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G20 Interfaith Forum Kicks Off in India

6 Sep, 2023

By Brian Grim

With 3,000 in attendance, the G20 Interfaith Forum kicked off with a tribute to the interfaith leadership of Dr. Vishwanath D. Karad, Founding President and Director General of the MIT World Peace University in Pune, India. His core philosophy is that the “union of science and spirituality alone will bring peace and harmony to the entire humanity.”

In my plenary remarks delivered in the magnificent MIT World Peace Dome, I drew attention to how an estimated one billion prayers from Christians, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Sikhs, and more accompanied the successful landing of India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft on the lunar surface on Aug. 23.

When I asked how many of here today prayed for the success of India’s moon mission, nearly all (if not all) 3,000 people raised their hands!

And the moon landing is evidence that Dr. Karad’s philosophy is not mere speculation, but a truth. Writing in RNS, the Hindu-American journalist Murali Balaji wrote an article titled “How India’s foray to the moon might help faiths get along here below: The success of the Chandrayaan-3 is a chance to build a more inclusive nation.”

I concluded by announcing that next month in New Delhi, we are taking this same transformative message to a wider audience of business leaders at the Dare to Overcome Unity in Diversity conference at the New Delhi Taj Mahal Hotel.