Multi-religious prayer for World Peace in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Inspired by His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, tireless advocate of world peace, the Slovenian Hindu religious community organised a multi-religious prayer for world peace in Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana. This was the second event of this kind in Slovenia and took place on October 14, 2004 in the beautiful open-air environment of the City Park.
Many respected guests, including representatives of various religious groups as well as government & consular officials, took part in the event:
- Mufti Osman Djogic, Leader of the Muslim community in Slovenia
- His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, representative of Hinduism
- Lama Gelong Shenpen Rinpoche, Leader of Dharmalinga Buddhist congregation in Slovenia
- Society For Krishna Consciousness
- National Baha’i community
- Uniting Church
- His Excellency Mr. Nicolaidis, Ambassador of Greece to Slovenia
- Mr. Shresta, Honorary Consul of Nepal
- Mr. Cepar, Head of Government Office for Religious Communities
Each participated with a short prayer, followed by a speech or a noble thought, and then symbolically lit a candle, expressing a wish in support and hope for peace.
The event was also covered by the national media and appeared on television news and in the newspapers.
People of Ljubljana and its surroundings, as well as from other Slovenian cities, embraced the event and participated in great numbers. The cold autumn afternoon was filled with a warm atmosphere of good wishes from all participants. Everyone came with the intention of putting aside differences and uniting in that which we all have in common – a longing for peace. Prayer expresses this longing and transcends religions and cultures, time and space.
Prayer is also a call of the soul. The great Indian master Bhagwan Sri Deep Mahaprabhuji said that Divine Consciousness pervades every living being. To love and to serve others means to love and serve God. Our deeds and thoughts are creating the world we live in, therefore it is very important how we act and think and the consequences of our thoughts and actions. Peace begins with each individual – the first step towards world peace is peace of our mind and deeds. Let selfless prayer guide our lives.