His Excellency Ambassador Milton Nathaniel Barnes

The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia:

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Peace be with you.

My dear friends, when a friend, a loved one, a Sri Chinmoy dies, it gives us the opportunity to reflect. We reflect on his life and the legacy of his life: his legacy of creativity, his legacy of peace, his legacy of leadership. And it establishes the example that we all must aspire to, especially those of us here at this institution that pursues peace.

But more importantly and more realistically, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own death—something that at times can be very difficult. May his death be an example that the bell now tolls. May we not ask for whom the bell tolls; may we aspire to the objective that when we no longer hear the bell, others may say of us as we say in celebrating Sri Chinmoy today.

May his soul rest in peace.

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