According to Jainism, there are 17 different types of death:
Bala-marana or Akama marana
Pandita-marana or Sakama marana
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As our nation approaches the tenth anniversary of September 11th, we have the perfect opportunity to reflect on where we were socially, politically, and religiously prior to the attacks and where we are now. I would like to first state that despite the virulent rhetoric from the president, Congress, and the public talking-heads that followed the attacks, many Americans came together as one people, extended their hands, thoughts, and prayers to everyone and anyone affected by the tragic…Continue
Added by Damien Arthur on December 5, 2013 at 9:12pm — No Comments
With the presidential campaign season in full swing, the politicians are out trying to promote their religious credentials to their potential constituents, which gives the citizenry the opportunity to, once again, process and respond to their comments and write about the ideas of religion and politics in American political affairs. Many of the politicians’ comments are not out of the ordinary and merely a product of identity assertion and constituent building, which is necessary for…Continue
Added by Damien Arthur on December 5, 2013 at 9:04pm — No Comments
We all knew of Nelson Mandela’s state and his age. Yet, his death is still a tremendous loss to all of us who learned to struggle against all odds from the man who put his trust in the humanity of his oppressors, the leaders of South Africa’s apartheid system. He wrote a new chapter on the power of dialogue which he, a helpless prisoner, initiated with his powerful captors. And he did all of this without losing his dignity, without compromising his principles, and without being…Continue
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A few years ago I was standing in Nelson Mandela Square in the center of a large shopping mall in Sandton, South Africa admiring the famous 20 ft. statue of Mandela.
As I stood there, one after another Afrikaner families walked up to the statue and took photographs of their blond haired blue-eyed children. One could not help but think that the parents of these children were not raised to admire Mandela, but to fear him and what they had been taught he stood for.…Continue
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, ‘Madiba,’ has now passed into the Light. He was here now he is everywhere. He reminded us that although we have the machinery of war, it is only by our nonviolent choices that we can create the machinery of peace. With tireless passion, immense heart, an…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on December 5, 2013 at 7:17pm — No Comments
On the day the Nelson Mandela has died, the Parliament of the World’s Religions remembers a speech that shook the souls of Interfaith fourteen years ago to the day. Speaking on the evening of Sunday, December 5, 1999, the former and first black president of South Africa told the thousands gathered about how interfaith cooperation was the only peaceful means to end Apartheid. …Continue
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It was cold and windy on the last morning of our trip to the Rio Grande Valley. We sat at a wooden table toward the back of the restaurant, warming ourselves with coffee and eating breakfast tacos. Cindy took notes as our companions, the pastor of an Eagle Pass church and two of his parishioners, spoke about their community and some of its most pressing challenges. For two hours, they spoke of crushing…Continue
Added by Yaira Robinson on December 4, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments
This piece originally appeared on Newsweek's The Daily Beast
Most of us hate the indignities of air travel, but for some Americans, Sikhs especially, airport security is humiliating. One Sikh says that it’s not making America safer.
While I am excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, I am not excited about the process of getting…Continue
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"I'm tired of urban living," I had become accustomed to repeating to friends and family, "and I wonder when I will get fed up, pack my bags, and head to a farm." My escapes from Boston to the countryside are a regular habit, as I seek out abundant professional and personal excuses to breathe fresh rural air, have long conversations on porches, turn off screens, and get working with my hands. So, last week, I headed down to the inaugural …Continue
Added by David Fisher on November 27, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Earlier today, at the annual meeting for AAR/SBL, current and prospective Contributing Scholars gathered to discuss the process of articulating their personal perspectives and set of beliefs online. Both Diana Eck and Paul Raushenbush came to both listen and discuss how emerging leaders can shape their voices in the public sphere. As Diana Eck said, "Scholarship should turn…Continue
Added by Inter-Religious Dialogue on November 24, 2013 at 11:47pm — No Comments
It is a warm reunion with Kusumita P. Pederson of New York who has now returned to the Parliament Board of Trustees following re-election after the mandatory time-off period required after a previous completed terms has completed.
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 21, 2013 at 3:07pm — No Comments
A Preface by Imam Dr. Abdul Malik Mujahid, Chair of the Board of Trustees
Human interconnectedness has been transformed dramatically by technology. However, our hearts and our minds are yet to be aligned with the God-given ideals of sharing more and consuming less to achieve better results for the humanity.
In a world where more than a billion people live under two dollars a day; where 45 million people are fleeing conflict and persecution; where fear, hate,…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 21, 2013 at 2:45pm — No Comments
Sharing Sacred Spaces via Hyde Park – Kenwood Interfaith Council
We are excited to announce three new dates for the winter and spring in the …Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 21, 2013 at 2:26pm — No Comments
Thinking on the future of interfaith, the Parliament of the World’s Religions invited several interns to share on the topic of the next generation of the movement and living out the vision of those pioneers celebrated this important anniversary year. On November 16, 2013, four young adults spoke their hearts and minds to a welcoming crowd of 180 Parliament supporters.
The following interview reflects the vision of Parliament intern in communications…Continue
Added by The Parliament of Religions on November 21, 2013 at 2:11pm — No Comments
As the United States grows in Interfaith activism, the government is beginning to support areas whereby international relations can be improved through immersion and study. One such opportunity pairs interested leaders of academic backgrounds with studies which will directly enhance interfaith understanding.
United States Department of State embassies operating in countries around the world offer six-week academic programming to scholars wishing to pursue short-term U.S.…Continue
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Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.” - Unknown
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On behalf of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and its Board of Trustees, Board Chair Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid extends greetings to Religions For Peace, which is presently holding its ninth world assembly.
Approximately 900 are gathered for the assembly this week in Vienna, Austria, where religious communities are discussing ways to “welcome the other.”
“The world needs more interfaith activism for harmony among religions to…Continue
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Aquarians believe the existence of God is absolutely logical :
Creation demands a creator, design demands a designer,
and the laws of the universe, demand a law-maker.
Where is God ? God can exist outside
of our time & space dimensions. God
can transcend our physical world, but can
be with us in spirit : allowing us to go
about our lives, in…