As we announced in early April, the Parliament of the World's Religions is spotlighting the #PoWRofLove in the interfaith movement through the end of May. Parliament friends are sharing their reflections on the power of love in interfaith, why they love the Parliament, how they bring the power of love to their own communities, and more as part of the #PoWRofLove video challenge.
This week Parliament keynotes, His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji and Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, joined the challenge with inspiring messages of love.
H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, one of India's most renowned leaders, is President of Parmarth Niketan, among India’s largest spiritual institutions, co-founder of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, launched by UNICEF, the first alliance of religious leaders working for water, sanitation and hygiene. He also founded Ganga Action Parivar, leading the Clean Ganges Movement, Divine Shakti Foundation, educating and empowering women and girls, and India Heritage Research Foundation, which published the historic Encyclopedia of Hinduism. He has received innumerable awards for leadership and has been a featured speaker at the United Nations, World Bank, World Economic Forum and many other prestigious forums. Swami Chidanand was honored at the 2018 Parliament in Toronto with the AHIMSA Award for exceptional contributions that enhance and strengthen the interfaith community through non-violence, sponsored by Jain communities around the world.
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, PhD is a renowned female spiritual leader in India. She is President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a charitable organization bringing education and empowerment to women and children. She is also Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, launched by UNICEF, the first alliance of religious leaders for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. She is also Director of the world-famous International Yoga Festival. Originally from Los Angeles, and a graduate of Stanford University, Sadhviji has lived at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh in the HImalayas for 22 years, where she gives spiritual discourses, satsang and meditation, and leads myriad humanitarian programs. She was a keynote at the Inaugural Women's Assembly at the 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City.
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