Swami Agnivesh

The essence of spirituality is the duty to live to its full the glorious destiny of being human. The purpose of religion should be to empower all people in this adventure of living with dignity and fulfillment.

  • Swami Agnivesh

The religions of the world must be assessed, not on the basis of their convoluted theologies, but in terms of the extent to which they serve as forces of liberation and empowerment.

  • Swami Agnivesh

Spiritually, life is a festival, a celebration. Joy is of the essence of life;

  • Swami Agnivesh

All human beings have a right, and duty, to be joyful. Anything that thwarts this spiritual human right goes against the very purpose of human being. Spirituality mandates us to wage a relentless war to eradicate these forces of oppression and disempowerment.

  • Swami Agnivesh

First, we must liberate people from religion, as religion is understood and practiced today. Second, we must effect a paradigm shift from religiosity to shared spirituality.

  • Swami Agnivesh

Peace among religions is a precondition for world peace. But religions, as religions, can never be at peace with each other. To enable religions to be instruments for peace we need to enable, first, religious communities to progress from religion to spirituality. For the world order to be one of peace and justice, for the global village to be a theater of right livelihood, it is imperative that a new and proactive spiritual vision commensurate to the challenges of the emerging world order be enunciated without delay. The challenge is to make “right livelihood” a universal goal. Recognizing this value in a symbolic way through an award like this is a significant step in the right direction. This is not, however, our journey’s end. We must not rest until right livelihood is within reach of every human being upon this earth we love and cherish. We all have a role to play in achieving this goal.

  • Swami Agnivesh

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Swami Agnivesh

Swami Agnivesh, born Vepa Shyam Rao on September 21, 1939, was a prominent Indian social activist, spiritual leader, and advocate for human rights and social justice. He dedicated his life to various social causes, including fighting against bonded labor, child labor, and the oppression of marginalized communities. Swami Agnivesh was also known for his advocacy of interfaith dialogue and harmony. He played a significant role in several social and political movements in India, using his spiritual and moral authority to raise awareness about important issues. His commitment to social justice and his contributions to the betterment of society made him a respected figure in India and beyond. Swami Agnivesh passed away on September 11, 2020, leaving behind a legacy of compassion and activism.

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