uru Sangamam, a unique confluence of leading figures of indigenous spiritual movements in the country, was convened on Thursday, 12 April 2012, at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex in New Delhi.

A unique initiative, this confederation of gurus was formed last year with a view to nurture, promote and celebrate the wealth of indigenous spirituality in the country.

In a single year, the event has expanded from a meeting of 17 spiritual figures to include over a hundred voices of support from like-minded gurus, spanning a spectrum of traditions, from Hindu to Jain, Sikh to Buddhist.

The event brought together several leaders of eminence, such as Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji (of the Suttur Math, Karnataka), Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudevji (of Isha Foundation), Swami Chidanand Saraswati Maharajji (of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh) , Dr Lokesh Muniji (of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti), Jathedar Gyani Gurbachan Singh (of Akal Takht), the Gyalwang Drukpaji (of the Drukpa Order, Ladakh), among others.

The objective, as articulated by office-bearers Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Swami Chidananda Saraswati, was to evolve ‘a non-religious, apolitical platform’ that represented the variety and exuberance of all Indian spiritual movements devoted to the ‘liberation of the individual’, affirming diversity as a strength rather than a limitation.

In the course of a day-long meeting, several issues relating to the promotion and preservation of Indian spirituality were deliberated. These included discussions on how to restore the fast-eroding concept of India as a spiritual gateway of the world. The gathering further discussed the possibility of evolving a comprehensive web portal that acknowledged the varied spiritual traditions of the country. The discussion also touched upon how to promote the occasion of Guru Poornima as a celebration of national significance.

The confederation proposed to reconvene next year on April 4th to renew the dialogue and to continue the tradition of congregating in a spirit of accord and celebration, free of sectarian consideration or factionalism.

The event featured the release of five new books on Indian spirituality and culture in the august presence of the assembled gurus.