Sri Chinmoy was officially invited to hold the opening meditation at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago on August 28, 1993.  This event was held to mark the centenary of the original World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.

The original 1893 parliament is famous for introducing the Indian spiritual figure Swami Vivekananda to a western audience; it is often cited as a key moment in introducing Eastern spiritual thought to the West.

Sri Chinmoy frequently wrote about the underlying unity of different religious and spiritual traditions. His life was also a practical demonstration of how people from different faiths and traditions could come together in a spirit of mutual understanding and friendship.

“True religion has a universal quality. It does not find fault with other religions. False religions will find fault with other religions; they will say that theirs is the only valid religion and their prophet is the only saviour. But a true religion will feel that all the prophets are saviours of mankind. Forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, brotherhood and the feeling of oneness are the signs of a true religion.”

– Sri Chinmoy [1]

 Eleven years later, Sri Chinmoy was also invited to mediate and perform at the opening of the Parliament of World’s Religions in Barcelona, July 2004.

Camera & Edit: Kedar Misani
Copyright: © 2006 Sri Chinmoy

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