"May Peace and Happiness Prevail" is a keynote address given by Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, affectionately known as Amma, during the Closing Plenary Session of The Parliament of Worlds Religions in Barcelona, Spain, on July 13th, 2004. In her speech, Amma touches on all the major problems facing today's world. In her clear, simple and profound way, Amma emphasizes how spirituality alone can help us rise above the barriers created by religion, language, culture and nationality.
More than 3,000 people—including official delegates as well as Amma’s Spanish and other European devotees—crammed into the auditorium, which had a seating capacity of 600, to see and listen to Amma.
When She walked onto the stage, loud cheers arose from the packed auditorium. Sharing the dais with Amma at the Edifici Forum auditorium were Rev. Dr. Raimón Panikkar, a respected philosopher from Catalonia, and Mr. Federico Mayor, former Director -General of UNESCO.
Her speech was received by thunderous applause and a standing ovation. A boy from the Zoroastrian faith came up to Amma and offered Her two white lilies.
After the closing ceremony, Amma was led to tent that the Sikh community had fashioned after a Gurudwara. Here, Amma did what She always done: shower love and compassion on others. As Amma gave darshan to thousands of attendees—
including officials, delegates and devotees from Spain and other parts of Europe—Her disciples started singing bhajans.