Sydney Reflects Upon the Meaning of Life and Death Religious leaders gather to discuss Life and Death, according to religious scriptures at HWPL Sydney’s 54th inter-faith dialogue Sydney, January 18, 2020 – HWPL Sydney hosted its 54th World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Office (WARP Office), at Abraham Mott Hall, NSW on the 18th of January 2020. Religious leaders from Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Jainism as well as close to 100 enthusiastic youth and community members gathered to have a dialogue and a deeper understanding on the topic of “Life and Death”, based on their respective scriptures.
The event began with a video showcasing HWPL’s journey so far and its achievements towards world peace and cessation of war, including creation of an enforceable international law framework for peace, introduction of peace education around the globe and World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) Office. This was followed by discussions by the panelists from the various religious backgrounds.
The discussion began with in depth understanding of death. The Christian panelist Dr. Daniel Zeitoune emphasised the link of sin to our current lifespan and eventual death. While the Islam panelist, Sheikh Soner, focused on the importance of living to the fullest according the scriptures, as everyone will inevitably experience death. Mr. Venkatraman Shastri, the Hindu Panelist, looked more on the elemental level of death that is closely linked to reincarnation. Mr. Mukesh Maru of Jainism directed us to the current time segment we are living in which affects our lifespan.
The discussion then progressed to the hope of life. Sheikh Soner talked about the hope of heaven in spiritual realm after the time of judgment in Islamic scripture. Mr. Maru explained about the attainment of liberation “Moksha” after purifying the soul in Jainism. Likewise, this concept was reiterated by the Hindu panelist, Mr. Shastri. Dr. Zeitoune explored the bible scriptures and showed that when revelation is fulfilled, eternal life, indeed, will be achieved.
The audience then asked further questions to the panelists which they strived to answer with concise yet comprehensive explanations according to their respective scriptures.
The event concluded with a message of bringing peace between religious communities. At WARP Office we believe that discussing the similarities and differences between scriptures, we can develop mutual understanding and become messengers of peace and harmony in the society and the communities worldwide.