Chicago, USA :The grand inauguration of the Parliament of World Religions, a monumental gathering of spiritual leaders and representatives from across the globe, saw the eminent presence of His Holiness Jain Acharya Lokesh Muni. The esteemed leader, an advocate of non-violence and harmony, not only represented India on an international stage but also provided a compelling call to action for global unity and cooperation.
Hosted in the vibrant city of Chicago, the Parliament of World Religions commenced with an awe-inspiring gathering of delegates from over 80 countries, representing an astonishing array of more than ten thousand diverse religious traditions and denominations. The distinguished Jain Acharya Dr. Acharya Lokesh, the visionary founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharati, delivered a poignant address during the opening ceremony, setting a powerful tone for the days of discussions and dialogues to follow.
The theme of the Parliament, “Interfaith Harmony for a Sustainable Future,” resonated deeply as attendees engaged in meaningful conversations on critical global issues such as religious harmony, spiritual elevation, climate change, and the creation of a non-violent society. In his opening remarks, Acharya Lokesh Muni emphasized the paramount importance of unity across religious boundaries to address the pressing challenges facing humanity.
Throughout the event, Acharya Lokesh Muni will play a pivotal role, sharing his insights and wisdom in sessions addressing urgent subjects like “Interfaith Call to Action for Climate Change,” “Ways to Establish World Peace,” and “Peace and Love: A War-Free, Violence-Free, and Hatred-Free World.” His presence promises to ignite a spark of hope and collaboration among attendees.
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The impact of Acharya Lokesh’s words was palpable as he propagated the ideals of global harmony, inspiring individuals from diverse faiths to come together in pursuit of love, peace, and prosperity. In his address, he highlighted the myriad challenges confronting humanity, ranging from the peril of global warming and climate change to the persistent threats of terrorism and violence. Acharya Lokesh fervently asserted that these challenges could only be met through collective efforts that transcend borders, cultures, and creeds.
Acharya Lokesh’s participation in the Parliament of World Religions holds significant historical resonance, as he follows in the footsteps of luminaries like Swami Vivekananda, who captivated the world’s attention with his address at the same platform in Chicago in 1893. The esteemed Jain Acharya previously graced the inauguration ceremonies of the World Parliament of Religions in Salt Lake City, USA (2015) and Toronto (2018), demonstrating his unwavering commitment to fostering interfaith understanding and cooperation.
The illustrious inaugural session of the Parliament of World Religions was graced by the presence of distinguished figures from around the globe, including Daniel Gomes Ebanes, Master Chang Yen, Master Shin Tao, Jen Goodall, Miss Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Nancy Pelosi, Reverend James Lawson, Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, Xi Yongxin, URI President Jerry White, Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Bryan Jay Grimm, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Prof. Aza Karam, and Elder Madeleine Moody, among numerous other spiritual leaders.
As the Parliament of World Religions unfolds from August 14 to 18, the global community eagerly anticipates the insights, solutions, and inspirations that will emanate from the profound gatherings and exchanges, all in service of fostering a world united by compassion, understanding, and shared values.