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This year Melbourne Australia has been honoured to host the 2014 International AIDS Conference. This year's theme of the Conference is ‘stepping up the pace’.

In recognition of the importance of this gathering, St Paul’s Cathedral at 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, hosted a special Interfaith Service event on Tuesday July 22nd at 7pm. The service involved Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and Muslims, and was timed to follow-on from the Mobilisation March and the Candlelight Vigil in Federation Square (across the road from the Cathedral).

On behalf of Melbourne's Hindu community, HCCV's General Secretary Bhakta dasa was invited to present a prayer.

Basing the prayer on a verse from the ancient Upanishads, Bhakta dasa read:

Hari Om Tat Sat. Dear Lord, lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe. Peace, Peace, Peace. Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantih.

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