Peace and Unity amongst the Faiths
Flowing from his philosophy that “each religion is an unfailing path leading to the eternal Truth and is a proper manifestation of that Truth,” Sri Chinmoy has dedicated his life to building bridges between faiths.
Perhaps most significant, in 1970 Sri Chinmoy accepted an offer from the third UN Secretary-General, U Thant, to befin holding twice-weekly non-denominationa silent meditations for delegates and staff at UN Headquarters in New York, which he has faithfully continued for more than 35 years.
In 1972, Sri Chinmoy was presented the Papal Medallion from the hands of Pope Paul VI. A loving and highly significant friendship was born. At the conclusion of this most heartfelt meeting, the Holy father remarked, “Thank you , thank you, thank you … Your message and my message are the same. When we both leave this world, you and I, we will meet together.”
It was on this occasion that Sri Chinmoy’s vision and efforts for oneness amongst religions was first powerfully validated.
“Spirituality is not merely tolerance. It is not even acceptance. It is the feeling of universal oneness. Our spiritual life firmly and securely establishes the basis of unity in diversity. Spirituality is not mere hospitality to others’ faith in God. It is the absolute recognition and acceptance of their faith in God as one’s own.” – Sri Chinmoy
“Sri Chinmoy, your own life’s work of most devoted service for interfaith understanding and word-oneness is unparalleled.” – Rev. James Parks Morton Chairman & Organizer of the Annual Interfaith Service, President of the Interfaith Center of New York
“Faith in oneself and faith in God must run together.” – Sri Chinmoy