The World Conference took place from 3-6 February at Kirpal Sagar
After 12 years of construction work, the Project had then reached a considerable standard under the chairmanship of Dr Harbhajan Singh. It was moving towards a new phase, which should be started with the laying of the foundation-stone of the central building in the Sarovar which today carries the Symbols of inner unity.
On 3 February the event started off with a procession from Chandigarh to Kirpal Sagar by car. On the way, an official reception was held in Rahon. In the evening, the Inaugural Session was held at the meeting hall at Kirpal Sagar. Dr. Harbhajan Singh opened the conference with the following words:
Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together in the sweet remembrance of Sant Kirpal Singh. His teaching is spreading all over the world. He gave us this experience which is described in all Holy Scriptures. His birthday is going to be celebrated everywhere in the world.
Why do people remember Him? Because He was not a Master of one religion – He came for everyone, He came for the whole humanity. He broke all barriers and loved everyone. Similarly, when Guru Nanak went to Mecca, he was asked to which religion he belonged. He answered, 'If God is Hindu, I am a Hindu; if God is Moslem, I am a Moslem; if God is Christian, I am a Christian. I am born in a Hindu family but I belong to the religion of God.'
When such powers come into the world, they neither condemn any religion nor create any new religion. We have gathered here not to hold up any particular religion or community but to hold up the humanity. Man should become a real man who loves everyone, otherwise he is not really a man.
On 4 February Mr. Chaudri Santoch Singh, Chief Parliament Secretary of the Federal State of Punjab, welcomed all the guests on behalf of the Government.
Four panel Conferences dealt with the subjects:
The responsibility of ethically orientated politics and science
The basic unity of religions
Education as man-making
Spirituality – the base for world-wide unity
On 5 February the delegates from India and abroad gave their speeches. It is remarkable that after a period of 20 years Sadhus and Swamis were present who had personally known Sant Kirpal Singh and had met Him at the Kumbha Mela in Hardwar in 1974.
On 6 February was the celebration of Sant Kirpal Singh's 100th Birthday Anniversary. the laying of the foundation-stone for the building in the Sarovar was the highlight of the conference. A welded steel-box containing Sant Kirpal Singh’s books and scriptures, partially on microfilms and printed paper, had been prepared to be used as foundation stone. In these books Sant Kirpal Singh explained the common truth of all religions, so this act symbolised that the building is founded on truth. A biography of Sant Kirpal Singh and coins from all over the world were also included in the box, referring to his saying that the various countries of the world are just like chambers in the house of the Lord.
The conference was supported by a social programme:
Inauguration of the Home for the aged by Mr Chaudri Santoch Singh, Chief Parliament Secretary of the Punjab
Inauguration of the guest house
Opening of the programme of medical check-ups and treatments by Mr S. Lakhmir Singh Randhawa, Education Minister of the Punjab