4 November 1995 University Temple United Methodist Church Seattle, WashingtonExcerpt from welcoming remarks at the Peace Concert by Professor Charles Johnson of the University of Washington, winner of the National Book Award:
All of Sri Chinmoy's works are a form of worship, whether they are in the fields of music or writing or literally uplifting others in the world…. I believe that the great creative productivity of this man illustrates for us all that any man or woman devoted to the life of the spirit will bring forth gifts of beauty and redemption in numerous genres and fields of artistic endeavour. Like Gandhi, like Mother Teresa, like Martin Luther King, Jr., Sri Chinmoy's presence and work among us have enriched all of our lives.
Excerpt from a letter from Mr. Norman B. Rice, Mayor of Seattle:
I am honoured to acknowledge you, Sri Chinmoy, as a renowned 'Ambassador of Peace' and as one of the Premier First Citizens of the World.
You have lived an exemplary life devoted to fostering the oneness of people throughout the world. By offering countless individuals of many nations the opportunity to discover the wellspring of peace that lies within themselves, you are creating the foundation for a lasting world peace. Your example is an inspiration to us all.
Peace Concert dedication by Sri Chinmoy:
Today's Peace Concert I am prayerfully, soulfully and self-givingly offering to the all-illumining soul, all-aspiring heart and all-serving life of the United Nations.