Interviewer: There is a great need for Sri Lankans, whatever cultural traditions or languages they may subscribe to, to live harmoniously, realising the oneness and brotherhood that underlies their existence. Would that be correct?

Sri Chinmoy: Absolutely! What we badly need is peace. This is not the problem of an individual or a particular country. It is a collective problem. The whole world, throughout its length and breadth, needs peace desperately. Somebody has to start; then from one it spreads to many. When we enter into a garden, we can see many, many flowers. Each flower blossoms slowly and steadily — petal by petal. In exactly the same way, peace also will blossom. It will not happen all of a sudden.