Sri Chinmoy meets with Nelson Mandela for the first time at the United Nations in New York. The two are introduced by New York City Mayor David Dinkins (right).


The Meeting


Sri Chinmoy’s first meeting with Nelson Mandela takes place at United Nations headquarters in New York, immediately prior to Mr. Mandela’s address to the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Mandela’s historic visit to the United States, as part of a 14-nation tour. Mr. Mandela is at this time one of the foremost leaders of the African National Congress.

The Hon. David Dinkins, Mayor of New York City [right] introduces the two leaders. During the meeting, Sri Chinmoy presents Mr Mandela with the words and music to the song A Perfect Justice-Voice, which he had composed in honour of Mr. Mandela just three days earlier. He then offered Mr Mandela the following message:

Sri Chinmoy: South Africa sleeplessly needs the fragrance of your heart for its liberation and peace, and the whole world soulfully needs the garden of your life for its inspiration and bliss.

These words are to prove prophetic. Within a few fleeting years, South Africa was liberated from its strict apartheid policy. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became the first democratically elected President of the nation and the widely revered and adored elder statesman and moral conscience of the entire world.

In 1993, Mr. Mandela received the Nobel Prize for Peace jointly with President F.W. de Klerk of South Africa.

Published in Nelson Mandela: the Pinnacle-Pillar of Mother Earth



Sri Chinmoy lifts Michal Kováč, the first President of the Slovak Republic, and his wife Emília Kováčová at the Istropolis Theatre, in Bratislava, Slovakia.