|MILLENNIUM WORLD PEACE SUMMIT|
|A Call to World's Spiritual Leadership|
|"This gathering of the world's pre-eminent religious and spiritual leaders in a united call for peace will hopefully strengthen the prospect for peace as we enter the new millennium."
-- KOFI A. ANNAN,
|"In times of conflict, the world's great religious leaders will together exert moral authority in the zones of conflict to seek non-violent resolutions."
-- BAWA JAIN,
World Peace Summit.
|Bringing Spiritual Leadership into the Peace Process|
|The following is a group photo of the world's pre-eminent religious and spiritual leaders who (along with a thousand other religious leaders) had gathered at the United Nations, New York, U.S.A., from 28 to 31, 2000, for an historic World Peace Summit. Also seen in the center of the group is Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General, United Nations, flanked by Dr. Ted Turner, Honorary Chair, Millenium World Peace Summit ( Vice Chair, Time Warner Inc., Chairman, CNN, the world-renowned Cable News Network) and Mr. Bawa Jain, Secretary-General, Millenium World Peace Summit.|
|A New Collaboration Among Religious Leaders|
|Addressing the World's population through a telecast from the United Nations General Assembly Hall, these revered leaders demonstrated their United Commitment and determination to work together to eliminate the causes that perpetrate violence and lead to war. They took a number of concrete steps to declare their commitment to work more closely as a community of spiritual leaders and with the diplomatic community of the United Nations to prevent the outbreak of war. They will work together to discern shared commitments to peace expressed in a Declaration for World Peace. Moreover, an International Advisory Council of Religious and Spiritual Leaders will be formed to work with the United Nations and the United Nations Secretary General in peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts. The council will add a unique spiritual dimension to the United Nations difficult task of mediating conflicts between nations and among peoples from different religious and ethnic groups.|
Commitment of Global Peace
|Humanity stands at a critical juncture in history, one that calls for strong moral and spiritual leadership to help set a new direction for society. We, as religious and spiritual leaders, recognize our special responsibility for the well-being of the human family and peace on earth....
We, as religious and spiritual leaders, pledge our commitment to work together to promote the inner and outer conditions that foster peace and the non-violent management and resolution of conflict. We appeal to the followers of all religious traditions and to the human community as a whole to co-operate in building peaceful societies, to seek mutual understanding through dialogue where there are differences, to refrain from violence, to practise compassion, and to uphold the dignity of all life.
-- BAWA JAIN, Secretary-General
of the Millenium World Peace Summit,
signing on behalf of the Millennium
World Peace Summit of Religious
and Spiritual Leaders.
| To know more about The Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, please visit their website:www.millenniumpeacesummit.org
On the Indian Front, the Modi Foundation and the Hinduja Foundation were the strategic partners for hosting this Summit. Their websites are:www.modifoundation.org and www.hindujafoundation.org
|A UNIVERSAL PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE|
Thou who art within and without, above and below and all around.
Thou who art interpenetrating the very cells of our being.
Thou who art the Eye of our eyes; Ear of our ears; Heart of our hearts;
Mind of our minds; Breath of our breaths;
Life of our lives and Soul of our souls.
Bless us dear God to be aware of Thy presence now and here.
This is all that we ask of thee.
May all of us be aware of Thy presence
in the East and the West, in the North and the South.
May peace and goodwill abide
among individuals as well as communities and nations.
This is our earnest prayer.
May peace be unto all."
he isha sab sukhi ho, koyi na ho dukhaari,
sarve bhavantu sukhinah,
lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu,
O Lord, the Sustainer of the worlds!
May all people inhabiting the world be happy and peaceful.
May peace be unto all.
This is our earnest prayer.
Thus prayed the Vedic Rishis of yore