Event Date/Time: Nov 23, 2007 End Date/Time: Nov 24, 2007
Registration Date: Nov 23, 2007
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The universe is a manifestation of life, matter and their interactions. Life possesses a developed consciousness, which makes it completely different from dead matter. Life exhibits different levels of consciousness. We observe many different varieties of living entities exhibiting different levels of consciousness in the universe. It is well accepted in every religion as well as in the scientific world that the human form of life has the most developed consciousness as compared to other forms of life such as trees, bacteria, germs and animals. This can be easily noticed through a simple observation that humans genuinely feel deep necessity toward finer needs of life like freedom from all anxieties and suffering as well as lasting and eternal peace in mind and body. A human being can come to the point where he enquires how I can get out from the painful process of birth, old age, disease and death. He desires to know his real identity and thus be established in his eternal peaceful body and mind. These special needs, which are explicitly and inherently manifested in the human form of life, make it unique among the other forms of life. Moreover, these needs make a human being more and more inquisitive. He starts inquiring, Who am I? Who created this universe? What is my relationship with that supreme creator? What is the ultimate need and goal of life? In this connection Michael Polanyi, a famous scientist says, "Our view of life must account for how we know life."

This inquiring spirit in the human form of life is the foundation stone and becomes instrumental for the development of various departments of knowledge in science as well as religion. However, when one becomes forgetful of the original basis and purpose behind the development of various departments of knowledge in science and religion, then difficulties arise which can lead to big problems like war, terrorism, arms race, religious hatred and violence. Moreover, the conflict that arises between science and religion is also due to this forgetfulness of the original purpose and basis behind their development. Science and different religions are manifested because we are genuinely inquisitive to know the ultimate reality. Hence to establish a lasting world peace and harmony it is very essential that human beings should be educated not only in the external content of the literature in science and different religions but also they must deeply study and realize the original purpose and basis on which science and different religions are developed. As the original basis of the development of both science and different religions are one and the same, i.e. to develop knowledge about the absolute reality, this study will certainly bring the entire human race to a common platform irrespective of nationality, religion and bodily appearance.

Several attempts are being made today worldwide to bring the entire humanity to a common ground. Organizations like, the Bhaktivedanta Institute, United Religions Initiative and Metanexus Institute are among the pioneers in making efforts and attempts to bring the humanity to a common platform in order to achieve a lasting world peace and harmony. Dr. T. D. Singh (Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami) the Founding Director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute (1937 - 2006) is a distinctive visionary and is an inspiration in this direction. Dr. T. D. Singh lead Bhaktivedanta Institute over the years in collaboration with institutes like United Religions Initiative and Metanexus Institute to prepare a world wide common platform for humanity to establish lasting world peace and harmony. Dr. T. D. Singh has organized many world congresses and international conferences, and has also written several books for this purpose. These conferences were well attended by many prominent world leaders from around the world belonging to different religious as well as scientific backgrounds such as Professor Werner Arber, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, Professor Richard R. Ernst, Noble Laureate in Chemistry, Professor John Eccles, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, Professor Charles H. Townes, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Fritjof D. Capra, Physicist and systems theorist, a founding director of the Center For Ecoliteracy, Berkeley, Professor George Wald, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, Prof. John Searle, Slusser Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Ayatollah S. M. M. Damad, Dr. Robert Muller, Former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India.

Dr. T. D. Singh, by the instruction and guidance of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada envisioned a unique university, which aims at bringing the education of the science of peace and harmony to people around the world. He has named it as "University of Bhagavat Culture." The foundation stone for the University was laid by Dr. T. D. Singh on 22nd March 1991. The main goal of this university is to prepare a common platform for humanity so that a lasting world peace and harmony can be established. To fulfill the noble vision given by Dr. T. D. Singh all his sincere students are working hard and due to their sincere efforts Bhaktivedanta Institute is organizing the opening ceremony of the main center of University of Bhagavad Culture at Imphal, Manipur, India on 21th November, 2007. On this all auspicious occasion the Bhaktivedanta Institute is also organizing a conference entitled "Peace Conference" in the honor of Dr. T. D. Singh on 23rd November, 2007. The main focus of this conference is to build a worldwide common platform for achieving lasting world peace and harmony. The conference will be attended by many delegates form around the globe belonging to various scientific as well as religious backgrounds. Bhaktivedanta Institute takes this opportunity to invite all to participate in this unique event.

To participate in this event one need to send the duly filled and signed registration form along with registration fees of Rs. 500 for Indian participants and US$ 100 for international delegates on or before 15th November 2007. On spot registration is also open, however the organizers do not take the responsibility of accommodation for on spot registration candidates. If the booked accommodation is available at the time of on spot registration then the candidates can avail that facility otherwise they have to make their own accommodation arrangements. It is highly recommended that the participants willing to attend the event should register well in advance before the dead line (15th November 2007). The international delegates should contact organizers well in advance (before 17th November 2007) to make their Manipur Entry Visa ready. It may be noted that Indian participants do not need Manipur entry Visa. The food and accommodation charges are included in the registration fees.

Download: REGISTRATION FORM ( Windows Word Document, with fields to fill ) at: http://www.bhaktiswarupadamodara.com/UBC/peaceconference/Registration_Form.doc

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Regional Institute of Medical Sciences
Imphal
Manipur
India
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Conference Registration Details To participate in this event one need to send the duly filled and signed registration form along with registration fees of Rs. 500 for Indian participants and US$ 100 for international delegates on or before 15th November 2007. On spot registration is also open, however the organizers do not take the responsibility of accommodation for on spot registration candidates. If the booked accommodation is available at the time of on spot registration then the candidates can avail that facility otherwise they have to make their own accommodation arrangements. It is highly recommended that the participants willing to attend the event should register well in advance before the dead line (15th November 2007). The international delegates should contact organizers well in advance (before 17th November 2007) to make their Manipur Entry Visa ready. It may be noted that Indian participants do not need Manipur entry Visa. The food and accommodation charges are included in the registration fees. Download: REGISTRATION FORM ( Windows Word Document, with fields to fill ) at: http://www.bhaktiswarupadamodara.com/UBC/peaceconference/Registration_Form.doc