Washington, August 13 (PTI) Acharya Lokesh Muni, a prominent religious leader from the Jain community, has stated that leaders of major religions and faiths worldwide can play a significant role in addressing major challenges such as the ongoing Ukraine conflict and establishing lasting peace.
Acharya Muni stated this in an interview with “PTI” prior to the 2023 World Parliament of Religions, scheduled to take place in Chicago from August 14 to 18.
He said in the interview with “PTI,” “I am carrying this message from Chicago.” The event will involve around 10,000 representatives from approximately 80 countries over five days. Acharya Lokesh Muni is among those prominent religious leaders who have been invited to speak at the full session.
Acharya Lokesh Muni emphasized that it is now time for global leaders to formulate a framework for a peaceful and prosperous society for the world. He stated that leaders of major religions and faiths can have a significant role in addressing current major challenges and bringing about lasting peace, as the conflict in Ukraine continues.
Jain Muni said that of the issues humanity is grappling with, there is no solution through war, violence, and terrorism, and that all ideological differences and disputes can be resolved through dialogue.
He mentioned in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine that after years of war, conflicts end only through dialogue, so “why wait? Let dialogue and diplomacy start now.”
Acharya Lokesh Muni said, “Dialogue is crucial for ending conflicts. I have plans to raise this issue in the World Parliament of Religions next week.”
He has been on a tour of various places in the United States for the past few months.
He said that for the solution to the problem of gun violence, ethical and value-based education is important and it should start from the primary school level.
Acharya Lokesh Muni said that a long-term solution to gun violence is not the prohibition of firearms. He said he conveyed this message to U.S. President Biden in a recent conversation.