Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona on July 7th, 2004.Filed under 2 or more | europe | Interfaith meeting - conference
A number of members of the Peace Meditation group at the United Nations were able to accompany Sri Chinmoy to Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona on July 7th, 2004.
Sri Chinmoy was officially invited to hold the opening meditation at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona on July 7th, 2004. After being introduced, he gave a silent meditation and continued by playing on his favorite instrument, the Indian esraj. About 5,000 -7,000 people were present in and around the auditorium for his beautiful performance.
The fourth Parliament of the World’s Religions was held as part of the Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona, 2004. Sri Chinmoy was once more invited to offer a silent prayer for the oneness of all religions, before the audience of between five and seven thousand attendees.
see video of opening meditation: https://vimeo.com/62817575
“During my Opening Meditation I am praying for the oneness of all religions.”
– Sri Chinmoy; I Bow To the Soul of the Parliament of Religions Barcelona 2004, New York: Agni Press, 2005. p 5
“While I was in Barcelona, I wrote thirty-five prayers, composed twenty-eight songs in English and Bengali, and drew a number of birds to symbolise the aspiration of the human soul. Together with my silent meditation and esraj performance during the opening session, these are my soulful and prayerful offerings to the illumining soul of the Parliament of Religions.” – Sri Chinmoy, I Bow To the Soul of the Parliament of Religions Barcelona 2004, New York: Agni Press, 2005. p 14
He also met with Shirin Ebadi, winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, who was keynote speaker there.
This was the fourth Parliament of World Religions. The first, attended by Swami Vivekananda, took place in Chicago in 1893.
– Extract from Anahata Nada , Jul- Apr 2004
See also : 1993 Parliament of Religions in Chicago, USA , August 28 -29
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