Following are excerpts from some of the letters and messages sent on the occasion of Sri Chinmoy's fiftieth Peace Concert.Excerpt from a letter dated 11 December 1995 from His Excellency Mr. Javier Perez de Cuellar, Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1982 to 1991:
On the momentous occasion of your final Peace Concert celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations, I would like to hail once again your invaluable contributions to world peace and human togetherness, which are a source of pride and inspiration for political action worldwide. Please accept my sincere thanks for what you are doing for the betterment of mankind.
Excerpt from a letter dated 4 December 1995 from His Excellency Mr. Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1972 to 1981 and former President of Austria:
I have heard about your concerts celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations in St. Paul the Apostle Church and Lincoln Center on December 7 and 8, 1995. I extend to you my warmest good wishes for your activities in this regard….
What we need…is a retreat from purely materialistic thinking, and more commitment to the fate of the international community as a whole.
Excerpt from a letter dated 5 December 1995 from Mr. Robert Muller, Chancellor of the University for Peace and former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General:
I know Sri Chinmoy is a great prophet of the United Nations. The entire world should he extremely grateful to Sri Chinmoy, head of the Meditation Group at the United Nations, for his untiring efforts to bring the United Nations closer to the heart of the people. This he has done most devotedly and extensively this year in honour of the United Nations fiftieth anniversary.
Excerpt from a letter dated 7 December 1995 from His Excellency Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations:
I would like to use this opportunity…to congratulate you on your philosophic and artistic achievements. It has been since 1970 that you, an internationally respected philosopher, lecturer, author and spiritual leader with an interdenominational approach, have been associated with the United Nations, serving as a leader of a meditation group at the UN Headquarters. Your group has dedicated itself to the ideals of universal harmony and world peace. You have authored a number of other initiatives aimed at contributing to international peace.
But above all, it is your music and your poetry that attract people most. To paraphrase your own poetic lines, you are helping the UN 'world-justice-peace-dream-tree' to 'blossom into world-reality-flowers and fruits'…
Excerpt from a letter dated 5 December 1995 from renowned violinist Maestro Yehudi Menuhin:
All my best wishes for December 8, marking your fiftieth concert this year and the founding of the United Nations.
May you long continue to be one always ready to inspire his fellow men.
Excerpt from a letter dated 5 December 1995 from Mr. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, United States Senator from New York and former US Ambassador to the United Nations:
I would like to extend my congratulations to you as you prepare to give your final concert honouring the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. By celebrating this milestone in your concerts, you have helped to spread the ideal of peace for which the United Nations stands.
Please keep up your fine work.