The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held at the United Nations
Monday 28 August 2000 – New York
Departure for the U.N. headquarters was scheduled in Mid-afternoon, but a delay in the arrival of the U.N. cars meant Amma had to wait in the lobby of the hotel for 15 minutes. Immediately, a line formed, and Amma was giving darshan!
Upon reaching the U.N. building, children from many different cultures dressed in native costumes greeted the participants and their parties. The Summit began at 3:45 pm.
The General Assembly is a rather grand room with earphones at each chair so speeches can be heard in the five official languages of the Security Council. Japanese and Korean were also added for the Peace Summit.
The opening ceremonies of the ‘Millennium World Peace Summit’ included prayers from the worlds preeminent religious leaders. When the Secretary General of the Summit, Mr Bawa Jain, requested Mother to grace the assembly with Her prayers, Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri and Swamini Krishnamrita Prana accompanied Mother to the podium. Swamiji said, ‘The Holy Mother will be chanting two prayers.
The meaning of the first one is, “Oh, Lord, lead us from untruth to truth, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality”.
The second prayer means, “May all beings in this world and all the other worlds be happy and peaceful.”‘
Amma then chanted the prayers in Sanskrit.
‘Asatomaa Sat Gamaya
Tamasomaa Jyotir Gamaya
Mrityormaa Amritam Gamaya
Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti’
‘Lokhah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu’