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  His Holiness Dalai Lama (Tibetan/Buddhist Spiritual Guru)

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." Thus spake the Dalai Lama who is as kind as his words. Revered around the world, His Holiness was born as Lhambo Dhondup on 6th July, 1935 in Taktser in Amdo province of northeastern Tibet. Through a miracle, he was chosen as an incarnation of the 'Dalai Lama' at the age of two. His Holiness is one of the leaders who has compassionately participated in the inter faith dialogues across the globe. The world recognized his work to bring peace in the form of a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Today, the supreme spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people has become such a figure that any honor to him becomes the honor to honor itself.


  Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam (Eminent Nuclear Scientist and former President of India)

Loved and adored by millions as the 'People's President' Kalam is equally known for the iron fist behind his velvety gloves. The former President of India, a darling of students and children, is also often referred to as India's 'Missile Man”.  Born on 15th October, 1931, in a village of Rameshwaram in Tamilnadu, Dr. Kalam joined Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. After two decades of pioneering work at ISRO, he accepted the responsibility to develop indigenous guided missiles at Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). His stint at DRDO resulted in 'Agni' and 'Prithvi' – country's self made missiles which invite fear among enemies. For his services to nation as a scientist, he received 'Bharat Ratna' in 1997 and went on to become the first ever scientist President of India in 2002. He served the nation in this capacity till 2007 and then onwards is involved in academic activities. He has also written several thought provoking books such as 'Wings of Fire', 'Ignited Minds' and has also laid out a millennium goal for India in the shape of a book called '2020 – a vision for the new Millennium'.


  Swami Dayananda Saraswathi (Eminent Hindu Seer/humanitarian)

A widely respected figure among inter faith supporters; Swami Dayananda Saraswati is a great visionary, an eminent teacher of Vedanta, a powerful thinker and writer. Taking forward the legacy of 'Shastrarth,' he is at home with most classical of scholars as well as contemporary youth. As a teacher of Vedanta, he has established four teaching centres in India and many more across the globe through his students. A Rishi in the true sense, he is sensitive to the needs of society. Having grown up in a small village in the Kaveri delta, he empathizes with problems faced in rural areas such as lack of education, health care, job opportunities etc. Swamiji has initiated a movement called AIM for Seva. Known for his harmonious views on religious matters, he has been invited to various dialogue forums of inter faith such as the 'Millennium World Peace Summit' organized by the United Nations in New York in September, 2000 and the 'Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders' in Geneva in October, 2002. He played a key role in the formation of the Hindu Acharya Sabha, an umbrella organization of various Hindu schools of thought and sampradayas. The revered Swami has also been holding parleys with leaders of Judaism and other faiths to bring about better understanding and civilizational harmony.


  Baba Ramdev (Guru who made Yoga a household activity)

"If an individual can be credited with reviving yoga in this country (India), it is solely Swami Ramdev. Swami Ramdev has spread yoga to such an extent that sooner or later, one has to embrace it.” is the observation made by none other than Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who himself uses Yoga in his 'Art of Living'. This earthly, humble saint was born in Haryana on December 25th, 1965. Before curing others, he cured his paralysis by practicing Yoga. He is well versed in Sanskrit Grammar, Ayurveda and Vedic Philosophy. His Patanjali Yog Trust aims to build the world's largest center for Ayurveda and Yoga  that includes facilities for treatment, research and a teaching university. The Trust, most notably, offers free treatment to those who cannot afford.


  Acharya Mahapragya (Eminent Jain Guru; Founder, Science of Living)

Often referred to as 'Second Vivekananda' by his followers, Acharya Mahapragya is the 10th Acharya of Jain Shwetamber Terapanth sect. Born in Jhunjhunun district of Rajasthan on 14th June, 1920, he was named Nathmal by his parents. It was only in his childhood that a sage prophesied about his extraordinary future. When he was barely 10 years of age, he attained sainthood on February 18, 1930. Since then, his life's only objective is to serve the society in such as way that they could achieve nirvana (Salvation).. Acharya Mahapragya has also formulated the concept of 'Jeevan Vigyan', the Science of Living, as a panacea for universal problem of 'unbalanced development' of human life. For his pioneering work in the field of harmony and national integration, the Indian government honoured him with the 'Communal Harmony Award' in 2004.   


  Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias (Leader of Indian Catholics)

In 2007, when he was appointed as Archbishop of India by the Pope, an online blog of Konkani Catholics described him as 'Simple, approachable Prelate gets Red Hat'. A widely revered figure among Catholics in India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias was the only Asian among 23 Cardinals appointed that year by the Pope. Born on December 24, 1944 in the city of Mumbai, he was Archbishop of Bombay from October 14, 2006, before his elevation as the leader of the Catholic church in India. Earlier, he had also served as the Archbishop of Agra, the oldest diocese of Northern India.


  Sri Sri Ravishankar (Hindu Spiritual Guru; Founder, Art of Living)

“My vision is a violence-free, stress-free world,” says this globe-trotting new age guru. Sri Sri is the inventor of 'Sudharshan Kriya' which infuses the body with energy and harmonizes the natural rhythms of the body, mind, and emotions. A widely respected saint, the soft-spoken, perennially cheerful Sri Sri was born on May 13, 1956 in Tamilnadu India. He founded the 'Art of Living' in 1982 with an objective of relieve stress at an individual level and diseases and violence at societal level. A world renowned figure, Sri Sri has never hesitated from travelling to strife-torn places, whether it be Kashmir or Iraq. For his contribution to world peace, Sri Sri has been bestowed with national and international honours such as 'Peter the Great', a first grade award given by Russian Federation in 2006 and 'Order of the Pole Star 2006', the highest state honour presented by the President of Mongolia. 


  MAULANA MAHMOOD MADANI (Islamic scholar, Jamiat leader, MP)

Maulana Mahmood Asad Madani: A Rajya Sabha Member from Uttar Pradesh, the 44-year old internationally acclaimed Islamic scholar and social worker is the leader of the highly highly influential Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.  He played a key role in the issuance and propagation of the landmark 'Fatwa' against terrorism by the Darul Uloom, Deoband, which is revered across the Islamic world.

 

An enthusiastic social worker, Maulana Madani has a long track record of providing relief and rehabilitation to the victims of man-made or natural disasters; undertook several rehabilitation projects in earthquake affected areas in Gujarat and Kashmir Valley, tsunami affected areas in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka and flood affected areas in Assam, Bihar and Orissa for the cause of humanity irrespective of any creed, caste or religion.

 

Possesed with a progressive outlook and an ardent faith in inter-faith harmony, the Maulana has visited several countries including Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., U.K., South Africa, U.S.A., Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, Libya, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Turkey.


  Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Kerala's Hugging Saint; Humanitarian Work is her Mission)

Dr. Madhavan Nair, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation, once tried to define Amma through his scientific prism and came to conclusion, “A type of force emanates from Her. I think it cannot be defined by our analysis.” 'The hugging Saint” as 'Ammachi' is widely known throughout the world, was born in God's own country – Kerala on September 27, 1953. She is widely respected for humanitarian work worldwide through Mata Amritanandmayi Mission Trust which is engaged in many spiritual and charitable activities. She is also one of the most prominent voices of interfaith dialogue and has been part of almost every genuine effort for inter-religious harmony such as 'Parliament of World Religions' in 1993, 'Millennium Peace Summit' organized by UN General Assembly in 2000, 'Parliament of World Religions' at Barcelona in 2004 and so on. Among the many recognition for her services to human kind, she was presented with 4th Annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Award. The Interfaith Award annually honors global leaders who forward the mission of promoting peace, interfaith understanding and action through social and cultural programs.


  Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar (India's most popular Jewish leader)

Israel is in my heart, India is in my blood; Israel is my Dharmabhumi and India is my Karmabhumi; I am an Indian First and a Jew Second – pearls of wisdom from Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar. A widely respected figure of interfaith dialogues in India, Malekar is the Rabbi of Judah Hyam Synagogue of Delhi. A scholar of Judaism and rare 'Hebrew' language, Rabbi Malekar is a human rights activist and Deputy Registrar (Law) with the India's National Human Right Commission. He is the fountainhead of Hindu-Jewish Interfaith dialogue in India and has received 'Ambassador of Peace Award' instituted by Federation of Religious Harmony. Rabbi Malekar has also pioneered interfaith dialogue between Jews and Sikhs. He is famous for praising the multicultural nature of Indian Society where Judaism has existed for over 2,000 years without ever experiencing anti-Semitism.

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