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Participate in Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009

Talk about Parliament of the World’s Religions and the first thought that comes to the mind of a Hindu is that of Swami Vivekananda addressing the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

Sisters and Brothers of America,

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions, and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects. …..

Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

More than a century has passed since this historic address and it continues to inspire millions of people and all those who agree that all paths lead to the same goal.

Participate in the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009

The 2009 edition of Parliament of the World’s Religions will take place in Melbourne, Australia. Over 10,000 people from all over the world are expected to meet and engage in inter-religious dialogue and address global issues. Now, you too can participate in the 2009 edition and share your thoughts in the parliament.

The Parliament will

  • Convene religious and civil leaders and people of faith, spirit and goodwill from at least or more than 80 countries
  • Foster inter-religious, civil and cross-cultural dialogue on important local, national, and global issues
  • Invite over 10,000 participants to work together for a just, peaceful, and harmonious society
  • Have global appeal, covering social concerns including understanding and respecting diversity, peace and Indigenous reconciliation
  • Engage worldwide religious, spiritual, secular, environmental, business and educational leaders to seek commitment and practical solutions through dialogue.
  • Promote and encourage social cohesion within societies locally and across the world.

Parliament participants will work with others and within their own traditions to craft faithful responses to:

  • indigenous reconciliation
  • global poverty and global warming
  • environmental care and degradation
  • education of the young and the challenges of social disengagement
  • voluntary and forced migration
  • artistic expression and spirituality and
  • the value of sports


You need to register to participate in the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009. There is also a registration fee to participate in the parliament.

To register and to learn more about the Parliament of the World’s Religions you can visit the official website –

Brief History

You can take peep into the history of the world’s parliament of religions in this video.

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