International world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007) opened the week-long Parliament of World’s Religions in Barcelona in July 2004 with a silent meditation and a performance of his peace-filled music on the esraj, an ancient Indian stringed instrument. The Parliament is the world’s greatest gathering of religious and spiritual leaders. The Council for the Parliament officially asked Sri Chinmoy to lead the opening of this momentous event in silence as a “perfect entry for participants into the Parliament experience,” adding, “We can think of no one better to do it than you.” This was the fourth such Parliament ever held, and Sri Chinmoy’s second time to offer the silent opening. Sri Chinmoy also offered the opening meditation at the 100th anniversary of the original Parliament, held in Chicago in 1993.
Length: 9:58 min
Filmed and edited by Kedar Misani