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URI – 10th Anniversary Celebration – Closing Remarks 09/10/2010

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by Mr.  P.C. Shivadas

 

P.C. Shivadas

 

What do we take away at the conclusion of this event to mark the 10th Anniversary of United Religions Initiative?

For me, at least , there is the realization that we have heroes in our midst, heroes who rise above race, colour and creed to champion the cause of humanity , that being one despite its diversity .

Beneath our skin we are all the same. It is how we see ourselves, think and act that differentiate one from the other.

Each one of us is unique as confirmed by our finger prints , despite the fact that there are six billion people crowding this planet.. That is just one of the myriad wonders of creation we have discovered so far and are continuing to discover as we journey through time. The more we know the more there is to know. It seems ;like an unending process. As long as we are fixated on the world outside it will be truly an unending quest to put our finger on the mysteries of creation .

We will only find closure hen as individuals we go inwards to find the simple truths of our existence and our connections . Who are we , what are we here for a where do we go from here are fundamental  questions that the different faiths answer in varying degrees and emphasis.

Those who chase after only the material tend to go off at the tangent , the same as those who go after just the spiritual. Since we are made up of  both matter and spirit we have to  find the balance to exist both materially and spiritually.

But then it is always a matter of choice and like all choices we have to live with the consequences – good  and bad.

That is what our free will and choice is about  – to find the balance .Given our mental and physical make – up and the nature each one of us is endowed with , is it any wonder that we have to live and deal with difference.

It is how we view and react to our differences that make or break us. Our imperfections – imperfect  senses, tendency to lie and cheat and suffer illusions – are at the root of our mistakes. If we learn from them well and good. If not , we repeat them and suffer as a consequence. It is from our mistakes that we are presented our best opportunities to learn and this is where our heroes , the ones we are talking about assume  leadership  roles. They have gone through the process and found the enlightenment they were seeking because  they were sincere in their quest.

United Religions Initiative is an idea whose time has come. Need has always been the catalyst of change. URI was born 10 years ago in America .Why America ? because the founding fathers were American.

We have Rev Canon Charles Gibbs and Kay Lindehl with us. The other is  Bishop Swing whose is minding the “shop” at home. It has not been easy but despite all the challenges they had to face they have kept the faith and the  movement has certainly grown.

The United nations is trying to take care of the material side , keeping the lid on world wars but seemingly unable to prevent limited conflicts erupting very now and then  in nations and societies .Then there is poverty , environmental degradation , health and social problems that have reached endemic proportions  and causing global concern.

Treating symptoms may bring temporary relief but it is the root causes that have to be tackled .The finger is clearly pointed at humans , at each and every one of us .We are the root cause .Unless we change for the better we will keep sliding down the slippery road to really terrible times if not complete destruction.

The year 2012 is being talked about as heralding cataclysmic changes and the birth of a new change . The message  is stark and simple .If we change for the better we can mitigate some of the effects of our excesses .If not , beware. We are changing but whether it is well enough , fast enough and broad enough only time will tell.

Addressing conflict at the basic level is step one .This is where religions come  in. They are just the means at  an end – finding and nurturing our spiritual selves. Those who have done  so cannot but do the right thing.

Swami Satyananda was our very own long before URI . History is dotted with names such as Mahatma Gandhi , Martin Luther King , Ikeda , names which comes easily in the mind.

The founding father of URI have inspired a world -wide inter – faith  movement that has caught on simply because it appeals to the human spirit . It is an idea whose time has come and will  grow and gather in strength as long as there are people , the unsung heroes , the ones moved by it and who devote themselves to promoting it.

Good leaders who generate good followers practice the three C’s , namely Commitment , Consistency and concentration .

Everything  starts and end with us. Let us give a big hand to the heroes in our midst , Rev Canon Charles Gibbs , Swami Agnivesh, Kay Lindehl , Datin Paduka Mother Mangalam , Dr  Amir Farid Bin Dato Isahak. The organizers and every one  in the audience must be praised .

Some time we regard the silent majority as not playing an active role in society but that is not true. Just being good , hard working , honest people in itself is huge contribution to society. Their sense of decency and goodness is invariably rooted in their own spiritual awareness .

Listening  to today’s speakers not only provides connection but inspiration for following in their foot steps . In bettering ourselves , society as a whole betters itself. We have to be the change and listening to our speakers today inspires us to do so.

Good leaders need good followers . In both cases it is proper self – leadership that does the trick.

We are not for want of this  quality and we can take heart from the growing legions , from the activists who attempted to bring symbolic aid to the Palestinians in Gaza to the adherents of the various religions , and other movements seeking to heal the wounds inflicted by fanaticism , greed , corruption and abuse of power. Being positive in thought and deed can only come with making the spiritual connection with ourselves and the rest of the creation we see before us.

We have only ourselves to blame if we fail.

 

The Panel of Speakers

Swami Agnivesh from New Delhi, India

URI Founding Father & President Bishop William E. Swing

Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs from USA

Ms Kay Lindahl from California, USA

Dr Amir Farid Bin Dato Isahak - INSaf Chairman

Participants

Participants - from another angle

Q & A Session

Participants' View

"Any More Questions?" - Sathia Narayan

 

 

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UNITED RELIGIONS INITIATIVE – MALAYSIA – 10th Anniversary Celebration 24/09/2010

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You are all cordially invited to this programme on

“Creating Cultures of PEACE, JUSTICE AND HEALING” & Beyond

United Religions Intiative - Malaysia - 10th Anniversary Celebration - All Welcome

Many Faces of Peace 23/09/2010

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Religious Harmony Workshop 06/09/2010

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HARI RAYA CELEBRATION & RELIGIOUS HARMONY WORKSHOP

Everyone is welcome to this Brain Storming Workshop which will encourage meaningful discussion to optimize Religious Harmony and promote 1 Malaysia in practical ways at school, home, workplace and places of worship

The workshop will be facilitated and led by Prof. Carolina Lopez, Dr. Thilla Chelliah, K. Rajkumar & Mother Mangalam respectively.

There will be a unique entertainment by Salaam / Nasheed Group.

PROGRAMME

3.30 pm – 4.00 pm – Registration, Tour of Exhibition of World Religions at Temple of Universal Spirit
4.00 pm – 4.05 pm – Prayer – Datin Paduka Mother Mangalam
4.05 pm – 4.15 pm – Introductory Address – Dr. John Gurusamy
4.15 pm – 5.15 pm – Workshop
5.15 pm – 5.30 pm – Questions & Answers
5.30 pm – 5.40 pm – Concluding remarks – Dr. Amir Farid B. Dato’ Isahak
5.40 pm onward     – Hari Raya Celebrations
a) Prayers and Re-commitment to the declaration on Religious Harmony
b) Cheque Presentation
c) Salaam & Nasheed Choir
d)Dinner

The event is organised by The Pure Life Society – Inter-Faith Spiritual Fellowship – INSaF

REGISTRATION FREE

Kindly register your seats by the following options :

SMS your name or email address to – Ms. Usha Rani : 012-396 1654

or Dr. John Gurusamy : 012-609 7487

OR Sent an email to : info@purelife.org.my with your name and handphone number.

THE HEALER IN YOU 25/08/2010

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The Healer in You

INSaF SEMINAR - The Healer in You - 4th September

SYNOPSIS

Every being born on this earth knows the art of healing. Their ability and natural instinct to look for cures are inherently born with them. This can comes from a loving and caring touch of massage and other external theraphies, to plants or vegetable from the Ayuveda , Traditional Chinese Medicine or Homeopathy tradition.
Yogi Tenzin Douglas Leong, having gone through a life threatening health challenge with Western medicine in the late nineties, discovered that to be healthy and have a quality life, a person’s Lifestyle, Diet, External Theraphies, Spiritual Welfare and Meditation plays a very important role. In gratitude to the Universe for the Life changing experience, he promotes his vision to wake up the healer in every home. To achieve this he shares his knowledge on the no risk healing with the Universal life force energy with all interested parties.

SPEAKER

Yogi Tenzin Douglas Leong is a Multi Dimension Bio Energy Healer, Practitioner and Teacher. He is a retired, successful businessman. As a teenager, he was exposed to Martial Arts and Psychic Healing. When he was in his thirties, he was blessed to have met with various spiritual Masters who taught him Meditation, Qigong techniques, the Art of Feng Shui, and Divine Healing.

He was trained in Pranic Healing, studied Arahatic Yoga with Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, (an internationally known expert, best selling author and teacher), Quantum Touch, Reiki and many other healing techniques from American, Western and Asian teachers. He is also trained by the PyraVastu creator, Prof. Dr. Jiten Bhatt in the art of Space Transformation. In the year 2003 he had a calling and was spiritually inspired to Share, Teach and do healing works.
His vision is to “create a healer in every home, so that future generations can truly have a place to live in this planet Earth”

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Parents, Couples, Teenager any other who would like to wake up his /her gifted inherent nature in healing and who have issues in studies, personal, family and relationship.

REGISTRATION FREE

Kindly register your seats by the following options :

Sms your name or email address to –

Ms. Usah Rani : 012-396 1654

Dr. Jannie Chew : 016-364 3026

OR,

Sent an email to : info@purelife.org.my with your name and handphone number.

SIX HEALING SOUNDS – ALTERNATIVE THERAPY 24/08/2010

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The Six Healing Sounds Therapy Workshop

conducted by Dr Jannie Chew at

The Pure Life Society – Multi-Purpose Auditorium

from 3.30pm to 5.30, Sunday, 7th August

Six Healing Sounds Therapy –  A SYNOPSIS

This healing concept is a self-help system for curing and preventing illness and stress, and for enhancing all aspects of life. Its key concept is increasing vital energy, or Chi, through easy techniques and physical exercises. This life force energy is then circulated through the acupuncture meridians of the body and channeled into health, vitality, balanced emotions, and creative and spiritual expression.
This practical exercise is accessible to everybody. The balance of peaceful Chi energy in a person is very important because it can help to balance the Chi of another person who is close. Anything that is overly extreme will cause an imbalance of Chi energy and will destroy peacefulness.  5 types of peace are necessary in a family

Dr Jannie Chew – 6 Healing Sounds Therapist – A Brief Introduction

Dr. Jannie Chew was born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia. She received her nursing training in England. Upon her returned to Malaysia, she worked as Night Sister at the Assunta Hospital in Petaling Jaya, Selangor in 1966/67. Her nursing experience developed her companssion for ill people. Her compassion also led her to explore non-invasive, non-toxic ways to improve health and speed up the healing process. In 1984, she went to United States of America to study with the late Dr Bernard Jensen, a teacher in the field of natutopathic medicine. Her association with Dr Jensen deepened her understanding about health and diseases and she became a practitioner of his methods in Asia.
She founded Natural Therapy Centre in 1985 and her centre offers consultations, programs and classes that promote a natural way to vibrant health. Her methods include Iridology, Nutrition Counselling, Colon Hydro Therapy, and Ancient Chinese Health Secrets to help patients relax and speed up the natural detoxification of their organs. She retired in 2004 to concentrate on educating people about Climate Change and its consequences especially for our future generation.

SIX HEALING SOUNDS 24/08/2010

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The 6 Healing Sounds workshop was conducted by Dr Jannie Chew on 7th August 2010 at the Multi Purpose Hall of The Pure Life Society, Jalan Puchong, Kuala Lumpur.

INSaF members and Pure Life Society Staff members published the event

Some 79 people registered for the workshop but 59 participated, including 10 who just walked in.

Here is a pictorial presentation of the event.

Dr Jannie Chew demonstrating 6 Healing Sounds

Hands-on experience - Six Healing Sounds

Six Healings a Hit with our Senior Citizens

Eager Participants of All Background

Dr Jannie's Six Healing Sounds Therapy was warmly received by all present

“INSaF SONG” WRITING CONTEST 24/08/2010

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INSaF Song Flyer

Calling all INSaF members

Are you musically inclined? Do you write poetry or lyrics for songs? Even if you don’t fit in with either would you still like to give yourself a shot at finding out whether you have it takes to compose the words for a song – an INSaF song?

Well, here’s your chance.  INSaF is launching a quest to come up with a song it can call its own. In other words, it will be INSaF’s signature song to be sung or played at every INSaF event. As you know, INSaF aims to bring the different faiths and spiritual movements together in a spirit of mutual respect and co-operation.

We need to keep on building on our unity in diversity because to take it for granted poses danger we cannot ignore. Our own experience and that of other nations have shown this only too well. We must have belief and confidence in ourselves and there’s nothing like a spirited song to set the tone at INSaF functions. It must stir our determination keep on a path that take us and our nation to greater heights amidst all the challenges that we face.

A panel of judges yet to be named will pick the winner who will receive RM3,000 and a plaque for his or her creative effort.  Let’s make it our contribution to ourselves and the well-being of this wonderful nation.

Swami Satyananda Centenary Lecture 16/06/2010

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Founder-President

Swami Satyananda PhD, JP

Theme: “Making A World of Difference” – Hearing Each Other, Working Together – A Spiritual Response.

Date: 10 July 2010

Time: 9.00am to 1.00pm

Venue: The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital, Petaling Jaya

Together we can bring the unique contributions of religion and spirituality to the urgent task of creating social cohesion and building peace. People of different faiths com together to learn, to grow and to celebrate diversity.

They realize that despite religious differences, they share a common calling to build a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. Friendships are made, lessons and learned…souls touched.

In this particular moment in history we are in this together. We can join hands and learn how to become better citizens of one earth…and live harmoniously with everyone.

In the face of unprecedented challenges to the wellbeing of mother earth and its people, a clear, calm call for a creative engagement may be the harbinger of a new day. as we find new ways to cooperate with one another, an un precedented process of transformation can unfold, and new hope can emerge.

This lecture is in memory of Swami Satyananda, the founder of “The Pure Life Society”. His motto was “The more the ego is eliminated the nearer man goes to the source of his life”.

Programme:

8.30am Registration

9.00am Opening prayer

9.10am Welcome address

9.20am Keynote address – Prof Dato’ Dr Anwar Fazal

10.00am Tea/coffee break

10.30am to 12.00 noon Respondents – Mr K J John, Ms Cherish Chee,Ms Kunjari Sambanthan, Dr Harinder Rai Singh, Ms Zarina Nalla and Mr K V Soon

12.00noon to 12.30pm Question and Answer

12.30pm to 12.40pm Concluding remarks – Mr P C Shivadas

12.40pm to 12.50pm Closing address – Dr C D Siby

12.50pm to 2.00pm Lunch

For further information & registration, please contact us at 03-77829391, 03-77828303 or email: info@purelife.org.my by 24 June 2010.