New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) Spiritual leader Amritanandamayi Devi has been honoured with the 4th annual James Parks Morton Interfaith Award of New York.
According to a statement released by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math here, in a speech on the occasion yesterday at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, the spiritual leader highlighted the importance of 'compassion' in promoting peace and tranquility.
''A one-word solution for almost all the problems the world is facing today is ''compassion''. The essence of all religions is being compassionate to others. Religious leaders should highlight the importance of compassion through the example of their own lives'', she was quoted as having said on the occasion.
''While great souls give importance to spiritual values, their followers often give more importance to institutions and organisations. As a result, the very religions that were meant to spread peace and tranquility by stringing people together on the thread of love have become the cause of war and conflict'', she added.
The Award by the Interfaith Centre of New York is given every year to individuals doing exceptional work in fostering peace and harmony between different religious communities.
Previous recipients of the award include nobel prize winners the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Shirin Ebadi besides the former US President Bill Clinton.
Five other prominent personalities were also honoured alongwith Mata Amritanandamayi, the release stated.
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