“Unity in Diversity is the aim of this Summit. We have learned many things and now we shall put them into practice. There should be more and more such conferences so that the consciousness will awaken to bring about Peace. We shall spread this message from door to door and from shore to shore. This Summit is a seed that must be grown into a large tree with branches of Spirituality, Peace, Justice, Understanding, Forgiveness, Tolerance and Love.”

Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda
Initiator of the Summit

One in All and All in One - the undeniable truth spoken by His Holiness Swami Madhavananda and Be the Change You Want to See - the message of Mahatma Gandhi are compelling motivations for the World Peace Council and its feature annual event, the World Peace Summit.


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The central idea of yoga is to live happily. That happiness is inherent in everybody and everything. Many people however are looking for happiness outside in the external world. In the end they are disappointed.

The System “Yoga in Daily Life” is one of the most famous and acknowledged systems of yoga throughout the world created by His Holiness Vishwaguru Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, whose main goal is to help humanity attain physical, mental, social and spiritual health.


10 September 2014

World Peace Tree Planting in Győr with H. H. Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji

Peace Tree in Gyor, Hungary

On 10th September Swamiji was welcomed by Prof. Dr. Péter Földesi, Rector of Széchenyi István University, Győr, Hungary to plant the 105th tree, dedicated to world peace, in front of the University’s Library. The auspicious event was attended by the delegates of the Rector’s Office, the Ministry of Education Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, the Municipal Government of Győr, representatives of YIDL communities of Austria, Slovakia, the Indian diaspora, as well as students of the Széchenyi István University.

Swamiji planted a yoke-elm, which is a type of tree that tends to grow high. The high-aiming nature of the hornbeam Swamiji associated to the rising consciousness of the students studying at Széchenyi István University. Dr. Földesi, the Rector of the University implied that the event of the tree planting is a step towards the “green planet”, a lifestyle adjusted to the laws of nature and the environment.

HH Swami Maheshwarananda concluded the event with His good wishes to Hungarians telling that this tree would be the country’s symbol of re-found harmony and love.


5 September 2014

Peace Tree planting in Barcelona

Peace Tree in Barcelona

On behalf of their beloved master, His Holiness Vishwaguru Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji, Sadhvi Yamuna Puri and the Yoga in Daily Life students of Barcelona, capital city of Catalonia in Spain, have planted a World Peace Tree.

Remarking on the significance of the occasion, it was said that in today's world of so much conflict, the peace tree represents a beautiful symbol which we all greatly need. This latest World Peace Tree in Barcelona - like all the others now growing around the world - will remind everyone who sees it that the way of peace is the most needed and cherished way of life.


5 July 2014

World Peace Tree Planting in Paloznak, Hungary

Peace Tree in Gyor, Hungary

Saturday 5th of July 2014 was a day dedicated to peace and inter-religious tolerance in the small but beautiful historic towns of Balatonfüred and Paloznak, on the shore of Lake Balaton, Hungary.

After a short and pleasant meeting with town officials, Mahamandaleshwar Swami Vivek Puri warmly greeted citizens, guests and all who gathered on this occasion in the Balatonfüred city park. The park was named after the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, who visited this small town in 1926. Remembering his great literal mark on this planet and his multicultural message to this part of the world, Swami Vivek Puri together with representatives of the town, honoured the statue of Rabindranath Tagore with flowers, doing so in the name of His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji and the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council.

The day continued in pleasant meetings in the Paloznak village, where Swami Vivek Puri met with the mayor of Poloznak and Father Jozef, priest from the local Catholic Church. After a ceremonial welcoming inside the 1000 year old church, Swami Vivek Puri and Father Jozef planted a World Peace Tree in the churchyard garden - an event shared with many local citizens and members of the Yoga in Daily Life Association of Hungary.


7 June 2014

Anniversary of World Peace Tree Planting in Mexico

Peace Tree in Mexico

On Saturday 7 June 2014, the second anniversary of the World Peace Tree was celebrated in Mexico City - planted by His Holiness Swamiji on 8 June 2012 during his first visit to Mexico.

With help from the local government, a public event was organised to celebrate the occasion and it was very well attended. Singing of spiritual songs created a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere, and a presentation was made explaining the purpose of planting the Peace Tree - just a part of the great work His Holiness Swamiji has been doing throughout the world.

The Mexican government representative, Mrs. Leticia Ruiz Cañas, who took part in last year's anniversary celebrations, gave a short address expressing her happiness that the group had come together here again after another year, to reinforce their good intentions and wishes of peace for the world.

The anniversary celebrations also included group practice of the Khatu Pranam yoga sequence from the Yoga in Daily Life system, and chanting of the Sanskrit peace mantras. Attendees reported that the atmosphere created was one of deep peace and contentment and that it was a day full of divine blessing, where all gave thanks to the inspiration of His Holiness Swamiji for such a joyous community experience.

Peace Tree in Mexico


3rd December 2010

The International Conference on "Youth and Ethics Education"

Colourful Concert at Youth and Ethics Education Conference

The international conference on "Youth and Ethics Education" organised by the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council and the Youth Union of Yoga in Daily Life started on Friday evening, 3rd Dec. 2010, with a "Colourful Concert" , a cultural programme that reflected different streams of contemporary and traditional spiritual music.

Opening addresses were delivered by Ing. Roman Fuksa, president of the Yoga In Daily Life Society in Prague, and Ing. Marie Kousalíková, director of the Department of Schools, City of Prague, who greeted the conference and welcomed all participants to Prague.

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29th November 2010

Planting World Peace Tree in "Children Village" in Novi Sad, Serbia.

Today on a cold but bright winter day in Novi Sad, Serbia, Europe, His Holiness Vishwaguruji planted his 50th World Peace Tree in the park of an orphanage village in the city of Novi Sad. He was officially greeted and introduced as one of the greatest humanitarian workers in Europe and worldwide by Mr. Vladimir Kopici, the Deputy Mayor of Novi Sad, and other officials from the City Council and the Assembly of Novi Sad. Hundreds of children as well as delegates and guests from several countries followed the ceremony.

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25th November 2010

Planting of Peace Tree in Belgrade

His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, together with the representative from the Indian Embassy Mr Naveen Saxena and Ms Danica Becanovic, Deputy of the Ministry of Environment planted a World Peace Tree on Friday, 26th November, in a beautiful park near river Sava in Belgrade, capital of Serbia, by the Statue of Mahatma Gandhiji.

Paramhans Swami Maheswarananda emphasized that the peace tree will not be just a symbol of peace and Mahatma Gandhiji's birthday but also a powerful reminder of Non–Violence Day as proclaimed by the United Nations.

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6th October 2010

Peace Tree planting in Bratislava, Slovakia

The festive peace meeting at the Peace Tree was opend by H.H. Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda with the peace prayer and the festive speach and was followed by the short messages for the world peace by the honorable guests..At this occassion all the guests wanted to honour and remember the meaning and importance of the world peace on our Planet and to send the message for support of the peace in the whole world.

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2nd October 2010

Day of Non-Violence for World Peace

The one-day-event "Day of Non-Violence for World Peace" that took place on Saturday, October the 2nd on the UN International Day of Peace was the highlight of the yoga retreat organized from September 24 till October 3 in the historical town of Umag, Croatia at the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Thousands of people from all of Croatia as well as from other European countries and representatives of USA, Australia and India accepted the invitation of the organisers – Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council and The Croatian Association of Yoga in Daily Life – and came to Umag to reinforce the idea of peace, tolerance and non-violence as the only viable future of mankind. Through the web cast participants from more than 200 countries all over the world have joined the event.

The event consisted of three parts: dialogues on world peace (10:00am-12:00pm), planting of a World Peace Tree (centre of Umag, 12:30-1:30pm), a World Peace Prayer and candle lightening at the seashore and evening thoughts on peace (6:30-9:30pm).

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18th September 2010

Planting of peace tree in the city park of Cherkassy

In ex-Soviet Union, Cherkassy, city of Ukraine, H. H. Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji was officially invited by the Mayor of Cherkassy to plant a Peace Tree in the city park. On the occasion of Swamiji's visit to the town, on Sept. 18, they planted an oak tree that can grow old up to 1000 years.


6th September 2010

Local And International Guests Gather For Peace Tree Planting In Birmingham

His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, simply known as Swamiji, and The Lord Mayor of Brent, Councillor Len Gregory, together with the Lady Mayoress Mrs Gillian Gregory and other community representatives, planted a symbolic World Peace Tree on Monday 6 September, dedicated to the local Birmingham community.

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Press release

2nd September 2010

World famous Yogi plants tree for peace in Queens Park

Planting of World Peace Tree in Queens Park

Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, simply known as Swamiji, and Mr Harbhajan Singh, The Mayor of Brent, today planted a symbolic Peace Tree, dedicated to the local community, in Queen's Park, Thursday 2nd September 2010. Yoga in Daily Life is the international charity, founded by Swamiji, dedicated to bringing the benefits of yoga to all.

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30th August 2010

Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council - Forthcoming events

World Peace In Your Hands Logo

On the occasion of the UN International Peace Day
21 September, 2010, 12.00 p.m.

Representatives and members of the Yoga in Daily Life organizations throughout the world will keep one minute of silence for World Peace at 12.00 p.m. wherever they will be at that time.

In order to promote and develop awareness of world peace, Yoga in Daily Life organizations will organize World Peace Prayers and lighting of candles at 7.30 p.m. by each Peace Tree that was planted by Swamiji and YIDL. The manifestations will be organized together with local authorities and representatives of different religions.

Planting of WORLD PEACE TREES will be organized:
On 2nd September, 2010 in London, United Kingdom
On 6th September, 2010 in Birmingham, United Kingdom
On 8th September, 2010 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
On 2nd October, 2010 in Umag, Croatia

On the occasion of the UN International Day of Non-Violence in honor of Mahatma Gandhiji
2nd October, 2010, Umag, Croatia

YOUTH CONFERENCE "Ethic and Education"
4th December, 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic
Organized by the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council

"International Day of Women's Protection".

Initiative of the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council, a petition signed throughout the world which will be directed to the United Nations in order to declare Raksha Bandhan as an international day of protection for women.

Deadline for collecting the signatures – 31st December 2010.
All petitions should be sent to the to council@worldpeacecouncil.net

Message of His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan (PDF)


20th June 2010

Mayor of Slovenian capital city declares H.H. Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda a "Citizen of Ljubljana"

Mayor of Ljubljana Mr. Zoran Jankovic with H.H. Swamiji

Ljubljana, Slovenia, 20th June 2010. Today H.H. Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda concluded a week long visit to Slovenia. During his peace-tour throughout Austria, Slovenia and Croatia, H.H. Swamiji planted world-peace trees in five cities together with local representatives of government and religions. He held numerous satsangs and lectures on Vedic culture and Yoga for thousands of people.

As the final act of the visit H.H. Swamiji held a public lecture Kumbha Mela – The World's Greatest Spiritual Gathering at the booked out "Cankarjev dom" in Ljubljana, the biggest and most prestigious cultural and conference venue in Slovenia and Croatia. In his opening remarks he explained the name of the venue is derived from the Sanskrit words Shankar Dom, meaning Home of Lord Shiva, a most fitting name for a lecture on the Kumbha Mela.

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18th November 2009

H.H. Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda Awarded Medal Of The City Of Vienna

His Holiness was awarded a silver medal of honour of the City of Vienna

Today a Peace Tree Planting ceremony was led by renowned environmentalist and Ambassador for Peace, His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, author of the worldwide recognized system Yoga in Daily Life, and Vienna City Councillor for the Environment Ulli Sima, with invited local officials and community leaders, at the City Park of Vienna.

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