Indian swamis to join inter-faith dialogue with Pope, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Bahrain

Manama, Nov 3 (IANS): Bahrain is set to host prominent religious leaders including Pope Francis, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Shaikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb and Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math among other renowned scholars for an inter-faith dialogue.

The two-day Bahrain Dialogue Forum will be held on Thursday and Friday under the theme "The East and The West for Human Coexistence".

The dialogue is being organised by the King Hamad Global Center for Peaceful Coexistence (KHGCPC) along with the Muslim Council of Elders and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

The event will have a series of discussions that aim to further the values of peace and tolerance.

Sessions will include discussions on global coexistence and human fraternity, role of faith leaders in addressing current challenges and global interfaith dialogue for world peace.

Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri is the head disciple of humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, also known as Amma. He has been living in Amritapuri Ashram since its inception in the late 1970s.

The KHGCPC has launched several initiatives with the aim of promoting a culture of peace and coexistence including the King Hamad Chair in Inter-Faith Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence, the King Hamad Faith in Leadership fellowship programme and also the launch of the Kingdom of Bahrain Declaration.



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  • John Crasta, Mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 05 2022

    I have always looked at interfaith relationship with lot of skepticism. a) It better for the Christian leadership to teach our children 1) Don’t judge or condemn anybody for God will use same yardstick to judge and condemn us. (Mathew 7:1-3 ) b) Don’t do anything wicked in the name Christ for punishment is very painful (Mathew 7: 21-23 ) c) When in doubt ask Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us(John 14:1-27 ). Hindus have their prayer in the Upanishad (“Lead me to the truth………) Muslims can make their own prayer to teach them. d) Unless every country allow people to exercise God given free will, interfaith Relationship will meet the same fate of league of nations.

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  • Dr.Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Fri, Nov 04 2022

    In the task of ethically healthy world-building, Indian spirituality is yet to do justice to its enormous potential.

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