20th anniversary of the founding of the Universalist Church
TributeOn 14 November 1976, Sri Chinmoy was invited to address those assembled for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Universalist Church of New York City at Central Park West and 76th Street. Sri Chinmoy meditated and then made the following remarks:
Sri Chinmoy: I would like to express my heart’s soulful gratitude for having been given the divine opportunity to be of humble service to the body and soul of the Universalist Church.
Asato mā sad gamaya
Tamaso mā jyotir gamaya
Mṛityor mā amṛitaṃ gamaya
Lead me from the unreal to the Real.
Lead me from darkness to Light.
Lead me from death to Immortality.
I bow to the body of this church which constantly sings the unity-song of God the Many, the Reality Universal. I bow to the soul of this church which constantly dances the oneness-dance of God the One, the Vision Transcendental.
The Universalist Church is the only God-Abode, the only Truth-Temple where the aspiring human heart can soulfully, unreservedly and unconditionally voice forth what it spontaneously, cheerfully and breathlessly feels from within.
Here, here alone, in and through us man the evolving God shares with us his ever-transcending realisation-Reality. Here, here alone, in and through us, God the manifesting man shares with us His ever-fulfilling satisfaction in perfection and perfection with satisfaction.
Satisfaction in perfection and perfection with satisfaction. Satisfaction in perfection is what we have — love of God in the heart of Infinity. Perfection with satisfaction is what we are — God-oneness along the road of Eternity.
My dear spiritual brother, Roland Gammon (Dean of All Faith Chapel): Again I wish to thank you for having given me the signal honour to be of service to all the sincere seekers here. In you I find an instrument with an illumined mind and a dedicated heart. The combination of these two divine qualities have made a unique instrument of God to champion the cause of aspiring humanity. These two qualities of yours I shall always deeply value and treasure.