Salt Lake City (USA): What is religion for you? A personal faith, a show of identity, a path to find yourself, a social engagement or a license to visit particular religious places.
Welcome to the world of something uncommon. A congregation of religion flag-bearers keen to discuss global issues like, Poverty, Health, Sustainability, Global Climate, Environment, Culture, Conflict, Globalisation & Ethics. With focus to the thousands of projects considered to be making a difference in the world. Welcome to Parliament of World Religions, 2015.
Circa 1893, Chicago. Swami Vivekanand was chosen to speak on the first day of the Parliament of World Religions. 'Brothers and Sisters of America' shook the world. After that the Swami Vivekanand roamed all over the world to become the Spiritual ambassador of India.
Spirituality is an offshoot of religion. The transdental state of self awareness has already awaken many to work for humanity. It's a paradox that's the same religion teachings can generate hatred and garnering understanding between humans and diverse cultures. Religion leaders know the value of compassion and humanity. Interfaith dialogue is a way to show their active engagement.
India has a melting pot of myriad beliefs and faiths. Much before globalisation and industrialisation, the Bharat Bhumi( Indian Land) has coined the Vasudev Kutumbkam ( World is one Family). World is now embracing the knowledge and wisdom of this ancient culture. Apart from Yoga and Meditation, there is lot to learn from Indian philosophy and Vedic tradition. Ancient Indian language Sanskrit has proven its scope to many scientific explorations.
Every interfaith programme has a theme, this year when thousand of faith enthusiast gather at Salt Lake City they discuss Environment and Climate Change. Every soul know the importance of the issue.
Faith can be a mover of mountains and faith keepers can bring world together. ParlofWoRel is a platform with hope and thought. World is discussing issues on various social-economical-political platforms many times and the outcome mostly depends on local policies and choices. Religion always be a forceful change maker, from Christian missionaries to Islamist revolutions.
Parliament of World Religions is from October 15-19 in Salt Lake City, USA.