I bow to the soul of the Parliament of Religions
I bow to the soul of the Parliament of ReligionsBarcelona, Spain, 2004
Photograph — opening meditation
“We Indians are all still basking and shall forever bask in the unbounded glories of Swami Vivekananda.”
7 July 2004
History of the Parliament1893 Chicago
The Parliament of the World’s Religions was held for the first time as part of the Columbian Exhibition. This historic gathering is regarded as the beginning of the interfaith movement worldwide. One of the most inspiring and magnetic speakers was Swami Vivekananda, a young Hindu monk from India.
To celebrate the centenary of the first Parliament, eight thousand people from various faiths came together in Chicago for a second Parliament. Sri Chinmoy was chosen by the organisers to open the convocation with a few moments of silent meditation.
1999 Cape Town
The Parliament convened for the third time in South Africa with the aim of fostering harmony among the world’s religions.
The fourth Parliament of the World’s Religions in modern times was held as part of the Universal Forum of Cultures. Sri Chinmoy was once more invited to offer the opening silent prayer for the oneness of all religions, before an audience of seven thousand guests.
Invitation to Sri Chinmoy (extract)December 24, 2003
Dear Respected Sri Chinmoy:
On behalf of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, I am honored to extend an invitation to you to participate in the opening plenary for the upcoming Parliament of the World’s Religions, to be held in Barcelona on July 7, 2004.
Specifically, we are asking that you provide a five to seven minute opening meditation of silence and music. We think such a starkly singular and wordless presence will be the perfect entry for participants into the Parliament experience. And we can think of no one better to do it than you.
Rev. Dirk Ficca
Opening meditation of silence and music
During my opening meditation I am praying for the oneness of all religions.
After praying in silence for two minutes, I played several of my compositions on the Indian esraj.
Thirty-five prayersWhile 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.
Thirty-five soulful prayers and forty-five Dream-Freedom-Peace-Birdsfile:mediai-bow-to-the-soul-of-the-parliament-of-religions-25.jpg
1.What is my body?
My body is
A fragile cage.
2.What is my soul?
My soul is
An earth-illumining light.
3.The human in me
Is made of
4.The divine in me
Is made of
9.What is ahead of me?
A speedy heart-road.
10.What is behind me?
The slowest Indian bullock cart.
11.What is within me?
A sleepless and breathless
12.Love begins the Cosmic Game.
Oneness completes the Cosmic Game.
13.The morning beauty
And brings me abundant joy.
14.The evening beauty
Widens my heart
And gives me boundless peace.
To God’s Eye.
Bring God’s Heart
19.I quickly and greedily
The golden dust of God’s Feet.
20.The way to become happy
Is to think and feel
That the very best is yet to come.
21.My Lord’s Eye ploughs
And my Lord’s Heart harvest
22.Be not afraid
23.We all came
The Eye of the Invisible.
24.At the end of our journey’s close
We shall enter
Into the Heart of the Invisible.
25.I wish to become
A climbing flame
And not a devouring fire.
28.A human being means
29.Both God and I
30.God dies to have
A single, cute smile
31.I die to have
A single, sweet Smile
Is beckoning me;
I have no time to waste
With my mind’s thick clouds.
33.I most devotedly
To my heartbeat.
Discard my mind-heat.
35.We all must know
That God’s only real Name is
Forgiveness, Forgiveness, Forgiveness.
1. Harin sama druta bege
Harin sama druta bege samoi chale jai hai hai hai hai
Samoi sathe karte larai khamata je nai hai hai hai hai
4. Kandiya kandiya
Kandiya kandiya hasiya hasiya tomar charan cheyechi
Nachiya nachiya uriya uriya sunil akashe utechi
9. Bhayer bojha rakhte habe
Bhayer bojha rakhte habe dure dure bahu dure
Pabe tabe shanti sudha tomar gabhir hiya pure
11. Benche aehi thakbo
Benche achi thakbo benche tomar kripa khama bale
Rahi ami dibanishi tomar kamal charan tale
12. Ke amar mita
Ke amar mita ke amar ari ami kabhu nahi jani
Ami jeno shudhu apanar bhebe sabare hridaye tani
13. Nimeshe nimeshe
Nimeshe nimeshe nabin jiban amar hridaye phute
Taito amar hasi o ashru bidhatar pane chute
14. Mukti chaha jukti tabe
Mukti chaha jukti tabe rakho dure bahu dure
Jukti kuphal jukti garal mukti phute hiya pure
15. Jegechi jegechi
Jegechi jegechi tomare pujite hriday gabhire jegechi
Petechi petechi hasi o ashru prabhur charane petechi
16. Khudha nahi hai
Khudha nahi hai tabu sudha chai jatil manas jukti bin
Khudha pele kabhu hriday gabhire shunibe mayer bijoy bin
17. Man chilo mor
Man chilo mor param bandhu man haye gelo ari
Hridaye chilam hridaye rahibo taba sudha pada dhari
18. Chalo chalo
Chalo chalo sabai chalo jyotirmoyir sandhane
Purna habe jiban moder bishwa mayer joy gane
20. Eso eso prabhu
Eso eso prabhu nashite amar maner praner timir
Dhalo dhalo dhalo hridaye amar amiya shanti gabhir
23. Like a bird I sing
Like a bird I sing and sing,
Sing and sing and sing.
No listener do I need,
No listener do I need.
27. I like to see the face
I like to see the Face unseen
Of my Lord Supreme.
I love to become the Heart unknowable
Of my Lord Supreme.
28. My life and I explore
My life and I explore far and wide.
My heart and I enjoy the God-given ride.
In the news
NewspapersNewspapers around the world hailed the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona as one of the most significant global events of 2004. Twenty-one of these articles from different countries are reproduced in the following pages.
LA VANGUARDIA Barcelona, Spain, 8 July 2004
INDIAN EXPRESS India, 9 July 2004
EL PERIODICO Barcelona, Spain, 8 July 2004
THE HINDU India, 11 July 2004
THE VANCOUVER SUN Vancouver, Canada, 17 July 2004
NEW YORK NEWSDAY New York, USA, 24 July 2004
THE ZUVNY MEDEE Mongolia, 21 July 2004
THE UNEN Mongolia, July 2004
UTRINSKI VESNIK Macedonia, 17 July 2004
INDIA POST USA, 23 July 2004
INDIAN REPORTER USA, 6 August 2004
THE LINK Vancouver, Canada, 24 July 2004
DARPON New York, USA, 19 July 2004
THE AKHON SAMOY New York, USA, 20 July 2004
THIKANA, New York, USA, 16 July 2004
THE WEEKLY BANGLADESH New York, USA, 17 July 2004
NEW PROBASHI New York, USA, 18 July 2004
BANGLA PAT RIKA New York, USA, 23 July 2004
BANGLA WEEKLY New York, USA, 18 July 2004
NEWS INDIA TIMES New York, USA, 30 July 2004
INDIA OBSERVER Toronto, Canada, 25 July 2004
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE (Release)
(Sri Chinmoy is praying for the oneness of all religions during his Opening Meditation of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona on July 7th, 2004.)
Panchajanya Burri, owner of Gandharva Loka Music Store in Zurich, played upon two large gongs during the Opening Session. He presented these gongs to the Parliament.
Expression of gratitudeI wish to offer my soulful gratitude to Kusumita Pedersen. My participation in the Parliament was all possible due to her tireless service to me.
27 August 2004