BRUSSELS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, November 1, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — In a remarkable demonstration of interfaith harmony, the European representative of the Church of Scientology was recently invited as a special guest to the Diwali celebrations at the European Parliament. The event, organized by the Hindu Forum Europe, showcased the unity and diversity that characterizes the European community. It drew attendees from various backgrounds, including Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Scientologists, and individuals with different beliefs.
A joyful welcome
The EU Representative of the Church of Scientology, Ivan Arjona, who often cooperates with the diverse Hindu community not just on interfaith but on fighting for the protection of Freedom of Religion or Belief for all, was especially thankful to the Vice-President of the Forum, Krishna Kripa Dasa (aka Juan Carlos Ramchandani) and the Special Spiritual Advisor Swami Rameshwaranda Giri Maharaj from Fundacion Phi (Spain) for their great and joyful welcome among the spiritualities present in Europe, participating of the vibrant colours and joyous celebrations of Diwali.
The invitation extended to the Scientology representative was a significant gesture, demonstrating the commitment of Hindus in Europe to promoting interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated by Hindus globally and signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. The celebration at the European Parliament was attended by a diverse group of individuals, including members of the European Parliament, diplomats, and representatives from different religious and community organizations.
For Arjona, the Scientology representative, the invitation was “a clear indication that the European Parliament and the Hindu Forum Europe are keen to foster an environment of mutual respect and understanding among different faiths”, and expressed his gratitude for being able to participate in the Diwali celebrations, acknowledging the importance of such interfaith events in promoting peace and unity.
“The 2023 Diwali European celebration was a vivid display of Europe’s multicultural fabric, a reminder that despite our diverse beliefs and practices, we can come together to celebrate and respect each other’s faiths, promoting a more harmonious and inclusive society, especially in these difficult times,” said Arjona to some of the Hindu representatives.
Similarities between Scientology and Hinduism
Arjona says that religions “should focus on common goals and perspectives” while using their “different abilities to help improve our world”. He mentions for example the similarities between Scientology and Hinduism by quoting the late Prof. Dr. Bryan Willson who explained that:
Wilson explained also in the same scientific article:
Scientology in Europe
Scientology is a widely accepted global religion, acknowledged by numerous experts in the field and supported by an increasing number of religious leaders. They actively collaborate to address the challenges faced by modern society. Additionally, an ever-growing number of countries, courts, and governments recognize the rights of Scientologists and their church, in line with the European framework of fundamental rights and international standards for Freedom of Religion or Belief.