AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Mayor Les Mills opened Sri Chinmoy’s Auckland peace concert at Aotea Centre on June 30.

Speaking to a crowd of 2,500, he hailed the spiritual teacher as a man who has dedicated his life “to moving the people of the world from darkness into light.”

Sri Chinmoy, he said, “is here to help us understand our unique worth and to inspire us to respect and understand that worth in others.”

The Auckland concert, like most of Sri Chinmoy’s other peace concerts this year, was dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

While he was in town the following day, the Auckland Zoo was officially dedicated as a Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossom. The city of Auckland previously had been named a Sri Chinmoy Peace Capital.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jim Bolger meets with Sri Chinmoy on June 30 in Auckland.

Published in Anahata Nada, Volume 25 April-July 1995