UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations community paid its final respects February 2 to the man whose inspiration and practical power played a crucial role in the establishment of the U.N. complex in New York.

Nelson Rockefeller “was a monumental man with a great influence on his time,” New York Senator Jacob Javits told the diplomats and U.N. staff members assembled in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium here. “He well deserves your tribute as representative of the diverse peoples of the world.”

Another speaker, former New York Mayor John Lindsay, spoke of how Rockefeller was “prepared and willing to follow the dream that came out of (his) ... enormously incisive vision” which saw  “as far to the horizon as any other human being in modern society....”

He said the U.N. service was most fitting since the world body’s headquarters now stands on land donated by the Rockefeller family.

The programme, sponsored by Sri Chinmoy Meditation at the United Nations, opened with a short meditation by Sri Chinmoy, followed by a performance by the Meditation Group choir of a song the Master had written about Rockefeller. 


Two of New York’s great political leaders, former May­or John Lindsay [left] and Senator Jacob Javits [right] pay their respects to Sri Chinmoy at the memorial tribute for the late Nelson Rockefeller held at the U.N.

Published in Anahata Nada, Volume 5, Number 2, February 1979