Silk Road Project featuring the artistic Director and Cellist, Yo-Yo Ma (center) perform concert at Chicago Symphony Hall. (Photos by Kenneth Muhammad)

“And we revealed to Moses saying: Travel by night with my servants–you will be pursued. And Pharaoh sent heralds into the cities (proclaiming): These are indeed a small band, And they have surely engaged us: And we are truly a vigilant multitude.” Holy Qur’an, Surah 26, Verses 52-56.

By the time this current publication of The Final Call newspaper is printed, I will have entered into the 10th day of the first leg of my journey to Asia which has taken me to the country of Korea. As I continue my search to understand the harmonies of the universal laws of complete cosmic consciousness, we are all evolving to embrace the ultimate truth of God’s oneness and divine unity in action.

I will explain more details with observations about this special journey to Korea in my upcoming articles. I am still traveling on the second leg of my Asian encounter in which I will visit a remote and distant place which, God Willing, may restore some ancient memory that is applicable in our revolution and evolution to God in the present moment of perfect time.

The pre-eminent Mongolian Long Song Singer Khongorzul Ganbaatar, performs with the Silk Road Project.

As I reflect again on the events that unfolded in the month of Red October with all its intensely sobering revelations, yet another unusual experience came to pass. On the afternoon of October 27th, I attended a special concert at Symphony Hall in Chicago, accompanied by my son, Minister Rasul Muhammad along with two other persons, Sister Raiko Muhammad, special assistant on the staff of Cultural Links magazine and the official photographer of The Final Call newspaper, Kenneth Muhammad.

As we were seated in our box, courtesy of staff members at the concert hall who were coordinating the seating in the auditorium for the final performance featuring Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Musical Ensemble, an elegant woman dressed in her native apparel stepped to the center stage with no musical accompaniment but the human voice with piercing vocal sounds breaking through the silence as the audience listened with rapt attention to the scale of her voice vibrating like the sounds of a nightingale fluttering through the desert breeze.

This was the forceful voice of Khongorzul Ganbaatar, known in her traditional language of origin as the pre-eminent Mongolian Long Song Singer. This was the land that gave birth to Tamerjan, who later became known as Genghis Khan, the Uniter of Big Eagle and other nomadic tribes in a confederate force that mobilized and terrorized the world at the head of the Golden Hordes in the 13th Century A.D.

Our Long Song Singer had just recently married in Ulaan-Bataar, the capitol of Mongolia and had recently returned to continue her performances with the Silk Road Project under its Artistic Director, the famous and most renowned cellist with the world today, Yo-Yo Ma. As I listened, I recalled my own memory and recalled my own vision in 1984 concerning Mongolia, Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan.

At the finale’ of the concert, she returned again this time another unexpected voice from the audience echoed back the same scales in an unusual moment of drama which was unrehearsed and proved to be the voice of another lady from the Mongolian Culture. All of these parallel appearances were manifesting in my life within my own development of a Silk Road Project that involved fashion, art, music and culture that had preceded this manifestation of the Silk Road Project many years in advance. This may be the activation of what we call the Law of Synchronicity in which persons, places, things and events are constantly manifesting themselves from the infinite unknown to the known as we travel in parallel worlds and universes simultaneously. In other words, these experiences express God’s divine law of oneness and divine unity.

How fortunate I thought that our paths would meet in this most critical hour of world history as he has expressed in his own words, “every time I open a newspaper, I am reminded that we live in a world where we can no longer afford not to know our neighbors. The Silk Road Project is a musical way to get to know our neighbors.”

“So We turned them out of gardens and springs, And treasures and goodly dwelling–Even So. And We gave them as a heritage to the Children of Israel.” (It is in these words, that we are made to see ourselves.) Holy Qur’an, Surah 26, Verses 57-59.