City of Bristol
BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT 06010 Office of the Mayor
WHEREAS, SRI CHINMOY of India, Director of the Meditation Group of the United Nations, is visiting Bristol, Connecticut on the 8th day of May, 1974; and
WHEREAS, SRI CHINMOY has travelled to many parts of the globe, presenting his most beautiful and exceptional meditations on God, love and peace (both interior and exterior) to the leaders and people he has met throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, A beautiful example of SRI CHINMOY'S thinking is the following quote written by him:
”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."
WHEREAS, India has long been a close and good friend of America; and
WHEREAS, The Indian people have had such renowned leaders as the saintly MOHANDAS GANDHI a/k/a "Great Soul", who lead his people throughout his life through deep meditation, self denial, and a total resistance to war through peaceful protests of injustice; followed by JAWAHARLAL NEHRU, and now the gracious and lovely INDIRA GANDHI; not to forget her renowned aunt, MADAME PANDIT, who once served as Chairman of the Indian Delegation to the United Nations; and
WHEREAS, The subject of World Peace is one in which we all believe and are working to achieve; knowing full well the blessings of brotherhood and the extreme folly, cruelty and senselessness: of war; and
WHEREAS, The Peace-loving people of India have bounded together and over the years formulated a country strongly resistant to aggression and war and dedicated to the principles of peace and love.
NOW THEREFORE, I, FRANK J. LONGO, SR., Mayor of the City of Bristol, feel it is indeed an honor to have as the honored guest of our City this day the famous devotee to peace and meditation, SRI CHINMOY, and do hereby proclaim Wednesday, May 8, 1974 as
BRISTOL — INDIA DAY
and encourage our citizens, our lawmakers, and our government to look to India, to help them in their needs, especially in the area of much needed food for that Country, and to welcome SRI CHINMOY this day to our City as a representative of a very strong and good country.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal of the City of Bristol, this 8th day of May, 1974.
Mayor Frank J. Longo, Sr.