‘What You Are, The World Is' Creator of ‘Gandhi, King, Ikeda' exhibition visits Malaysia

Oct 19, 2006 ◄ Back to list

It is not possible for us to achieve peace if we are not willing to be peaceful.

"What you are, the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world. You cannot give away what you do not possess."

That was the stirring message put across by Dr Lawrence E.Carter, Sr in his speech at the opening of the ‘Gandhi, King, lkeda - A Legacy of Building Peace' exhibition held at Wisma Kebudayaan SGM, Kuala Lumpur on October 19, 2006. Dr Carter who is the Dean of the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, USA flew in to Malaysia to officiate the opening and to give a series of lectures here.

He conceptualised the ‘Gandhi, King, lkeda' (GKI) exhibition to celebrate the lives and work of three men, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr and Daisaku lkeda from three different cultures and countries whose common path of profound dedication to peace, spirituality, one-world and unity has been recognised internationally. Prior to Kuala Lumpur, the GKI exhibition had toured seven states in Malaysia and viewed by more than 10,000 people. An estimated half-a-million people have viewed it in 21 countries around the world.

Dr Carter told the 300 plus people gathered at the opening: "I have come today to speak about the new superpowers - peace and non-violence. We are standing at a crossroad of life on earth. We come from different backgrounds to initiate a consciousness of active nonviolence among youth and adults globally.”

In his speech, Dr Carter emphasised on the need to get out of various inhibitive 'boxes', and to turn ourselves into homo universalis, a species who is capable of embracing the whole instead of only the parts. And we must be the change we wish to see, and not just pay lip service.

The opening of the GKI exhibition was made all the more significant with the conferral of the 'Gandhi, King, lkeda' Award on the President of Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) Datuk Dr }emilah Mahmood. The award which recognises her contributions to humanitarian activities was accepted on her behalf by her husband Dato' Dr Ashar AbdulIah, co-founder of Mercy Malaysia. In the acceptance speech, Dr Jemilah explained the spirit behind Mercy Malaysia and its activities in aid of the victims of war and natural disasters, irrespective of race or creed.

Among the guests who attended the opening were Dato' Mahadev Shankar, the Chairman of Gandhi Memorial Trust; HE Manuel Guzman, Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; Dato' Dr ismail Noor of Malaysian Interfaith Network and representatives from foreign embassies.