The President, Chinmoy’s reply, obviously pleased with Sri said, “This new concept of meditation is very interesting. I must remember it when I give my talks -that service is meditation. You know, we have tried teaching something about this in our schools, but the only people who have made a real effort to teach this idea have been people from the East, such as yourself.” The President then picked up another book that was lying beside him, underneath The Garland of Nation-Souls. It was a hard-bound book, obviously well-used, entitled A City Without Walls, by Mary Osgood. “My grandmother, many years ago, brought together a collection of writings from all the religions of the world, which was published,” he said. “I was looking through it this morning, to try and find something to -read you from it.” He leafed through the well-worn pages and came to a book mark. He read a poem about a Bodhisattva who meditated throughout the night and at each successive hour passed through a higher state of consciousness, until at daybreak he reached enlightenment. Sri Chinmoy then asked, “Your father wrote a book too, didn’t he?”
v “Yes,” replied the President, “but not a spiritual one. It was a history of the Irish struggle for Independence, in which he was -involved. You know,” he continued, obviously inspired when talking about his father, “my father made peace with everyone before he died. He forgave everyone. (Erskine Childers, the President’s father, was executed under most unfortunate circumstances. During the Irish Civil War he had opposed the setting up of a separate Northern parliament in Ireland.) Before he was shot, he told me to shake hands with all those who were responsible for his execution and he, himself, shook hands with everyone on his firing squad. He forgave them all. He made his peace with God.” The President seemed very moved as he spoke and Sri Chinmoy said later that there had been tears in his eyes. “Y ou are the illustrious son of an illustrious father,” Sri Chinmoy declared. The President smiled with a shy pride and replied, “Well, it’s very nice of you to say so, but I don’t think I could ever live up to my father’s life.” Sri Chinmoy, smiling, said, “You are carrying on what your father began. He sacrificed his material comfort and his life for the sake of his country, and you are doing the same. You have both realised that it is not material wealth that is the most important thing.” President Childers: “Well, I don’t know. I don’t really feel that one is sacrificing anything when one enjoys what one is doing.”
Sri Chinmoy: “You are quite right. You have realised something most significant. In actual fact, where there is oneness, there is no such thing as sacrifice. When my right hand does something for my left hand, at that time there is no sacrifice. When a child goes to school, his legs carry the rest of the b6dy; they bring the mind to school, where it is going to learn. But the body is integral, so there is no sacrifice. In the same way, when a mother does something for her children, she does not feel that it is any sacrifice. No, she feels total oneness with her children; she loves them and dedicates her life to them. Where there is no love, where there is no oneness, then we feel that we are sacrificing ourselves. But when we love someone, when we feel close to someone, on the strength of our oneness we do everything for him. You feel oneness with your country and countrymen; so by helping them, by dedicating your life to them, you feel no sense of sacrifice. This is most significant. You are offering your love to the Source, and the Source is God. When we truly love anything it is love for the Source.” The President seemed deeply moved by Sri Chinmoy’s words and thanked him. Then. changing the subject, he asked if the Buddhists were not some of the first to teach peace and love of humanity. Sri Chinmoy affirmed this but added that the Lord Buddha himself had been a Hindu, and Hinduism was also Sri Chinmoy’s family religion. Sri Chinmoy told the President that Buddhism is a branch of the tree of Hinduism, which was founded by the Vedic seers as an outgrowth of their meditation. Eventually the branch became bigger and bigger, and subsequently had every right to claim to be a tree itself. It moved to the Far East and spread its roots. The President then spoke of his son who was working for the United Nations in Bangkok. “He is in charge of publicity propaganda for the whole of Far East Asia. My grandfather, Robert Caesar Childers, was a civil servant in Ceylon during the last century. He was the first man to translate many Pali texts and Buddhist scriptures into English. He also
compiled the first Pali-English dictionary. And you know, something interesting happened-my son married a very beautiful girl, who is half Thai, part Irish and part Swiss. Her grandfather, who was a great scholar in the court of the King of Thailand, had a copy of my grandfather’s book and said it was the greatest treasure that he possessed. Isn’t that amazing?” The President smiled, and then asked Sri Chinmoy from what part of India he came. Sri Chinmoy replied that he came from Bengal. “Oh, Bengal. That is now Bangladesh isn’t it? What an unfortunate time that part of India has had. What tragedies! First of all there was the cyclone, and then just as it seemed as though West Pakistan had reached an agreement about how to maintain communication with East Pakistan, the fighting began. I do hope that a permanent solution will be established.” Sri Chinmoy shook his head a little, doubtfully. ” We were going to have your Prime Minister, Mrs. Gandhi, here in Ireland at that time, but the war made it impossible. Her father, Prime Minister Nehru, was a very good man. He was a great inspiration to us all.” At this point, Colonel McNamarra entered, smiling, and asked if we would like to take some pictures now. Pictures were taken of Sri Chinmoy presenting the President with a copy of My Rose Petals Part Il), Beyond Within and the Meditation Group at the UN monthly bulletin. Sri Chinmoy told the President about the students at the University of Connecticut who were studying his philosophy with Beyond Within. Then Colonel McNamarra suggested we take one or two pictures outside and led us out through the French windows to the pillared steps leading down to the gardens. On the way, the President pointed to a moon·rock presented to Ireland by President Nixon. Two or three photographs were taken of the President with Sri Chinmoy on the steps and then
Sri Chinmoy invited Colonel McN amarra to join them. “He’s a very modest man,” the President said, smiling. And he then invited the two disciples with Sri Chinmoy to be included in the pictures. On the way back into the house, the President showed Sri Chinmoy some stones, painted in many colours and patterns, which were given to him by a young teacher in the west of Ireland. She had asked her students to do them because she was concerned over the amount of tranquilizers her students were taking to help them through exams. She felt that they could work out their
problems while painting the stones. Sri Chinmoy smiled a very broad smile and thanked the President once again for seeing him and being so kind. The President shook hands with us and said goodbye. Colonel McNamarra then showed us out, asking on the way if we had been able to take enough pictures.
Letter from Mr. Erskine Childers ( the late President’s son) The following is a reproduction of the letter which Sri Chinmoy received, in response to his letter of sympathy to Mrs. Childers, from the late President’s son, Mr. Erskine Childers, who has recently been assigned to his present post with the United Nations Development Programme in New York:
|Dear Sri Chinmoy, I carried your very kind letter of condolences to my stepmother, the late President’s widow, back here to New York to answer on her behalf. It was most thoughtful of you, and she and I were especially touched by it. Knowing my father’s range of concerns and interests, I can well understand that he found meeting with you a great pleasure. You may remember that, at the Presidency, there is a very lovely little lake, on the enrichment of which my father worked hard –indeed, I fear that the amount of sheer physical labour that he put into clearing its shore to plant shrubs from all over the world on his last day may have contributed to the strain that felled him. That night he gave a speech to the combined British and Irish associations of psychiatrists, and his theme was a plea against the indiscriminate prescription of sedatives and tranquillisers, above all to young people, many of whom could be helped far better by locating themselves within their selves and their society_ Specialists tell me that he spoke with great feeling, and that this may have finally brought on the massive heart attack. We hope to have the lake, and especially an island he cleared in the centre of it, made into a memorial to him and, quite specifically, a place of meditation. One of the little texts that would be set among the shrubs would be his favourite prayer, from the 15th century, which he read at his Inauguration: God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; God be at mine end, and at my departing. Again,-our grateful thanks for your kindness, signed Erskine Childers Director, Division of Information Sri’ Chinmoy Spiritual Director United Nations Meditation Group New York, N.Y. 10017|
Ireland, Mary Robinson: (could also be I UN HCR ORG section 3-03) 30 Oct 2004
Members of the Peace meditation Group at the UN were delighted by a meeting with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Sri Chinmoy who presented the “Lifting up World with Oneness Heart” Award.
|He also lifted President Mary Robinson on the honoree platform at the Aspiration-Ground Meditation location in Queens NY. Robinson, who recently served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she was “very humbled and indeed very uplifted by this very thoughtful ceremony … .I’m afraid I was almost overcome by the beautiful singing …. ” In the guest book, she wrote: “May you continue your inspirational work for peace and for the oneness of the world. We need it more than ever.” – Excerpt from Anahata Nada: August 2004 – Mid-November 2004
|Song by Sri Chinmoy – O human Rights performed at event
O Human Rights Divine!In harmony-world you shine.You are the voice of LightAnd blue Perfection-Height.Yours is the supreme roleTo change the cosmos-dole.You are the only strengthOf Heaven’s Vision-length.Division, bondage, doom,No more —All oneness-bloom.
After the Lift and Award Presentation there was a Reception adjacent to Aspiration Ground at Pilgrim Museum
|May consider other photos from day at Pilgrim Museum adjacent to Aspiration Groundand Pilgrim Museum.
Can excerpt from Introduction of President Mary Robinson:
30 October 2004 Lifting Up the World With a Oneness-Heart – President Mary Robinson
an extraordinary champion of humanity, Mrs. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
– as President of Ireland from 1990-1997, and as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002.
She was the fearless Secretary-General of the World Conference Against Racism in 2001. In 2002 she launched the Ethical Globalization Institute.
-, Adviser and Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University here in New York. She is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize.
As President of Ireland, tackling controversial issues and at the same time reaching out to the whole population of her country, Mrs. Robinson enjoyed an unprecedented approval rating. During her Presidency she brought to the world’s attention the sufferings of Rwanda and Somalia, extending her country’s concern to the far corners of the globe. We are deeply grateful to President Robinson for her compassion for the people of India, Sri Chinmoy’s Motherland.
– kindly supporting our Peace Run between Dublin and Belfast in 1991, and for most graciously receiving our world-encircling Peace Torch in 1994.
-dedicated to what she affirms is “the right of the people to gain the full flower of their human rights.”
Of her position as High Commissioner, she has said, “I knew that to do the job well and bring out what is really the culture of human rights, you have to be prepared to criticise both developed and developing countries.”
– a towering intellect governed by a world-embracing and courage-flooded heart. At her Presidential inauguration she prayed, “May God direct me so that my Presidency is one of justice, peace and love.” Indeed, justice, peace and love have been the hallmarks of President Robinson’s life.
It is with deepest appreciation, admiration and gratitude that we now welcome President Robinson to receive the Lifting Up the World With a Oneness-Heart Award.
Western European and Other States 10 Jul 1981
In the series of regional programmes, one featuring the Western European and other States regional group was held on 10 June 1981. The guest speaker was H.E. Mr. Talat S. Halman, Deputy Permanent Representative of Turkey to the United Nations. Excerpts :
“The nation of love differs from all others. Lovers bear allegiance to no nation or sect. ”
“Whatever you think of war, I’m far, far from it. Whatever you think of love, I am that, only that, all that. “
“Like a compass, I stand firm with one leg on my faith And roam with the other leg all over the other seventy-two nations.”
|These are lines from the poetry of the great Islamic mystic philosopher, Mawlana Jalal aI-Din Rumi, who preached love, tolerance, ecumenical unity and the brotherhood of nations. We find in his thousands of exquisite poems, written in the 13th century, more than seven centuries ago, in-numerable evocations of the fundamental tenets and ideals of the humanism that the United Nations represents. Standing against war, tyranny and injustice in the 13th century, Jalal aI-Din Rumi writes as if these were principles written into the Charter of the United Nations:
“When weapons and ignorance come together, Pharaohs arise to devastate the world with their cruelty.” He also referred to that extremely important fact of human love and faith that God must be found in one’s own heart: “He was not at that sanctuary for young and old. Then 1 gazed right into my own heart. There 1 saw Him. He was there and nowhere else.”
|Mr. Talat S.
of Turkey to the UN.
Rumi’s vision of the unity of mankind and love in the reality and beauty of God prompted admiration from Gandhi, who used to quote Rumi’s couplet: “To unite, that is why we came; To divide, that is not our aim,” and from Pope John XXIII, who wrote in 1958, “In the name of the Catholic world, I bow with respect before the memory of Rumi.” Like most Islamic mystics before and after him, Rumi expressed his faith in the human spirit, transcending schisms and sectarianism. It was his humanitarian ideal that attracted to his funeral not only the dervishes, his own followers, and other Moslem’s, but also Christians, Jews, Greeks and Armenians of Anatolia who came to pay tribute as well.
A follower of Rumi, Yunus Emre, a folk poet of Anatolia, wrote in exquisite, simple Turkish. He composed beautiful hymns, as lovely as the songs by Sri Chinmoy which the singers sang a few minutes ago, and many lovely short poems in which he made quintessential statements about the paramount importance of love and ridding hate from our hearts. He wrote: “Hate is my only enemy. I harbour a grudge against none. To me the whole wide world is one.”
“All these humanistic principles found their echo and embodiment in the creator of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.. His works and actions are embodied, in a way, in the principles subsequently enshrined in the United Nations Charter. Under his leadership, Turkey established a progressive republic, after repelling imperialist occupation. He espoused the cause of anti-imperialism .Nehru, Nasser, Bourguih..and others, stated they saw Ataturk as their model of national emancipation and sovereignty based on democratic principles. Ataturk affirmed his abiding faith in peace, inter-national harmony and the interdependence of all countries. He had a succinct slogan: “Peace at home, peace in the world.” He made that the basis of Turkish foreign policy.. He said, “Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say, what does it matter to us if some part of the world is ailing? If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness ourselves.” He had won victory after victory against many foreign invaders. But as a heroic military leader, he knew the value of peace and did his utmost to secure and strengthen it throughout the world during his presidency from 1923 to 1938.He stated immediately after the Turkish War of Independence that “Peace is the most effective way for nations to obtain prosperity and happiness. In 1932 the League of Nations, invited Turkey to become a member. Because of Ataturk’s stature, a special invitation was issued, and Ataturk accepted and joined. Many of his ideas and ideals presaged the principles enshrined in the League of Nations and later in the United Nations. He said, “If lasting peace is sought, it is essential to adopt international measures to improve the lot of the masses.. Citizens of the world should be educated in such a way that they shall no longer feel envy, avarice or vengefulness.”.
Yunus Emre once said, “For those who truly love God and His Ways, all the people of the world are brothers.” He also issued, seven centuries ago, to people of all faiths, of all nations a call for peace that might have been voiced by the United Nations as well as by your distinguished group: “Come, let us all be friends for once. Let us make life easy on us. Let us love and let us be loved ones. The earth shall be left to no one.”
Peace Meditation Group Members in Madrid, Spain 1984 Dec 21
MAYOR OF MADRID HOSTS RECEPTION Mayor Enrique Tierno Galvan of Madrid , on Dec 21, hosted a reception at his headquarters for Sri Chinmoy and his students which included members of the Peace Meditation group at the UN. The Mayor was rewarded with a song in his honour.o
|We have great admiration for your work,” the Mayor told Sri Chinmoy, saying that the Master’s teachings “are helping all of humanity.” He presented the Master with a Proclamation declaring him a “Friend of the City of Madrid” and a book of Spanish poems and paintings.
“I am extremely grateful and honoured to be here receiving your blessingful light for our peace mission on earth,” the spiritual teacher said.
Then, deeply moved by his conversation with Tierno Galvan, Sri Chinmoy sat down and composed a song dedicated to him-while the Mayor waited.
The Master’s students learned the song on the spot and sang it to Tierno Galvan. “Marvelous, marvelous, marvelous-in such a short time!” the delighted Mayor exclaimed.
Sri Chinmoy and Mayor Tierno Galvan of Madrid
– excerpted from a report in Anahata Nada December 1984-March 1985
Regional Traditions : Latin American States 1981 Jul 07
During July 1981 the meditation group hosted a series of programmes at U.N. Headquarters high-lighting the cultural and spiritual traditions of the major regions of the world. One focusing on the Latin American region was held on 7 July. The guest speaker was Mr. Lucien J. Henar, Deputy Permanent Representative of Suriname to the UN. A statement from H.E. Mr. Davidson L. Hepburn, Permanent Representative of the Bahamas was also read out. Excerpts from progrmme follow. Excerpts from Mr. Henar’s remarks and Ambassador Hepburn’s statement follow.
H.E. Mr. Lucien J. Henar, Deputy Permanent Representative of Suriname to the UN:
|“Latin American nationalism” or “internationalism” are often used to stress the importance of Latin American unity. The cohesiveness of the region can be traced back to common historical, religious, racial and cultural links. Almost all the Latin American peoples have a similar Indo-Iberic and partly African back-ground, which, throughout the years, has provided a common factor unifying the populations. A similar historical experience of emancipation from the yoke of the Spanish empire, more than 150 years ago, also produces an added feeling of common identification. Generals like Jose de San Martin or Simon Bolivar, who participated in the general movement of independence are considered heroes for the whole of Latin America and represent the ideal of unity in Latin America. The region also has cultural and linguistic homogeneity since Spanish is a unifying link. The people in Suriname do not have an Indio-Iberic background..|
The majority of the people of Suriname are of African and Indian descent The English and Portuguese introduced slaves from Africa as early as the 16th century to do the hard work on their plantations. The Dutch conquered Suriname in 1667 and brought slaves to Suriname. In 1863 , after the abolition of slavery, Chinese, Indians and Javanese were brought to the Dutch colony to work as contract labourers. The official language of Suriname has been Dutch and the majority of people in Suriname have other religions than Roman Catholic. Since the independence of Suriname in 1975, the country has tried to integrate into the region and promote the unity and progress of Latin America. Spanish is now being taught in all secondary schools.
Statement by H.E. Mr. Davidson L. Hepburn, Permanent Representative of the Bahamas to the UN: As transportation and communications systems make our universe smaller, mankind in general is endeavouring to form closer ties of friendship and brotherhood. This attitude is keenly felt in the Latin American region where programmes are specifically geared to promote better understanding and cooperation. Bahamians, for example, are being taught Spanish and French in public and private schools. Young people are urged to study the culture and custom of their neighbours. Consequently, the differences are beginning to disappear and are being replaced by that inherent spiritual bond which transcends selfishness and isolation. Based on these and other observations I am confident that our region is determined to exemplify that familiar adage: “Unity is strength.”
On 5 December 1978 a programme honouring the anniversaries of Italy and Japan joining the United Nations on 14 December 1955 and 18 December 1956 respectively, was sponsored by Sri Chinmoy Meditation at the United Nations in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium.
Guest speakers were Ambassador Piero Vinci of Italy and Ambassador Isao Abe of Japan. The programme also included the performance:
- of two new songs written for the occasion by Sri Chinmoy, one in tribute to each of the countries,
- as well as the national anthems of both countries.
Excerpts from the programme follow.
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H.E. Mr. Piero Vinci, Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations:
I’m very happy to be here with the Meditation Group, a group which, under the very outstanding leadership of Sri Chinmoy, is working to support the spiritual values at the United Nations.
Spiritual values are always one of the driving forces among people. God’s world has such a spiritual potential which needs to be awakened in order to fulfil the expectations and the aspirations of mankind….Italy’s role and its actions at the United Nations have been much easier for us than perhaps for others, because we have had no national interest to defend, but rather we have tried to defend the principles and the purposes of the Charter of the United Nations. I think we try to play our role with all the conviction and effort commensurate with the influence a country like mine can exercise. One instance that I might perhaps mention is in the peace-keeping operations in the Congo, where thirteen members of our Air Force gave their lives. Their names are inscribed on the wall along with Dag Hammarskjold’s close to the Meditation Room. I think the names would be inspiring to you since you dedicate so much of your time and your thinking to meditation… .
H.E. Mr. Isao Abe, Permanent epresentative of Japan to the United Nations : Thank you very much for your warm welcome and for the very nice song. I think that is one of the nicest songs I have heard in the United Nations.
As we have done in the past, we will continue to use only words, discussion-rather than force or violence-to deal with problems at the United Nations. But we sometimes forget what is often said, not only in Japan but elsewhere, that “eloquence is silver, but silence is golden.” The real value of words exists in the true thinking behind them. For words to be reaIly meaningful, they must be the outward expression of thoughts of inner value. I believe this is something your Group is striving to achieve. I think that more communication between men, often expressed by words, but more often by silence, could perhaps help us to understand each other more at the United Nations.
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- International Thanksgiving 1978
International Thanksgiving at UN, 1978 Nov 20 – SUMMARY
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Guest speakers included ;
- Ambassador Davidson L. Hepburn of the Bahamas,
- Ambassador E. Owono Asangono of Equatorial Guinea,
- Ambassador C. G. Maina of Kenya,
- Ambassador Harald Rose of the German Democratic Republic,
- Mr. Zaim Imam, Political Adviser of Kuwait and
- Mr. Christian Schmittlein , Third Secretary, from the Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- Colonel Geiger was also present as a representative of the Swedish Mission to the United Nations.
Following are excerpts from the programme.
UN CELEBRATES AFRICAN SPIRIT
14 Sep 1988, UN staff, delegates and NGO representatives celebrated the spirit of the African people on 14 September. (to condense)
The lunchtime programme, sponsored by Sri Chinmoy: the Peace Meditation at the United Nations, began with an introduction to the economic situation in Africa by Salim Lone of DPIs Africa Recovery office. Mr. Lone recounted how widespread drought and famine on the continent prompted the 1986 Special Session on African Recovery. Mr. Lone pointed out why national or regional reforms alone could not alleviate the depressed situation.
”In spite of all limitations”, the African people have the “courage, strength and vitality to live”, noted featured speaker Nana Apeadu, a Ghanaian and Chairperson of the PanAfrican Human Rights Organization. With anecdotes that brought smiles of acknowledgement to many faces in the audience, Mrs. Apeadu described the sharing spirit, especially in the extended family, that supports many Africans through ongoing crises. She also emphasized the role of African women and the “inner belief in a higher power”. She emphasized the all-important role the proper observance of human rights has in alleviating the refugee problem and preventing the loss of crucial human resources from Africa through the brain drain. Commenting from the audience, Banke Akerele of UNIFEM said, ‘1t takes real spirit to live under these conditions and not be part of the exodus. It is this spirit that keeps the continent alive.
United States of America
Norman Rockwell: Artist of Americana 1978 Nov 10 Memorial Tribute
On 10 November 1978 Sri Chinmoy paid the following memorial tribute to the American artist Norman Rockwell during a meeting of the Meditation Group in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium: “Let us for a minute offer our prayerful meditation so that the artist of Americana, Norman Rockwell, may receive the universal Peace and transcendental Bliss which his soul so rightly and richly deserves. He not only saw America’s simplicity-life and America’s happiness-heart, but he also became simplicity and happiness in the purest sense of the term. No matter what ultra-modern science has made of America, no matter what the modern intellectual giants have made of America, in the depths of America’s heart and life there shall always dwell three virtues: simplicity – a childlike simplicity; happiness – a child’s happiness; and satisfaction – a child’s constantly blossoming satisfaction that comes when America becomes and offers to the world what the child in it has. No virtue that America has can ever diminish or vanish, for virtue is an immortal gift which God Himself grants to aspiring souls and aspiring nations. America’s vastness the world knows. America’s oneness only a soul like Norman Rockwell could feel. We the seekers shall always feel in him America’s oneness-loving life and America’s satisfaction-distributing heart. Norman Rockwell embodies the Reality’s revealed dream.
|Song: Norman Rockwell,
Composed by Sri Chinmoy on November 10, 1978
Norman Rockwell, Norman Rockwell, Norman Rockwell!
Your good America’s simplicity-life,
Your kind America’s happiness-heart
Forever in your fondness-memory shall dwell.
O illustrator supreme,
O Reality’s revealed dream,
America’s height, America’s depth,
America’s breadth, America’s length
Salute your splendid Americana-oneness-strength.
Note: Birth name Norman Perceval Rockwell; Born Feb 3, 1894, New York City, USA; Died Nov 8, 1978 (aged 84); Stockbridge, Massachusetts
Background Note: A number of years later, in 1985 the Thanks-Giving Foundation headquartered in Dallas Texas, arranged and financed the creation of the mosaic “The Golden Rule” by Norman Rockwell. This was a gift of thanksgiving for the United Nations on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary. It was made on behalf of the people and government of the United States of America to the people of the World.“
|The mosaic entitled “The Golden Rule” by American artist Norman Rockwell, was presented to the United Nations as a gift by Nancy Reagan (the then First Lady) on behalf of the United States and is installed on the third floor of the conference building. Rockwell wanted to illustrate how the Golden Rule was a common theme of all the major religions of the world, and depicted people of every race, creed and color with dignity and respect. It was executed by Venetian artists specializing in mosaic works.
The Mosaic depicts people of different nationalities standing together with the words “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” inscribed on it. United Nations, New York. Photo # 31379
an Rockwell Mosaic “The Golden Rule”
|The mosaic contains the inscription “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. The mosaic was presented to the UN on behalf of the US in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the UN in 1985. The Golden Rule” was also reproduced on the 50-cent definitive stamp issued on 11 September 1991
Photo is Detail from “The Golden Rule” (UN-Photo-7139927-Rick Bajornas).
|Representatives of the Thanks Giving Foundation and the World Center for Thanksgiving participated in a number of International Days of Thanksgiving at the UN coordinated by the Meditation Group beginning in 1975. Members of the Meditation Group also represented Sri Chinmoy and the Meditation Group at: the Inauguration of Thanks-Giving Square and Chapel in 1976, the 200th Anniversary of USA Thanksgiving at Valley Forge 18 December 1978, the opening of the Hall of Thanksgiving in Dallas Texas as well as at other inter-faith programmes there over the years.||ThanksGiving Square and Chapel|
Tribute to Nelson Rockefeller 2 Feb 1979 (here or 3-06 Individuals
On 2 February 1979 United Nations diplomats and staff joined members of the Meditation Group in a tribute to Nelson Rockefeller, held in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at New York Head-quarters. The programme opened with silent meditation led by Sri Chinmoy and the singing of his new song dedicated to Nelson Rockefeller by the Meditation Group choir. and Mr. Donald Keys of Planetary Citizens then offered moving and significant personal accounts of Mr. Rockefeller and statements were read out from U.N. ambassadors and U.S. Government officials. Sri Chinmoy Meditation a t the United Nations was invited to sing the Rockefeller song again at a February 4th tribute service at the Union Church in Pocantico Hills, which was attended by Mrs. Happy Rockefeller as well as t he Laurence Rockefellers. A transcript of the United Nations service as well as the statements follow.
Include excerpts from: New York Senator Jacob Javits, former New York City Mayor John V . Lindsay
Especially related to UN founding. Land and resources. And spirit – really quite amazing for the on line version should be a link to more of talk…
Programme in Support of UN Ideals Held in US Capital 13 Nov 1979
WASHINGTON – The Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations participated in a programme Nov. 13 1979 for U.S.A.Senators and Congressmen whose careers have included stints at the UN.
|The reception, which was co-hosted by Congressmen Benjamin Rosenthal (D-New York) and Larry Winn, Jr. (R-Kansas), included a short musical recital by Sri Chinmoy and the Peace Meditation Group Choir.
On 13 November 1979 the Meditation Group joined with Congressmen Larry Winn and Ben Rosenthal, who were currently serving on the United States delegation to the United Nations in hosting a reception in the U. S. Capitol building to honour Senators and Congressmen who have served on the U. S. delegation. Following are excerpts from the opening remarks by Mrs. Herschelle Chellenor, Director of the Washington D.C. UNESCO Office, as well as statements by members of the Senate and the House in support of the United Nations and it’s goals.
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|Mrs. Herschelle Chellenor: The United Nations as it presently exists is the one that the United States helped create, through the part our nation played in having the Charter adopted after World War II. In many respects the United Nations is an international parliamentary democracy and as we stand in these hallowed halls of the U.S. parliament I think it’s very appropriate that two members of the House or Senate each year form part of the United States delegation to the United Nations. It was my great privilege to serve on the same delegation as Larry Winn and Ben Rosenthal, and I think they offered the best that this nation and this institution represents.,||
Excerpt of Statement by Congressman Larry Winn of Kansas It’s important to keep in mind that what the UN does or does not do is the result of the political will of its member governments. Many people in the US are also angered by criticism levelled at the US. We need to understand our differences rather than simply rejecting out-right what they propose for solving the world’s problems when they don’t happen to agree with our own views. We would do well to listen and understand why it is that our country, built on the principles of the Declaration of Independence, is perceived as acting against those ideals that spark the hopes of mankind. I applaud the Sri Chinmoy Meditation at the United Nations for bringing together delegations, N.G.O.s and Secretariat staff in an atmosphere which can further international understanding.
Excerpt of Statement by Senator Jacob Javits of New York: I have always been a firm supporter and believer in the concept and goals of the United Nations. The UN has proven the invaluable role it plays in our world through its varied activities in mediating peace, caring for the hungry, the sick, the homeless, disseminating technological and scientific advances, and generally uniting the countries of the world in working to resolve common problems. As our world becomes more interdependent and complex, the UN will continue to provide its good offices. Difficult years are ahead for all countries of the world. The UN will be functioning to ensure that difficulties are eased and nations of the world, with all their differences, can sit together, learn from each other and work in harmony to make it a better world for all.
Excerpt of Statement by Senator Charles H. Percy of Illinois: My work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has brought me in close touch with the UN and I also had the honour of serving as a member of the U.S. delegation in 1974. The UN serves as a forum for discussion and communication among nations representing the people who inhabit our planet. Every UN member state has subscribed to the goals outlined in the UN Charter: to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,” to “establish conditions under which justice and respect for treaties and obligations is maintained” and to “promote social progress.” Mankind’s hopes and problems transcend national borders. As the one institution harboring representatives for nearly every man, woman and child on this planet, the UN can contribute to the fulfillment of our hopes and the resolution of our problems. It deserves our support.
Excerpt from Statement by Congressman Don Bonker of Washington: The UN is a great part of the world peace we now enjoy. The United Nations has continually evolved and the cause of human rights and freedoms is growing in many parts of the world. The world is much more interdependent. Problems cannot be tackled by just a few nations, they must be arbitrated in a global forum-they must and they are being tackled within the U.N. The successes of the United Nations far outweigh its failures. The United Nations is not perfect. But it is the only institution whose mandate is the protection of one small blue planet-our Earth-our home..
Excerpt from Statement by Congressman Silvio O. Conte of Massachusetts: Burgeoning populations, arms proliferation, diminishing resources and environmental deterioration tax each nation’s capacity to discover solutions. appropriate not merely to their needs but also to those of all mankind. Cooperative efforts have become the key to solving many of these problems. Accommodation to the demands of an increasingly diverse and vocal membership through an agenda reflecting the priorities of the day, has been the hallmark of the UN. It has also been the source of its continuing legitimacy. The UN has met the challenges,, exemplifying a rare vision and courage in its quest for the ultimate goal of peace and prosperity for its member states. Mankind’s future rests, in no small measure, on the achievement of this goal.
Excerpt from Statement by Senator Abe Ribicoff of Connecticut : The UN as an institution of peace and collective security is significant to anyone who remembers why the UN was created and how the world looked in the 1940s. The General Assembly forum, the Security Council peacekeeping and security functions and the work of the specialised agencies have constructively helped mankind share this planet. Member nations and supporters of the UN system are obliged to keep the primacy of peace the first order of business at the UN and to strengthen management of its technical and development programmes. The inspiration of the United Nations deserves rekindled dedication.
Excerpt from Statement by Congressman Clement J.Zablocki of Wisconsin: As Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House and as a former delegate to the United Nations General Assembly,. The UN today is very different from what it was in 1945. A significantly greater number of varied cultures have been brought into contact with each other and political and economic differences have sharpened. Yet the UN and the agencies still represent the major global institutions where states of the world can get together on a regular basis to discuss important, common problems. It is encouraging to me that as UN members seek solutions to these problems, the Sri Chinmoy meditation provides those dedicated to the high ideals of the UN a personal opportunity to fulfil those goals.
Readings from Poets of India’s Independence 30 April 1997
|In honour of India’s 50th Anniversary of independence Wednesday 30 April 1-2 p.m.in Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium. Readings from Poets of India’s Independence include: Rabindranath Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, Suryakanti Tripathi “Nirala”, Subramania Bharati, with special reading by Dr.P. Jayraman Executive Director, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan; Music on Sarod by Nirbhaya Weininger (Student of Ali Akbar Khan) Presented by UN-SRC Society of Writers in conjunction with National Poetry Month coordinated by the Academy of American Poets
A humble international tribute to India in this most significant 50th anniversary year. In our host country April is National Poetry Month, as coordinated by the Academy of American Poets, so we are delighted to be able to combine a celebration of India’s independence with a celebration of poetry. Our special guest is Ms. Heather Liston, Director of Development for the Academy of American Poets.. We cannot do justice to the breadth and depth of India’s poetry in a brief hour, but we offer today’s selections as “snapshots” or suggestions of the great “work of our featured poets
.~ ~ Decide which of this following might dd – and if any good photos are available form event.
- the highly acclaimed vocalist Ms. Sanjukta Sen who, accompanied by Ms. Wieninger , will perform several songs by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.
- Poems by Sri Aurobindo and excerpts from speeches by Netaji Subash Chandra Bose will be highlighted by songs performed by the singers of Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations. Finally,
- Dr. P. Jayaraman of the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan will speak to us and read from the poetry of Nirala and Bharat~.
Mr . Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India to the UN here today . He was our first contact at the Mission for today’s event and was most encouraging in our efforts to plan the programme.
Ms. Sanjukta Sen who, accompanied by Ms. Nirbhaya ‘Wieninger, will sing two songs by Rabindranath Tagore , India’s great poet and Nobel Laureate . Ms . Sanjukta Sen, has won several interstate and All-India music awards and pursued both BA and MA studies in music. She is a composer and teacher as well as a noted performer. Please welcome Ms. Sanjukta Sen. Ms. Saudamini Siegrist will read selections from the poetry of Tagore
A song composed by Sri Chinmoy, leader of the Peace Meditation at the United Nations, in tribute to Sri Aurobindo, India’s freedom fighter, poet and spiritual luminary of the highest calibre. Ms. Hashi Roberts will then read a few selections from Sri Aurobindo ‘ s poetry.
Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was a life-long champion of the cause of Indian independence whose centenary is being celebrated this year. Netaji was not a poet per se, but he was a visionary lover of India and a ~compelling orator. Ms. Nayana Hein will read selections from a speech by Netaji, and then the Peace Meditation singers will sing a dedicated to Netaji.*
Dr. P. Jayaraman, Executive Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, India’s foremost cultural institute, here in the United States. Dr. Jayaraman is an extraordinary scholar and a repository of Indian culture and values, imbued with the depth of India’s spiritual heritage. Dr. Jayaraman will address us today and read from the poetry of Suryakant Tripathi “Nirala” and Subramania Bharati. Please welcome Dr. P. Jayaraman.
To conclude we offer two songs: Bharat Dulal*, by Sri Chinmoy, and finally Jana Gana Mana, India’s national anthem. We invite those who know the anthem to join us and we kindly request everyone to stand at that time.
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4 February 2014, Rededication of Norman Rockwell “Golden Rule” Mosaic
Following major renovation of parts of the UN Headquarters complex, a mosaic based on a painting by the American artist Norman Rockwell was rededicated on 4 February. Entitled “The Golden Rule”, the mosaic was produced by Venetian artists and has the inscription, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Presented to the UN in 1985 as a gift by the United States, it depicts people of different nationalities gathered together, and has become a symbol of diversity, inclusion and understanding. Speaking at the rededication ceremony, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson ascribed the popularity of the work to its embrace both of multiculturalism and the idealism at the core of the United Nations. “It reflects humanity – the wondrous mix of nationalities, creeds and colours,” Mr. Eliasson said. “But it also reflects the very essence of our mission as set out in our Charter,” he added. “At its core, the work is about narrowing the gap between the world as it is and the world as we want it to be,” he said.
A (historical) perspective of Sri Chinmoy: the Peace Meditation at the UN and Thanksgiving Programmes.
This Rockwell mosaic is a Gift of the USA to the people of the world in thanksgiving for the spirit and goals of the UN. The original sketch for the mosaic was as a backdrop to the Security Council meeting room. The people in the painting are looking out at the delegates making decisions that will affect everyone’s life. Sri Chinmoy leader of the Peace Meditations at the UN Expressed to us that the spirit behind the creation of the United States of America, was similar to the spirit behind the creation of the UN. He felt the next step or evolutionary goal would be a “Oneness-World”. When we look at this painting, this mosaic, we sense the feeling of a oneness world. We can see diversity of races, religion, gender and age. Yet all are looking together in the same direction, pensive but hopeful.
Peter Stewart, a main facilitator behind this Gift of the USA to the UN, first attended thanksgiving programs organized by the Meditation Group at the UN in the 1970’s. Many others joined to assist the Thanksgiving journey at the UN and are present in our gratitude hearts: a) First, Mrs. Betty May Stewart, a graceful and positive presence beside Peter in their marathon effort. We met her in the 1970’s, initially on a peace meditation member’s first trip to Dallas. Her smile and accepting loving heart others experienced when she came to the UN. b) We remember Ambassador Hepburn of the Bahamas and the interfaith leaders who presented to the Secretary-General outside the Meditation Room the 1982 (and first) Declaration of World Thanksgiving. This marked the 25th anniversary of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold’s redesign of the “Meditation- Room of Quiet” in the public lobby. c) Ambassador Chowdhury of Bangladesh and Father Louie Dolan worked to bring the NGOs and the delegations together in support of resolutions for the 2000 Year of Peace and 2000 Year Thanksgiving. They facilitated a wonderful presentation to the Secretary-General of the “1996 Declaration of World Thanksgiving” in front of this Golden Rule mosaic. d) Sri Chinmoy was the assuring presence behind, the first interfaith prayer observance at the UN in July 1975. This brought the Peace Mediation Group and the UN Community in touch with Peter Stewart and his colleagues of the Thanks-Giving Square foundation. It led to Peace Meditation member’s trips to Dallas and of Thanks-Giving Square representatives presence at thanksgiving and other related events here at the UN and for example, Robert Muller’s early visit to Dallas before he was Assistant Secretary-General. Sri Chinmoy encouraged us with songs and inspiring messages about gratitude and by telling us that Peter was truly a noble soul and we should assist him and his colleagues in their beautiful work. For all these and those in the future who will continue to believe in the power of gratitude and the vision of a oneness-world we are most thankful.
The UN has been called “the Heart-Home of the World-Body. This gift was from the heart of the USA. It is important that this “Do unto others” mosaic resides in side this UN Heart-Home is. Like the meditation room of quiet, it is a special reminder and encouragement for those who aspire to move us closer to a thanksgiving and gratitude filled “Oneness-World”.
Dedication: USA Presidential yacht “Honey Fitz” as a Sri Chinmoy Peace Yacht, 25 Oct 1992
A number of members of the Peace Meditation were guests at a special Dedication of the USA Presidential yacht “Honey Fitz” as a Sri Chinmoy Peace Yacht.This yacht was used by five American Presidents.,The occasion included remarks by
- H.E. Ambssador Aleksandr Razvin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN;
- H.E. Ambassador Krishnadath Nandoe, Permanent Representative of Suriname to the UN; and with special guests
- Mr. Edward Marks, Deputy Representative of the United States on the UN Economic and Social Council, and his wife – 25 October
* Part of the world-wide “Peace Blossom” programme
** USA President J.F. Kennedy had renamed the Yacht” Honey Fitz”, the nickname used by his maternal grandfather, former Mayor of Boston and US congressman, John Francis Fitzgerald.
- U Thant Peace Award – Presentation to Ganesh Man Singh
- U Thant Peace Award 1991 (b) Professor de Marco’s of Malta life and contributions
- Bajan Singers – Spring Concert – PR Iceland Invite
- (Various countries’ Permanent Representatives to the UN have co-sponsored these concerts)
- A Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Desai
Indian esraj and traditional Bengali songs 11 Oct 1977
- music played on the Indian esraj by Sri Chinmoy,
- original and traditional Bengali songs sung by the Meditation Group choir and
- instrumental performances.
t the beginning of the programme Sri Chinmoy addressed the
“Welcome my Indian sisters and brothers. We the members of the Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations wish to offer you our souls’ oneness-love. Here we pray and meditate. That means we are in the world of aspiration. Needless to say, our Bharat Mata always beckons the length and breadth of the world. She inspires the seekers; she elevates the consciousness of those who sincerely thirst for a higher life, a life of illumination and perfection.
On 31 October 1978, Sri Chinmoy Meditation at the United Nations sponsored a programme in honour of the anniversary of India joining the United Nations (on 30 October 1945).
Excerpt from Mr. Ghandikota Subba Rao:. The ancient country India, was called “Bharat ,” The word “Bharat” actually means “the land of love of the splendour of God.” Its spiritual heritage is the heritage of humanity. “Bharat” does not refer to that geographical or territorial concept or entity as we know of India today. Every person, according to the Indian philosophy, is a unique entity. Similarly, each nation has certain special features. That is why Sri Chinmoy has called the United Nations “a Garland of Nation-Souls.”
Each nation has its own role to play in this world system. In that world orchestra for peace and bliss each nation must sing its own tune, must deliver its own message, based on its own perceptions or visions. Today we are sharing some of the thoughts which have arisen out of the great stream of Indian culture, whose roots go back to ancient days. That stream of spiritual disciplines for the discovery of the fulfilment of man has run for many ages in India. Here we see an expression, an embodiment, a personification of that stream, in Sri Chinmoy.
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Observe Rabindranath Tagore 118th Birthday, 07 May 1979
|On 7 May 1979 the Meditation Group observed Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday- 5 May 1861-with a ceremony held in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium.
Sri Chinmoy offered selections in Bengali from Tagore’s poetry and music and also performed his own original song about the poet.
Bharater rabi jagater kabi
Banger hiya chand
Sundar tumi bhitare bahire
Sundar tumi srishti gabhire
Bishwa sabhai tomar asan
Prema onkar nad
|Other passages from Tagore’s works were read in English.||The progra
mme ended with India’s National Anthem, ‘Jana Gana Mana,” which was composed by Tagore
(Dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore)
O Sun of India’s sky,
O Moon of Bengal’s heart,
You were beautiful in your inner life,
You were beautiful in your outer life,
You were beauty incarnate in God’s entire creation,
Gloriously and triumphantly you secure your place
In the world-assembly with your creative force,
Supremely meaningful and fruitful in various walks of life ,
y offers a silent tribute to Tagore.
L.L. Mehrotra, Ambassador of India to Argentina 1984 May 16
In a meeting on 16 May 1984, L. L. Mehrotra, the Ambassador of India to Argentina, greets Sri Chinmoy.
Ambassador Mehrotra had lold Sri Chinmoy: “I am most thankful that you are still here in the United States performing a magnificent role in the service of Mother India and the whole mankind.”
Sri Chinmoy presents a gift to L.L. Mehrotra, his boss at the Indian Consulate in New York 20 years ago, during a special function May 16 at P.S. 86 in Queens. The event was held to honour the Indian diploma:, who is currently India’s Ambassador to Argentina. At the end of the programme, he said, “I have nothing to offer you this evening except tears of love.”
Musical Tribute to India; P.A. Nazareth, Consul General, 1987 Mar 13
|Mr. B. Ramamoorthy, Professor of Economics and Business, Consultant: It has been a privilege to know Mr. and Mrs. Nazareth for over 20 years. When I was teaching in a small college in Vermont, I had the pleasure of inviting them both to speak to my students. And it has also been my privilege to know Sri Chinmoy for more than 20 years. When Mr. Nazareth came to our small college in Vermont, he made such a deep impression on the students that after he left they used to ask, “Are we going to have that Indian speaker again on our campus?”|
Then he moved to countries on four different continents. Since he returned to New York in August 1986, he has attempted to bring both the Indian and American cultures together. I have never seen so many cultural activities initiated by the Consul General in New York. The fortieth anniversary of India’s independence was celebrated here in the UN in January 1987. We had two outstanding violinists, Yehudi Menuhin and L. Subramanyam.
|Sri Chinmoy welcomes the Consul General and his wife, Isabel, before the programme.||
Sri Chinmoy (presenting a plaque to Mr. Nazareth: I wish to offer you, my dear brother-friend, this gift with our appreciation, admiration and gratitude.
|The Honourable P.A. Nazareth, Consul General of India: I accept this as a tribute being paid to India…. because it has managed to preserve a certain philosophical tradition, deep religious insights and very basic values. India believes the simple maxim that all mankind is one family. India has retained this concept and nurtured it, along with the concept of non-violence and peace, and it has brought great solace to our people and to people all over the world.|
It is such a heart-warming experience to know that right here in the UN we have this Meditation Group. Ordinarily the United Nations is known as a place where crisis situations are dealt with through resolutions, committees, conferences and endless speeches. The world should be made aware, that here, within the UN building, there is a Group that is trying to find peace, I think, in a truly more meaningful way. When one meditates, when one reflects within oneself and tries to see and reach and understand what the basic purpose is of existence and of life and what it is that we are really trying to achieve here, one sees the purposelessness of war. For some reason one or two trees grow higher than others, just because of their own discipline or energy. The Guru is like that one tree that has grown above other ones, the tree that has this inner vision and is now trying to illumine others. This I think is what Sri Chinmoy is doing, and to see so many of you here warms my heart because I see how successful Sri Chinmoy has been. Long may you live, all of you. It is not just a Meditation Group here, but it is a whole peace movement with peace concerts and peace activities. And I honestly believe that this is certainly as important as anything that is being done in the conference halls of this great and august building.
Consul General Nazareth!
A oneness-heart of fulness-breath.
Your friend, his friend , my friend, Alan:
Indian culture’s clarion-call
To all nation-towers, short and tall
.INDIA HONOURED AT UN– report from Anahata Nada: Dec 1986 to Mar 19
Nearly 100 lndian officials from the Indian consulate and the U.N. Secretariat gathered here March 13 for a special tribute to India sponsored by Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations. India’s Consul General in New York, P.A. Nazareth, and his wife were guests of honour.
Sri Chinmoy, who has been conducting peace meditations at the U.N. for the past 17 years, presented the Consul General with a plaque, and the Meditation Group singers sang a song Sri Chinmoy had composed about him.
Deeply moved, the Consul General declared: “I have never been so honoured before in my whole life. This is something I’ll never forget.” He said he accepted the honours as “a very moving tribute to India.” He also praised Sri Chinmoy’s work for peace at the United Nations and elsewhere, comparing Sri Chinmoy to “a great tree rising above the forest, trying to communicate the vision he sees to the rest of the world. “This is not just a meditation group but a whole peace movement,” the Consul General said.
“It is certainly as important as anything done in the great conference halls of the United Nations.” The programme ended with many Indian members of the audience joining the Consul General, Sri Chinmoy and the Meditation Group singers onstage to sing India’s national anthem.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE . Born on 7 April 1936, Mr. P.A. Nazareth was educated at Loyola College, Madras, and holds a Master’s degree in economics and politics from the University of Madras. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959 and since then has served in the Indian diplomatic missions in Tokyo, Rangoon, New York, Lima, London and Accra. At London, he served as Deputy High Commissioner and in Accra he was High Commissioner of India to Ghana with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Liberia, Burkina Faso and Togo. During the period June 1982 to October 1985, he was Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and in this capacity was closely associated with the organisation and handling of the Festivals of India in the United States and France. During the period October 1985 to August 1986, he was Consul General of India, Chicago.
NY Consul General Nazareth of India with Sri Chinmoy in Queens 1989 Jun15
Members of the Peace Meditation Group at the United Nations were present for a special event in Queens and some were part of a special performance when the Indian Ambassador to the USA was Honoured by Sri Chinmoy. India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Karan Singh, enjoyed an evening of what he called “Shivamaya” -several hours permeated by the presence of Lord Shiva-when he met with spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy Oct. 4.
In a hall decorated with pictures and statues of Shiva, Karan Singh sat under a draped canopy as a guest of honour for performances of spiritual music and drama by Sri Chinmoy and his students. Moved by the event, the Ambassador sang two devotional songs about Lord Shiva and praised Sri Chinmoy for “playing an extremely valuable role” in helping mankind open itself to “the power and glory of the divine.”
|Song presented as composed by Sri Chinmoy,
The evening ended with a home cooked Indian meal
– excerpt from Anahata Nada August-November 1989
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