KUALA LUMPUR: Over 1,000 attending a Hindu Renaissance public forum signed up for world peace under the Malaysians for Peace campaign yesterday.
Lending moral support to the Malaysians were three prominent gurus from United States, Ghana and India who spoke about peace and tolerance.
This was the first time that three gurus from three continents had come together to speak at a rally.
American Hindu leader Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami said all religions were in pursuit of peace, truth and tolerance.
The guru, who has build a few Hindu temples in the United States, called on Malaysian Hindus to serve the poor, the unfortunate and the underprivileged and involve themselves in community projects.
“Religion should teach us to be better people to serve mankind in a peaceful environment,” he said.
On teaching young Hindus about Hinduism, he said children benefited immensely when parents taught with specific goals.
“Parents should teach them to avoid conversion. Encourage children to learn about the religion from an early age,” he said.
The forum was organised by the Malaysian Hindu Sangam.
The other two gurus were Swami Ghananandaji Saraswathi from Ghana and Swami Vigyanandji from India. Also present was Swami Muthukumara Sivachariar from Malaysia. They also signed the call for peace.
Ghananadaji said that the African tribal religious beliefs had some similarities to Hinduism.
“Service to man is service to God and this should be a way of life.”
Muthukumara called on the Malaysian Hindu Sangam to chart out a dynamic action plan for the direction of Hindus in the country.
“We want Hindus to help other Hindus so that the nation can prosper with more educated people.
The Peace Malaysia project, organised by a group of 230 NGOs, aims to collect one million signatures to support their petition for world peace.
The signatures will be handed to next month's 13th Non-Aligned Movement summit.