Question: We celebrate the spirit of 1776. What exactly was that spirit, and also what is the spirit of the United States today?

Sri Chinmoy: Previously a soulful promise reigned supreme; now a fruitful hope reigns supreme. The spirit at that time was promise; now it has become hope. The spirit of the past was the discovery of inner adamantine will to fight against bondage. The present spirit is the aspiration for God-manifestation plus the aspiration to become humanity’s brother, humanity’s selfless lover and divinity’s constant server.

Sri Chinmoy, The Bicentennial Flames at the United Nations.First published by Agni Press in 1976.

This is the 261st book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.


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