ISOL 2015 - Replica of the 1893 conference to carry the vision forward
It’s the richness of faiths celebrated by a visitor to my home town of Chicago more than a century ago — the renowned Swami Vivekananda, [who said] “holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any faith in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character.”Barack Obama, United States President addressing the Parliamentarians in New Delhi on November 8, 2010
It is to be worth noted that after a century, for the first time, a President of the United States acknowledged the contribution that Chicago has made in the global awakening. It was he, Barack Obama, while addressing the Parliamentarians at New Delhi who unveiled this unnoticed contribution to the new world order.
“It’s the richness of faiths celebrated by a visitor to my home town of Chicago more than a century ago — the renowned Swami Vivekananda. He said that, “holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any faith in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character.”
However for centuries, the new thinking and awakening that sprang on the soil of the United States, which led to a social and political transformation in India, so far could not be highlighted. Apart from being one of the oldest surviving democracies of the world, Swami Vivekananda could express his thoughts with all the freedom and spiritual contention. Chicago thus stands as a center of Universal awakening of this modern world.
Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership Foundation (ISOL Foundation) is an initiative that started in 2007 with a focus to emphasize the role of spiritual values in enriching enterprises for creating sustainable, non-violent and non-exploitative organizations where the entire stakeholder get satisfaction by a meaningful and trust based association.
In the race for financial gains, modern business theories have lost touch with the basic tenets of moral, spiritual and ethical values. The values that religions have infused into humanity have been thwarted in recent years. At this crucial juncture, we need to look forward by integrating religious institutions into integrated development and applications of spirituality and ethics to develop a consensus on Human Consciousness in Management Systems and global economic development.
The world Parliament of Religions in 1893 was the first attempt to bring the east – west spiritual traditions into one platform to discuss the problems of the world. In the 19th Century in India a Sage – Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa (the spiritual master of Swami Vivekananda, who was one of the speakers in the 1893 World Congress), after practicing all the religions, boldly declare – “As many views so many paths but God is one” and talked about the fellowship of religion for the religion of humanity. This is the core of the initiatives taken by ISOL Foundation.
ISOL Foundation (www.isolindia.org) is organizing the 5thInternational Conference on Integrating Spirituality and Organizational Leadership (ISOL 2015) during September 10-15, 2015 to discuss ‘Spirituality for Global Economic Development’ in the same hall where Swami Vivekananda gave the ground breaking lecture at the World Parliament of Religions in 1893.
ISOL 2015 aspires to bring the spiritual traditions of east and west at one platform to discuss the role of spirituality in global economic and sustainable development. It aims to bring together corporate leaders, academicians, representations from Governmental organizations and non – governmental organizations; spiritual organizations etc. from USA, Europe, Australia, Africa, Middle East and Asia to systematically explore the nature, determination and implications of the spiritual dimensions of global economic development. The central theme of the deliberations is to address the ethical and moral values that need to be reinforced for a healthy business environment that is sustainable for individual, societal and economic growth.
Inspired by the ideals of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa of a Universal Religion based on the synthesis of sectarian beliefs. He had boldly practiced Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam and was an embodiment of the oneness of different religions through profound realization of the ultimate reality. That reality beset in the core of spirituality constitutes the common ground of all religions. The harmony of religions and realization of the spiritual elements that bind the humanity forms the cardinal principles and the driving force of ISOL Foundation. The logo depicts nine prominent religions leading to one religion – the Religion of Humanity .
The Logo is registered under Intellectual Property, Government of India vide Registration No. 703956.