Address to the audience of the Plenary Session at the UN World Conference on Human Rights
Vienna, 18 June 1993, given by Dr Harbhajan Singh
In 1993 Unity of Man was represented as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) at the World Conference on Human Rights at Vienna. After having conversations among others with Ibrahima Fall (UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights), Dr Harbhajan Singh had the privilege to address the plenary session at the state conference:
Dear brothers and sisters,
I want to share my views on these most important issues. I want to have some heart-to-heart-talk with you, because I think the problems of the world are not political, but they are more spiritual.
Whether we are politicians, religious or spiritual leaders,
our purpose is one and the same:
that is man-making and man-service.
So we have to find a way out of these problems. As for example: There are individual problems in different countries.
If we live up to it, and do with it, there will be total perfection — rather the solution to all the problems in our different countries. Then, on the international level we have to form a common opinion.
And which common opinion? Which is already existing from our religions. Because I would like to tell you that…
God made man and man made (social) religion.
Never in history a competent Master ever created a religion, rather the religion was created after their physical departure by the so-called followers of the faith. So thereafter they created lots of shackles therein. Now all these problems in the world are due to the shackles and not due to the true religion. What are those shackles? Everyone knows, because this man-body is a true Temple of God. Everything is within. It is a true Bible, a true Church, it is a true Mosque, it is a true Koran, it is a true Gurdawara.
Man is made on the image of God.
So what we have to find? That we are all one in God. We are all one; our Father is one, and our purpose is one — our way back to God is one. On this issue we have to see as how peace can be cemented in the world, how all these affairs can be set fully right. If really people rise above their isms, sects, and religions, and premiers and presidents rise above their kingdoms, peace is already there, the human rights are already there.
These are lying within the man. Everything is innate in man: There is a question, the answer is also within. Supposed you put me a question and I gave you the wrong answer, you would never cooperate with me, since you have the right answer within you. So man is first a human being, then we are wearing different labels, and we are reading in different schools and colleges. Our purpose is to rise above the shackles.
Secondly, my opinion is that there are so many problems that have gone beyond the care of man and if we clutch to them, they will create more hatred and bloodshed in the world. There is only one solution: to forgive and forget.
For there is a Law of Justice, and there is a Law of Forgiveness. The law of justice can do a lot in the world, but what the law of forgiveness can do, the law of justice cannot do. He who forgives and forgets is the brave and strong. The law of forgiveness is also called the Law of Grace.
So he who forgives and forgets is gracious and loveable to all. In my opinion these are the things with which we have to be very sincere, potent, and positive. Now all those Masters who came in the world they lived hundred percent for others, and our purpose is also the same. It is from the Holy Scriptures that to live beyond necessity is a sin. If really we live up to it, we can save a lot for the poor and the needy, and we can overcome lots of shortcomings of the human beings.
There is a very potent and positive way of life, and we should live in this direction, and we can give a lot to all other people. “Ye be perfect as your Father is in the heaven.” These are most important issues, (and you will find), that all those problems in the world are due to different shackles arising out of different religions, if you try to know the very base of the problem that has arisen out of it. In this direction, I would like to tell you, that our purpose in this world is very unique, and we should love others as we do love our dear ones.
This is the way to expand our own self to embrace the whole humanity, and prove ourselves as human beings in the true sense of the word. Only when we rise above the narrow confines of our own self, our own family, our own community or nation, we can take into our hearts the concerns and sufferings of our near and far neighbours. It is the way for any individual, and it is the noble task of those who help the cause of others. While sitting in the heart of this beautiful country, we should have appreciation for those who have put their heart and head, and let us pledge ourselves to go with higher values of life, since the purpose of human life is to meet a good end. Let us go back to our country to preach the truth through our higher values of life, so that there is an eternal peace in our heart.