Vladimir Petrovsky: builder of a new heart-firmament

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I humbly dedicate this volume of 65 poems to my most esteemed Brother-Friend, Mr. Vladimir Petrovsky, on the occasion of his 65th birthday on 29 April 1998.


Disarmament-champion, disarmament.
Builder of a new heart-firmament.
You see the world: a oneness-beauty-bloom.
No more mind-gloom!
No more life-doom!


The mind wants
To be fed
By God's Miracle-Showers.


The heart wants
To be fed
By God's Affection-Fountain.


The mind is never satisfied,
Even when it receives
Infinitely more
Than it expected.


My prayer-life
And my meditation-life
Always begin
With my gratitude-heart-tears.

/My soulful appreciations of Mr. Petrovsky:/

"We are in the same oneness-boat steering towards the same destination. Our goal is oneness-heart and fulness-life."

23 October 1991


Yesterday I was angry with God.
Today I am angry with my anger.
My Lord tells me
That if anger is the problem
In my life,
Then the immediate solution
Is love.


My heart-nest is
Beautiful in the morning,
Sweet during the day,
Peaceful in the evening
Dreamful at night.


My Lord,
Where do my unfulfilled hopes go?
"My child,
I take full care of them
In My Eternity's Heart-Home."


God has a very special
To preserve
Our gratitude-heart-tears.


My tearful heart
Is always found
In the immediate vicinity
Of God's Compassion-Kingdom.


God's Forgiveness-Light
Does not remember
When it took any rest.


My Lord,
If You really love me,
Then do not allow me
Even to look at the face
Of my desire-life.


Every day my heart and I
Are learning
A new peace-song
From our Lord Supreme.

"The power of your oneness-heart enables you to mix with so many kinds of people. God has endowed you with tremendous capacity."

4 February 1992


What is self-doubt?
Self-doubt is a monster
That destroys the beauty
Of our God-aspiration
And the fragrance
Of our God-manifestation.


My Lord,
I have come to Your Feet
Not for shelter,
But for Your hardest kicks
For the total transformation
Of my life.


I no longer belong
To my information-mind.
I belong only
To my illumination-soul.


My life's immense love
My heart's intense gratitude
Are inseparable friends.

"Your patience and your compassion will overcome all the odds of the world. They will all be illumined by your infinite patience and infinite compassion. This is my most sincere feeling."

17 March 1992


God wants
From my life
Its peerless surrender.


God never wants
From my mind
Its helpless submission.


Is terribly afraid of


Is breathlessly fond of

"No matter where you go or under whichever conditions you find yourself, you carry with you two most significant things: the message of peace and the wisdom of light. When people are in your presence, the magnetic pull of your wisdom-light brings to the fore their own good qualities."

7 August 1992


The loving Heart
Of God
Forgives me.


The living Hand
Of God
Perfects me.


Each forward
Is a new victory.

"The United Nations is not a building. It is not the meeting place of certain eminent people. It is the life-breath of oneness in humanity. Wherever you go, you are carrying the pristine beauty-light of the United Nations. Here and there you go, carrying the life-breath of the United Nations and offering it to the suffering humanity."

7 August 1992


God replaces
The human face
With His own Heart
For the God-realised souls.


Early in the morning,
God the Inspiration
Comes to inspire me.


At noon,
God the Energy
Comes to energise me.


In the evening,
God the Congratulation
Comes to congratulate me.


At night,
God the Sleep
Comes to cradle me.


When I ruthlessly criticise God,
Instead of giving me
A smart slap,
He most affectionately tells me:
"My child,
Try to behave well
Next time."


My gratitude-heart-magnet
God's Compassion-Eye-Magnet
Are fondly drawn
To each other.


God tells a sincere seeker
That no uncomely thought
Must find shelter
In his God-searching mind.


God asks me to take
Only one step forward.
He will gladly take care of
The rest of my journey.

"To establish peace, my brother Vladimir goes from one place to another like a bird. He produces an inner music. This inner music is the music of love, peace and oneness."

16 February 1993


My soul's adamantine
Is the blossoming
Of a new world-dawn.

"Throughout Eternity, the soul of the world and the heart of the world will remain grateful to you because of what you are doing in a global way. The beauty and fragrance of your heart is inundating the length and breadth of the world."

19 April 1998


Every morning
God's Heart-Home
Blessingfully invites
My aspiration-heart-beauty
My dedication-life-fragrance.


Unlike the outer riches,
The inner riches —
Peace, bliss, perfection
And satisfaction —
Know no limits.


The outer friendship
A fleeting beauty.


The inner friendship
An ever-blossoming lustre.


A mighty thought
The outer world.


A self-giving will
The inner world.

"Politicians come and go, but in your case, you are the politician of the heart, not the politician of the mouth. History will bear witness to the fact that not only do you speak from the heart, but you give your heart as well. While you are talking, the words are coming from the very depths of your heart. Then you give your heart itself for the betterment of this planet."

19 April 1998


Each seeker
Is a volunteer
Under God's

"You may be here at one particular place, but your concern for each and every citizen of the world is being felt by the heart and soul of humanity."

19 April 1998


If you are running away
From today,
Tomorrow will never agree
To welcome you.


God wants us to hoist
Our goodness-heart
And not
Our greatness-mind.

"Brother, you are proving that politicians can use their heart, not just the mind. In your life, talking has been replaced by practising — practising the feeling of oneness. At every moment you are showing your oneness. Your heart is the bridge between the poor and the rich, between the weak and the strong, and between the smallest countries and the largest countries. You were born in the Soviet Union, but now the whole world claims you with utmost love, joy, pride and gratitude."

19 April 1998


God asks me
Never to ring
An unwilling mind's doorbell.


My Lord,
My only request:
Do free me
From my mind's
Enslaving freedom.


God sleeplessly loves.
God breathlessly treasures.


Alas, we do not realise
That death
Has its own breath.


If you want perfect satisfaction
In your life,
Then quote God's Writings
And vote only for God.


Loneliness is
An unreality,
For God the Heart
Is all-where.


A self-indulgence-life
A spirituality-heart-breath


To embrace
Your anger-mind
Is to disgrace
Your aspiration-heart.


My desire-mind,
You have been with me
For such a long time.
Now leave me alone!


My aspiration-heart,
Let us declare
And enjoy
Our permanent friendship.


The man-written dictionary
Of the mind
Is replete with
Unaspiring, discouraging
And disheartening words.


The dictionary of the heart
Is written by
God's world-illumining Eye
His world-immortalising Heart.


The mind has so many questions.
The heart has only one:
"When will I be able
To please God
In God's own Way?"


The blossoming dawn,
The singing bird
And the dancing rainbow
Are all inviting
My crying heart to join.


What has ignorance-night
Done against us?
Ignorance-night has sealed
Our God-adoration-eyes.
Ignorance-night has sealed
Our God-listening ears.


I came into the world
To sing God's Glory
And not mine.
Alas, how fate can be so cruel
To me!
I have become a great member
Of the self-advertisement-committee.


My Lord,
Is it such a difficult thing
For You to take me back?


My Lord,
Is it such a difficult thing
For You to grace me
With Your Presence?


My Lord,
Is it such a difficult thing
For You to accept
My bleeding heart?


My Lord,
Is it such a difficult thing
For You to tell me
That I shall be able
To claim You as my own
Once again?


My Lord,
Is it such a difficult thing
For You to tell the world
That I am now
A turned-over leaf?


No matter how late I am
In attending
God's Nectar-Delight-Lecture,
My Lord Supreme
Reserves a seat for me
In His Compassion-flooded Heart.

Songs by Sri Chinmoy

67. Vladimir Petrovsky

Vladimir, Vladimir, Vladimir Petrovsky!
A fragrance-heart’s fondness-oneness-beauty.
Summit compassion and perfect service-light,
To soulfully transform the world’s ignorance-night.

68. Mira Petrovsky

Our dear sister Mira, dynamism-delight!
Oneness of compassion-depth and concern-height.
Quickly she thinks of all and gladdens all.
Her heart-home is for mankind, big and small.

Music by Sri Chinmoy set to words by Vladimir Petrovsky

69. We are all partners and allies

We are all partners and allies
In the struggle for survival
And progress of the human race.

70. Never before and nowhere else

Never before and nowhere else
Has such progress been achieved
In the disarmament field
As was achieved at Reykjavik.

71. We must not allow

We must not allow the door
To a nuclear-free future
That was opened in Reykjavik
To be slammed shut.

72. We cannot do without equal dignity

We cannot do without equal dignity
And equal honesty.
We cannot remove the barriers
Of confrontation without them.

73. This is a crucial period for mankind

This is a crucial period for mankind
In which there is an ever greater awareness
Of the need for new ways of thinking.

Preface to the first edition — Mr. Vladimir Petrovsky

of the United Nations,
Director-General of the United Nations
Office at Geneva,
Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament

After studying at the Institute of International Relations in Moscow, Vladimir Petrovsky joined the diplomatic service in 1957 and was sent to New York, where he worked mainly as a translator for the Permanent Mission of the USSR to the United Nations.

Mr. Petrovsky continued with his university work during this time and afterwards, publishing works on international relations such as "The Diplomacy of 10 Downing Street," "U.S. Foreign Policy Thinking, Disarmament, Concept, Problems, Mechanisms" and "Security in the Nuclear and Outer Space Era."

From 1961 to 1964, Mr. Petrovsky served with the Foreign Ministry in Moscow. He was assigned to the United Nations Secretariat in New York in 1964 and remained there until 1971. During this time he worked closely with the third Secretary-General, U Thant. Upon returning to Moscow, he rose through the ranks to become Head of the Department for International Organisations, then Deputy Foreign Minister and, finally, in 1991, First Deputy Foreign Minister under President Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev.

While holding these posts, Mr. Petrovsky participated in many international conferences, as well as in sessions of the UN General Assembly, as head of the Soviet delegation.

In 1992, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali named Mr. Petrovsky Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs at the UN in New York. One of Mr. Petrovsky's tasks in this new post was to visit Libya as a special envoy of the Secretary-General to seek that country's co-operation for the implementation of Security Council resolutions. Another special assignment during his tenure was to represent the UN Secretary-General at the Helsinki Summit for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

In 1993, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali appointed Mr. Petrovsky Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Mr. Petrovsky continues to serve in that position under the current Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. In the intervening years, Mr. Petrovsky has led numerous fact-finding missions to Libya. He is also Secretary-General of the on-going Conference on Disarmament. In Geneva, he is working closely with non-governmental organisations with a view to enhancing their participation in all areas of the UN system.

Mr. Petrovsky was born on 29 April 1933 in Volgograd, Russia.