Twelve years ago when we started the Holy Books Conference series, we never expected it to become so important an international interfaith event. Now that the sixth edition – which focused on the topic of “Holy Books and Eco Spirituality” – has come to a successful end, our gratitude to all who made it possible will be beyond words. We were fortunate to have luminaries like Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne (Magseyse award winner and popularly known as “the Sri Lankan Gandhi”), the Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr., Dr. Jinwol Lee, Dr. Ian Fry, and so many others this year with us in Sri Lanka. What makes all these delegates spend so much money to attend this conference remains a mystery. We also received scholars from countries including Australia, Korea, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. We have not received any grant from any agency so far all these years, except the publication assistance from SRM Trust. It has become like a people's movement.
We express our gratitude to the whole Sarvodaya Team of Sri Lanka and the CCs based in Kandy and Galle for making our first conference outside India a big event. URI Global Council Trustee Dr. Ravindra Kandage and his team deserve special thanks. It is particularly gratifying that more than 70 delegates attended from India. It is gaining importance year after year.
Dr. Shanthi Hettiarachchi played a significant role in steering our program to a great success. Our thanks are due to so many others who toiled hard to make it so memorable.
OTHER SCENES FROM VICTOR'S VISIT TO SOUTH INDIA