Sri Chinmoy and Jesse Owens1Sri Chinmoy: Once upon a time, I happened to be an insignificant athlete. But you are the world-renowned, immortal Jesse Owens, and my admiration for you, right from my adolescent years, has remained pure and unalloyed.
Jesse Owens: … I think that if one has love and feeling, then everything can come about. It takes a lot of dedication to be able to live it… What I want to do, first of all, is please my God. Then I want to please the people who helped me… Everybody is struggling to get on top of the mountain. But you have got to remember one thing when you reach the top: you have got to come back to the valley to keep in contact with what’s going on down in the valley.
KA 96. Jesse Owens was Sri Chinmoy's idol when he was a champion sprinter in India. They met on 4 November 1972 at the Park Lane Hotel in New York City. Following is an excerpt from their conversation, which lasted for two hours.↩