Service to the United Nations
With the personal encouragement of his dear friend, U Thant, the third Secretary-General of the UN, Sri Chinmoy began the non-denominational Peace Meditation Group at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Since then, he has held twice-weekly meditations for delegates and staff with the aim of fostering the highest ideals of the UN Charter, namely peace, tolerance and cooperation amongst peoples.
A firm believer in the goals of the United Nations, Sri Chinmoy has lectured extensively on the role the UN plays in humanity’s forward march to peace and has received numerous accolades from UN leaders and the UN community.
“I have been hearing about you from many, many people. Whoever speaks to me about you is all appreciation and admiration, and I personally feel that you have been doing a most significant task for the United Nations. It has been a great privilege for me to see you. Please feel my sincere respect and sincere concern for what you are doing for mankind.” – U Thant, Third UN Secretary-General
Mission Statement of Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations
We believe and we hold that each man has the potentiality of reaching the Ultimate Truth. We also believe that man cannot and will not remain imperfect forever. Each man is an instrument of God. When the hour strikes, each individual soul listens to the inner dictates of God. When man listens to God, his imperfections are turned into perfections, his ignorance into knowledge, his searching mind into revealing light and his uncertain reality into all-fulfilling Divinity.
“The outer message of the United Nations is peace. The inner message of the United Nations is love. The inmost message of the United Nations is oneness.” – Sri Chinmoy
“I know how much you have contributed to our efforts in the United Nations to work for peace, to work for understanding, to bridge the gap between rich and poor people in the world and to try to improve the lives of so many suffering people.” – Kurt Waldheim, Fourth UN Secretary-General
“Sri Chinmoy, you are the heart of the United Nations. In all the years I was Secretary-General, and even before, you were always with us. Your message was always with us, and we were being inspired by you.” – Javier Perez de Cuellar, Fifth UN Secretary-General
“Through your prayers, meditations, concerts and global “Peace Run”, your work has linked peace-lovers in more than 100 countries and complemented that of the world Organization.” – Kofi Annan, Seventh UN Secretary-General.”
“Peace does not mean the absence of war. Outwardly two countries may not wage war, but if they inwardly treasure aggressive thoughts, hostile thoughts, that is as good as war.”
“Peace means the presence of harmony, love, satisfaction and oneness. Peace mans a flood of love in the world family. Peace means the unity of the universal heart and the oneness of the universal soul.” – Sri Chinmoy
“…since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” – Constitution of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)
“The purpose of human life is the quest for unity, and not a sense of separativity.” – Sri Chinmoy