Honors and Recognitions

Prem Rawat has received widespread recognition for more than three decades. Proclamations and resolutions that honor his work, keys to cities, letters of appreciation, and invitations from government officials are among the many ways he has been welcomed.
Prem Rawat Maharaji Honored at various forums
Amongst a few milestones, honors, and recognitions given to him for his lifelong effort to bringing happiness in lives of individuals.

  » WOP TV awarded best show in Inspirational category on Montgomery Community TV
WOP TV awarded Most Inspirational show on Montgomery Community TV
Montgomery Community Media, a service of Montgomery Community Television Inc., operates two cable channels: The Montgomery Channel on local cable channel 21 and Access.19 on local cable channel 19. Words of Peace TV Series is telecast on Access.19.

In December 2010, the Una Posibilidad (Words of Peace program in Spanish) show turned out to be the winner for best show in Inspirational category on Montgomery Community TV (Access Montgomery TV), Montgomery County, Maryland.

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  » Prem Rawat Receives Seal of Padua Province, Italy
Maharaji Prem Rawat- Receives Seal of Padua Province, Italy
On June 24, Prem Rawat was greeted by an enthusiastic audience in the Theatre Verdi of Padua’s town hall. A city of over 200,000 people, Padua is located on the Bacchiglione River near Venice. Home of the renowned Universita’ di Padova, where Galileo Galilei once lectured, it is one of the oldest cities in northern Italy. The event itself took place under the patronage of Padua Province, the Veneto Region, and the Ministry of Justice.

Anna Milvia Boselli, member of the Padua City Council, welcomed Prem Rawat on behalf of the city and later presented him with the seal of Padua. Province Alderman Leandro Comacchio conveyed greetings from Padua Province emphasizing that, after hearing about Prem Rawat for over 30 years from a friend of his, he was very happy to finally be able to hear him speak in person.

“Why do you think that peace is not a happening thing?” asked Prem Rawat. “The individual is missing from the equation,” he said. “We talk about world peace, not individual peace. Peace is not social; it is an individual phenomenon. If we want peace, we have to explore our own thirst for peace.”

“One thing that many people don’t know,” he continued, “is that if you are in peace, it will make you very happy. I am talking about the real peace in your life. This is what we all want. Do whatever is necessary to bring peace in your life, and it will bring you an immense amount of happiness.”

If the standing ovation at the end of the address was any indication, Prem Rawat struck a resounding chord with his audience.

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  » Town Officials Name Prem Rawat “Ambassador of Peace in the World”
Maharaji Prem Rawat- Declared as Ambassador of Peace at Italy
In the peaceful village of Sondrio, Italy, in the foothills of the Alps, government officials and townspeople alike gathered to honor Prem Rawat's efforts to encourage world peace: a peace that begins with each individual.

On the invitation of the Sondrio Town Hall and under the patronage of the Province of Sondrio, the Lombardy Region, and the Ministry of Justice, Prem Rawat arrived in this northern city on June 22, 2010. In a private meeting of the Sondrio City Council, officials graciously awarded him the title “Ambassador of Peace in the World” and presented him with a symbolic gift from the nearby city of Tirano as well as a plaque from Lombardy adorned with the official symbol of the region, the Camuna Rose.

Later on, over 600 people gathered in the city square to listen to Prem Rawat speak. In a brochure announcing the event, Mayor Alcide Molteni of Sondrio had expressed that, "Prem Rawat speaks right to people’s hearts, inspiring them to undertake a journey that begins with the consciousness of one's self and the ability to feel grateful for the very fact of being alive.”

True to the Mayor’s words, Prem Rawat’s talk offered an encouraging perspective on world peace beginning with each person. The audience listened intently as he spoke. “We all want the manifestations of peace on the outside,” he said. “We know that if people have peace, then there will be prosperity. But how do you begin to manifest peace on the outside if it is not on the inside of each individual human being?

“Peace begins with every individual,” he continued. “Begin with yourself, looking for the answers within you. If nothing else, you will have taken the first step. And the journey of a thousand steps begins with the first one.”

Journalists who followed the event for the local press were impressed by Mr. Rawat's charisma, his wit and irony, and his straight and effective way of communicating that could reach “even the driest heart.”

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  » Prem Rawat Honored by European Parliament
Maharaji Prem Rawat- Honored by European Parliament
Prem Rawat was invited by Gianni Pittella, First Vice President of the European Union, to share his vision of peace at a special event called “Words of Peace for Europe,” held at the EU Parliament House in Brussels on June 29, 2010. Mr. Rawat spoke to a diverse audience of diplomats, local leaders, and other honored guests from many countries.

Mr. Rawat’s remarks offered a clear and challenging perspective. “If we have the power to make such a mess out of this earth, then certainly we have enough power to bring peace to this earth, too,” he said. “The question remains whether or not it is something that we want to do, because peace begins with every one of you. It is individual human beings who need peace; it is individual human beings in whom the desire resides; and it is on the individual human being’s stage that peace needs to dance.”

Concluding his address during which pin-drop silence was frequently interrupted by bursts of applause, Mr. Rawat declared, “Determination, understanding, and clarity have to be the fundamental foundations on which this peace will be built. Not exclusion, but inclusion. The day our measurements are based on our similarities and not our differences is the day we will begin to lay the foundation for peace in this world.”

At the end of the event, Mr. Pittella personally thanked Mr. Rawat for his insights, declaring that: "Today, peace is considered an irreplaceable factor in every effort for a society that is based on the dignity of the individual and on common welfare. However, any effort for peace made by institutions cannot fully succeed if the value of peace is not deeply rooted in every person's heart.”

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  » Prem Rawat Receives Key to the City from Mayor of Tainan
Maharaji Prem Rawat- key to city of tainan by mayor
On May 23, 2009, at the invitation of Mayor Tain-Tsair Hsu of Tainan, Taiwan, Prem Rawat, known as Maharaji, attended a ceremony where he was awarded the Golden Key to the city as well as the Sword Lion mascot, symbol of the cultural capital of Taiwan. The ceremony was held at the National Tainan Living Arts Center. Over 800 people attended including guests of the mayor, dignitaries from other towns in Taiwan, as well as international and local students of Prem Rawat.

After a brief introduction from one of the Mayor’s staff and a video, Mayor Hsu said how honored he felt to receive an “Ambassador of Peace” in Tainan. Prem Rawat was awarded the title of Ambassador of Peace at the International University of Peace in Brazil because of his worldwide efforts over four decades to bring a message of peace to millions of people.

“Today the Peace Ambassador has finally arrived in Tainan City,” said Mayor Hsu, “and we have to collaborate with him to contribute to peace and harmony in this world. We have to encourage each other. We have to trust in peace. We cannot wait for peace to descend. We have to have the confidence in ourselves that there is a source of peace within us that is not only for ourselves but for everyone in this world.”

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  » Prem Rawat Awarded Honorary Citizenship in Two Sicilian Cities
Prem Rawat opened the 64th annual Almond Blossom Festival in Agrigento by lighting the Torch of Friendship and Brotherhood at the Palacongressi. The mayor of Agrigento, Marco Zambuto, introduced the event, which was attended by military and civil dignitaries as well as the public, saying, “We are lighting the fire of friendship, and we express our hope for a free and peaceful co-existence.”

Later that day, Prem Rawat was the guest of honor at the Pirandello Theatre, where he received honorary citizenship of Agrigento, the famous “City of the Temples,” and was presented an award of recognition by Francesco Cascio, President of the Members of the Sicilian Parliament, on their behalf.

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Maharaji Prem Rawat- Honorary Citizenship in Two Sicilian Cities


  » Prem Rawat Welcomed at Queensland's Parliament House
Prem Rawat delivered a warmly received address at Queensland's Parliament House on the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 20.
Her Excellency Ms. Quentin Bryce AC, Governor of Queensland, welcomed an audience of government, business and community leaders assembled to commemorate the occasion.

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Maharaji / Prem Rawat - Queensland's Parliament House


  » Prem Rawat's Message of Peace Requested by Indigenous People of South America
Prem Rawat's award-winning Words of Peace presentations are being translated into several dialects of Quechua, the modern-day derivative of the ancient Inca's language, which today is spoken by indigenous populations of the South American continent. Leaders in several Quechuan villages in Ecuador have requested DVDs featuring Prem Rawat's message in their own language after events introducing it were held in the mountain villages of Tucara, La Esperanza, Aqualongo and Otavalo, Ecuador.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - South America


  » Italy and Slovenia Celebrate Border Opening with Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat gave a keynote speech in Trieste, Italy, at an event called "Peace, a Message without Boundaries," honoring the upcoming opening of the borders between Italy and Slovenia in December 2007.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Italy and Slovenia Celebrate Border Opening


  » Correctional Education Association Offers Award-Winning "Words of Peace" Series to Facilities Across the US
The award-winning television series "Words of Peace" now appears four times weekly on the Correctional Education Association's Transforming Lives Network, making it available to residents and staff of correctional facilities nationwide. "Words of Peace" features excerpts of Prem Rawat's addresses, speaking about the possibility of each individual to find peace no matter what their circumstances.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji -Correctional Education Association


  » Prem Rawat's "Words of Peace" TV Series Honored by US Community Access Station
The TV series "Words of Peace" won first place honors in the 2007 Community Access Magic (CAM) Awards sponsored by CTV in Prince George's County, Maryland, one of the most widely recognized community access organizations in the US. The producer, Jimi Jones, said, "I hope this program can touch other CTV viewers, and more people recognize that peace is possible."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Words of Peace TV Series Honored by US Community Access Station


  » Prem Rawat's "Words of Peace" on TV on five continents
"Words of Peace" now airs on cable and satellite stations throughout Europe, North and South America, and Asia, reaching millions of households. One viewer wrote, "Every time I listen to Prem Rawat's talks on TV, I learn so much and my life goes through substantial changes. Thanks a million."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - on TV on five continents


  » Prem Rawat's "Words of Peace" watched by prison inmates worldwide
On six continents, the message of Prem Rawat is being watched by prison inmates, with life-changing results noticed by prison administrators. One of the prisoners commented, "Hearing this message has totally changed how I am, how I act and think."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - watched by prison inmates worldwide


  » City of London Honors Prem Rawat and TPRF
At a reception held at Mansion House, the home of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Prem Rawat, on behalf of TPRF, made a significant contribution to Voluntary Service Overseas, a charitable organization that sends volunteer professionals to disadvantaged countries. The reception was followed by a gala event called "Giving from the Heart," held at Guildhall. Sheriff Richard Regan presented Prem Rawat, on behalf of the Lord Mayor, with an illuminated handwritten scroll in which His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, and The Prime Minister of the UK, The Right Honorable Tony Blair MP, conveyed their best wishes.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - honored at city of london


  » Over 3 million people participate in events with Prem Rawat in India
Traveling through India and Nepal during March and April, Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title of Maharaji, has addressed over 800,000 people at 36 events, with an additional 2.25 million listening via five live satellite broadcasts.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - addressing a large audience in India


  » Special celebration called "Peace, a Message without Boundaries" at the Italian Senate with Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat, known worldwide by the honorary title Maharaji, was guest of honor and speaker at a special celebration called "Peace, a Message without Boundaries," held in Rome on April 26th, in Palazzo Gistiniani, one of the Italian Senate Houses. The celebration was held under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, the Council of Ministers, three cabinet Ministers, 11 Italian regions, and the Municipality of Rome. The distinguished audience included many Italian government and civic leaders.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - at the Italian Senate


  » Over 500,000 people attend telecast with Prem Rawat
Over 500,000 people in more than 2,250 locations around India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal participated in a live satellite telecast with Prem Rawat. Traveling through northwestern India and Nepal, Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title of Maharaji, addressed half a million people in Kathmandu and the Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan in the first part of a tour of the country in '07.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - through satellite telecast


  » Academy Awards Gift Baskets Include "Peace Is Possible" Biography of Prem Rawat
All nominees who did not win an Oscar received an "Everybody Wins at the Awards" Gift Basket from Distinctive Assets. Within this basket was the book "Peace Is Possible," a biography of Prem Rawat by best-selling author Andrea Cagan, as well as materials about The Prem Rawat Foundation's humanitarian initiatives.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - message distributed in Grammy award


  » Prem Rawat presented a memento at Senate of Argentine Republic
In recognition of TPRF's humanitarian work, Prem Rawat was invited to speak at the Argentine Senate by Claudio Jacoy, president of the National Forum for Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, and Ambassador Oscar Laborde, vice president of the White Helmets, a UN-affiliated humanitarian aid and peacekeeping agency. These three organizations are rolling out a pilot program where tapes from Prem Rawat's message of peace, along with other materials, are made available to people in prisons in Argentina.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Senate of Argentine Republic


  » The Prem Rawat Foundation Receives Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Accreditation
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has been accredited after a conclusive evaluation by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The evaluation has verified that TPRF meets BBB's 20 specific standards of Charity Accountability regarding how the organization is governed, how its money is spent, the truthfulness of its representations, and its willingness to disclose basic information to the public.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Accreditation


  » Andrea Cagan's book on Prem Rawat hits top 10 on amazon.com
Less than 24 hours after a first press release announced the latest book by best-selling author Andrea Cagan, "Peace Is Possible: The Life and Message of Prem Rawat" has become the #9 best seller on Amazon.com.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Peace is Possible book hits amazon top 10


  » "Peace Is Possible: The Life and Message of Prem Rawat," by Andrea Cagan, just released
"Peace Is Possible" is published by Mighty River Press, from Dresher, Pennsylvania. J. Levin, CEO of Mighty River Press, said: "We are proud to publish this outstanding book about the life and message of Prem Rawat, an exceptional story that brings an important message of peace.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Peace is Possible book


  » Prem Rawat's "Words of Peace" Receives Brazilian TV Award
"Words of Peace" won the highest award for Community TV programming in Brazil for the second time in three years. Fernando Mauro, president of the Brazilian Association of Community Television Channels, said, "The great success of ‘Words of Peace' is generated from the viewers' natural identification with Prem Rawat's wise message of inner peace. We extend our gratitude to Prem Rawat, the Ambassador of Peace."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Words of Peace Receives Brazilian TV Award


  » Prem Rawat and UN Association of New Zealand Celebrate International Day of Peace at Parliament Buildings in New Zealand
The United Nations Association of New Zealand, the Hon. Marian Hobbs MP, and Prem Rawat, known widely by the honorary title Prem Rawat, gathered with a distinguished audience to celebrate the International Day of Peace on September 21 at the Parliament Buildings in Wellington.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - New Zealand Celebrate International Day of Peace


  » Prem Rawat Honored by International University of Peace
Prem Rawat was invited to deliver a keynote address at the International Festival of Peace held at Unipaz, the International University of Peace in Florianopolis, Brazil. The rector of the university, Pierre Weil, gave Prem Rawat the honorary title of Ambassador for Peace saying, "You don't need a certificate, because your mission is to help people find where peace is, to help open a spring of peace in their hearts. But many people need to know who the Ambassadors for Peace are, they need to know whom to look for, search for—that is why we are giving you the title of Ambassador for Peace."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - International University of Peace


  » Official Resolution from Connecticut Recognizing the Good Work of Maharaji
Prem Rawat Maharaji- Resolution Recognizing the Good Work
STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Qui Transtulit Sustinet
GENERAL ASSEMBLY
RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE GOOD WORK MAHARAJI HAS DONE IN CONNECTICUT
BY
Rep. Fabrizio, 140th Dist.
Rep. Ritter, 6th Dist.
Senator Rome, 8th Dist.

Resolved by this Assembly:

WHEREAS, Maharaji arrived for the first time in United States in 1971, and since that time has attracted thousands of disciples who were completely inspired by his discourse and by his radiant personality; and

WHEREAS, now there are many centers of his Divine Light Mission in every major city in the United States and Canada; and

WHEREAS, Maharaji has dedicated his life to uplifting mankind from the sufferings of ignorance by spreading the knowledge of God; and

WHEREAS, Maharaji has carried his mission throughout the world bestowing on all seekers of truth the direct experience of God by revealing the primordial vibrations of all life;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this assembly unites in thanking Maharaji for all the alleviation of inward suffering that he has brought about and the incentive Maharaji has brought about for people to work constructively in the outside world.

Be IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this assembly unites in extending an invitation to Maharaji to visit connecticut and travel, bringing his message of peace to all residents of our state.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerks of the house and senate cause a copy of this resolution to be sent to Maharaji as an expression of the high esteem in which he is held by this assembly.


Gloria Schaffer             Robert M. Milvae
Secraerty of State         Clerk of the Senate

Lucille M. Dow             House Joint Resolution No. 90
Clerk of the House          Adopted February 27, 1973
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  » Prem Rawat Receives Humanitarian Award at the United Nations in New York
Prem Rawat was presented with the Distinguished International Humanitarian Achievement Award after delivering the keynote address at a special event at the United Nations in New York. The event was held in honor of the support provided by TPRF to the United Nations Development Programme's Community Water Initiative in Ghana and The National Council of Women of the United States' Water Well Project in Ghana. Mary Singletary, president of the National Council of Women in the United States, presented the award "in recognition of outstanding leadership, profound commitment, and exceptional contributions to the quality of life for women, children, and families."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Humanitarian Award at the United Nations in New York


  » Prem Rawat Welcomed and Honored by Mayor of Quito, Ecuador
Prem Rawat received the distinction of "Illustrious Guest of the City" of Quito, Ecuador, during an event called "Forty Years for a Culture of Peace." He was invited to present his message of peace at this event held at the Teatro Nacional in Quito. Over 1,700 people from various cities in Ecuador, as well as from several neighboring countries, attended.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Honored by Mayor of Quito, Ecuador


  » India's Vice President and 25,000 Youth Welcome Prem Rawat
Over 25,000 young people aged under 25 filled the Indira Gandhi indoor stadium in New Delhi to capacity at the occasion of an event held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Prem Rawat, known widely as Maharaji, bringing his message of peace.
The vice president of India, Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, said, "I am amazed at the magnitude of this event and at how many people are deeply moved by Prem Rawat's call to peace. I'm convinced that the people of India and our brothers from other countries need to embrace in their hearts Prem Rawat's call to peace. For the last 40 years, as a messenger of peace, Prem Rawat has been making a constant effort to teach a lesson of peace to people. I would like to express my heartfelt feeling towards him, as a most trusted and respected person who takes a message of joy to society, and society puts it into practice. Doing so is the greatest success there can be in life. I want his message to reach the people around the world."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - honored by India vice president bhairon singh shekhawat


  » Prem Rawat Honored by New York Governor Pataki
Prem Rawat has received a letter of commendation from the governor of the State of New York for his efforts in bringing a message of peace to people around the world for four decades.
George E. Pataki, the governor of New York, wrote:
"You are recognized for your commitment to building a better world — one strengthened by greater unity and understanding within our society. This is the valuable purpose to which you have dedicated your own life and well expressed by the meaningful words you have conveyed to audiences worldwide.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - New York Governor Pataki


  » House Majority Leader in Maine Honors Prem Rawat's Message of Peace
Glenn Cummings, House Majority Leader from Maine, wrote Prem Rawat a letter of commendation.
"I am writing to extend the gratitude of so many Maine citizens who have found peace and enlightenment through your teaching. Your message has resonated with many Maine people through the broadcast of Words of Peace television program, which airs in two of our state's largest communities, Portland and Biddeford, and a film documenting your efforts is expected to soon air on local cable television across the state.
"During a time of such political unrest in the world, it is promising to know that foundations like yours are working so hard to spread messages of peace. It is also encouraging that Mainers who are active in your foundation are bringing meaningful aid to those most in need of food and water and shelter. Many Maine people offer their thanks."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - House Majority Leader in Maine


  » Prem Rawat Welcomed by Malaysia's Chinese Community
Prem Rawat delivered in Kuala Lumpur the keynote address at an event held at the Grand Hall of the Malay Chinese Association for members of the Malaysian Chinese community. He addressed university officials, faculty, and students, as well as government, civic, and business leaders from the Chinese community. He emphasized that everyone must find peace for himself first before helping to bring peace to the world.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Malaysia's Chinese Community


  » Prem Rawat Delivers invited to address Rotary International Convention
On June 9, at the Pre-Convention Meeting held by Rotaract, he addressed delegates from 45 countries in Malmo, Sweden. Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for professionals, usually community based or university based. Prem Rawat said, "Within you is an infinite ocean of peace. Within you is an infinite ocean of joy. Within you is an infinite ocean of the potential to succeed—the ocean of success."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Rotary International Convention


  » Citation by the Wisconsin Legislature, to honor Prem Rawat- Maharaji
Prem Rawat Maharaji- wisconsin Resolution Recognizing the Good Work
CITATION BY THE LEGISLATURE
KNOW YOU BY THESE PRESENTS:

WHEREAS, Maharaji arrived for the first time in United States in 1971, and since that time has attracted thousands of disciples who were completely inspired by his discourse and by his radiant personality; and

WHEREAS, now there are many centers of his Divine Light Mission in every major city in the United States and Canada; and

WHEREAS, Maharaji has dedicated his life to uplifting mankind from the sufferings of ignorance by spreading the knowledge of God; and

WHEREAS, Maharaj ji has carried his mission throughout the world bestowing on all seekers of truth the direct experience of God by revealing the primordial vibrations of all life; now, therefore,

The Members of the Wisconsin Legislature, on the motion of Senator Peloquin and Representative Willkom, under Joint Rule 26, unite in thanking Maharaji for the alleviation of inward suffering that he has brought about and for the incentive he has given people to work constructively in the outside world, and hereby extend an invitation to him to visit Wisconsin and travel, bringing his message of peace to all the residents of our state.

Norman C. Anderson             Lt. Governor Martin J. Schreiber             William P. Nugent
Speaker of the Assembly             President of the Senate                 Senate Chief Clerk
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  » Prem Rawat Interviewed on National TV in India
Prem Rawat made a guest appearance for a half-hour interview with Rajiv Mehrotra on his weekly talk show called "In Conversations" on Doordarshan TV, the leading national TV station accessible all across India.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Interviewed on doordarshan India


  » Prem Rawat Brings Message of Peace to More than 1.7 Million Indian Villagers
In the past month, Prem Rawat, known worldwide as Maharaji, has addressed more than 1.7 million people at events throughout rural India. He traveled to many places where people had never seen him before, in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Haryana.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Message of Peace to More than 1.7 Million Indian Villagers


  » Banner Year for Prem Rawat's Message of Peace
Last year, more than 1.7 million people sought Prem Rawat's inspiration and guidance at over 30 events worldwide. His audiences varied from government and civic leaders to villagers in remote areas. The Prem Rawat Foundation, established to help people most in need, responded promptly and generously to natural disasters across the globe, providing food aid to people in need.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Message of Peace


  » Prem Rawat Brings Message of Hope to Prisoners in New Delhi, India
Responding to an invitation from the superintendent of one of the jails in the Tihar Prison complex near New Delhi, Prem Rawat recently addressed an audience of 1,000 prisoners, prison officials and staff. Many prisoners had been watching videos of Prem Rawat's adressess for almost two years. The superintendent called Prem Rawat's message a "ray of hope to the prisoners."

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Message of Hope to Prisoners in New Delhi, India


  » Prem Rawat at Australia's Parliament House on United Nations' International Day of Peace
Prem Rawat delivered the keynote address at a special event held at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, in conjunction with the United Nations Association of Australia.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Parliament House in Canberra, Australia


  » Prem Rawat addresses distinguished audience at Oxford University
Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title of Maharaji, addressed a distinguished audience of faculty, students, and guests assembled at the historic South Writing School at Oxford University's Examination Schools. The attendees were welcomed by Peggy Morgan, who is a lecturer at Mansfield College, Oxford University; a governor and research fellow of Oxford Research Centre; the Director of the Alistair Hardy Research Centre at the University of Wales, Lampeter; and a patron of the International Interfaith Centre in Oxford.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Oxford University


  » Prem Rawat addresses special United Nations 60th Anniversary event
Responding to an invitation from the United Nations 60th Anniversary Committee, Prem Rawat addressed a distinguished audience of diplomats, and government and civic leaders at an event held in celebration of the UN's 60th anniversary at the historic Herbst Theater in San Francisco, where the UN Charter was signed sixty years ago.
Welcoming the attendees, Bill McCarthy, Administrator of the UN 60th Anniversary Committee, said: "We are here tonight to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary of a historic event and to hear distinguished speakers. Sixty years ago, in this same hall, the founding charter of the United Nations was signed.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - United Nations 60th Anniversary event


  » San Francisco Mayor honors Prem Rawat, declares Prem Rawat Day
Prem Rawat / Maharaji - San Francisco Mayor declares Prem Rawat day
Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco, issued on June 16 a proclamation honoring Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, and declared June 16, 2005 PREM RAWAT DAY. Mayor Newsom's proclamation reads as follows:

Whereas, Prem Rawat is known internationally as a humanitarian leader and a steadfast proponent of peace. His message of inner peace has inspired more than 9 million people in 50 nations; and

Whereas, Prem Rawat has presented his message of peace to more than 26,000 citizens of the San Francisco Bay area; and

Whereas, The Prem Rawat Foundation has initiated humanitarian efforts which have generated more than $150,000 for the United Nations' World Food Programme, spearheaded tsunami hunger relief efforts in Sri Lanka, donated more than thirty tons of rice to war-torn Ivory Coast, and conducted ongoing medical clinics in India; and

Whereas, Prem Rawat has been recognized for his message of peace and humanitarian efforts by United Nations officials; the Italian Parliament; and governors, state assemblies, and mayors throughout the United States; and

Whereas, Prem Rawat will present a special UN 60th Anniversary address entitled "Peace Is Possible" on Friday, June 24th at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, the historic site where the United Nations Charter was signed in 1945,

Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, in honor of Prem Rawat's outstanding contribution to the people of the world and in honor of his incredible accomplishments in improving the lives of millions of people, do hereby proclaim June 16, 2005 as PREM RAWAT DAY in San Francisco.


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  » Governor of New Hampshire honors Prem Rawat
John Lynch, Governor of New Hampshire, has issued a commendation to Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, in honor of his exemplary life accomplishments and many contributions to citizens. The commendation reads:

WHEREAS, born in India, Prem Rawat began speaking to audiences at age three and gave his first published speech at age four; and

WHEREAS, at age eight, after the death of his father, Prem Rawat committed his life to teaching others about his father's message of peace; and

WHEREAS, since 1971, Prem Rawat has provided inspiration to millions of people and has increased the public's awareness of inner peace and contentment; and

WHEREAS, honored with many awards and accolades from many institutions, Prem Rawat has become known as an international leader in the world's effort for greater peace; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOHN LYNCH, Governor of the State of New Hampshire, do hereby commend PREM RAWAT in honor of his exemplary career, life accomplishments, and many contributions to our citizens.


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  » Miami Dade College welcomes The Prem Rawat Foundation, which makes a contribution to the World Food Programme
Responding to an invitation from Dr. Eduardo Padrón, President of Miami Dade College, Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, addressed a distinguished audience of faculty, guests, and students at the James L. Knight Center, Miami's largest auditorium. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the US with 163,000 students from 170 countries. The event benefited the World Food Programme (WFP). The Foundation's contribution will provide food for 4,500 schoolchildren in Guatemala for a month.

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  » Leading Thai University Welcomes Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat was invited by leaders of Thammasat University, a leading Thai institution of higher education, to address a capacity audience of civic, government, and academic leaders. Founded in 1934, Thammasat has educated many prominent members of the Thai government and administration.

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  » United Nations' Kofi Annan sends best wishes for event with Prem Rawat
Responding to an invitation from the United Nations Association of Malaysia in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, addressed a distinguished audience which included members of Royal families, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, and members of the Asian media.

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  » More than 1.5 million people seek Prem Rawat's inspiration and guidance
Between February 19 and April 11, Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, held 22 events in 11 locations throughout the Indian subcontinent. During this time, a total of more than 1.5M people came to seek his inspiration and guidance.

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  » Mayor of Los Angeles Honors Prem Rawat
James K. Hahn, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, has presented to Prem Rawat, also known as Maharaji, the highest award bestowed by the City upon meritorious citizens.
The award reads as follows:

"A Certificate of Commendation is hereby presented to Prem Rawat, Maharaji.

"As Mayor of the City of Los Angeles and on behalf of its residents, I commend you for your tireless, lifelong efforts to bring to people in the Los Angeles area and around the world a message of hope, and for providing them inspiration and guidance to find peace within and live fulfilling lives.

"I am pleased to join with members of the community in recognizing your remarkable achievements and accomplishments throughout the years. With best wishes in all your future endeavors."

—James K. Hahn, Mayor


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  » Governor of Michigan honors Prem Rawat's message of peace
Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of the State of Michigan, has issued a proclamation honoring "Prem Rawat's efforts to increase the public's awareness of inner peace and contentment; his exemplary career, life accomplishments, and many contributions to citizens."
The award reads as follows:

"On behalf of the citizens of Michigan, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm hereby honors Prem Rawat.

"Whereas, born in India, Prem Rawat began speaking to audiences at age three and gave his first published speech at the age of four; and,

"Whereas, at age eight, after the death of his father, Prem Rawat committed his life to teaching others about his father's message of peace; and,

"Whereas, since 1971, Prem Rawat has provided inspiration to millions of people and has increased the public's awareness of inner peace and contentment; and,

"Whereas Prem Rawat has traveled around the world speaking to a multitude of audiences, totaling more than 5.5 million people in over 250 cities and 50 countries; and,

"Whereas, honored with many awards and accolades from institutions such as National Geographic and the United States Library of Congress, Prem Rawat has become known as an international leader in the world's efforts for greater peace; and now therefore be it:

"Resolved that I, Jennifer H. Granholm, offer this certificate of tribute to Prem Rawat in honor of his exemplary career, life accomplishments, and many contributions to our citizens."


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  » Governor of the State of New Mexico honors Prem Rawat's achievements
Bill Richardson, Governor of the State of New Mexico, has issued a tribute to Prem Rawat, also known as Maharaji, in recognition of his accomplishments.

The Governor's tribute says: "The Governor of the State of New Mexico, having learned of the outstanding achievement and exceptional accomplishments of Maharaji, does hereby extend congratulations and acknowledgement and further does herein direct that this official expression of pride be forthwith sent on behalf of the people of the State of New Mexico."

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  » Record number of new students for Prem Rawat worldwide
This year is proving to be a banner year for Prem Rawat, also known as Maharaji. As his message reaches more people than ever before via television, internet, and radio, the number of people learning his techniques for finding peace within is growing significantly.

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  » Words of Peace by Prem Rawat receives TV Award in Brazil
The Brazilian Association of Community Television Channels has given its highest award to Words of Peace, a weekly program featuring highlights from the message of peace of Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji.

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  » Prem Rawat's message hailed as "remarkable" by Deputy Director of IIT Delhi
Prem Rawat was invited by the National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering to address an audience of faculty, guests and students at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

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  » Prem Rawat Brings Message of Peace to Harvard University's Sanders Theatre
Boston, Massachusetts, — Prem Rawat, also known as Maharaji, addressed faculty, community leaders, guests, and students at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University. Many of the most venerable academic, political, and literary figures of the nineteenth and twentieth century, including Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King have taken the podium at Sanders Theatre. This event was followed by an event in Toronto. Maharaji was introduced by Richard Patten, a member of the Ontario Parliament. Patten credited Maharaji for bringing a remarkable message of hope. He noted that Maharaji speaks of a peace that is more than the absence of war, that institutions cannot bring, and that needs to be established by each individual. The event was broadcast via satellite to 106 locations in 28 countries.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Harvard University's Sanders Theatre


  » Prem Rawat Brings Message of Peace to Members of Italian Parliament
Responding to an invitation from current and former members of the Italian Parliament, Prem Rawat, also known as Maharaji, addressed a distinguished audience of senators, deputies, diplomats, and government officials on July 7 in the Conference Hall of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Palazzo Marini.

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  » Prem Rawat's message hailed as "unique" by Chief Executive of Universal Forum of Cultures
On June 14, Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, addressed an audience of more than 2,000 at an event endorsed by the Universal Forum of Cultures. The Forum, expected to attract 5 million visitors over 141 days, promotes three themes: cultural diversity, sustainable development, conditions for peace. Attended by many world leaders, it consists of conferences and congresses and is geared toward reflection.

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  » Business, government and community leaders in India welcome Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title Maharaji, has been invited several times during his trip to india, to address cosmopolitan groups of leaders.
at the Habitat Center in New Delhi, in a hall filled to capacity, he addressed a group of distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of the international media and government and business leaders.
He was invited by Young Leaders Forum of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to address more than 1,850 young leaders at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi's premier conference center.
Maharaji addressed more than 1,100 community, government and business leaders at the National Center for Performing Arts in Mumbai, the Indian capital. He was welcomed by Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti, President of the Indian Merchants Chamber.

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  » Prem Rawat's Message of Peace Hailed as "Noble" at Salamanca University Peace Conference
Speaking at the University of Salamanca's first "Conference on Peace," Prem Rawat, an internationally known voice for peace, said, "Peace within is necessary in our lives in order for us to become complete as human beings." His keynote address was delivered before a capacity audience that included members of the senate and of the congress, as well as civic and business leaders.

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  » Miami Beach Mayor Honors Prem Rawat for Contribution to City
Citing "his tireless efforts" in helping "many people find inner peace and fulfillment," Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer bestowed the traditional "Keys to the City" on Prem Rawat, known internationally as a leading voice for peace.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - Miami Beach Mayor Honors keys to the city


  » Speaking at Nova Southeastern University, University of California - Berkeley, and University of Colorado - Boulder, Maharaji makes Plea For Renewed Focus on Inner Life as Path to Personal, World Peace
Prem Rawat, the internationally-known teacher who has addressed 4.5 million people around the world on achieving inner peace and contentment, recently brought his special insights and perception to Nova Southeastern University, a stop on a national collegiate tour that also included the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Prem Rawat / Maharaji - addresses Nova Southeastern University and Univesity of California


  » Prem Rawat Says "Give Peace a Chance" by Looking Inward
With the threat of another calamitous war now hanging over the Middle East, Prem Rawat, an internationally recognized leader and speaker to 4.5 million worldwide, writing in the prestigious "Times of India" this week, made an appeal to world leaders and people generally to "give peace a chance" by turning inward.

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Prem Rawat Brings Message of Hope to Prisoners in New Delhi, India

Prem Rawat / Maharaji- Message of Hope to Prisoners in New Delhi, India
Responding to an invitation from the superintendent of one of the jails in the Tihar Prison complex near New Delhi, Prem Rawat recently addressed an audience of 1,000 prisoners, prison officials and staff. Many prisoners had been watching videos of Prem Rawat’s adressess for almost two years. The superintendent called Prem Rawat’s message a "ray of hope to the prisoners."

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