“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.
2 October 2014
Messages of peace and non-violence from 2014 Peace Forum
Vienna, 2. October 2014 – At the occasion of International Day of Non-violence and anniversary of Sri Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday the Sri Swami Madhavanda World Peace Council and its founder His Holiness Abunau Vishwaguru Mahamandeleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheswarananda, SwamiJi invited distinguished international guests to a Peace Forum to share their thoughts on how to attain peace, tolerance and love in today’s increasingly troublesome world. With more than 250 participants in Yoga in Daily Life Centre in Vienna and thousands of viewers following the celebration through Swamiji.tv live web-cast the message of non-violence radiated across borders and continents.
After the initial peace prayer and mantras, the ceremonial flame of peace was lit by His Holiness Abunau Vishwaguru Mahamandeleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheswarananda, Mr Gregor Kos, Secretary General at the Ministry of Education Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and Dr Manfred Stepponat, President of the International Sri Deep Madhavananda Ashram Fellowship.
Some pearls of wisdom from the Peace Forum:
“Compassion and understanding is the only path to peace.”
Monsignor David Cappo, Catholic Church, Australia, Vice-president of Sri Swami Madhavanda World Peace Council: It is time for the people of good will and the universal God to unite in prayers against the violence and terrorists who are undermining the world stability. As individuals we must stand together and play out an important role with the lives we leave, to open our hearts to people of different race, religion, ethnic origin, culture and social status. SwamiJi is the embodiment of this way of life.
“Stop the violence against the Mother Earth”
Radha Dr. Renate Lavicka, General Secretary of the World Peace Council, Austria: Shocking data was published a few days ago by WWF, namely, the number of wild animals on Earth has halved in the last 40 years mainly driven by human consumption. Yearly we use about 50% more natural resources than the planet can regenerate in this same year. This means that in 2030 we would need two planets to continue to exist, moreover, if everyone would live like Kuwaitis or Austrians, we would need 6 or 3,5 planets respectively.
“Congratulations to India on the birth of two great sons”
Mansukram, Dr Manfred Stepponat, President of the International Sri Deep Madhavananda Ashram Fellowship, Austria: These two great souls are Mahatma GandhiJi and Sri Swami Madhavanandaji. The paths of Mahatma GandhiJi and Sri Swami MadhavanandaJi, simply known as GuruJi, crossed through Sri MahaprabhuJi. He was GuruJi’s master and met GandhiJi once at Mount Abu. While giving Satsang, Sri MahaprabhuJi explained, that Ahimsa - non-violence in thinking, speaking and doing - is the highest principle.
“Peace is a state of being”
Swami Premanand, Austria: Mahatma Gandhi realised his inner being and transformed it into the outer world. His endless efforts are reflected in his words: “There is no way to peace, peace is the way”. Similarly GuruJi’s message, that peace is a state of being, inspired so many people in India and all over the world. “Peace and bliss come from Satsang”, he said. There is no peace without Satsang and no happiness without peace. Indians say that 7 saints can sleep under one blanket and no blanket is big enough for a king. The intellect enables humans to distinguish, to take decisions; therefore it is important to be in peace with ourselves and with the outer world. Peace is only one part of the Truth – what we are in our inner self.
“Through 4 principles of Yoga toward Ahimsa - non-violence in daily life”
Muktamani, Claudia Matejovsky, Managing Director of Ayurveda Academy of Yoga in Daily Life, Austria: 1. Ahar means nourishment. Decision for vegetarian diet contributes to peace. 2. Vihar means to know where to go and when. We should seek company of good people, attend Satsangs and work for others. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.” 3. Achar are life rules, like good manners and ethical conduct. “We are one; I cannot hurt you without hurting myself.” Vichar stands for thinking and inner dialog. “We are what we think.” “In search for God, if you don’t find Him in the next person that you meet, it makes no sense to seek further.” “No-one can hurt me without my permission.”
“Animal rights: Save the birds”
Sugand Puri, Gregor Kos, Secretary General at the Ministry of Education Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia: Non violence means not only respecting the human rights. Animals too have rights. It is unacceptable to shoot animals and call it a sport. In the same way as it is unacceptable to kill animals for eating. It is against animals’ rights. Pesticides are also killing birds. Question remains whether we really need this kind of unhealthy agriculture? Simple answer is: No! This makes the “Save the birds foundation”, initiative of Sri Swami MaheshwaranandaJi, which he inaugurated on August 15, the date of his birthday and the birthday of the Republic of India, of highest importance. It is yet another gift of his not only to humanity but in broader sense to the World. Again he has proven how his divine vision can react immediately when problems or tensions arise, on contrary to far too many international organisations, which can only address problems or issues after certain amount of precious time has already passed.
“Message from those who cannot speak”
Jasmin Devi, Austria: Ahimsa is universal, it unites all religions, it is not bound to a country, not even to a planet. Through thoughts, words and deeds we can bring it to life. We influence the world with what we do. As GandhiJi said, Mother Earth has enough for our needs, but not for our greed. The humans as the most intelligent beings on the planet are obliged to take the responsibility for those that are weaker. Statistics says that 56 billion animals are slaughtered every year, more than 6.000 thousand animals are killed in the time we take one single breath. Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock animals are higher than those emitted by every car, plane, ship or car on the planet. People say that it is natural that stronger kill the weaker. But we are not animals, we are humans. We have the empowerment to live Ahimsa, forgiveness and compassion. If we don’t live humanity, what does this make us? We are powerful; we can start making right decisions today.
“Satya Graha - the search for the truth”
Jay Prakash, Joshi Warzel, long-time SwamiJi’s disciple, Austria: There is so much meaningless suffering in the world and GandhiJi was fighting against such adversity. Through his Satya Graha movement he showed the people what they can achieve through the power of truth and will. Every person can follow this wisdom and use it in his or her own life.
“Be the change you want to see”
Krishnanand, Kovács Károly, President of Hungarian Yoga in Daily Life Association, Hungary: Mahatma GandhiJi said: “Be the change you want to see”. What do we all really want – peace, happiness, love and harmony. “Tons of theory are nothing compared to a gram of practice”, therefore peace is something we should practice 24 hours a day on the spot where we are. We have to live in peace with our family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, but also with people that are not so friendly to us. Love and compassion will help us accept people that may think differently. Peace is acceptance, the cultivation of capability to accept other people’s wishes. As Sri MadhavanandaJi said: “One in all and all in One”. When we realise peace and love in ourselves, it radiates to everybody around us. SwamiJi gave us Yoga in Daily Life to create harmony of body, mind and soul, but we should not forget the social harmony and love. When we come close to SwamiJi, we feel the kind of love and peace that we would like to attain.
“Peace is in you”
Dr Naresh Sheetal, Eye-doctor, India: GandhiJi said: “You can win the world with love or hate”. He used the way of love and that is the best way also for us. Love is God. He also said that an eye for an eye will only make the world blind. The great emperor Ashoka was the best warrior, best killer, we could say, but he realised that if he kills everyone, he reigns alone. And what then, for whom has he won the world? Therefore he turned to peace. Nothing is outside, peace, love, non-violence, they are in you. Whatever you do, your consciousness will tell you if it is good or not and if you should do something or not.
“SwamiJi tells us the truth about Ahimsa and how to live it”Shri Alok Raj, Counsellor at the Indian Embassya in Vienna, as representative of H. E. Rajiva Misra, Embassador of India to Austria conveyed greetings and appreciation of His Excellency. He concluded: Ghandiji’s thoughts about Ahimsa inspire people, we all know his message and it is our task now to put it into practice.
“Ahimsa is the highest principle”
His Holiness Abunau Vishwaguru Mahamandeleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheswarananda, the founder of the Scientific System Yoga in Daily Life, India: Millions of people have been adoring, remembering and following the footpath of GandhiJi. Unfortunately over the last decades even in India GandhiJi’s teachings have begun to disappear. Thanks to United Nations the message of GandhiJi is heard again. At the same time, he is the father of the Indian nation and its son. Many great philosophers gave their golden teachings to the people, but their greed stemming from ignorance is too big. The Sri Madhavananda Peace Council is striving for peace for years through organisation of peace conferences and forums all over the world. Thousands of NGOs are working in the world for peace, protection of the Mother Earth and all living beings. As it was said, we just have to make one step, we just have to take a decision not to eat meat. We have enough food. The feeling of pain, when you see your family members being slaughtered is the same in humans and animals. The pain which we are inflicting on these creatures is unbearable.
The notions of Punya and Papa are known from Vedic philosophy. Punya are good deeds that will give us good luck, good destiny and life. It is Dharma. Papa is sin, the sin that will bring us revenge, which will be 100 times stronger. Papa leads the soul to suffering and revenge and Punya leads the soul toward liberation.
Holy Guruji used to say, the essence from all 4 Vedas and 6 philosophies of India is that the one working for the wellbeing of others, will prosper and the one who is torturing others, will also be tortured. The root of Dharma is mercy and the root of mercy is Ahimsa. Karma will come back to us sooner or later. The acts of Punya are the acts of Ahimsa. Humans have intellect, but the intellect needs good education. Animals are innocent, they cannot speak for themselves. Humans have to protect them. With killing of animals and polluting the world we are following the path of destruction. Non-violence means to be merciful to this Earth.
“Ahimsa is the highest principle”. All scriptures begin with mantra of peace – Shanti. But where is peace, as GandhiJi said, there is no way to peace, peace is the way. The Atma, our true inner self, cannot be killed, but before you killed me, you killed yourself. We see today how weapons are being produced and sold to the same people that the army if fighting against. In the same way the pesticides we are using today will kill our children in the future. When someone is killed, it is not the enemy who dies, it is the human, when an animal is killed, it is a living being that parishes. Who cannot give life, should also not take it away. The animal will eat the animal, life will eat life, but human, you are the protector.
The message of today is that if we cannot do good, at least we should not harm. Don’t eat meat.
Oh God, please disregard my mistakes and allow me to come into the light.
This unique celebration of the United Nations Non-violence Day concluded with a dedicated prayer and overall acknowledgement of the event’s importance and the necessity to continue in efforts for peace.
2 October 2014
Organising the event was the Chairman of the "Mahatma Gandhi Birthday Commemoration Committee" Shree Shreeman Naginbhai Neil G. Patel, who also represented New Zealand Yoga in Daily Life and the Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council. Other guests included the Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand, the Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade Brown, the Deputy Mayor, city councillors and members of parliament.
A large number of people heard various speeches about Gandhiji's contribution to international politics and his steadfastness to living the principles of truth and non violence as a way of making significant change to society and removing oppression.
Mr Patel spoke as well and mentioned Paramahans Swami Maheswharandaji's continuing good work through the World Peace Council and the International Organisation of YDL in promoting the aims and ideals exemplified by Ghandiji, including the five peace trees planted by Swamiji in this city and the International World Peace Conference held in Wellington in 2008.
After the speeches, Swami Madhuramji from Yoga in Daily Life lead a peace prayer and peace mantra.
21 September 2014
"Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly of the UN has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples."More about on the UN website.
H.H. Vishwaguru Swami Maheshwarananda gave a lecture in London, on the World Peace Day.
In Om Ashram, Jadan, Pali district, Rajasthan, India on 21st September UN World Peace Day was celebrated. Residents of ashram together with the villagers and school children held peace prayer and lighted a deepak, symbol of light and peace.
Celebration in Zagreb, Croatia
Celebration in Salzburg, Austria
Prayer for World Peace Day in Czech RepublicMore about the program.
World Peace Prayer in Maribor, Slovenia
10 September 2014
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
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
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
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.
3rd December 2010
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.
29th November 2010
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.
25th November 2010
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.
6th October 2010
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.
2nd October 2010
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).
18th September 2010
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
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.
2nd September 2010
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.
30th August 2010
"WE STAND FOR PEACE"
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.
"WORLD PEACE PRAYER and LIGHTING of CANDLES"
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
"DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE FOR WORLD PEACE"
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
RAKSHA BANDHAN FESTIVAL
"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 email@example.com
20th June 2010
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.
18th November 2009
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.