I would like to call up my colleague in the Council, David Weprin, as David and I serve side by side at the Council.
Honoured guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a privilege and an honour to be here before everyone today. Today we celebrate the life of Sri Chinmoy, and I have put a little bit of thought into what would be the best way to do that. I wanted to think about what Sri Chinmoy loved. He loved God, certainly. He loved the world. He loved the mission of the United Nations. And most importantly, he loved people. He loved us. And so we celebrate him, I think, by dedicating ourselves to that which he loved. We must commit ourselves to serving God in the world. He would like that. We must dedicate ourselves to loving the world and each other. He would love that. But most importantly, we must, if we can, love each other as he loved us. This, I think, would make him most happy and proud.
We are very special, all of us; we are very special and fortunate for having known him, for having loved him, and to have been loved by him. And we can do so much. We can do so much with the love that he so abundantly showered upon us. So, let us commit ourselves to spending the rest of our days giving to others the love that he gave to us. This is the way to truly celebrate Sri Chinmoy’s life and to show our gratitude for all that he did for us, and for so many.
Let me just take a moment to talk about the power of Sri Chinmoy reaching people and the effect that he had on people, and his ability to reach other people through us. That is our job now.
This is an e-mail from my sister Barbara, and it was very inspiring. I thought I would share it with you, if I can get through it.
“Thank you so much for sharing your comments about the life and spiritual path of Sri Chinmoy, and the immense impact he has had on your life and that of countless others. Truly he completed his mission in this world and God took him home. How bittersweet to lose the dearest of friends and yet know that he is with God, his hard-earned eternal reward.
“We can’t keep people; we borrow and enjoy them only for a brief time. We keep the memory of them and what we become for having known and loved them. As you said so beautifully, you are forever changed for having known and loved Sri Chinmoy, and for having been loved by him. And so he continues to live in you, and he always will. How lucky you are to have been loved, and been loved so deeply, by such a great man, who will always live in your heart. Surely that must give you great comfort. How lucky you are to be surrounded by so many people who share the love and greatness of such a man.
“To have known Sri Chinmoy is to have known grace. To know grace is to know God’s loving Presence in this world. This is what Sri Chinmoy brought to you and to others: God’s loving Presence in this world. And that is what he leaves behind.”
My sister Barbara saw Guru one time, one time, and she got all that. Good for her; good for her.