by Kamalakanta Nieves

Diario De Yucatan

Mérida, Mexico
Friday, January 23, 1998


Peace Ambassador Sri Chinmoy meets Mexican President

In the meeting at Los Pinos, Sri Chinmoy received the ‘Corazón de Oro’ (Heart of Gold) Award from the Society of Authors and Music Composers. — A performance by his students of songs composed by the international peace leader. — A “man of prayers”.


CANCÚN, January 22nd — The day before yesterday, pacifist Sri Chinmoy met the President of the Republic, Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, in his official residence at Los Pinos, where he received the ‘Heart of Gold Award’ from the Society of Authors and Music Composers of the country.


According to Mrs. Prakhara Harter, representing the peace leader in our city, during the private audience students could be heard singing songs composed by Sri Chinmoy.

“President Zedillo told the spiritual leader that he felt very happy for having received such a beautiful day and that he could now return to his duties, to do them better and make better decisions for the people”, she commented.

Sri Chinmoy replied to the President “You have a oneness-heart, a newness-mind; in you we find the vehicle for progress.” He also thanked Mr. President for all the improvements to the country achieved in a short period of time.

The Society of Authors and Music Composers has 30,000 members.

So far, the award has only been given to His Holiness Pope John Paul II, tenor Plácido Domingo, singer Juan Gabriel and the Director General of the WIPO Agency of the United Nations.

Upon accepting the award, Sri Chinmoy emphasised that “I am a man of prayers”.


Picture of the meeting that international peace ambassador, Sri Chinmoy, had last Tuesday with President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León at the official Los Pinos residence. During the interview, the Bengali peace leader received the ‘Heart of Gold’ award from the Society of Lyricists and Composers.

Published in the major, regional Mexican daily newspaper, Diario de Yucatán in the section: Culture and Society in Cancún