TLIG anniversary magazine

I n March 2009, the President of the Bangladesh Bouddha Kristi Prachar Sangha organization invited Vassula to join the seminar for “Inter-faith harmony and peaceful co-existence”, which took place in the Dharmarajika Buddhist Monastery in Dhaka. Vassula, whom they referred to as Divine Messenger , was asked to be this time the keynote speaker in that seminar. (…) The participants were Most Ven. Dr. T. Dhammaratana, Consultant to UNESCO & WFB Vice-President in France. The second one was from Pakistan, Advocate Mir Nawaz Khan Marwat, Honorary President, Asian Conference of Religion for Peace. The seminar was inaugurated by Mr. Dilip Barua, Honorouble Minister for Industries, Govt. of Bangladesh. The chief guest was Dr. Md. Afsarul Ameen, MP, Honorouble Minister for Shipping, Govt. of Bangladesh. Among the special guestsweretheRoman Catholic Archbishop Most Rev. Poulinis Costa, Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Honourable MP and the guest of honour, Most Ven. Chao Chu, Honorouble President from Los Angeles Buddhist Union, USA. Following is an excerpt fromVassula’s talk: “It is again a pleasure to address you and be present to share my small contribution to world peace. I wish to convey my sincere thanks to all of you and to the whole honorable delegation team for inviting me to be among you. Also, on behalf of the promoters for peace, reconciliation and unity, the followers of the mission of ‘True Life in God’ and myself, I wish to convey our warmest greetings in this meeting. J ordan, May 2005. In Amman, Vassula and the pilgrims were graced with the presence and formal welcome of Mr. Akel Biltaji of the Royal Hashemite Court and advisor to his Majesty King Abdullah II. The following is from Mr Biltaji’s address: “I am here on behalf of his Majesty King Abdullah II. We welcome you to Jordan! This is where it all began… This is the cradle of faith; walking and following the steps of Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus and Mohammed. This is where Judaism, Christianity and Islam love the one God. This trip from what I understand from you, Vassula, is all about love, reconciliation, tolerance, and patience, that is exactly what is needed here. In the spirit that is now in each and every one of us, may the Lord see, whether in a monastery, a mosque, sanctuary, or a synagogue, see the spirit that you (Vassula) bring with you and that I can see on their faces, the smiles, the love, from 38 countries. Politicians could not do this… Religion did that. That is why we have to always hold on to our values. (…) Right from the Heart of Jordan in Amman and on behalf of his Majesty, thank you for opening our hearts and our minds and eyes. We have a full moon for you tonight so you can sleep at night. We wish you a happy Pilgrimage and God bless you.” T R U E L I F E I N G O D 22 S ince May 2002, Vassula has been invited to inter-religious meetings to give her testimony. The first one was held in Dhaka where the opening was made by a Muslim Imam. After that she was invited by the Archbishop of Taipei, Joseph Ti-Kan to give her speech to non- Christians. In February 2003 Vassula was invited by the Venerable Suddhananda Mahatero to his monastery in Dhaka to honour her with the Peace Gold Award for her efforts of propagating peace in the world. She was n o m i n a t e d for this peace award by the Buddhist monks as a distinguished personality in recognition of her great contribution and her efforts for establishing inter-religious harmony and promoting World Peace among all peoples and faiths. The function was inaugurated by Rev. Michael Rozario, Archbishop of the Catholic Church in Dhaka. Among other guests was the Secretary of the Apostolic Nuncio in Dhaka, as well as Muslim Professors from various regions of Bangladesh and from the four major religions, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus. The response of other religions to the message of True Life in God