Preface

This is the most significant year for America, the Bicentennial year. It is my sincere wish to answer a few questions on the Bicentennial offered by the United Nations Meditation Group from the spiritual point of view. If each of you can kindly meditate for a couple of minutes and then give me a question, I shall be very grateful. This will help all the members of the Meditation Group considerably. If the questions are meaningful and soulful and the answers also are soulful, then it will be a great service not only to the soul of the United Nations but also to the soul of America. Something more: It will be a great service to the Universal Soul, for America’s independence is something most meaningful and fruitful in God’s entire creation.

Sri Chinmoy
United Nations Headquarters
21 May 1976

Questions and answers

Question: What could America’s contribution be to the family of nations in the next two hundred years?

Sri Chinmoy: In the next two hundred years America’s contribution to the family of nations will be equality’s universal birthright and reality’s transcendental height. America is great. America is good. America’s greatness is going to increase in infinite measure in the next two hundred years because America knows what greatness is and where it comes from. Greatness is self-giving and its source is love in peace and peace in love. America’s goodness lies in this: God for God’s sake, man for God’s sake. Aspiration for a higher life is for God’s sake. Truth-discovery is for God’s sake. Peace-distribution is for God’s sake. Delight-manifestation is for God’s sake.

America’s matchless contribution shall be her supreme universal friendship in which the family of nations will see beckoning hands, oneness-satisfaction and perfection-manifestation. America means contribution. Right now this contribution at times is conditional, at times unconditional. But either in the near or distant future, America’s contribution will always be unconditional in the outer life because America is undoubtedly going to make tireless efforts to become a supremely unconditional instrument of the Pilot Supreme.

Question: How can we rekindle the significance of America in our hearts and in the hearts of others?

Sri Chinmoy: We can rekindle the significance of America in our hearts and in the hearts of others by becoming glowing sacrifice in the inner life and growing service in the outer life.

Question: What is the difference between political independence and spiritual independence?

Sri Chinmoy: The difference between political independence and spiritual independence is this: political independence is the individuality of a particular party whereas spiritual independence is the independence of a seeker from darkness, bondage and ignorance.

Question: What is the most important thing America has learned in her first two hundred years and what is the most important thing she has to learn now in order to make the fastest progress?

Sri Chinmoy: In her first two hundred years America has learned the momentous necessity of the childlike heart. Now, in order to make the fastest progress, the most important thing is for her to have a life of conscious and continuous self-giving.

Question: How can other nations of the world feel their oneness with the United States in celebrating our Bicentennial?

Sri Chinmoy: Other nations of the world can feel their oneness with the United States in celebrating the Bicentennial if they feel that they have one goal and that goal is to love God and practise truth unconditionally.

Question: Do the Bicentennial celebrations add strength to the soul of America?

Sri Chinmoy: The Bicentennial celebrations without fail add strength to the soul of America, for a Bicentennial is not a mere celebration but a genuine invocation of the soul of America that liberated the body of America from a foreign yoke.

Question: Has the character of America changed significantly since the nation was born two hundred years ago?

Sri Chinmoy: Yes, the character of America has changed significantly since the nation was born two hundred years ago. Previously a soulful promise reigned supreme; now a fruitful hope reigns supreme.

Question: Is there any special significance to the outer events which will occur this year?

Sri Chinmoy: The outer events will bear special significance only if the inner awareness is conscious and complete. If not, the outer events in this year will have no special significance.

Question: Is there any special quality that Americans can especially work on now to help bring forward all their potential divinity?

Sri Chinmoy: There are two special qualities that Americans can work on to help bring forward all their potential divinity. These two divine qualities are the feeling of universal oneness and constant and cheerful self-giving to the Supreme Pilot, who is man’s own highest Reality.

Question: How can American politics return to the spiritual values that they had during the time of the Founding Fathers and some of our earlier presidents?

Sri Chinmoy: American politics can return to the spiritual values that they had during the time of the Founding Fathers and some of the previous presidents only if the political leaders and other leaders feel the supreme necessity of an inner life that has the capacity to bring about outer success, outer achievements, outer perfection and outer satisfaction.

Question: How can we regain the nobility and wisdom of the Founding Fathers in America today?

Sri Chinmoy: You can regain the nobility and wisdom of the Founding Fathers in America best by meditating on the independence-spirit of America, which was treasured not only by earth’s aspiration but also by Heaven’s illumination.

Question: Is the soul of America like a child that keeps on growing and developing?

Sri Chinmoy: The soul of America, like a child, is growing, glowing, developing, illumining and fulfilling. It is a soul that is most progressive and most striking.

Question: When the soul of America and the soul of the world discuss things, what suggestions and advice do they have to mankind?

Sri Chinmoy: When the soul of America and the soul of the world discuss things, they have many suggestions to make, much advice to offer to mankind. But primarily they have one suggestion, one piece of advice to offer and that is, “Move on, move on! The Goal, the ever-transcending Goal, is ahead and not behind.”