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In honour of the International Day of Yoga, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as 21 June each year, these messages are presented by Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations, in conjunction with the Sri Chinmoy Centre, an NGO affiliated with UN/DPI.

The traditional yogic exercises

attempt to place the body in a state of receptivity

in order to bring down peace and certain higher forces from above.

– Sri Chinmoy, AUM, Vol.1, No..1, 1965

Yoga is union.

It is the union of the individual soul with the Supreme Self.

Yoga is the spiritual science that teaches us

how the Ultimate Reality can be realised in life itself.

– Sri Chinmoy, Yoga and the Spiritual Life:
The Journey of India’s Soul, 1970.

The very aim of practising Yoga

is to have peace, peace of mind.

 When one acquires peace of mind,

automatically one possesses indomitable inner strength.

– Sri Chinmoy, Realisation-Soul
and Manifestation-Goal, 1974.

Yoga for who?

Previously, even in India, the land where it has always been practised,

Yoga was confined to the limited few.

But now the book of Yoga is no longer sealed; it is open to all.

– Sri Chinmoy,
The Soul’s Evolution, 1976.

U Thant receives flowers from Sri Chinmoy during a meeting, on the thirty-eighth floor of the United Nations Secretariat, New York , on February 29, 1972. (Photo: Agni)
In 1970, at the invitation of U Thant, third UN Secretary-General, Sri Chinmoy began leading peace meditations for delegates and staff at UN Headquarters in New York.
 Until his passing in 2007, Sri Chinmoy offered his multifaceted inspiration to the UN community through meditations, lectures, concerts, art exhibits and other programmes for peace, and these activities continue to this day.

Spirituality and yoga are for the betterment and enlightenment of humanity.

– Sri Chinmoy,
Ten Thousand Flower-Flames, Part 5, #451, 1979.

When we practise Yoga, we try to enlarge our consciousness

until the time comes

when our consciousness pervades the length and breadth of the world.

With our conscious awareness, we become one,

totally one, with the universe.

Sri Chinmoy, Transformation of the Ego, 1977.

When we enter into the field of Yoga, we feel that the love and service

we offer to mankind is not for others, but for us, for our enlarged part.

There is no such thing as “others.” All are members of the same family.

 From “The Universe,” University of Oxford,
Keble College, 19 November 1970.
Sri Chinmoy, The Mind Loves the Heart,
The Mind Becomes the Heart, Part 1, 2003

If a large number of people accepted Yoga,

then the face of  society would be completely changed.

Sri Chinmoy,
Earth’s Cry Meets Heaven’s Smile, Part 1, 1974.

When we have learned what we can expect from aspiration

and what we can expect from Yoga,

world peace will no longer remain a far cry.

From “Spirituality: The Fount of World Peace,” Dag Hammarskjöld
Auditorium, United Nations, New York, 1 July 1971.
Sri Chinmoy, The Garland of Nation-Souls, 1972.

The awakened consciousness of man

is visibly tending towards the Divine.

This is a most hopeful streak of light

amidst the surrounding obscurities of today.

This is a moment, not merely of joining hands,

but of joining minds, hearts and souls.

Across all physical and mental barriers

between East and West,

high above national standards,

above even individual standards,

will fly the supreme banner of Divine Oneness.

Sri Chinmoy, Yoga and the Spiritual Life:
The Journey of India’s Soul, 1970.

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