Written for the 2nd Conference of the WCER
I consider it a privilege to present a paper in this international conference, representing Hinduism and also Vivekananda Kendra – a spiritually oriented institution and a dynamic movement established to commemmorate the memory of Swami Vivekananda and to translate his world-vision into practice. Continue reading Earth is our Mother a paper by P. Parameswaran President, Vivekananda Kendra, Kenyakumar, Bharat (India)
The New Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th edition, 1979) defines paganism as “practices and beliefs that are incompatible with monotheism; it thus often designates what is neither Christian, Jewish nor Islamic”. In positive terms Paganism is a seeking of the symbols of consciousness, a way to wisdom, a resonating integrity of the multiple. Continue reading Paganism as a Metagrid of the Future a paper by Prof. Lokesh Chandra Written for the 2nd Conference of the WCER
Dear spiritual sisters and brethren
One year after we gathered in Vilnius, we are now together in Telsiai. One year of experience, one year of searching, of comparing ideas, one year of – sometimes heavy – discussions, one year of friendship, one year of efforts to see how we could collaborate. Some persons have worked very hard to realise a dream that many of us have. Continue reading A speech by Koenraad Logghe given at the 2nd Conference of WCER, August 11, 1999
Paganism or the rediscovery of Identity by Jormundur Ingi, Allherjarsgodi of the Asatru Felagidh, Iceland presented at Pagan Conference in Antverpen, March 7th, 1999
We do not recreate, we rediscover. If we are going to help or support others, we have to start with ourselves. How well have we managed to recreate or rebuild our old ways and customs, this is of course something everybody must answer for him- or her-self. How can we recreate something as fundamental as religion and the customs of our ancestors. Continue reading Paganism or the rediscovery of Identity by Jormundur Ingi, at Pagan Conference in Antverpen, March 7th, 1999
August 25, 1998, Kyiv Ukraine
Dear friends and brothers and sisters of the Ukrainian Native Faith, Dear Ukrainians, confessors of all different confessions, we are on the threshold of the Third millennium. Nowadays humanity begins to realize the importance of the renewal of its spiritual values which have been lost during the millennia. Continue reading Ukrainian Declaration
The old tradition is not a secret order, she had no hierarchy, no leaders with extravagant titles, as in many modern Asatru organizations in Norway and other countries. We also do not need the clergy, ptomu that it is contrary to our traditions. The old tradition is not a re-creation as claimed by many, it has survived, thanks to popular belief, traditions and myths, having existed for thousands of years without the religious leaders and hierarchy.
Author: Jonas Trinkunas (Lithuania)
Raza Festival, held at the summer solstice in 1998 in Vilnius, the meeting witnessed a large group of representatives of the pre-Christian or pagan faiths of Europe, USA and India. Such groups exist to Svema the world, including most of Europe. Their isolation had come to an end, and nastoalo time to exchange ideas and to overcome common obstacles. Continue reading The first congress WCER Vilnius, report by Jonas Trinkunas, Lithuania, June 1998
The 1998 WCER Congress (21st – 23rd June 1998)
Report by Audrius Dundzila, Ph.D.
The World Pagan Congress was held 20-25 June 1998 in Lithuania. Lithuania was selected to host the Congress because it was the last Pagan country in Europe. Although the country was officially Christianized in 1387-1410, the last Pagan temple in its capital city Vilnius was closed around 1790. Continue reading The 1998 WCER Congress, Report by Audrius Dundzila