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The first round of inter-religious dialogue between Islam and Hinduism in New Delhi/2

Ebrahimi Torkaman: Human beings need spirituality

The Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization in the first round of inter-religious dialogue between Islam and Hinduism said: "Spirituality is necessary for every human being, and every human needs it."

According to the Public Relations Office of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), the first round of inter-religious dialogue between Islam and Hinduism on the topic of "Spirituality in Islam and Hinduism" has started on October 25, at the site of the International Center of India which was attended by Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, the Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, Hujjat al-Islam Mohsen Ghomi, Deputy Director of International Relations of Office of the Supreme Leader, Hassan Balkhari, Head of the Society for the National Heritage of Iran, Hujjat al-Islam Shamsollah Mariji,, Head of the Research Center of Bagher Al-ulum, Hamid Parsaniya, member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, Gholamreza Ansari, the Ambassador, Ali Dehgahi, Irans Cultural Advisor in New Delhi, the director of the International Center of India along with cultural, religious, and intellectual Iranian and Indian personnel.

Concentration, the basis of spirituality

At the opening ceremony of this round of summit, Abouzar Ebrahimi Torkaman, the Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization, has given a speech entitled "Spirituality, shifting focus from appearance to the concept", said: "Human beings have been struggling to meet their materialistic needs over the past 100 years and have succeeded, especially, in the last fifty years, with the advent of modern technologies, however, in spite of all this, they have not only made little progress in achieving spiritual needs, but in some cases have undergone regressions.

He then went on and questioned the cause of such a phenomenon and why human beings are distancing themselves from spirituality: "If the spirituality is the way of understanding the reality of existence and universe, undoubtedly, the material manifestations has certainly diminished human concentration on the concept of the universe and the reality of existence, because spirituality is based on concentration. One, who lacks concentration and only focuses on the appearance, thus cannot shift his focus onto the concept of universe. The extent of perception of a superficial man is limited to what he sees, whereby, a profound and deep person believes in intuition.

The present era, the era of strengthening the superficial vision of mankind

He added: "The present era is an era that has strengthened the superficial visions of mankind but not the true self, which is dependent on the source of existence, but rather the virtual self. The latter self sometimes takes the person far away from his real self that causes him to conform into someone else which makes him to think with the brains of others and walk with the others feet.

Ebrahimi Torkaman continued, "It seems that Hinduism has also paid close attention to this issue. Ananda Yoga (1968) believed that according to Hinduism, all human beings have three characteristics: passivity, mobility, and growth or intellect. These degree of these qualities are varied in every human being, and generally, are in the interest of humanity.

Meditation, one way to eliminate extreme desires

He also stated that one can use his third attribute, intellect, to eliminate extreme desires and play a more rigorous role in creating a motivated life, he then added: "One of the ways to eliminate extreme desires, is through meditation or a focus that continuously or repeatedly helps the person to achieve inner peace, and then he can control the four humans existential goals and prevent returning to the previous stages in the course of meditation.

The member of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution also said: "For a human being who is distanced from self, it comes to a point where he will have difficulty comprehending the facts, and even interprets religion and religious teachings for the interest of his virtual self. In the world, one can observe the superficial perception of religion and spiritual teachings which I call it "ungodly," and during which worldly values replace the spiritual values.

Search in self, fastest way to realize God

He then said: "In Islamic scripts, the true self, which is the self-knowledge, indicates the realization of God. Although, God can be realized through searching the universe and searching in self. However, search in self, is the easiest and fastest way of realize God. Because self-realization is not intervened by the universe."

He went on to state that in Hinduism, the way out of the gate of materiality and entering the door to spirituality is the liberation from the worldly desires, he then added: "In Hinduism, the mankind pursues four goals including: physical desires, virtues, salvation and endeavor to understand the truth upon liberation from the worldly desires. In such a process, a person who is conscious of his own poverty and believes that his being has been granted by the creator, is eager to understand the truth and, by giving up his superficial vision, employ a deep and meaningful and thereby, will be guided towards the salvation through concentration and meditation. Such a person is less expected to oppress.


Todays mankind, impedes the self-realization

The Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization has stressed that mankind, today, is so entangled in itself which impedes the self-realization and therefore, distance itself from spirituality, and then added: "Today, spirituality is not like a medication that is necessary only for patients, but it works as a food that is necessary for every human being and Everyone needs spirituality."

He also said: "In Arabic and Islamic culture, all the words used to express religion mean the way; words such as faith, tradition, sharia, manner, and even the word religion itself, mean "the path". The concept of these words mentions both "the path" and the "movement" and goal cannot be achieved by standing still."

He emphasized on the importance of spiritual education by saying: "If this education does not lead to belief and if the belief does not manifest in action, the situation will be the same as it is today in the world. Today, unfortunately, among the followers of a religion that have undergone the same teachings in the principles, one leads to extremism and violence, and the other to peace, kindness and love. In fact, negligence is the origin of the ignorance in the world. Negligence on one hand and unconsciousness and ignorance, on the other hand, have resulted in distancing of mankind from spirituality."

In another part of his speech, Ebrahimi Torkaman said: "Spirituality cannot be taught; it must be experienced by human beings, and it can only be done by those who have experienced it. The education has two stages: from the speaker to the listeners ear and from the listeners ear to his heart. From the beginning of human existence, pleasant speech in the forms of poetry and art were heard, However, there are still limited ways to facilitate the passing of the teachings from the ear into the heart which of course, the hearts need to be prepared for it.


Islamic Culture and Relations Organization has announced their willingness to host the second round of dialogues

The Head of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization had expressed his gratitude towards the organizer of the first round of inter-religion dialogue between Islam and Hinduism and said: "I hope that our discussions today will provide a deeper and mutual understanding of each other in the future, and for this purpose, I would like to announce the willingness of the Center for Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization for hosting the second round of inter-religion dialogue between Islam and Hinduism in Tehran in 1398.

According to the news, this round of religious dialogue will be held from today, October 25, until October 28, at India International Center owing to the effort of Irans Cultural Advisory in New Delilah along with the collaboration of Indian Council of Philosophical Research and the Center for Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations of Islamic Culture and Relations Organization and the participation of the Indian Foundation.

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