Religion and Spirituality

Sister Jayanti is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Congress of Faiths and a board member of World Religions Leaders of The Elijah Interfaith Institute.

An area of great importance to Sister Jayanti in her life and work is her contribution, for over 40 years, within the interfaith movement. Her approach to inter-religious co-operation is perhaps best summed up in this excerpt from her statement to the UN Seminar on the Encouragement of Understanding: Tolerance and Respect in Matters Relating to Freedom of Religion or Belief, in Geneva in 1984:

‘A simple analogy that helps me appreciate the role of each religion and even the paths of non-religions is that of a tree representing the whole of humanity. Every branch of the tree is supporting the leaves of the tree and so is important; i.e. every religion is a support for the people. There has to be a certain detachment even from my own religion to appreciate the validity of other paths. This does not mean being unfaithful to my religion but entering a state of consciousness that transcends barriers and limitations.’

Sister Jayanti was an Advisor to the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago and gave a major presentation at the Parliament itself. She also served on the World Congress of Faiths International Committee from 1988 to 1993, which planned the contribution of the World Congress of Faiths (1993), A Year of Interreligious Understanding and Co-operation. She was a member of the Advisory Body of the International Interfaith Centre.

Sister Jayanti is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, God’s Healing Power. In Liz Hodgkinson’s recent book, Why Women believe in God, the author asks the important question whether God is necessary. Sister Jayanti, in her response, provides many profound answers from her personal spiritual experience.