Yoga and World Peace
— A conference organized by the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council (SSMWPC)
7 March 2018, United Nations, New York
The conference titled Yoga and World Peace organized by the SSMWPC, a philanthropic NGO in special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC, marked the 15th anniversary of Paramhans Swami Madhavananda’s (Holy Guruji’s) Mahasamadhi (final liberation). HH Vishwaguru Paramhans Swami Maheshwarnanada, who is also the founder of Yoga in Daily Life, a comprehensive System that benefits over two million yoga practitioners globally, gave his Master’s name to the SSMWPC, as Holy Guruji’s entire life was an epitome of love and of universal peace - the notion that instigated the establishment of the United Nations.
Over 80 well-wishers from all walks of life - religious and political leaders, heads of academic institutions, artists, members of civil society, as well as of the YIDL community - contributed to the event’s success in the form of a souvenir conference booklet, which has traditionally been published on the occasion of milestone peace conferences initiated by Vishwaguruji since 2002.
The event was organized in Conference Room A at the UN Headquarters in New York, a hall that accommodated UN officials, diplomats, higher educational leaders, and NGO representatives, especially those whose operation is related to yoga, world peace, and the United Nations.
As well as HH Vishwaguruji, keynote speakers on the panel included: HE Mr. Kaha Imnadze, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN; Mr. Ramu Damodaran, Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative; Ms. Denise Scotto, Chair of the IDY Committee at the UN; Dr. Uma Mysorekar, President of the Hindu Temple Society of North America; Prof. Dr. Péter Földesi, Rector of Széchenyi István University, Györ, Hungary; Mr. Swapnil Kothari, Founder of Indira Group of Institutions, India; Dr. Jana Long, executive of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, USA; and Ms Denis Licul (Kripadevi) the Secretary of SSMWPC and head of YIDL New York.
Vishwaguruji defined the relation between space and consciousness, and said that yoga harmonizes, balances and unites the human body, mind, and consciousness. He further noted that by fostering the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), his organizations adhere to the directives of the United Nations.
In closing, Vishwaguruji pointed out that the primary aim of the conference was to awaken awareness in the individual and in society as a whole, to the significance and importance of world peace.