Sikh religion was founded by Guru Nanak in the form of ten Gurus (1469-1708) in India.
The idealistic approach of Sikhism is that it recognizes the existence of the same heavenly Light in every human being rich, poor, high or low irrespective of caste, creed, color, race, sex, religion or nationality. Therefore the doors of the Sikh temple called Gurdwara (House of the Guru) are open for all without any prejudice or social discrimination. Every person has the equal right to enter and join the services in the Gurdwara.
AIHT President Michael Parker had the pleasure of meeting Gulbarg Singh Basi, President of American Sikh Council at the Parliament of The World Religions in Salt Lake City.
Religion is apparently weakening in America. A new report from the Pew Research Center shows that the percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily, and attend church regularly is declining.
Among the findings:
- The share of Americans who say they are “absolutely certain” that God exists has dropped eight percentage points, from 71 percent to 63 percent, since 2007, when the last comparable study was made.
- The percentage of adults who describe themselves as “religiously affiliated” has shrunk six points since 2007, from 83 percent to 77 percent.
- The shares of the U.S. adult population who consider religion “very important” to them, pray daily, and attend services at least once a month have declined between three and four percent over the last eight years.
The shift is small but statistically significant, according to the authors, given that the changes have taken place in a relatively short period of time, and the survey sample is large enough (about 35,000 U.S. adults) to be considered reliable.
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The natural world offers light, color and sound as healing. This course studies the various methodologies and techniques in the use of these natural resources to prevent and heal emotional, physical and psychological issues.
The 2015 Parliament was truly an inspiring experience of “Reclaiming the Heart of our Humanity”; bringing people of different faiths together working for a more peaceful, just and sustainable world.
Under one roof, Buddhist, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Pagan, and Humanists came together to share ideas and discuss important matters facing our humanity today. It was a harmonious gathering of people of different faiths and cultures.
As we walked down the hallways we experienced the culmination of all cultures with our senses. You could hear people singing, see groups dancing, people in meditation and smell mystical scents. Experiencing this culmination of faith and cultures opens your eyes and inspires.
This experience opens the door to how we should embrace our differences and use our beliefs to face the challenges of the world today. As we look deeper into the souls of our brothers and sisters, we come away with the knowledge that we have much in common. We can all arrive at the same destination even though our faiths may take us down different paths. We must celebrate with tremendous optimism about our collective destiny.
It was an honor to represent AIHT and to spread its mission to this diverse community. AIHT’s mission of offering an education that provokes thought and challenges spiritual development resonates with the theme of The 2015 Parliament. It is exciting to know that AIHT students and graduates will offer the openness and compassion of interfaith action to the ever evolving world in which we live transforming their own lives and touching many other lives throughout the world.
Reclaiming The Heart Of Our Humanity
Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability
For the first time in more than twenty years, the Parliament of the World’s Religions returns to the United States, bringing people of spirit and faith from around the world to beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. Ten thousand people from over 80 countries and 50 different religious traditions join together initiating dialogue and nurturing relationships among people of difference, providing a framework for expressing many visions of a just, peaceful, and sustainable future.
The 2015 Parliament continues the rich tradition of initiating dialogue and nurturing relationships among people of difference, providing a framework for expressing many visions of a just, peaceful, and sustainable future.
This shared commitment has opened the way for a new era of cooperative action among the world’s religious and spiritual communities as well as civil and political societies. The well-being of Earth and all life depends on this collaboration.
For more information go to www.parliamentofreligions.org
One tiny drop falls from the flower, making a secret sound that only the flower and the ground nearby can hear. The wind is blowing on the other side of the hill, but you cannot hear it until it arrives at the top of the hill then comes sliding down through the trees, slowly developing into a roar as it gets closer and closer and finally slams into your face, blessing you with a rush of delight. Hope mounts as you drive around the curve and over the mountain closer and closer to home. These are the sounds of silence.
Silence is said, by some, to be the voice of the divine. By others it is thought to be an awkward, unwanted and even frightening time from which we run in terror. What is silence to you?
Meditation is a place of silence in which, quite often, people report a sense of deep relaxation that can only be described as a body/mind silence. Some even report a kind of stillness that feels as if they cannot move because the silence of body/mind is so thorough. Yet they come out of these periods of meditation feeling as if they’ve been spoken to.
Sometimes this feeling of having been spoken to through the silence feels a bit like having information downloaded. Suddenly we just have a different kind of knowing. A new certainty about a particular life question or a gentle knowing about the mystery of life in general.
The coursework at AIHT recognizes silence as perhaps the greatest of all teachers, and enables students to learn how they might begin to get in touch with this mystical component of all of the world’s religions.
This year, we have developed an entirely new curriculum that not only brings more depth and experience to the knowledge gained through coursework, but it offers brand new programs. We still have Holistic Theology, Holistic Ministries and Holistic Health, but now we have added Metaphysics and Parapsychology. Not only that, but you can now obtain a PhD in all of our programs, or you may elect to get a Doctor of Ministry in any of these same programs. And in the Holistic Theology program you can also get a ThD (Doctor of Theology).
You can learn more about these programs at www.aiht.edu or by calling admissions at 800-650-4325.