THERE ARE FEW PLACES ON EARTH that inspire the hearts and minds of man as does Niagara Falls.
From the tranquil waters of the Great Lakes the myriad currents gather, in power and speed, culminating in the wonder and grandeur that is Niagara.
Down through the centuries, people have been drawn to this special place to rejuvenate their spirit. To everyone who makes the pilgrimage, Niagara offers its boundless delight and peace.
Peace has been a dream of mankind from time immemorial. Likewise there have always been people of vision who turn the dream into reality.
There are few people on earth who have been able to inspire the hearts and minds of their fellow man as has Sri Chinmoy.
Throughout the world this man is regarded as an ambassador of peace, who has worked tirelessly to place before the international community a higher ideal for humanity.
His meetings with world leaders like Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John, Nelson Mandela, John Major and others; his work at the United Nations, where he has conducted peace meditations twice a week for the past 22 years; and his continued inspiration of the world-wide biennial Peace Run, demonstrate a life-long commitment to Peace. In recognition of this, various places around the world have been dedicated to Peace in his name.
The tributes have taken many forms. Plaques on bridges, ships, trains, planes, schools and parks in over 30 countries give millions of people the opportunity to reflect, if even for a moment, on the great goal which lies before us all: that of establishing peace on earth.
Sri Chinmoy, himself, affectionately calls these tributes: Peace-Blossoms.
Some of the most prominent Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms include Teide National Park in Spain; New York State Capital, Albany; the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State; the Queen Sofia International Airport in Tenerife; and the Sri Chinmoy Peace Miles in London’s Battersea Park and Gorky Park in Moscow.
Today April 15, 1992, Niagara Falls is being dedicated as a Sri Chinmoy International Peace Falls.
“With its thunderous majesty, Niagara reminds us of the boundless and energising power of a higher force . Such will one day be the power of peace on earth. When human beings everywhere aspire and strive for peace based on love and the feeling of oneness, the cascading power of peace will transform the fate of humanity.” – excerpt from the plaque's inscription.
Thanks to the efforts of people like Chairman Pamela Walker and General Manager Dennis Shafer of the Canadian Niagara Parks Commission, Niagara Falls now becomes a focal point of peace and international brotherhood. Pamela Walker speaks at the dedication with heartfelt appreciation for Sri Chinmoy's commitment to peace:
Sri Chinmoy responds with soulful respect for the inspiration that is Niagara Falls:
“O Canada’s Niagara Falls, to you I bow, to you I bow and to you I bow. You are indeed Infinity’s power, Eternity’s silence and Immortality’s delight.
And with the crowd looking out over the vast majestic falls in silent contemplation, this special dedication concludes as an international choir sing the song Sri Chinmoy composed especially for the occasion:
"Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls,
The permanent bronze plaque is not only a tribute to Sri Chinmoy, as a harbinger of peace, but also to peace-lovers throughout the world who visit the falls.
The seeds of peace were sown on earth long before our time. They were tended caringly by those who cherished great hopes for humanity’s future.
And today, as we see the peace of nature reflected in the human heart and mind, we see the blossoming of peace the world over. Niagara Falls – A Sri Chinmoy International Peace Falls – a glorious Peace-Blossom in humanity’s heart-garden.
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This article formed the basis of the script for the video of the same name, produced in May 1992.