Anahata Nada, Vol. 1, No. 5 – April 27, 1974.
Some four hundred disciples from Europe, Canada and across the United States converged in New York to celebrate the tenth anniversary on April 13 of Sri Chinmoy’s arrival in the West.
The festival began the evening of April 12, with a performance of the Master’s drama, The Son, and continued past midnight on Sunday, April 14. The “puja” included a public meditation, a bazaar, a circus and a six-hour celebration of spiritual music and drama, which was capped off by a major feast Sunday night.
At the public meditation, which allowed the residents of the New York community to share in the celebration, Sri Chinmoy said: “The aspiration-child of the West is no longer crawling, stumbling… walking, marching. It is running… fast, faster, fastest towards the Golden Shore of the ever-transcending beyond.”
He said that he has learned two significant things during his ten years in the West: “how to admire the soul of the West most devotedly (and)... how to love the heart of the West most soulfully.”
“The soul of the West,” he said, “is for Divinity’s full manifestation on earth. The heart of the West is for humanity’s totally transformed perfection.”
Sri Chinmoy concluded his April 13th message by saying that even if he offered ten million flowers of gratitude to the Western soul, it would be inadequate. “But to each of you I wish to say that my fervent prayer to the Supreme was to be of you and for you. And the Supreme, out of His Infinite Bounty, has granted my prayer to be implicitly of you and to be unconditionally for you.”
Note: Anahata Nada was the longest running newsletter of the Sri Chinmoy Centre. It was first published on January 1, 1974, and chronicled Sri Chinmoy’s life and activities for over three decades until 2007.