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America the Beautiful





first illumine press edition July, 2010

Copyright (c) 2010 Sri Chinmoy Centre

All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Illumine Press, a division of Illumine Group, LLC, New York.

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Bird drawing by Sri Chinmoy. Back cover photo by Adarini Inkei. Edited by Sanjay Rawal.

ISBN 978-0-9824284-6-7

Smashwords edition 978-0-9824284-7-4

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SRI CHINMOY



America the Beautiful



Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) was a poet, author, philosopher, playwright, athlete and musician who dedicated his life to the pursuit of peace and goodwill. The recipient of numerous prizes, awards and honorary doctorates, he has been recognized globally for the simplicity and power of his work. He was born in India and made his home in New York City from April, 1964 until his passing in October, 2007. This is the first paperback of Sri Chinmoy’s writing published by Illumine Press and is being released in honor of the 46th anniversary of his arrival in the West.





America the Beautiful


Reflections on Her Past,
Present and Future


Compiled from the writings of

SRI CHINMOY



foreword by

Dr. James G. Basker

Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History,

Barnard College, Columbia University

President, Gilder Lehrman Institute of
American History



edited by

Sanjay Rawal



Illumine Press

A Division of Illumine Group, LLC

New York

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