Editor's note to cover photo

United Nations Secretary-General U Thant met Sri Chinmoy for the first time on 29 February 1972. In the ensuing years, the two world figures became deep friends and met together several times. In a book he wrote about the U.N. leader following his death, entitled U Thant: Divinity’s Smile, Humanity’s Cry, Sri Chinmoy declared, “Simplicity was U Thant’s life. Sincerity was U Thant’s mind. Purity was U Thant’s heart. His was the approach of serene and illumined dignity.”