Words of Peace Global News
Short clip from “The Most Precious Gift” (Prem Rawat in Madrid, Spain)
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[Mon, 25 Aug 2014]
Living in Labasa, a predominantly agricultural part of Fiji, Pradeep Kumar and his wife Sarojni Devi were disappointed that their income could not support local peace initiatives as much as they would like. Providing for their four childrens&sdquo; education had depleted their finances, but they were unwilling to let that defeat them.
Starting with one hive, the farming couple used the profits from the honey to create what has now become a thriving beekeeping business. Three of their four hives help provide for their family, while the proceeds from the other are used solely to support the work that they care so much about.
The couple are very happy that they pursued this idea. “I want to show the gratitude to Prem Rawat for the knowledge that he has given us. My heart tells me that what I’m doing is not enough and I can do more. That’s why we started the bee farming initiative,” says Pradeep.
“I just want to show my gratitude to Prem Rawat for the knowledge that he has given me,” adds Sarojni.
[Fri, 22 Aug 2014]
Short clip from “A Faint Voice in a Screaming Storm” (Prem Rawat in Pasadena, California, USA)
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[Mon, 18 Aug 2014]
Residents of a remote West African village without electricity or roads have been able to watch videos of Prem Rawat thanks to the extraordinary efforts of people who want to share the experience of hope that his words can bring.
So Tchanhoue, a village beside Lake Nokoué, is not far from Benin’s capital city Cotonou, yet it can seem like the end of the world. It has no running water, electricity or roads and is one of several small villages in the area where residents, mostly in the fishing trade, have shown a growing interest in Prem Rawat’s message.
To set up a Words of Peace event in So Tchanhoue more than five people are needed to help transport hefty audio-visual equipment, including a power generator. The 13 kilometre journey from Cotonou to the village involves a two-hour drive — partly through dirt tracks — and a one-hour boat ride. The return journey, done after dark, is illuminated only by the light of the moon.
For the event organisers Richard Azankposso and Bienvenu Adomu, their efforts have been worthwhile. At a recent screening, they were greeted by excited, joyful children who watched them set up their gear and then danced to the music they played through the sound system. Hundreds of children and over a hundred adult villagers watched the video of Prem Rawat with a calm, silent attention, and afterwards many asked to hear more.
The organisers are working hard to raise enough funds to buy a more reliable and smaller projector, power source and speaker that will be cheaper to run and transport, without compromising on quality. With lighter, fewer devices in tow, they will be able to make more people in remote locations aware of peace.
[Mon, 11 Aug 2014]
For four years The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) helped Mayan communities in Yucatan, Mexico by sending funds for food and water. Now, after viewing local screenings of his talks, people in the area are responding with enthusiasm to Prem Rawat’s message of peace.
Yucatan was once the centre of the ancient Mayan civilization, and is still home to many of these indigenous people. TPRF’s efforts to help the community have primarily focused on the impoverished schoolchildren of the Kunché community, where poor harvests in recent years failed to provide an adequate income.
The Kunché food initiative, which ensured a nutritious, daily meal for children of elementary school age, transformed the lives not only of the children but also the community as a whole. It was so successful that the state government opted to take over its funding and continues to do so.
The distribution of TPRF’s aid was handled by the local not-for-profit organisation “Compartimos Bienestar y Salud Para Los Niňos Mayas” (We Share Wellbeing and Health with the Mayan Children), whose president, Maria Jose Medina, has a keen interest in Prem Rawat’s message. Spurred by a desire to inform the people of the area about the possibility of peace, she chose to organise a Words of Peace event at the same school where lunches were provided.
As the community was already acquainted with the name Prem Rawat, the response to her invitation was beyond her expectations. Over half of the adults in the community came — a total of 93. Maria Modena organised translation for the Mayan people, who do not speak Spanish, while the school principal, who attended the event, ensured that childcare was available so parents could attend.
“People were very attentive — you could hear a pin drop,” reports a local attendee, who helped to organise the screening. Afterwards, several women asked to see more.
Placing her hand on her heart, one Mayan woman said: “It was beautiful. Please bring more videos.” The principal of the school asked if she could watch Prem Rawat at home and offered to help in any way she can to ensure another Words of Peace event takes place.
[Mon, 04 Aug 2014]
Followers of international football in Côte d’Ivoire may well have needed consolation after their team failed to go beyond the group stage in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But for supporters of Words of Peace in the country’s capital city Abidjan, this was not an issue when they set up a peace initiative for football fans. Screenings of World Cup matches in their area attracted large audiences and for them this was an opportunity to share an important message — one that touches on the fundamental hopes and dreams of individuals.
Inspired by their own experience of Prem Rawat’s talks, the small group of local people bought two satellite dishes and installed them in the city’s two major video centres so they could invite the public to come and watch the matches on their screen. Prior to each game, they showed a short video about Prem Rawat’s message, and then a further one during half-time.
On July 13th, for the cup final, they transferred one of the dishes to a village 50km from Abidjan. Over half of the 118 people watching the big game chose to stay on to view their video after the game was over. In total, during the World Cup, 543 individuals learned about Prem Rawat’s work through this project.
The organizers of the initiative, Francis Ahore and Jonas Kacou, told Words of Peace that the idea began in 2013 when they had a chance to screen a video during the Africa Cup of Nations at a gathering organized by Orange Côte d’Ivoire, one of the country’s leading mobile phone companies.
This year, they decided that instead of staying idle during the rainy season they would set up their own screenings.
They now have a project manager in place who is refining the initiative in anticipation of the forthcoming Europa Champions League and the next African Cup. They plan to acquire two more satellite dishes — one for their own village team and one for screenings at Daloa, in western Côte d’Ivoire.
[Fri, 01 Aug 2014]
Do you want to get involved with peace? Share it with the people around you? Celebrate it? Feel it?
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With your participation, we'll make this Peace Day one to remember. Be sure to be online on the 21st of September to enjoy the culmination of all our efforts!
[Tue, 22 Jul 2014]
This photo gallery is an excursion through some images of the events and interviews that have happened between January and April this year.
[Fri, 18 Jul 2014]
Short clip from “Peace Is a Priority” (Prem Rawat in Lisbon, Portugal)
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[Fri, 11 Jul 2014]
Short clip from “Prem Rawat Answers Students’ Questions in Taiwan”
[Wed, 09 Jul 2014]
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[Tue, 08 Jul 2014]
In the first four months of 2014, Prem Rawat’s work has had a huge impact. Here’s a recap.
India and Nepal
After beginning the year with events in the US and Europe, Prem Rawat went on a two and a half month tour of Asia. During that time nearly one million people had the opportunity to hear him in person.
Of nine events held in India, one was particularly groundbreaking: Youth Peace Fest. The festival was held to foster a culture of peace and featured a range of live music performers, videos, and speakers — including keynote speaker Prem Rawat. It was attended by over 185,000 people, with an estimated reach of 6.5 million through TV, radio, online publications and newspapers.
Here’s a picture from the event's stage showing people almost as far as the eye can see.
A vast crowd at Youth Peace Fest, New Delhi
Youth Peace Fest was covered widely, with 32 media outlets attending. The Times of India, the largest English-speaking newspaper in the world, sponsored the event through their humanitarian foundation.
The people at Times Foundation were so impressed by Youth Peace Fest that they offered to sponsor all of Prem Rawat’s events through the following year.
More Youth Peace Fests are planned, internationally, for the latter half of 2014 and early 2015. It's expected that thousands of young people will attend in Brazil, Thailand and Malaysia.
Here’s the news clip on Times Now, the TV news reporting channel of Times of India.
Prem Rawat has already been interviewed on three major TV channels in Nepal, Malaysia and Taiwan. Each of these interviews lasted for about 45 minutes.
The Nepali interview aired on 7th April, while the Malaysian and Taiwanese programmes aired in June. It’s estimated that these interviews reached 3.5 million people worldwide.
Prem Rawat also provided an interview to Bamboo Magazine, a Brazilian architectural publication, on the theme of the inner and outer home. The article contained a Portuguese translation of Prem’s video response to this topic. You can read the full transcript of the article here.
Fireside with Bhusan Dahal — Kathmandu, Nepal
Kantipur TV defines itself as the leading television station of Nepal, broadcasting across the country as well as abroad. Its flagship programme, Fireside, features interviews conducted by the channel's Executive Director Bhusan Dahal. Widely considered to be the top interviewer in Nepal, Bhusan has become a household name there and turned Fireside into the country's premiere talk show.
On 18th March in Kathmandu, Bhusan Dahal and Prem Rawat met for an in-depth conversation. It’s an excellent exploration of Prem Rawat’s life and message — it not only looks at his views on peace, but also some of the challenges he's faced and his personal interests outside of his work.
Prem Rawat chatting with Bhusan Dahal
The interview has aired three times with an estimated audience of 1.5 million [source: Kantipur TV].
At the height of the investigation into the MH370 Malaysian aircraft disappearance, Prem Rawat travelled to Kuala Lumpur for a series of six events and interviews in just eight days.
During this short but intense visit, Prem was invited by the TV channel Bernama for an interview with news anchor Melissa Duis.
The interview itself was preceded by a 40-minute conversation with directors of the channel in which issues of peace and the loss of MH370 were discussed. As Prem is a very experienced pilot, Bernama’s news team were keen to get his views on MH370, which were then reported as a national news bulletin across Malaysia.
Prem Rawat and Melissa Duis on the set of the interview
Following the packed events in Ipoh and Segamat, Prem Rawat travelled to the political capital of Malaysia, Putrajaya, to speak at two events. At the second of those events, Prem Rawat's talk was attended by Her Royal Highness The Sultana of Pehang.
With much royal protocol, red carpet and Malaysian royal colours (yellow), the Sultana was warmly welcomed to the event, where she sat in the royal box.
Many people who were there have commented on how the Putrajaya event was truly inspiring and outstanding. You can watch it on the premium channel here.
With no time to rest, the tour headed from Malaysia to northeastern Taiwan. The first stop was Dong Hwa University, in the coastal city of Hualien. Prem Rawat was invited to give the Sayling Wen Chair lecture, a highly prestigious honour. Sixteen Nobel laureates have previously participated in the series, six of whom spoke at the Dong Hwa campus, where the event was held.
With the largest university faculty in Taiwan, 400 students and staff attended the event along with police, military and local government representatives. Hosted by the President of Dong Hwa University, Prem responded to an extensive series of questions posed by students — some of the students originally from Mongolia and mainland China.
Local newspapers reported on the lecture, with an estimated circulation of 45,000. Here is a translation of two printed articles.
Two further events were needed in the city to cope with the demand for seats.
Young people smartly dressed in aviation trainee uniforms acted as ushers
Taiwan TV interview
While in Taiwan, Prem Rawat was interviewed by the national PBS channel. Held at the channel’s TV studio, it was broadcast, in English, to an English-speaking Chinese audience across 80 countries — an estimated reach of two million people.
Once the tour finished, Prem Rawat travelled west for an event in Barcelona. It was a wonderful finale to an extraordinary tour that reached and inspired so many people. Stay tuned for more reports and developments.
[Thu, 03 Jul 2014]
As Ambassador of the Pledge to Peace, Prem Rawat attended a ceremony hosted by Baroness Scotland, representing the House of Lords, and The Rt. Hon. Hazel Blears MP, representing the House of Commons, where the Pledge to Peace was presented in the historic Gladstone Room.
Prem Rawat is recognised as one of the main inspirers of the Pledge and addressed the assembly during the presentation, which included a question and answer session with the invited audience.
The Pledge was created in Brussels in November 2011 to develop 'peace and peace education to enhance well-being' and has been signed by a wide range of educational institutions, organisations, cities and leaders, including the 1st Vice-President of the European Parliament.
Among its projects is the Pledge to Peace Forum, European Peace Day and Peace in Schools.
Catch the full story here: http://www.pledgetopeace.eu/blog/the-pledge-to-peace-is-presented-at-the-house-of-parliament-in-the-uk
[Tue, 01 Jul 2014]
In November 2012, two young men from rival gangs in Alpachaca, the toughest neighborhood in Ibarra, Ecuador, died avoidable deaths — deaths that were the culmination of years of conflict and disdain for each other. Sobered by the painful reality of this sudden loss of life and exhausted by the never-ending struggle between them, neither of the two gangs had it in them to retaliate. The ongoing pain and confusion were too much to bear. It was time, they acknowledged, to find a better way.
Dr. Angel Castillo, the regional Director of Education at the time and a man familiar with Prem Rawat’s message of peace, encouraged me to meet with gang members and present to them a new way of resolving their long-standing conflict — an approach based on Prem Rawat’s message of personal peace.
And so, a meeting with leaders of the “Bloods” was arranged at a local school gym. And though the anguish was still at hand, gang members were willing to watch several short videos that featured Prem’s message — a viewing that was followed by a spirited, open discussion.
The experience clicked for many of the gang members and the decision was made, then and there, to continue these weekly gatherings and explore alternatives to their day-to-day experience of broken homes, drugs, isolation, and violence — a lifestyle where the semblance of family offered by gang culture only offered temporary relief.
Blood family during music video shoot
One message that particularly resonated with gang leaders, at these weekly gatherings, was that even animals know when to stop fighting and back down before risking imminent death or grave injury. The gang’s choice, as they saw it now, was to find another way and cut the endless chain of retaliation, despair, and pain. The choice made huge sense to them. But what was not yet clear was how to translate this new possibility into action so their new choice would become a lasting one, not just a hope or dream.
The weekly gatherings continued over the next few months. Prem Rawat’s message of inner peace continued etching out a small space of possibility in their awareness. And soon visible behavioral change began to emerge. One young man said, “Yesterday a rival gang member shouted obscenities at me and, for the first time, I didn’t jerk into rash reaction. I paused. I tolerated it. I walked away and kept my cool.” It was very clear that he felt a new sense of empowerment.
Prem Rawat’s June 2013 visit to Ibarra inspired some of the gang leaders to get more involved in pursuing a path of peace and they decided to put their newfound enthusiasm into action. Among other things, they helped set up A/V equipment for public introductory events and walked in the annual Christmas parade carrying candles and a sign that read “Peace is not only possible, it is inevitable” (their choice of words).
When these infamous gang members passed by the parade stands holding their homemade sign, the public authorities stood in awe and clapped. Soon after, the Ecuadorian branch of The Vibrant Village Foundation, a non-profit social service organization, stepped up and provided gainful employment — and an office — to four of the most enthusiastic gang leaders.
Calle Paz y Respecto team
Inspired to make this project their own, the new team took the name “Calle Paz y Respecto” (CPR — Peace and Respect Street). Here, they developed a set of Peace Education Presentations — four hour-long programs, directed to challenged youth — that featured interactive games, peace videos, testimonials, and hands-on activities.
In special school assemblies that followed, students of area high schools responded positively to transformed gang leaders speaking about their experience of abandoning drugs, violence and bullying in favor of accepting one’s inner resources of peace, clarity and consciousness.
At the June 2013 public event with Prem Rawat — Peace Education Program: Launch for Latin America — two CPR members got a chance to speak with Prem. His warm and practical response to their comments helped them further respect themselves, light their inner candle, and join the “gang of the really cool” striving to bring peace to every person on the planet. This was a profoundly meaningful exchange.
The following day, Giovanna Tassi, the Manager of Public Radio Ecuador, interviewed the Calle Paz y Respecto team on live radio for two hours. Ms. Tassi had witnessed the impact of Prem’s message on gang members at the public event and was touched by their obvious transformation. The impromptu radio interview was filled with gang members’ stories of their difficult street life and past despair now being replaced with productive lives finding self-esteem and helping promote positive change in their community — a restored existence more hopeful than they had ever dreamed possible.
The CPR team still maintain their membership in the “Bloods”, but they have totally shifted their focus from violence to peace. Working within the framework of their gang organization, they are serving as positive role models and managing constructive initiatives for the group, such as job training courses and social assistance projects that include delivering food baskets to the poorest of their neighborhood. There is even a soccer “friendly” being planned between the local Bloods and their former rivals, the Latin Kings.
In April, much to the amazement of local officials, a peace accord was reached between the Ibarra-based Bloods and Latin King organizations. Leaders of the two gangs met in a daylong session to co-create the elements and objectives of the pact which included key aspects of Prem Rawat’s message of peace.
Each member proudly signed the peace accord, consciously choosing to recognize the peace inherent in each of them, regardless of their gang affiliations, and acknowledging that peace is not just possible, but inevitable.
Signing of peace accord, Ibarra
Signed peace accord — Blood and Latin King members
[Thu, 26 Jun 2014]
On the 18th of June 2014, Prem Rawat was the keynote speaker at a special event in London, which was sponsored by The Water and Food Award (WAF). The Westminster Central Hall hosted this gathering held to honour the outstanding achievements of individuals involved in projects across the globe focussed on sustainability, ecology, humanitarian and educational objectives. Five finalists gave compelling presentations and the award ceremony featuring stunning live performances from leading young musicians.
The organisation was founded in 2006 by Tina Lindgreen with inspiration from Prem Rawat who is also WAF Award's Patron.
In his speech he referred to the participants as "exceptional pioneers" and deemed the proceedings "incredibly noble" and "exceptionally profound" and stressed the importance of peace. He said:
“In our way, all our efforts that we are trying to make, whether it is sustainability, whether it is to feed the hungry, whether it is to bring clean water, in our own little way, we want to create a little heaven right here on Earth. And who will ever blame us for thinking so wildly. Because that is a wild vision, to want to create a little heaven for us and our fellow beings; and to leave a legacy of that heaven for the generations yet to come, so they keep on living the dream of creating the little heaven in their time, for their time ahead.”
Highlights of the day can be viewed here with an opportunity to be notified by email when the live broadcast replay will be made available.
[Wed, 25 Jun 2014]
Thanks to your generous donations and volunteer support, almost 1 million people have heard Prem Rawat's message live so far this year, with many more enjoying online videos, TV broadcasts — all made possible by you, our amazing supporters.
What can we say? "Thank you!" of course. And as a gesture of our gratitude, here's an excerpt from Prem Rawat's address to students in Norway in 2013. Enjoy!
[Wed, 25 Jun 2014]
In the first five months of 2014, an estimated 17.6 million people were reached by Prem Rawat’s message via print and online news articles, TV interviews and live events, with even more watching Words of Peace TV broadcasts, which air on 300 channels globally, in 41 countries and 20 languages.
Prem Rawat has been flying around the world to present his message of peace. Here are some stats:
Around the world, this same message of peace was presented through special television broadcasts, in magazines, in newspapers, on radio channels and more. Since January, it's reached:
[Sat, 21 Jun 2014]
UN International Day of Peace takes place on September 21st — exactly three months away. So WOPG is sending a big invitation for you, our supporters to get involved, create content, volunteer, help share Prem Rawat's message of peace with the world and find out more about our big plans for the day itself.
Visit our Peace Day information page now to find out what's going on and how you can be part of the biggest peace party on Earth!
[Fri, 20 Jun 2014]
Short clip from A Bridge to Peace
[Thu, 12 Jun 2014]
Sunset at subtropical island Gran Canaria, location of Time for Peace Festival May 24th to June 7th.
Speaking on the final day of the Time for Peace Festival, Prem Rawat described the occasion as historic – when the citizens of this beautiful island are taking a step in the direction of peace, and not just in words.
“There is a huge impact when people start to understand what peace means,” he said.
During his keynote address he also said: “It is about being alive. You think being alive is to walk? No! Being alive is that person who has an understanding, a passion, for peace.”
“I have been doing this – speaking about peace – for 52 years. I have never seen a person as alive as someone who has found peace. Alive, living, embracing and celebrating life, and saying ‘thank you’.”
Enjoying Prem Rawat’s address, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
In the lead-up to Prem Rawat’s address, the island hosted two weeks of celebration, exploring the theme of peace and solidarity. The Time for Peace festival, co-founded by WOPG, attracted hundreds of participants and volunteers from the local area and further afield.
Jeremy Gilley, representative of Peace One Day, co-sponsor of the Time for Peace Festival, spoke at Las Palmas via a video that he prepared specially for the event, while visiting the Congo.
Jeremy Gilley speaking at Las Palmas via a specially prepared video:
The festival events included dance, performing arts, sports and music.
(Last check for latest updates: 5 hr 47 min ago)courtesy: WOPG