Theme: Inter-faith understanding for peace and harmony
The roots of all religions is spirituality but with the passing of time religion has become more of faith, ideology, culture and belief system and the fundamentalistic elements raised evil to create more friction than peace and the time has come for all the religious faiths to come, share and discuss the commonalities of peace and harmony existing in all the religions of the world. Secular spirituality is what is needed for all the faiths to have more levels of peace, compassion and tolerance and this happens through more dialogues focused on inter-faith understanding. The unifying approaches of various religious paths to observe spirituality as one thing which is integral will be brainstormed here.
Spirituality & Inter-Faith Unity
|Aim: Inter-faith understanding for peace and harmony||8:00 – 10:00||Registration|
|10:00 – 11:00||Inauguration|
|11:00 – 12:00||Session I||Awakening the understanding that the roots of all religions is spirituality|
|12:00 – 13:00||Session II||Inter-faith understanding and dialogue for global peace and harmony|
|13:00 – 14.00||Lunch||Vegetarian lunch|
|14:00 – 15:00||Session III||Panel Discussion: Role of spiritual and religious leaders in the massive explosion of unity consciousness that is happening in the present era|
|15:00 – 16:00||Session IV||Metamorphosis of faith into truth|
|16:00 – 17:00||Session V||Open House Discussion: Establishment of the Religio-Spiritual wing|
|17:00 – 18:00||Valediction and Closing Ceremony|
Dr. A. K. Merchant
Dr. A. K. Merchant is the General Secretary, The Temple of Understanding—India [NGO with consultative status at the United Nations]; National Trustee, Lotus Temple & Baha’i Community of India; Chairman, Delhi Baha’i Spiritual Assembly. He also serves as Chairperson, Sarvodaya International Trust—Delhi Chapter; Associate Secretary General, Global Warming Reduction Centre; Visiting Faculty, Centre for Cultural Resources & Training, Government of India.
Dr. Merchant is the author of three monographs: Communal Harmony—India’s Greatest Challenge (1991), which has been quoted in one of the Supreme Court Judgments on “Babri Masjid—Ram Janambhoomi” dispute, and Hindu Dharma Evam Bahá’í Dharma (1999), Five Basic Human Values & the Bahá’í Faith (2009), and some two hundred articles and research papers that have been published in national and international dailies, journals and books.
He is an alumni of the United States’ State Department International Exchange Program for the project on “religious diversity in America post 9/11”, February- March 2005; a resource person to the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity; a subject expert for research scholars enrolled for “interfaith education and Indian culture” of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund; member of Ethics Committee of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He also served as a Spiritual Trainer for FOGSI (Federation of Gynaecologists & Obstetricians Society of India) international cruise in November 2008.
Haji Syed Salman Chishty
Haji Syed Salman Chishty - a humble Khadim and 27th family generation of Sultan ul Hind Hazret Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty(ra) . He has been engaged in his practical research studies on World Sufi traditions and their impact on the different cultures and traditions of the world and vice versa . His passion and deep longing towards the Sufi and Spiritual world cultures has enabled him to travel across various Sufi destinations of the world where he have been regularly participating in Spiritual Conferences and represented the Chishty Sufi Order in AlHijaz ,Arabia ,Egypt ,Turkey ,Morocco ,Senegal ,Kazakhstan ,Kyrgyzstan , Singapore ,USA ,UK ,Greece ,Bangladesh ,Nepal ,etc .
He has been traveling extensively for the blessed cause of Unity ,Love ,Serve and respect for the whole of Humanity in the world .
He has written articles on Sufism ,Spiritual Understandings and related subjects for various english national and international newspapers ,journals ,publications ,blogs and websites globally .
Through his Sufi Photography works exhibition which he describe and shares as a virtual essay note on "Spiritual moments in Human Life" through which puts emphasis on sharing some of the most intense moments of life for self awakening .
He has been constantly engaged in promoting and sharing the blessed Sufi teachings of Hz.Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty(ra) ,Hz.Mevelana Rumi(ra) ,Sufi art of Calligraphy ,Sufi Photography ,Sufi Poetry Culture and Sufi musical renderings .