[Herbert Muhammad and Muhammad Ali softly read aloud Sri Chinmoy’s message to Muhammad Ali, inscribed on a presentation plaque.]
Sri Chinmoy: This particular song that I have dedicated to you, I wish to have sung by my disciples who work at the United Nations. There are about sixty very dedicated disciples of mine who work at the United Nations. I will ask them to sing that song and I will send you a tape. I will be singing with them.
Muhammad Ali: What time is it?
Herbert Muhammad: Twelve o’clock.
Muhammad Ali: I have until two o’clock. What would you like to have? I have juice ...
Sri Chinmoy: Oh, only juice, please.
Muhammad Ali: How do you spell your first name?
Sri Chinmoy: C-H-I-N-M-O-Y.
Herbert Muhammad: What does that name mean?
Sri Chinmoy: Chinmoy means full of inner wisdom, full of divine consciousness.
Muhammad Ali: Where were you born?
Sri Chinmoy: I was born in India, in Bengal. It was previously called East Bengal, now it is called Bangladesh.
Herbert Muhammad: Where were you educated?
Sri Chinmoy: I was educated in South India. I was there for twenty years. Then I came to the West to serve.
Herbert Muhammad: Many people like yourself are here. More Indians than any other group. Why do you think it is that Indians are the enlightened ones going around the world teaching yoga and what not?
I read in a book “Love is the net where hearts are caught like fish.” I am going to take this one and I am going to read it. I have to leave now and I’ll be back. We are waiting for somebody. My heart will always be with you.
Sri Chinmoy: Thank you so much.
[Herbert Muhammad leaves.]