17 décembre 2008

Sri Sri Addresses the 3rd World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace in Paris

Times of India, Dec-18, 2008:

World peace was the main focus in an address in Paris by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of the Art of Living. "The world will not be a safe place, even if a small part of the world lives in ignorance. Today's problem is the anger and frustration among peace-loving people. This needs to be channelised towards a creative and productive future," he said on Wednesday at the 3rd World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for peace.

Also sponsored by UNESCO, the three-day conference that started on Tuesday will bring together Imams and Rabbis to talk on peace and build good relationship between Judaism and Islam. The theme of the conference is `sacredness of peace'.

Shankar asked the religious leaders to work towards a violence-free and stress-free world. "I would like to remind ourselves and our society that we belong to one world," he said. "The world is sacred and no one has any right to destroy them. Spiritual education is the vaccination against fanaticism and terrorism," he added.

"The wise will recognize similarities among religions and celebrate the differences. We must educate youngsters to honour values." He called for a resolution to work towards peace through individuals, communities and nations.

Among the visitors were Koichiro Matsuura, director general of UNESCO and H E Abdoulah Wade, President of Senegal.