Sri Chinmoy: Today we are celebrating the fifth anniversary of the United Nations Meditation Group. I wish to start by offering a few songs to the body and soul of the United Nations. This is my dedicated offering. I do hope that the Meditation Group singers will learn these songs.
[Sri Chinmoy read the translations and sang four songs. The Bengali titles and the English translations follow.]
Je besechhe bhalo
He who has loved this world Has only received excruciating pangs. The world has thrown on him all ugliness, filth, dirt, impurity. Yet the hero marches along, Carrying the burden of the entire world. At the end of his teeming struggles He will go and stand at the Feet of the Lord Supreme.
You are beautiful, more beautiful, most beautiful, Beauty unparalleled in the garden of Paradise. Day and night may Thy Image abide in the very depth of my heart. Without You my eyes have no vision; Everything is an illusion, everything is barren. All around me, within and without, The melody of tenebrous pangs I hear. My world is filled with excruciating pangs. O Lord, O my beautiful Lord, O my Lord of Beauty, In this lifetime, even for a fleeting second. May I be blessed with the boon to see Thy Face.
In secrecy supreme I see You. You live in my eyes, in my sleep, in my dreams, in my sweet wakefulness. In the stupendous mirth of life, In the abysmal lap of death, You I behold. Your love-play is my world.
Nayan nehare bishwa bhuvan
The eye sees the entire world But it sees not its own life; Therefore, keeping the two eyes closed The Yogi meditates on You, O Lord Supreme. The ear hears only The messages and the clamour of the outer world. It hears not the messages Of the highest Heaven; Therefore, the true seeker of wisdom Always tries to keep his ears Under his perfect control.
On April 15, 1975 in the Peace Room of the Church Center for the United Nations, Sri Chinmoy and a group of aspirants who consisted of U.N. personnel, delegates and NGO Representatives, celebrated the fifth anniversary of Sri Chinmoy’s service to the U.N. The gathering began with a silent and conscious meditation for the peace of mankind. Then Sri Chinmoy addressed the group.↩