Spiritual Human Rights 2014 Conference Invitation
Soteria International in collaboration with other organizations, present:
Spiritual Human Rights 2014 Conference
Copenhagen, 10th December 2014, from 10.00 - 16.00
„New paradigm of conflict management based on the concept of Concordia, or coherence of the hearts
As long as we do not dare to exit the old mental habits, we won’t be able to explore the state of peace and harmony that the universe itself offers us ceaselessly.
The conflict can be solved by communion of the hearts and not by rearranging the same forces that have initially triggered the conflict. Einstein said that we cannot solve a problem on the same level on which it emerged in the first place.
What we suggest now is a new paradigm of conflict management based on the concept of Concordia, or coherence of the hearts. The basis of this concept is already created by the participation of all spiritual systems and it is nowadays validated by the newest discoveries of science. However, shifting the issue of conflict solving to this new foundation represents a beneficial challenge that we take upon ourselves at this moment.
This is an integral perspective, coherent with all spiritual traditions and all frontiers of modern science alike, a perspective that can help us now when we need it the most.
We invite you in the heart to participate to this process of finding coherent ways to solve the conflicts during the 7th Spiritual Human Rights conference.”
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In an increasingly globalised society religions will influence each other. New relations and situations will appear organically.
Practitioners of certain spiritual traditions risk their human rights and even their freedom due to ambiguous, unspecific legislation regarding the regulation of illegal food and substances.
Shamanic practitioners risk to find themselves convicted and imprisoned due to ambiguous the legal status of herbs and other ingredients of shamanic ritual practices.
Another special guest of our side event "Voluntary work in spiritual environments and its criminalization in modern society" was Mr Advaita Stoian.
Advaita Stoian talked on behalf of M.I.S.A. yoga school from Romania where he has been a student for the last 25 years when he began his spiritual path. From the perspective of a practitioner, he pointed out some aspects related to voluntary work, the topic of one of the side events organised by Soteria International within the OSCE – HDIM held on 30th September 2014, in Warsaw.
It is known that in the traditional yoga system, voluntary work is called karma yoga and it represents in itself a complete system of spiritual evolution or individual transformation. As a yoga practitioner, Advaita has often noticed how society and even the Romanian authorities have misinterpreted these spiritual practices currently used in M.I.S.A yoga school, tending to judge them from an individualistic perspective - this perspective excludes individual transformation and tends to preserve the individual status irrespective of its problems.
In the proceedings of our side event regarding “Voluntary work in spiritual environments and its criminalization in modern society”, we also had as guest speaker Mr Willy Fautre, the director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, NGO based in Brussels.
Mr Fautre expressed his concern regarding the freedom of spiritual groups and their practices, by presenting the case of a yoga practitioner from MISA yoga school in Romania.
Recently, the European Court of Human Rights convicted Romania in the case of the yoga practitioner Dana C. who was taken by force, kept against her will at a psychiatric hospital where she was force-fed heavy medicine against Schizophrenia. After some months of abuses, Dana C. managed to escape her captivity.
The conviction in the ECHR and human right organisations making her story public highlight the gravity of human rights violations and confirms the social dimension of the yogis’ case in Romania, going beyond an individual and affecting the life of thousands.
We invite you read the presentation of this case made by Mr Fautre.
During our side event at OSCE regarding “Voluntary work in spiritual environments and its criminalization in modern society” we have had the opportunity to listen to NARYA TOSSETTO – the representative of Ananda Assisi, Italy.
He shared with us important information about what happened to the Ananda Assisi community from Italy, a few years ago.
Here is a short description of his story and you will also find his video – presentation.
Synthesis of the voluntary work side event OSCE - HDIM – 2014
Voluntary work in spiritual environments and its criminalization in modern society
During our side event regarding voluntary work, in which we wanted to find out if the judicial system is misused to persecute spiritual movements because of their voluntary work, we started by clarifying some questions:
Why people do voluntary work?
Voluntary work has existed in all societies and in all times and currently it is popular all over Europe: in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK.
Along the whole human history, voluntary work has been perceived as an altruistic activity, intending to promote goodwill and goodness, improve the quality of human life and develop fundamental human qualities such as compassion, love, helpfulness, empathy, detachment, self-worth and self-respect. Society recognizes the value of voluntary work and welcomes it, generally respects it and many times even promotes it.
SIDE EVENT OSCE – HDIM 2014
1st OCT, 6 PM, WARSAW, POLAND
Shamanic Practices and related health and spiritual issues
Does European law violates fundamental rights of shamans? Are contemporary laws still based in an out dated separation of body and soul, science and religion?
After a thousand years of Christian hegemony, Europe is today a melting pot of different spiritual and religious traditions. Some are easily incorporated in society; others stick out with uncomfortable edges, challenging preconceived ideas of society. Some traditions as so fundamentally different that they seemingly collide with the practice of law.
As the spiritual practices are rapidly growing in the OSCE member states, it is of paramount importance to highlight the human right situation of shamanism, as the freedom of religion and health is today obstructed by judicial practice that has not been adapted to a modern religious landscape.