The Parliament is in full swing in Australia and our team is very busy. Keep an eye on the Tweets tat are posted as this is the main channel for news from Melbourne.
Meanwhile this notice was published in a Melbourne paper on the 2nd and give you some idea of the scope of events.
After years of preparation, the largest and most diverse multifaith gathering of religious and spiritual communities in the world begins today in Melbourne.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions, an event featuring more than 1300 world-class speakers and breathtaking performers from Australia and around the world.
Melbourne’s Parliament has drawn together more than 650 programs under the theme Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth.
Each morning, we will send a daily media update (attached) with highlights for each of the six days. Today’s highlight is below:
The world’s diverse religious and spiritual traditions will be honoured in the performances, addresses and blessings. The huge array of performers and speakers will urge people and communities of faith, spirit and goodwill to “Make a World of Difference” in the midst of the pressing challenges facing the global community.
Nine blessings will signify the beginning of event-- Zoroastrian, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Bahai.
Performers and speakers include:
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
Melbourne University Choral Society and Melbourne Percussion Ensemble
A range of Aboriginal performers including Western Creation
The blessings of Lord Murugan awaken wisdom which resides in his chakra. "Pray to Lord Murugan to unravel the great mysteries of the universe." When we get emotional we lose touch with our wisdom. Murugan inspires penance to soften karmas and purify the mind, chitta-shuddhi. If you do kavadi in the right spirit, to get the full blessing, have in mind specific misdeeds, apologize to the deity, learn from it, promise to do your best. Visions are still happening. Feeling the energy of the deity is stronger during festivals such as Skanda Shashti.