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Religious animosity is perhaps the most common form of conflict. Human societies have been fighting among themselves on religious grounds since time immemorial. The landmarks in history like the killing of pagans by the Roman Christians, the history of Crusades, the riots between Protestants and Catholics, the idea of Ghazwa-e-hind, the rampant riots during India’s partition, to the genocide in Kashmir, are all the examples of conflicts predicated upon the idea of religion. It is ironic to note that the word religion, which traces back its root to the Latin word, religare, meaning, to bind, is the cause of so much bloodshed, suffering and division. It is high time that we move forward from the idea of organised religion towards the realm of spirituality, where mankind may find peace, prosperity and brotherhood. Sri Aurobindo writes, “The highest spirituality indeed moves in a free and wide air far above that lower stage of seeking which is governed by religious form and dogma; it does not easily bear their limitations and, even when it admits, it transcends them; it lives in an experience which to the formal religious mind is unintelligible.
The eighth chapter of Vaicārikī titled “Religion, Conflict and Spirituality: Sri Aurobindo’s Thoughts” starts with a keynote address followed by a panel discussion.
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Keynote Address (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM)
Speaker: Shri. Swami Brahmdev ji, Founder of Aurovalley Ashram (An International Centre for Inner Ecology and Spiritual Studies), Raiwala, Dehradun.
Panel Discussion (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM)
Moderator: Dr Lakshmi Saripalli– Astrophysicist , retd. Raman Research Institute, Bangalore
Panelists: Dr Pravir Malik- Chief Strategy Officer at Galaxies | Chief Technologist at Deep Order Technologies
Shri Amit Gujral- Fashion Designer | Businessman