vn. On his 3rd visit to Europe within two years, to officilly release the French, Polish and Romanian translations of his widely acclaimed book “Gandhi’s Outstanding Leadership”, former Ambassador of India Pascal Alan Nazareth (81) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHJ0kUN_R8I) made it a point to take part in the September gathering of 250 international members of the Sri Chinmoy Centres in the small town of Furth im Wald near the Czech-German border. He will be continuing on to Prague, Vienna, Warsaw and Geneva for his book releases, including lectures on “Gandhi for the 21st Century” and a keynote speech at the UN Library in Geneva on Oct. 2nd, in honour of the UN International Day of Non-Violence.
Aware of the importance of the power of spirituality for a more peaceful world – a vision he is going to share also in a forthcoming second book – Ambassador Nazareth enjoyed the meditative atmosphere of the meeting and gave an inspiring talk about the “spiritualization of revolution” he sees in Gandhi, and the “revolutionaries of love” – among which he also counts Sri Chinmoy and his students worldwide with all their activities, including the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, which is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary. Alan elaborated on Gandhi`s legacy and spirituality and on Sri Chinmoy`s quote that “World-peace can be achieved, revealed, offered and manifested on earth when the divine Power of Love replaces the undivine love of power.” “Spirituality”, Alan explained, “is something very simple. Spirituality means to connect to the divine within each us”, far beyond the boundaries of religion, in order to contribute to a better and more peaceful humanity.
The European Peace Run then proceeded to present Ambassador Nazareth with the “Torch Bearer Award” of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, honouring his long standing efforts as diplomat, lecturer, author, founding member and Managing Trustee of Sarvodaya International Trust to spread the ideals of non-violence, humanitarian service and peace.
Background: In 1967, when Alan Nazareth became the new Consul at the Indian Consulate in New York, young Chinmoy (1931-2007) was still working there for some months after coming to N.Y. in 1964. As Alan Nazareth admitted, at that time he had no idea the humble and sweet clerk working in his office would become a “spiritual atom bomb” only within a few decades. Over the years a deep inner relationship developed between them, and in 2007 Sri Chinmoy honoured the Ambassador with the U Thant Peace Award.
Ambassador Nazareth’s book on Gandhi has been translated in 30 languages so far, 10 translations being published by The Golden Shore Verlag in Nürnberg (www.goldenshore.de)