By Sunimalee Dias
A Global Convention on Universal Brotherhood is scheduled to be held this month in Colombo with the aim of rebuilding human lives and communities in the country.
Organised by the Sri Narayana Guru Society based on the philosophical foundation of one caste, one religion and one goal the convention will host 200 foreign delegates from around the world. Sri Lanka’s spiritual leaders will be part of the inauguration of the convention.
The Global Convention is a path-breaking South Asian initiative to bring together people to promote universal brotherhood.
The convention will propose to adopt a resolution at the conclusion of the two-day meet scheduled from 19 and 20 December at the BMICH.
The resolution will involve assisting and identifying a self sustainable village; carrying out exchange of culture between India and Sri Lanka; provide scholarships for local students in Indian universities; and Sinhala to be introduced in India in their colleges or universities.
Corporates engaged in community development have involved themselves in the project to provide assistance for rebuilding livelihoods of people in the country.
While the establishment is driven towards a sustainable community development through its eco-friendly projects, it also facilitates other activities that are diverse and far reaching, according to its Sri Narayana Guru Society of Sri Lanka President M.K. Rahualan.
The society not only draws representatives of the corporate community but it is an inclusive one that opens its doors to any individual for its worthy causes – the only pre-requisite being to be human.
Eminent thinkers and philosophers of diverse backgrounds will address the convention covering a broad range of thought provoking topics. They include Prof. Ashis Nandy, Fellow, CSDS, New Delhi, Ambassador T.P. Srinivasan, Director-General, Kerala International Centre, Dr. C.V. Ananda Bose, Administrator Department of Culture, Government of India, Prof. Vinay Lal, University of California, Los Angeles, Prof. B. Rajeevan, author and thinker and Viswa Sadasivand MP, Singapore and Prof. Roby Rajan, University of Wisconsin will pilot the various sessions.
The themes deliberated on the philosophical sessions will include Praxis and Dharma in South Asia, The Buddha to Narayana Guru, Transformative Pathways to Alternate Futures in South Asia, Tracking the concept of Justice and Unravelling the mystique of truth.