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When you enter into an intrareligious dialogue, do not think beforehand what you have to believe.
When you witness to your faith, do not defend yourself or your vested interests, sacred as they may appear to you. Do like the birds in the skies: they sing and fly and do not defend their music or their beauty.
When you dialogue with somebody, look at your partner as a revelatory experience as you would - and should—look at the lilies in the fields.
When you engage in intrareligious dialogue, try first to remove the beam in your own eye before removing the speck in the eye of your neighbor.

Blessed are you when you do not feel self-sufficient while being in dialogue.
Blessed are you when you trust the other because you trust in Me.
Blessed are you when you face misunderstandings from your own community or others for the sake of your fidelity to Truth.
Blessed are you when you do not give up your convictions, and yet you do not set then up as absolute norms.

Woe unto you, you theologians and academicians, when you dismiss what others say because you find it embarrassing or not sufficiently learned.
Woe unto you, you practitioners of religions, when you do not listen to the cries of the little ones.
Woe unto you, you religious authorities, because you prevent change and (re)conversion.
Woe unto you, religious people, because you monopolize religion and stifle the Spirit which blows where and how she wills.
Raimundo Panikkar
Journal of Ecumenical Studies Vol. 22:4, (Fall l985) p.773, Editorial
Hinduism   Buddhism   Confucianism   Taoism   Sikhism   Christianity   Unitarianism   Native Spirituality
Zoroastrianism   Jainism   Judaism   Islam   Baha’i Faith
sarvadharmān parityajya mām ekaṃ śaraṇaṃ vraja ahaṃ tvā sarvapāpebhyo mokṣyayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ
Bhagavad-Gita, 18.66
Cunctis religionibus dimissis me tanquam unicum perfugium sectare: ego te ab omnibus pecccatis liberabo. Noli moerere!
Latin translation of the Bhagavadgita by
A. G. Schlegel (Bonn, 1746)
Abandon all duties (dharmān) and come to Me, the only refuge. I will release thee from all sins, grieve not!
M.K. Gandhi
  To understand others -
the other people, the other
religions, the other cultures -
as they understand themselves
so that they understand us
as we understand ourselves!
To initiate and encourage dialogue between different traditions
To promote and encourage an interreligious and interdisciplinary approach in the study
of traditions
To promote research in the different religious and philosophical traditions
of India
To inculcate research consciousness through lectures, seminars, publications, etc.
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