Mohanji at the Indian Parliament of All Religions
Mohanji was the Chief Guest at the 15th Annual Inter-Faith Meet organised by the Bhartiya SARVA Dharma Sansad (Indian Parliament of All Religions) on 25th April 2023.
The theme for this year’s meet was “Importance and Relevance of Swami Vivekananda’s teaching to the present generations”. The event brought together reputed spiritual and religious leaders representing all the major faiths from across India.
The event itself was an excellent combination of inspired talk by the leaders. Speakers spanned the breadth of faiths from Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Baha’i and more, besides leaders from various spiritual families. The speeches were interspersed with lovely musical and dramatic performances by the children of the school.
Mohanji, as the chief guest speaker, made an impactful speech. Having travelled to many countries and met many different people, he reminded the audience that we are essentially the same, and that spiritual leaders & religious heads should unite and take responsibility for ensuring the rights to a peaceful existence. Mohanji highlighted that his summary of Vivekenanda’s teaching was “Be alert, aware and active”. Alert that we are more than the body, we are the energy inside everything, aware of our actions, non-violence in thought words and actions and active to do something positive for the society for our own purification. Finally, be practical before being spiritual.
After the speeches, the speakers addressed the press. Various leaders reiterated their commitment to pursue the joint common objectives of the organisation. Sushilji Maharaj made the announcement of the Sarva Dharma Bharat Sansad’s intention to work together with the Mohanji Foundation on a global level and create an annual event that is a World Parliament of Religions by the end of 2023. He also graciously offered his space at the Maharshi Brighu ashram to be utilized to serve as the permanent home for the Sarva Dharma Bharat Sansad. The program concluded with lunch.
He said, “Earth Day is a way of raising awareness and enhancing activities that counteract the destruction, by changing the way we think and live… The act of planting trees is itself an act of faith and patience. The trees we are planting today will take time to bear fruit, but they are an investment in the wellbeing of this community.”
He also expressed gratitude to Mohanji for the local and global work conducted for the betterment of society as both foundations are aligned by an underlying ethos and commitment to making positive change in lives of all who reside upon this beautiful planet, irrespective of colour, race, creed or religion.
𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆, 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼𝘀𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘂 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘇𝗶 also spoke in honour and respect of the charity activities by ACT Foundation. He expressed similarities of making a positive difference, through hardships and shared a personal life experience of losing his beloved daughter in a car accident when she was just 9-years-old.
He said, “I have been impressed by the benevolent work of the Mohanji Foundation, particularly through the Ammucare Charitable Trust which provides food to some of the most vulnerable families in this community.”
In support of the temple and seva activities happening at the temple for the community, the 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼𝘀𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘂 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘇𝗶 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝟰 𝗝𝗼𝗷𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗸𝘀 which will greatly support in providing water to the Mohanji Centre Of Benevolence and the broader community of semi-rural Nonoti.
𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆, 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼𝘀𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘂 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘇𝗶 commemorated this special event by “opening the tap” of the first JoJo tank that was installed at the site.
In honour of Earth Day and celebrating Mohanji’s core teachings of adding value to earth, 𝟱𝟬 𝗖𝗶𝘁𝗿𝘂𝘀 𝗙𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘀 were donated by the 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗼𝘀𝘂𝘁𝗵𝘂 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗲𝘇𝗶 𝗙𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 and various trees were planted at specific spaces around the Mohanji Centre of Benevolence.
The day continued with expressions of love and togetherness and food seva was held for the community.
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