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Nov 20 2018

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Summit

Sadhviji speaks at United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Summit UN Address Calls for Upliftment of Women and Girls, New Directions for Religion and Preservation of Water New York: Global Interfaith WASH Alliance Secretary-General, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, addressed the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Summit at UN World Headquarters during the historic Summit on the 19-20 November. Her speeches, delivered before an audience from across the world, focused on the crucial importance of women’s leadership and sustainable development in a time of increasing global strife and insecurity as well as the...

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Nov 15 2018

Making Friends Across Religions – Leaders Testimony and Counsel

A special series of panels entitled “Making Friends Across Religions – Leaders Testimony and Counsel’ were held throughout the Parliament of the World's Religions​. These discussions required each Presenter to share a story of a friendship across religions and offer practical advice for practising friendships between peoples of different faiths. Discussions also were followed by a brief interaction between the presenters and the audience. The eminient panelists included Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji​, President of Parmarth Niketan, Co-Founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance​, Rabbi David Rosen​, International Director of Interreligious Affairs of...

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Nov 15 2018

Forgiveness and Reconciliation at the Parliament

A Seminar on Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Perspectives from the World’s Religions, hosted by the Charter for Forgiveness project, took place on 2 November 2018 and was very well attended. Participants listened to the highly informative and inspiring presentations of the world class speakers on the panel including: Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh (Sikh), Rabbi David Rosen​ (Jewish), Prof Mohammed Abu-Nimer (Muslim) and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati (Hindu) spoke with great passion about forgiveness and reconciliation in the context of their respective faith traditions. The panel was moderated by Dr Josef Boehle,...

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Nov 14 2018

Women and Leadership in the World of Interfaith

Are Our Stained Glass Ceilings Cracking Yet? Women and Leadership in the World of Interfaith Women play vital roles in development and peace-building. As governmental, non-governmental and faith-based organizations commit to Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of engaging women is obvious. Yet despite intellectual and theoretical agreement, glass ceilings are not breaking quickly and completely enough — in particular in religious leadership. Faith activists, leaders and faith inspired organizations have irreplaceable roles to play in achieving the SDGs’ vision. And yet, when world religious bodies and multilateral organizations invite religious leadership,...

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Nov 14 2018

Special Thanks to Langar Seva at the Parliament

During the seven day event, the largest interfaith gathering, from the 1-7th Nov at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre the Ontario Sikhs Gurudwara Council prepared fresh langar for all attendees and served visitors of all religions, caste, gender, economic status or ethnicity. The leftovers from the langar were further donated to Toronto centre that help feed the hungry. Pujya Swamiji and GIWA's Faith Leaders Give Special Thanks for the Langar Seva organized by the Sikh Community in Ontario. Pujya Swamiji said, "On one side there is Faith Parliament and other...

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Nov 13 2018

In Remembrance of Dada Vaswaniji at the Parliament of World Religions

In honour and loving remembrance of #DadaVaswaniji and all who have attained enlightenment there was a special gathering entitled "The Realty of Realization" which brought together Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji​, Audrey Kitagawa, incoming chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions​, Acharya Lokesh Muniji, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati​ and Jonathan Granoff (Ahman Muhaiyuddeen), Brahmeshanandacharya Swamiji and Satish Daryanani. Audrey began by chanting the Gayatri Mantra as a homage to Dada, as that was his favorite mantra. Highlights from a session during the Parliament of World's Religions in remembrance of Revered #DadaVaswani, with...

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Nov 13 2018

Special Reception with the Former PM of Canada

Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji ​and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati​ had a very special meeting with the Former Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell​ at a reception held at the Intercontinental Hotel. The intimate reception was organised by Audrey Kitagawa, incoming Chair of the Parliament of the World's Religions​ and attended also by Jonathan Granoff, Chair Universal Sufi Council and President of Global Security Council, Giani Iqbal Singh, Jathedar Patna Saheb and many others dignitaries. Pujya Swamiji and Sadhvi Bhagawatiji shared the various efforts being undertaken by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance​ to...

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Nov 13 2018

Awakening the Divine Feminine

This motivational session shared the secrets of divine-feminine-energy with attendees, and inspired them to believe they can tap into this energy and empower themselves to connect with the Goddess within. The panelists included Dr Vandana Shiva, Founder of Navdanya, Agro-ecologist and activist, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswatiji, President of the Divine Shakti Foundation, Swamini Adityananda Saraswatiji, Director of Programmes and Partnerships, GIWA, Paula Fellingham, Founder and CEO of the WIN (Women's Information Network), and Satya Kalra, Founder of Path to Anandam, who shared their personal stories and that they have a common-thread of spiritual-journeys, awakenings and stirring...

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Nov 12 2018

From Worship to WASH at the Parliment of World’s Religions

A packed hall with excited audience welcomed the "From Worship to WASH" panel at the Parliament of the World's Religions​ on the 5th day of the event. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati​ji, Secretary General, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA), opened the panel by sharing that water is life and sacred in all our traditions. However, fresh water is being depleted at a terrifying rate. The United Nations estimates that by 2040 the world will only have half the water that it needs. She emphasized that we all come together for peace but more...

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Nov 11 2018

Charter for Compassion Banquet at Parliament of World Religions

During a large vegan banquet entitled Celebrating Compassion with the theme “Let your Passion for Compassion be your Compass” at the Parliament of the World's Religions​, organized by the Charter for Compassion​. Karen Armstrong, Founder of the Charter for Compassion, best selling world famous author and expert on religion, was the keynote speaker. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati​ led opening prayers from the Hindu tradition and shared her insights on compassion. She shared the mantras Sarva Bhawantu Sukhinah and Asa To Ma Sad Gamaya explaining the universal meaning and message of the prayers...

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