On February 8, 2013, the International Sri Chinmoy Centres and the World Harmony and Peace Run Team were blessed by the Nation of Timor Leste. They were received by the entire Timor Leste Parliament including H.E. President Taur Matan Ruak, H.E. Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão, former Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Mari Alkatiri and H.E. President of the Parliament Vicente Guterres as well as H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Fernando de Araújo. The Timor Leste Parliament took a recess to officially receive a statue of World Peace Dreamer Sri Chinmoy, who founded the World Harmony and Oneness-Home Peace Runs. A priest representing the Bishop of the Diocese of Dili, Dom Alberto Ricardo da Silva, offered an ecumenical prayer. World Harmony Run Director, Salil Wilson, was honored to present the Torch-Bearer Award to these two real-life heroes H.E Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão and former Prime Minister, H.E. Dr. Mari Alkatiri who gave so much in the building of their nation.
His Excellency Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão was the great leader of the people of Timor Leste during the Indonesian oppression. As military head of FALANTIL he led the resistance with boundless courage and charisma. Now as Prime Minister his all-inclusive leadership is guiding Timor Leste to new and unimaginable heights. When Sri Chinmoy came to Timor Leste in 2004 Dr. Alkatiri warmly welcomed and honoured Sri Chinmoy with the Medal of Freedom award. Sri Chinmoy presented Dr. Alkitiri with the first World-Harmony-Dreamer Award. Timor Leste’s first Prime Minister Dr. Mari Alkatiri reminisced about his meeting with Sri Chinmoy and offered thanks for the statue of a significant ambassador of peace.
H.E. President Taur Matan Ruak offered the closing speech saying, “This organization is motivated by the action and strength of its spiritual leader and founder Sri Chinmoy who dedicated his life to seeking Harmony and Unity.” “Sri Chinmoy showed an interest in Timor-Leste and visited our country in 2004, aware of our peoples effort to build harmony after so many years of war and suffering.” The President concluded saying, “We have the duty to work hard, to continue our path and use the next 5 to 10 years to uplift Timor Leste and transform our land into a symbol and example of the miracle performed by Peace, Harmony and Unity in improving the life of the peoples.”