Salutation to America
Excerpts of Sri Chinmoys writings dedicated to America
|May America the Beautiful forever shine bright-brighter-brightest in the Heart of God the Creator and God the Creation. –September 15th, 2001|
O Dignity-Majesty-Divinity-Reality-flooded Soul of American Liberty! These are the good, better, best qualities of the real America, the America which is to raise the consciousness of the world, and why I came here. This is the America I envisioned in India. “Beautiful” — the real Beauty of the Absolute Supreme, universal Beauty of the Supreme, America the country embodies.
America is the land of hope, the land of promise. There will be countless Americans who will be able to bask in the sunshine of America’s divine reality. America means not only the West but entire globe.
America: the fairest child of freedom, the first to fight for the divine gift of freedom and win it for the New World. None has a keener perception of freedom's worth. America!
The whole freedom-loving world salutes you. The holy flame that burned in your heart when you were smarting under the injustices of imperial domination is still alive in you. Your one single claim to Immortality is this flame. You live not for yourself alone. You live for freedom and for those who share your love for it. The years 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 bear shining witness to your heaven-kissing flame.
You have conquered matter, but you have kept it from conquering you. That is why your fund of scientific knowledge and your bountiful wealth you freely place at the service of suffering humanity.
Brought up in the atmosphere of freedom, you have self-confidence in all your undertakings. The benefits of your freedom have fostered in you a sense of responsibility in all matters of national and international interest.
Your progressive spirit, striving towards perfection in everything, is a divine blessing. But for your magnanimous participation in many fields of international activity, the world would not be knit together as closely as it is now.
Victory in the War of Independence is the foundation stone of American nationality. The average American cannot conceive of the idea of defeat anywhere. It goes ill with his national pride.
America is wealth. America is heart.
America is sacrifice.
Before long in America hopefully
There will shine forth the world's collective soul.
America in Her Depths
Many countries, large and small,
Sri Chinmoy lived in America since 1964, residing in the New York area until his passing in October, 2007. While still in India he wrote many soulful tributes to America. Sri Chinmoy has also composed numerous stirring songs dedicated to America. The photo above is of Sri Chinmoy gazing out at Ellis Island, New York, during a boat journey to the Statue of Liberty.