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Global Assembly creates opportunities for Interfaith Dialogue:
I had the good fortune of attending (and speaking at) the URI Global Assembly both as a member of the URI through my local Cooperative circle, The Interfaith Council at Stapleton, and also as a member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, of which I head the local branch in Denver, Colorado.
The Global Assembly has created an amazing level of interest in Interfaith dialogue and in Sridham Mayapur in the Interfaith community around the world. Fortunately, I was able to take several hundred photos, as well as collect a lot of material from the Assembly, which have come in handy in my presentations to the local Interfaith community.
Here in Denver, I have been asked to speak about my experiences in front of several audiences, including interfaith organizations, a couple of churches and at our local temple. In my presentations, not only do I have the opportunity to expose the beauty of the Holy Dham through multimedia presentations, but I also explain the significance of Lord Chaitanya, and the profundity of Vaishnava theology. More and more invitations are coming, and it is indeed a privilege to expose Vaishnavism and the importance of Lord Chaitanya to some very religiously sophisticated audiences, many of whom are pastors, ministers, or graduates of Christian seminaries.
There has been great interest in Krishna Consciousness, and its philosophy at all venues. Many visitors I spoke to in Mayapur (and elsewhere) remarked at the outstanding hospitality of the devotees; spoke with respect about our principles; and most importantly, sensed that the devotees are much more mature and open-minded than their previous encounters (mostly in the street and in airports many years ago) made them believe. For this, all glories should be given to the Mayapur devotees, and to Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodar swami, the pioneer in Interreligious dialogue and a founding member of URI, through his Bhaktivedanta Institute. It was his personal example of Vaishnava qualities that inspired the URI to hold the Global assembly in Mayapur.
Every delegate carries back with him fond remembrances of the Holy Dham and good will towards the movement that he will share, like I did, with others in his homeland. Indeed, for me, this Assembly was a turning point in the maturity of the Krishna Conscious movement, and in the immense goodwill that ISKCON has created for itself around the world.
hari mohan dasa
Comment Posted By hari mohan dasa On 03.04.2009 @ 18:47