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Spirituality and Science work for Human Development – Achrarya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh addressing the conference said that religion created civilizations; religion was the glue that held societies together. All religions of the world preach unity, brotherhood and harmony. Spirituality and religion both have given important contribution for development of human civilizations. There is a need to understand religion in its real sense and make the masses understand the essence of religion. Religion should be studied as social science. Violence, hatred, differences in the name of religion is not justified. Peace is necessary for development. Religious unity and harmony will create world peace and harmony. Coordination between religion and science will support balanced development of society. Acharya Lokesh said that from the Christian Crusades to the Paris attacks, countless conflicts and acts of violence have been claimed to be result of differing religious beliefs. On the name of religions, caste and community innocent people are killed in counties like Syria, Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh, France, and Russia every day. There is a need for interfaith dialogue in such situations, as violence and terrorism cannot solve any problem. Violence gives rise to counter violence. It was said that violence first takes place in mind and then in action. There is need to give peace training to the human minds. Acharya Lokesh talking about Indian Culture said that India welcomed followers of all religions with open heart. India gives freedom to worship and perform rituals to all religions. Jain philosophy based on principles of non-violence, unity in diversity and non-possession can solve many global problems like violence, environment pollution and inequality. Jain philosophy is contemporary and we need to adapt it to solve present day problems.

Interreligious Dialogue for Peace: Promoting Peaceful existence & Common Citizenship

Acharya Lokesh addressing the gathering at Acharya Lokesh Ashram in Karol Bagh said that dialogue with supreme religious leader of Christian community in the whole world Pope at Vatican City and address at Interreligious Conference by KAICIID will be an historical step towards world peace and harmony. My aim is to take Indian culture of love, brotherhood and religious harmony to different parts of the world so that international masses adapt it and move ahead towards establishing world peace. I will discuss World Peace and Harmony through interreligious harmony with H.H. Pope and at KAICIID. Archbishop Giam Battista Diquattro, Apostolic Nuncio to India gave the special message of H.H. Pope to Acharya Lokesh Muni at the Ashram.

Yoga is symbol of Global Unity, Peace and Harmony – Acharya Lokesh

Ambassador of Peace Acharya Lokesh said that after announcing June 21 as International Yoga Day by United Nations from 2015 with efforts of India, it is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm round the world. The awareness for yoga has increased in last four years and people of countries, lifestyle, language and climates are united due to yoga. Where people living on the snowy hills are doing Yoga, people living in the deserts are also practicing Yoga. Despite the differentiation of language, color, religion, sect, profession, everyone wants to adapt yoga; they want to include yoga in their daily routine. Yoga is a symbol of global unity, peace and harmony.

Jain community always works for social development - Acharya Lokesh

Ambassador of Peace Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni said that Nita Bhushan ji participation in the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Chicago Jain Centre is a matter of honour for us. Nita Bhushan is the daughter of Bihar and Lord Mahavir was born in Bihar too. Followers of teachings of Lord Mahavira Jain community have a significant contribution in the development and welfare of society. Today, the world is adopting yoga, yoga is an integral part of Jain religion. The statue of 24 Tirthankars of Jain religion are in Yoga posture. More than 4000 people come in different programs every day at the Chicago Jain Centre. The Chicago Jain Centre is also very active in the propagation of the Indian culture, along with the great influence of Jainism in America.

Religion should be associated with social work – Acharya Lokesh

Jain Acharya Lokesh ji said that the Chicago Jain Center has the honor of being the first Shikharband Traditional Jain temple in America. Chicago Jain centre is doing remarkable social welfare works by associating religion with social welfare. The reciprocal harmony, coordination and unity of the members of the Chicago Jain Center are a motivational example. In the Chicago Jain Center, a wonderful confluence of tradition and innovation is found. On one hand, there are 24 attractive statues of the Jain Tirthankaras, on other hand open space is available for the vast auditorium with the most sophisticated resources, diverse rooms of knowledge, rich library, spacious dining room, parking and other modern facilities He appealed to the Jain devotees to come together and contribute to world peace and harmony efforts.

Spiritual and Political Leaders should come together to solve Global Challenges - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh Muni addressing reporters in the Karol Bagh Ashram before his departure to Kathmandu Acharya Lokesh Muni said that he will address the session ‘Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Role of Faith based organisation’. He said that religious and social organizations have significant contribution in addressing the current global challenges. The Asia Pacific Conference will be a historic conference in which many heads of state, ministers, MPs, religious leaders, social workers will discuss sustainable development. The spiritual and political leaders should come together for sustainable development.

Violence cannot solve problems, dialogue is the right path for peace - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh addressing the gathering said that the world which is standing on the volcano of destruction can only be saved through the path of non-violence. People living in the panic of terror are not concerned with truth, neither love nor non-violence, this is the present weakness, this is our compulsion. The path of non-violence and harmony is extremely important to overcome the suffering of today's human beings. There is a need of experimental training of non-violence. Nonviolence is the path through which a healthy society can be created. Violence does not solve any problem. Violence raises repetitiveness. Through dialogue based on the principles of non violence every problem can be resolved.

AAPI has big contribution in medical services of USA - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh said that doctors do great human services of society. All doctors take Hippocratic Oath before beginning the medical profession, according to which they will treat the sick person with the intention of serving them and not earning money. All the doctors are serving the society with this feeling, for which they deserve praise. Thousands of Indian-origin doctors are providing medical services in the villages of America, which is being possible with the efforts and cooperation of the AAPI. Those villages where American doctor are reluctant to go, the doctor of Indian origin are going and providing medical services, this is a great social service. Acharya Lokesh said that an organised and balanced lifestyle plays an important role in the maintaining a healthy body. Yoga and meditation also have significant contribution in physical and mental health. A person is healthy only when he is mentally, physically and socially healthy. If the mind is healthy then the body can also be healthy.

Acharya Lokesh warmly welcomed on reaching Canada first time

Eminent thinker, Ambassador of Peace Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni while addressing the Indian community said that on the basis of your efforts, you have glorified India and Canada on the global horizon. He said that presently India is the world's fastest growing economy. Multicultural culture is its identity.

India plays important role in taking Yoga to International masses- Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh Muni said that India is playing an important role in taking Yoga to world masses. Yoga shows us the path towards making of supreme human, prosperous society and peaceful world. Yoga leads to internal and external peace. Yoga brings physical, mental and spiritual development in a person. Through Yoga Negative thinking is destroyed and positive thinking is formed through Yoga. Through yoga body, mind and soul moves ahead with positive works.

USA and India should work together for World Peace- Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh on the occasion said that USA and India should work together for World Peace and Harmony. Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Organisation has been continuously making efforts from last 13 years not only in India but internationally to establish Peace, Harmony, Non-Violence and Brotherhood, to encourage human values. We work with the aim to associate religion with social work to eradicate social evils and bring society welfare. I have been coming to USA from last one decade. Here I have seen not only people of Indian origin, but people from different parts of the world serving society in a selfless manner. Residents of USA are already associated with the social welfare activities of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti, with the establishment of a chapter in USA working here will be enhanced. I appeal to all the workers of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti to work with more enthusiasm and dedication.

Religions supports Human Welfare and Development - Acharya Lokesh

Founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Acharya Lokesh Muni said that India has always shown world the path of spirituality. This was proved 125 years back by Swami Vivekananda and Shri Vir chand Raghav Ji Gandhi, and it is proved today by organisation of World Hindu Congress in Chicago city of USA. Through World Hindu Congress I want to send the message that all religions preach humanity. Religion has always taught us how to live together supporting each other. Since early civilization religion has always brought people together to move ahead towards development. Acharya Lokesh said that in 1893 Shri Vir Chand Raghav ji Gandhi represented Jain religion and today I got the golden opportunity to represent Jain Religion at World Hindu Congress.

Religion should be connected with Social welfare - Acharya Lokesh

Founder of Ahimsa Vishva Bharti Jain Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni said that connecting religion with social service is necessary for social welfare. Connecting religion with spiritualism and making it a medium for elimination of social evils is the need of present times. We all want development, want prosperity. Social life favours peace, fraternity, love, non-violence and equitable development. Development and peace have deep relations. We should pay attention to the inter-religious dialogue for peace in the society.

Many Global Problems can be solved by adopting Jain Philosophy - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh discussing Paryshan Parv said that Paryushan Mahaparv is a unique festival of spiritual development and upliftment of human values. The celebration of this festival the purpose of the spiritual development, upliftment of human values and environmental protection can easily be achieved. With the celebration of this Jain festivals Paryushan/ Daslakshan Mahaparv, millions of people in the country and abroad impart their souls through various experiments of forgiveness, friendship, compassion, nonviolence, peace, harmony, which naturally destroys the negative thinking within the person, positive thinking, constructive contemplation is created. When positive thinking arises, the feeling of anger, egoism, greed and delusion (difference between saying and doing) within the person is destroyed, thus the person's soul becomes intuitive, simple, pure and calm; this is the base for the incarnation of Spirituality. When the manifestation of spirituality within a person is raised, the distinction between the self and others ends; the person rises above selfishness and contemplates the altruistic and the divine. Talking about forgiveness Acharya Lokesh said that the last day of the Paryushan Parv ends with Samvatsari or Forgiveness Day. On this day, the followers ask for forgiveness from others for the mistakes done knowingly or unknowingly by them during previous year. Forgiveness gives mental peace, happiness to the mind, friendships with the creatures; purification of the soul, fearlessness of personality comes. We forgive those who have done wrong with us and ask forgiveness from those whom we have done wrong. Forgiveness is requested not only from humans, but from all living beings. Forgiving and asking for forgiveness is such a life cycle that teaches us to live in harmony with all creatures. It paves the way for good deeds.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam

World is one family, we all are creation of the same universe, but unfortunately we have divided ourselves in the boundaries of region, language, religion, caste, colour leaving mutual love and brotherhood aside. We are trying to make an effort for World Unity and give the message of world peace keeping and forget the differences of region, language, religion, caste and colour. Conceptual Pollution is more harmful than Environmental Pollution. We should respect others existence and thoughts as we respect our own existence and thoughts. World is one family, an effort for ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ can be a wonderful gift to humanity. It is our duty to enhance our family and make every member responsible. I am hopeful that we will successfully take the message of World Peace and Unity to international masses. Presently every country of the world is faced with the problems like violence, terrorism, poverty, illiteracy, environmental pollution. Coordination between spirituality, science and governance can solve these problems. Indian culture has presented many options by which formation of balanced society is possible. There is a need to take this Indian Culture in different parts of the world. We hope that when policy makers and religious leaders will work together efforts of World Peace will gain speed. Religion cannot be separated from governance and society. There is no place for violence, hatred and disgust on the path of religion. All religions preach humanity. Peace is necessary for development, inter religion harmony can establish ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam’ and World Peace.

Ahisma Diwas Samrodh

On 13th Foundation Day of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti founded by ACHARYA DR. LOKESH MUNI Ahimsa Viahwa Bharti has completed 12 successful years of dedicated working. It is ammter of great pride for us that we are celebrating 13th Foundation Day as ‘Ahimsa Diwas’. Indian culture has special relevance of 12 years. Mahakumbh is organised after 12 years in Sanatan Parampara. In Jainism Maha Mastabhishek is organised in Shraman Belgola. In India time period 12 years means a Yug, thus Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti is entering second Yug. I am happy that you all graced this occasion and encouraged the workers of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti to work with the same dedication in its second Yug. Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Organisation is an endeavour to spread the message of Peace, Harmony, Non-Violence and Brotherhood, to encourage human values worldwide. We aim towards associating religion with social world and work for welfare of society and nation. We work for National character Building, education, health and medicine, means of livelihood for the less privileged and for enhancing spiritual experience in their lives through our branches in India and Abroad. I appeal to all the workers to take the campaigns against social evils like Female Foeticide, Alcoholism, Child Labour and Environment Pollution run by Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti in different parts of India. We will constantly make efforts to spread the message of World Peace, Harmony and Non-violence I future also. I would like to mention that to spread the message of World Peace this is the second big event held in the Capital of India New Delhi, two grand events have been organised in the financial capital of India Mumbai and one in the Atlantic City of USA. This year has been the milestone in our dedicated working. Friends! Ahimsa Diwas Samaroh is also important because peace and harmony can be established in the society only with non-violence. Our Prime Minister gives emphasis to development. We need peaceful and harmonious atmosphere in the society for development. Ahimsa Diwas is important because violence cannot solve any problem. Violence gives rise to counter violence. All problems can be solved through dialogue based on the principle of Unity in Diversity. Therefore Government of India made announcement to solve Kashmir issue through dialogue. Many great leaders such as Bhagwan Mahavir, Bhagwan Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi gave great emphasis to non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi made India independent through non-violence. Ahimsa does not mean being coward. There is a need for practical experimentation of non-violence. Healthy society can be build by following the path of non-violence. World Peace and Human welfare is possible only through non-violence. Indian has pluralist culture. Unity in diversity is its unique feature. Inter religion harmony is key to this unity. Non-violence, peace and harmony begin from here. We want development, prosperity. Peace, Brotherhood, Love, Non-violence in social life leads to equitable development. Development and peace are deeply related. When religious leaders, politicians, and eminent people from different walks of life will give the message of non-violence, peace and harmony it will definitely leave an impact. I am hopeful that Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti organisation in its second Yug will work for the welfare of humanity with greater enthusiasm, we will encourage young generation to follow the path of non-violence and give important contribution towards Nation Building Jai Hind !

सर्वधर्म संवाद के द्वारा विश्व शांति

मौजूदा समय में हम जिस दौर से गुजर रहे है, आज न केवल भारत बल्कि अमेरिका सहित सम्पूर्ण विश्व हिंसा व आतंकवाद से प्रभावित है| सीरिया, पाकिस्तान, अफगानिस्तान, ईरान, ईराक, बांग्लादेश, फ़्रांस, रूस में आये दिन धर्म, जाति व सम्प्रदाय के नाम पर बेगुनाहों का कत्लेआम हो रहा है| ऐसे समय में अंतरधार्मिक संवाद की बहुत आवश्यकता है, क्योंकि हिंसा और आतंकवाद किसी समस्या का समाधान नहीं है| हिंसा प्रतिहिंसा को जन्म देती है| धर्म हमें जोड़ना सिखाता है तोड़ना नहीं| धर्म के क्षेत्र में हिंसा, घृणा और नफरत का कोई स्थान नहीं हो सकता| संवाद के द्वारा, वार्ता के द्वारा हर समस्या को बैठ कर सुलझाया जा सकता है| उसके लिए सबसे पहले जरूरी है, हम अपने अस्तित्व की तरह दूसरों के अस्तित्व का, विचारों का सम्मान करना सीखें| मतभेद हो सकते है किन्तु उसे मनभेद में न बदले| भारतीय संस्कृति बहुलतावादी संस्कृति है| अनेकता में एकता उसकी मौलिक विशेषता है| सर्वधर्म संवाद इसका मूल मंत्र है| यही से अहिंसा, शांति और सद्भावना का शुभारम्भ होता है| हम सभी विकास चाहते है, समृद्धि चाहते है| विकास व शांति का गहरा सम्बन्ध है| धर्मगुरु, राजनेता व समाज के विभिन्न क्षेत्रों के प्रमुख जब एक मंच से शांति व सद्भावना का सन्देश देंगे तो निश्चित रूप से इसका प्रभाव होगा| धर्म की प्रासंगिकता एक व्यक्ति की मुक्ति में ही नहीं है। धर्म की प्रासंगिकता एवं प्रयोजनशीलता शान्ति, व्यवस्था, स्वतंत्रता, समता, प्रगति एवं विकास से सम्बन्धित समाज सापेक्ष परिस्थितियों के निर्माण में भी निहित है। धर्म का सम्बन्ध आचरण से है। धर्म आचरणमूलक है। धर्म का एक अहम् अंग दर्शन है| दर्शन मार्ग दिखाता है, धर्म की प्रेरणा से हम उस मार्ग पर बढ़ते हैं। हम किस प्रकार का आचरण करें यह ज्ञान दर्शन से प्राप्त होता है। जिस समाज में दर्शन एवं धर्म में सामंजस्य रहता है, ज्ञान एवं क्रिया में अनुरूपता होती है, उस समाज में शान्ति होती है तथा सदस्यों में परस्पर मैत्री- भाव बना रहता है| धर्म साधना की अपेक्षा रखता है। धर्म के साधक को राग-द्वेषरहित होना होता है। प्रत्येक धर्म के ऋषि, मुनि, पैगम्बर, संत, महात्मा आदि तपस्वियों ने धर्म को अपनी जिन्दगी में उतारा। उन लोगों ने धर्म को ओढ़ा नहीं अपितु जिया। धर्म के वास्तविक स्वरूप को आचरण में उतारना सरल कार्य नहीं है| महापुरुष ही सच्ची साधना कर पाते है| धार्मिक व्यक्ति का उद्देश्य धर्म के अनुसार अपना चरित्र निर्मित करना होना चाहिए। विश्व के सभी धर्मों में नैतिक मूल्यों का प्रतिपादन है, मानव मूल्यों की स्थापना है, मानव-जाति में सदाचारण के प्रसार का प्रयास है। इन नैतिक मूल्यों, सद्गुाणों एवं सदाचारों को व्यक्त करने वाली शब्दावली में भिन्नता होने के कारण बाह्य धरातल पर हमें धर्मों की साधना में अंतर प्रतीत होता है, तात्विक दृष्टि से सभी धर्म मनुष्य के सद्पक्ष को उजागर करते हैं, सामाजिक जीवन में शान्ति, बन्धुत्व, प्रेम, अहिंसा एवं समतामूलक विकास के पक्षधर हैं। सर्वधर्म समभाव की उदात्त चेतना का विकास सम्भव है। मतवादों का भेद हमारे ज्ञान एवं प्रतिपादन शक्ति की अपूर्णता के कारण है। प्रत्येक तत्व पर अनेक दृष्टियों से विचार सम्भव है। एकांगी प्रतिपादन के कारण वे परस्पर विरोधी प्रतीत होती हैं। प्रतीत होने वाले विरोधों का शमन सम्भव है। प्रतीयमान विरोधी दर्शनों में समन्वय स्थापित किया जा सकता है। भगवान महावीर के दर्शन पर आधारित जैन धर्म अहिंसा, अनेकांत व अपरिग्रह जैसे सिद्धांतों पर आधारित है| यह सिद्धांत एक जाति व धर्म तक सीमित नहीं है| इनको समझने और जीवन में उतरने से अनेक वैश्विक समस्याओं का समाधान मुमकिन है| भगवान महावीर दर्शन को अपनाने से समाज में शांति व सद्भावना स्थापित कर मानवता को पूर्ण विकास की ओर ले जा सकते है| विकास व समृद्धि के लिए समाज में शांति व सद्भावना का वातावरण जरूरी होता है| अहिंसा विश्व संस्था पिछले 11 वर्षों से धर्म को समाज सेवा से जोड़कर सामाजिक कुरीतियों के निवारण के लिए निरंतर देश व दुनिया में प्रयासरत रहती है| संस्था द्वारा समय समय पर सर्वधर्म सम्मेलनों, पर्यावरण संरक्षण अभियान, कन्या भ्रूण हत्या व नशामुक्ति के खिलाफ अभियान संचालित रहते है|

United against Violence

United Against Violence In The Name Of Religion We live in an age where the scientific view of the world becomes more important every day and where religious interpretations are more and more contested, often because of what the modern science teaches us. The religious ways of understanding the world has become old-fashioned, outdated, outmoded. The stressful relationship between, on one hand religious knowledge and, on the other hand, scientific knowledge is one of the most important issues in the world today. We have to understand how scientific knowledge slowly but surely emerged out of pre-existing religious knowledge. Scientists do not develop their ideas in a fight against religious philosophies, but by extending and amending and thoroughly testing ideas that come into the world as religious revelations. As early as humans expanded beyond hunter- gatherer groups, religion was the glue that held societies together. Religion created civilizations. There is a need to understand religion in its real sense and make the masses understand the essence of religion. Religion should be studied as social science. From the Christian Crusades to the Paris attacks, countless conflicts and acts of violence have been claimed to be result of differing religious beliefs. On the name of religions, caste and community innocent people are killed in counties like Syria, Pakistan, Afganistan, Iran, Iraq, Bangladesh, France, and Russia every day. There is a need for interfaith dialogue in such situations, as violence and terrorism cannot solve any problem. Violence gives rise to counter violence. It was said that violence first takes place in mind and then in action. Mahatma Gandhi said that that an eye for an eye can end the world. Only love for hatred, compassion for culprits, care for destitute, support for scheduled will make this world more happy and prosperous. I remember Mother Teresa and Sufi Saints of India, who made us proud by their open mind and heart to make the society a platform for everyone. India is a melting pot for all challenges in one voice. I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. I had the privilege to study and live Jain Philosophy. Jain philosophy of Non-Violence, Peace and Harmony is more contemporary for humanity when people are faced with many problems like violence, global warming, income inequality and many more. Jain principles are recognised by science also. Following lifestyle shown by Jainism we can build healthy, prosperous and happy society. Religion brings us together, it does not create difference. There is no place for violence and hatred on the path of religion. We can solve every problem through dialogue. It is necessary that we respect others existence and view point as we respect our own others existence and view point. There can be difference of opinions but not difference in hearts. Discussions and dialogue lead to development. We have to reach people to believe in universal tolerance and accept all religions as true.

World Peace And Harmony

World peace can be achieved only after achieving peace of mind and soul. The factors responsible for mind's unrest have to be identified and solution should be searched. It is a scientific fact that animal brain is present in human brain, where animal instincts are born. Neo-Cortex layer is also present where human and divine instincts are born. The root cause of unrest, violence and terror is that when a person's animal brain is awakened, then he is involved in such brutal tendencies. Peace Education should be linked with present education system so that Neo-Cortex layer is awakened and animal brain sleeps. Present education system should be value based. It is necessary to focus on mental and emotional development along with physical and intellectual development. Equality can be there in society only when we respect others thoughts and existence along with our own thoughts and existence. Difference of opinion is a leads to development in democracy, problem arises when difference of opinion becomes difference in hearts. Violence and terrorism cannot solve any problem. Violence gives rise to counter violence. We can solve every problem through dialogue. World peace can be achieved only in the presence of freedom, equality and justice. Equality ensures the prevention of oppression of individuals and groups on the basis of class, gender, religion, colour or region. Freedom allows people to express their views, equality and justice help in removing the grounds of conflict. World Peace can be achieved only when we are able to resolve conflicts. In present international scenario each and every person or we should say every citizen of the global family, ought to be committed to adapt the path shown by Bhagwan Buddha and Bhagwan Mahavir for peace. Conflicts caused due to Ideological Extremism, Religious Fundamentalism, Misguided Nationalism, Economic Injustice and Inequality, Violation of Human Rights, Suppression of Freedoms, Militarism of Power Politics, Population Explosion, Racial and Ethnic Discrimination, Egoism and uncontrolled human instincts should be resolved only then can we achieve peace in the society. Bhagwan Buddha and Bhagwan Mahavir philosophy of non-violence and compassion is the need of present times. This philosophy is not limited to any community or religion. Adapting this philosophy in our life can solve man global problems. Atmosphere of peace is necessary for development and prosperity of the society. Bhagwan Buddha and Bhagwan Mahavir philosophy has logics for reducing income inequality. They said that deficiency and high availability both are harmful. Concentration of wealth in few hands is the reason behind increasing intolerance. Philosophy is not only useful for India but also for the whole world. Every human being is a free person destined to live in equality and fraternity. Every person, and all people, are equal and must be accorded the same freedom and the same dignity. We have to work together for peaceful coexistence in the society. Let us together mark the beginning of a new Era where we together move ahead towards World Peace and Equality.

HH Acharya Lokesh at Hindi Heritage Celebration in Canada

Modernism & Spirituality both can bring balanced development - Acharya Lokesh Ambassador of Peace Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni said that amazing coordination of modernism and spirituality is seen here, modernism and spirituality can together bring complete development. . Pluralist culture of India is an inspiration for the entire world. He said that World is one family, we all are creation of the same universe. The effort made for World Unity and to give the message of world peace keeping and forget the differences of region, language, religion, caste and colour is a matter of appreciation.

Scientific Jain Religion is contemporary and useful for World - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh said that Lord Mahavir has preached three paths of happiness: 'True faith, knowledge and conduct' which he adopted in his life too. During his life, he adopted the path of non-violence and self-effort, to solve all the burning social problems like discrimination against women, equal status to women in education and religion, no decimation on the basis of caste, creed and status, he said that All living beings are equal, and everyone has the capacity to achieve the highest state. Promoting self-effort (labor) and the principle of work, he eliminated animal sacrifice for religious purposes; to eliminate economic inequality he taught removal of ownership and replacing it with trusteeships. By adopting Jainism, solutions to problems like climate change and global warming is also possible.

Global problems can be solved with Inter Religion Harmony - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh said on this occasion that in the presently world is facing many challenges; some of them are a threat to the entire universe. From Global Warming to Terrorism and Violence are the problems everybody is fighting with. People of different religions, sects, country and ideology together can find solutions to these problems. Inter religious harmony is necessary to solve such global problems. In Parliament of World’s Religions this year important subjects such as violence-free world, environmental protection, women's honor, spiritual development of humanity, spiritual development of youth, creation of a justice and peace in the world. Eminent people from different corners of the world like Nobel Prize winners, scholars, religious gurus, social workers, educationists, environmentalists, thinkers, philosophers, religious and social organizations Representatives, peace worker, prominent authors, politicians, spiritual leader, student, actors, entertainers etc will hold discussions. World Religions Parliament 2018 will prove to be a milestone. Acharya Lokesh said that it is a matter of pride for me that on such historical occasion I am representing Jainism and Indian culture. It is notable that Swami Vivekananda had addressed this World Religious Parliament in Chicago in 1893, attracting the attention of the world to India's spiritual heritage. Acharya Lokesh had addressed the inauguration function of the World Religious Parliament held in Salt Lake City, USA in 2015.

India has key role in world unity and peace - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh on this occasion said that India can play an important role in the establishment of world unity and peace. In India, people of different religions, castes and lifestyle live together. 125 years ago Swami Vivekanand expressed Indian philosophy in front of the world in this auditorium and today I have got this opportunity. He said that for world welfare we should leave behind our selfishness and awaken the consciousness of welfare of all within. Acharya Lokesh told that he had represented Jainism in the Parliament of World’s Religions held in Salt Lake City in 2015 and will represent Jainism in the Parliament of World’s Religions organized in November this year in Toronto. It is possible to solve many global problems by adopting the Jainism principles of non-violence, unity in diversity and non-possession.

Paryushan Parva leads to self-purification and World Unity - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh Muniji said that religion is not against the materialistic development, but when the materialistic development is centred on the foundation of spirituality it becomes a boon for life. In the absence of spirituality, materialistic development sometimes becomes curse rather than boon. Acharya Lokesh advising to adopt a balanced view of life, he said that balance between spirituality and materialism creates a healthy society. Acharya Lokesh said that presently people have forgotten the values of religion and salvation, they are blindly running behind the money and material this is causing distortion in the society.

India-US should work together to end Poverty and Terrorism - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh on this occasion said that violence and terrorism cannot solve any problem. Violence raises counterviolence. It is possible to solve every problem through dialogue. Violence in the name of religion is harmful to world peace. Violence, terror and tension that prevail in society disturb all the developmental activities. Unity in diversity is the fundamental characteristic of Indian culture, by adopting this philosophy we can establish universal harmony and world peace. Acharya Lokesh said that India and America should work together to eradicate poverty and terrorism.

Religion should be associated with social welfare - Acharya Lokesh

Ambassador of Peace Acharya Lokesh speaking on ‘World without Violence’ said that religion brings us together it does not create differences. There can be no place for violence, hatred and disputes in the field of religion. All problems can be solved through dialogue. First of all, it is necessary that we learn to respect the existence and views of others, along with our own. There can be differences of opinions but not differences in hearts. We all want development and prosperity. Development and peace are deeply related. Acharya Dr Lokesh Muni said Karma is an important aspect of Hinduism. The law of karma in the Hinduism refers to a moral law which calls for social responsibility. The practice of dharma denotes a life of truth, non-violence, compassion, welfare for others and offering self-less service to society. He said that associating religion with social work for development and welfare is the need of present world. Acharya Lokesh said that religious organizations have been a powerful influence in American social welfare history. In many significant ways, religious organizations and churches have contributed to advancing more humane programs and policies concerning orphans, slaves, the poor, the sick and others in need of assistance. It is a matter of pride that Hindu Temple Grater Chicago is also involved in social welfare activities.

US and India should together fight terrorism, poverty - Acharya Lokesh

Acharya Lokesh Muni said on the occasion that connecting religion with social service and making it the medium to eradicate social evils is the need of present times. Religion is always associated with social service in both America and India. Today, world population is battling with problems like violence, terrorism and poverty. America and India should fight against them by looking for solutions to these problems together. The Jain community, which follows the path of non-violence, is promoting non-violence in India and is making significant contributions to the development of the country, is also very prominent in the establishment of non-violence and development in America.

Social Harmony and Development is possible through Spirituality - Acharya Lokesh

Founder of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Acharya Lokesh Muni addressing the topic of 'love and happiness through spirituality' said that religion has three dimensions, worship, morality and spirituality. Following the moral values, when we are on the path of spirituality, love and happiness are created in the society. People worship but do not bring moral and character values in your life. This is the reason that many distortions are created in the society. Following the path of spirituality it is possible to social harmony and social development.