Vortónleikar Sri Chinmoy Bahajan Singers
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is gratifying to see so many here today.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this afternoon’s Spring Concert by the Sri Chinmoy Bhajan Singers.
The songs they will perform today were composed by Sri Chinmoy, who was the leader of Peace Meditations at the United Nations for over three decades. His love for humankind and his aspiration for a better world are evident in his music, which has always served to unite peoples and cultures across the globe in peace and understanding.
I am especially pleased to be your host today, as Sri Chinmoy was a personal friend and also had a great affinity with Iceland, which he visited seven times. Icelanders hold in high esteem his lofty vision and tireless service for peace. To quote from one of his many inspiring statements about the United Nations:
“The inner heart of the United Nations is flooded with peace.
The outer heart of the United Nations is trying to spread peace all over the world.”
Indeed, the same could be said for this extraordinary man of the spirit, whose inner existence was flooded with peace, and whose entire outer existence was dedicated to offering this peace to others – here at the United Nations, and throughout the length and breadth of the world.
I would now like to introduce to you the talented Ms. Ranjana Ghose, who is a great exponent of Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy and music.