Mr. Masur: What you have done with your students here is absolutely the same as what I would like to create also on a wider scale while giving support to the musical education of young people. If only the teachers and the politicians realised how much music can do! It gives people the ability to concentrate. It also helps them to keep in touch with their soul and not lose it in the midst of daily life. This is a very, very important function of music. Sometimes it sounds sentimental; sometimes it sounds naive. But I always tell people: I was a dreamer when I was a little boy, I continued as a dreamer, I am still a dreamer, and some of my dreams have come true. I never even dreamt of being the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and this came true also. So sometimes life is strange.
Sri Chinmoy: God Himself is a dreamer. You have learned how to dream from Him. Our Creator Himself is a dreamer. From His Dream, His universal Dream, He created this universe. We use the term ‘vision,’ but it is actually ‘dream.’ The word ‘dream’ is so sweet and at the same time so illumining and fulfilling. Only he who has a dream can transform it into reality. A dream is like the seed. If we do not have the seed, how can we have a plant and a tree? We sow the dream-seed in our inner being, and eventually this seed will grow into a plant and then a tree.