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Forgiving Them Their Trespasses

Local Inter-Faith Group Resolves to Organize Prayers for the Souls of the Bali Bombers on the Morning Following their Execution

(8/8/2008) The Bali-based Anand Ashram Foundation and the National Integration Movement have announced their intention to hold an inter-faith prayer meeting involving religious leaders from all the major faiths found in Indonesia on the morning following the coming execution of the 3 Bali Bombers. [See: Bali Bombers: Out of Options, Out of Time]

Hari Susanto, a representative of the Anand Ashram Foundation explained: "We don't hate the Bali bombers, but we do not appreciate their evil doings. For this very reason, we feel that the execution of the Bali bombers in the days to come would send clear messages to their supporters that violence is not the solution. And yet we understand the urgency of the execution to uphold the supremacy of law and order in the society."



Firmly committed to the principle that all men are brothers and that even the execution of the three Bali bombers who killed 202 people in October 2002 is an event worthy of our compassion and grief, Hari Sustanto and his associates will convene their prayer meeting at 9:00 a.m. on the morning following the execution.

Issuing an open invitation to the public to join them in their prayers, Susanto said: "We also make an appeal to the Indonesian society and the world communities to join us in this prayer. We hope and pray that this step taken will make the radicals realize 'Love is the only solution.'"

Founded by Anand Krishna, Anand Ashram is a group of dedicated to prayer and meditation, consisting of people from different ethnics, religions, nationality, and educational background Not a religious cult or a new sect, people of all religious faiths are welcome to participate in group meditation intended to make participants more productive citizens of their nations and the world.

For more information telephone Maya Safira Muchtar at ++62-(0)818891122 or I Wayan Sayoga at ++62-(0)811398363.

[Anand Ashram Online]