WORLD PAR­LIA­MENT OF RE­LI­GIONS

Living Now - - Advertiser News & Reviews - By Shakti Durga

THE WORLD PAR­LIA­MENT of Re­li­gions is be­ing held this year from 15-19th Oc­to­ber in Salt Lake City, USA. Thou­sands of peo­ple of all re­li­gions gather to­gether to share ideas in a spirit of good will, to fo­cus upon the con­tri­bu­tion that the faith­ful can make to help heal and solve the world’s prob­lems. Learn­ing about each other’s be­liefs and meet­ing peo­ple from var­i­ous faiths in a won­der­ful en­vi­ron­ment helps dis­pel fears and prej­u­dices.

This Par­lia­ment has been held ev­ery four years since it was in­au­gu­rated in 1893. The most re­cent gath­er­ing was held in Mel­bourne in 2011. Some of the themes for this par­lia­ment are: Re­claim­ing the Heart of Our Hu­man­ity: Work­ing To­gether for a World of Com­pas­sion, Peace, Jus­tice, and Sus­tain­abil­ity, Wars, ter­ror­ism, and hate speech, Care for cre­ation and cli­mate change, The widen­ing wealth gap and waste­ful con­sump­tion.

Shakti Durga from Shanti Mis­sion in Cooran­bong will be speak­ing at the Par­lia­ment, pre­sent­ing a joint pa­per with Amer­i­can Chris­tian mystic Mother Clare Watts. Their topic is Food for the Soul – The Power of Sacra­ments and Pu­jas to Change Us and Our World. They will be shar­ing how, in per­son­ally or col­lec­tively chal­leng­ing times, sa­cred prac­tices have helped them and could help oth­ers to find their way and hold peace.

The col­lab­o­ra­tive way that these two women lead­ers will of­fer their gifts to the public will in and of it­self demon­strate how two seem­ingly widely di­verse re­li­gions and their spir­i­tual prac­ti­tion­ers can hold a friend­ship and grow in love, peace­ful co-ex­is­tence and re­spect. “While we teach from out­wardly very dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions, in­wardly we are of­fer­ing one great truth and one pow­er­ful mes­sage of hope. By hon­our­ing in­di­vid­ual dif­fer­ences and deal­ing with our own in­ter­nal land­scape when we are chal­lenged by each other, by ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the spir­i­tual prac­tices we each fol­low, we grow in un­der­stand­ing and find the Di­vine in a new way.”

Mother Clare and Shakti Durga bring their unique con­tri­bu­tions from Mys­ti­cal Chris­tian­ity and Narayani Hin­duism to­gether in a spirit of deep in­quiry, rev­er­ence and light heart­ed­ness. They demon­strate mu­tual re­spect for each other’s path and learn from each other’s ex­pe­ri­ence. Wo­ven through the pre­sen­ta­tion is the blaz­ing power of pure love, and how it can even­tu­ally melt fear.

Lo­cal spir­i­tual leader Sri Shakti Durga founded Shanti Mis­sion, a school for the soul in Cooran­bong. It now op­er­ates around Aus­tralia and in North Amer­ica. For­mer lawyer turned bhakti yogi, Shakti Durga brings a unique blend of Eastern and Western mys­ti­cism with ex­pe­ri­en­tial and up­lift­ing pre­sen­ta­tions.

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