Out of the Chaos of Difference, Harmony
“…it’s hard not to be cynical when the U.N hosts an exhibit entitled ‘Paintings for World Harmony’. But in this case the artist warrants a suspension of disbelief: the acrylics are by Sri Chinmoy, the recently deceased humanitarian who campaigned tirelessly for tolerance and peace…”
With Seven Million Bird Drawings, His Creativity is Still Soaring
“The painting resembles a landscape, its thousands of tiny brightly colored blue, green, red and purple birds forming hills and valleys near the center. It is one of Jamaica [Queens, New York]-based peace leader Sri Chinmoy’s many variations for a series in which he drew seven million “dream-freedom-peace-birds”…”
Messengers of Peace
“. . .There are many acts of religious devotion besides prayer – poetry, fasting, music, even athletics. Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher from India and self-styled world ambassador for peace, has done them all. In the last two years he has channeled his spiritual devotion into drawing birds. Two million of them. “Each bird is a God-messenger on earth,” the 62-year-old mystic said. “When people look at the bird drawings, they feel a sense of peace.” . . .”
Bridging Peace with Art, Music
. . . Sri Chinmoy, 63, a spiritual leader and international peace ambassador, recently finished his latest endeavor – a 3½ year project drawing 4 million “Dream-Freedom-Peace Birds.” . . . “When you see a bird is flying, do you not get joy? Even when you are depressed or upset?” asked Chinmoy. “If one has joy, by watching one [bird drawing], then I am satisfied because their real joy comes from within.” . . .