Jose D InglesJose D. Ingles, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, said, “Although U Thant stepped down from the high position of Secretary-General soon after the silver anniversary of the Organization, he remained its living symbol, and was affectionately called ‘Mr. United Nations’. His death marks the close of an era in the life of the United Nations.”
The world knew U Thant as the Secretary-General. Some devoted friends and admirers called him “Mr. United Nations.” The seekers called him a giant apostle of peace. God called him His Manifestation-Fulfilment son.
Sri Chinmoy, U Thant: Divinity's Smile, Humanity's Cry, Agni Press, 1977