October 18 in the frame of the Day of Spiritual Accord, at 14:00 (GMT + 6), Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) will host an International conference themed: "Strengthening interfaith and interethnic harmony as an answer to modern world challenges ".
Dear members of the Presidium of the World Forum of Spiritual Culture! International Association "Peace through Culture" invites you to the online conference "Spiritual harmony - the basis of peace", dedicated to the Day of Spiritual Accord and the 10th anniversary of the World Forum of Spiritual Culture.
The main goal is to unite and rally all sitizens of Kazakhstan around common values and promote interethnic and interfaith harmony.
We invite you to read the article “Joyous Communication” written by Tony Samara, the author of books on philosophy of zen Buddhism, the spiritual teacher. JoyousCommunication “How can I honestly express myself when I fear that others will think less of me? How can I be true to my heart when I fear the reactions of the person that I would like to be able to be truthful to? During the various seasons as we are meeting with many people familiar and unfamiliar this is a perfect time to be conscious of a new way of dealing with old situations that no longer serve a purpose. There is no purpose in creating fear or anger within yourself or in others. There is no purpose in bringing your heart to a space where joy and light fade into the mundane disappointments and disillusionments that are inevitable when we go down a well-trodden path that leads to nowhere.
We place the report entitled "The Spiritual Heritage of Education" of the permanent participant of our Forum, professor Kamran Mofid. We invite everyone to read it. The Spiritual Heritage of Education “Living Our Spiritual Values: Spiritual Education and Universities Transforming the World” This proposal and the offer to organise a Panel for the Second World Forum of Spiritual Culture, Astana, 2013, is an attempt to highlight and to elaborate the power of spiritual education and universities in general and the business education and business schools in particular to transform our world.
All the praise to One and the Only Creator of all what we know and of all that what we do not know; Who brought us under one roof to celebrate the emergence and growth of the Global Spirituality. I am thankful to your kind and learned self and to the hospitality and Kazakh love that I experienced during my stay in Kazakhstan. It is regretted that bomb exploded at the eastern gate of the Baba Farid Shrine in Pakpattan early Monday morning, killing at least six people, including three women and injuring several others. The bomb was planted in a milk container on a motorcycle A shrine of a Sufi Saint; where people from every religion and confession and faith comes for the blessings. Who is considered to be the first Punjabi Language Poet. A saint whose Poetry is the part of the Holy Book of another religion " Sikhism". A saint whose Spiritual Master and teacher was from Central Asia, fro the city of Osh in present day Kyrgyzstan In Sufi Termnology the courtyard of a Sufi Saint is called " Astana" meaning that this is the place of gathering of those who are seeking the path of Heart, who are seeking the heart of the purpose of life. This is my " Astana".
If for a moment God would forget that I am a rag doll and give me a scrap of life, possibly I would not say everything that I think, but I would definitely think everything that I say. I would value things not for how much they are worth but rather for what they mean. I would sleep little, dream more. I know that for each minute that we close our eyes we lose sixty seconds of light. I would walk when the others loiter; I would awaken when the others sleep. I would listen when the others speak, and how I would enjoy a good chocolate ice cream. If God would bestow on me a scrap of life, I would dress simply, I would throw myself flat under the sun, exposing not only my body but also my soul.
Author: V. Augustat – president of the international society “Peace through Culture – Europe” This note was published in the monthly edition “World Spiral” for March, 2010 and at the web-site of “Peace through Culture – Europe” Besides the fact that within the OSCE Kazakhstan aspires to a new, geopolitical world order in the sphere of cooperation and security, it intends to hold in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, in the very heart of Eurasia – a meeting of heads of all 56 countries-members of the OSCE as a culmination moment. According to the words of the president of Kazakhstan, discussion at this summit can include really significant issues of international life, first of all, of building a united architecture of security and other important problems.
15th August 2010
Dear Mr. Mukhamejanov!
My heartfelt thanks for your recent letter in which you invite my participation in the World Forum of Spiritual Culture to be held in Astana in October this year.
Your Forum, to serve as a World Working Meeting and which aims at finding a solution to the crises affecting so many throughout the world by realizing the 'priority of spirituality and culture above other public values' is extremely important and timely. The challenge before us all is to ensure that the effects of technological development, social change and globalisation do not continue to disenfranchise or alienate sections of our societies. I believe we must face this challenge with unity and cohesion, drawing strength from our faith and from our shared values. Our future wellbeing depends on an integrated approach to humanity and human security.