Letter to Kofi Annan


12 February 1999

Highly esteemed Secretary-General,

I wish to congratulate you from the very depths of my heart on receiving the prestigious Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace. I know that you were an excellent sprinter in college, and I am sure that this has offered you a unique and significant preparation for your current service as a supremely chosen sprinter for peace…

Sri Chinmoy

An excerpt from a letter written by Sri Chinmoy to the Secretary-General upon hearing about his receiving the Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace.

Published in Kofi Annan: Cynosure-Eyes


Photo by Pulak Viscardi


Video by kedarvideo


Sri Chinmoy receives the Medal of Honour, the Cook Islands’ highest award, presented by Deputy Prime Minister Ngamau Munokoa at the Westin Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Just prior to receiving the award, Sri Chinmoy lifts her as part of the ‘Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart’ programme.;