South Africa, May 2017

South Africa, May 2017

Prem Rawat reached over 35 million people in South Africa with his message of peace during his 2017 tour of this politically unpredictable country. He gave six media interviews in a three week visit, which were broadcast across 17 radio channels and mainstream TV.

On May 20th, Prem spoke at the Cape Town International Conference Centre on the poignant theme ‘unlocking hope’. The two-hour event was hosted by South Africa’s TV personality Graeme Richards, whose input added to the hopeful, upbeat atmosphere.
Questions submitted to Prem at the Cape Town event, after his initial one-hour talk, touched on the themes of forgiveness and victimisation, as well as the art of self-acceptance.

During his talk Prem said: “You need to make peace with the world by making peace with yourself. So, forget about world peace. Make peace with yourself. And that’s another way, another component of unlocking that hope.”

Prem has visited South Africa regularly over the last few years responding to the demand for his message, and will no doubt be returning to the country again soon.

West Africa, August 2016

West Africa, August 2016

In August 2016 Prem Rawat Spoke at Four West African Events in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Benin

Ghana
First up was Accra, where, among the 1,000 attending, were three high-level prison officials, including the National Director. Since the Peace Education Program is approved for prisons throughout Ghana, they welcomed the chance to meet Prem to express their appreciation personally for its success there. (The Prem Rawat Foundation also supported this event, and you can read more about it and the impact in Ghana of the Peace Education Program here.)

Cote d’Ivoire
Next came a special “Traditional Wisdom in Service to Peace” event in Abidjan. Here, the Representative of Kings had invited Prem Rawat to become a Chief before a VIP audience of 350, many of them community chiefs themselves.
After a question and answer session following his address, Prem was ceremonially enthroned as a Chief, an honor traditionally reserved for foreign presidents and dignitaries. Prem expressed his respect for the honor, and his commitment to the people of Abidjan, by donning these robes.

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Two Special Events in India (AUDIO ONLY)

Two Special Events in India (AUDIO ONLY)

This, our final release, includes the audio from two special events in India where Prem Rawat addressed audiences in English.

The first is from the “Medicine for Peace” event held at RML Hospital in New Delhi, where he spoke to doctors and staff, encouraging them to find the “pill for peace”. The second audio is from a conference in Hyderabad entitled ‘Peace, Prosperity and Progress through the Sea’, where he spoke to members of the Indian Defense Services, emphasizing that peace will begin when people first make peace with themselves.

“We have more educated people on the face of this earth today than we ever did. There are more schools on the face of this earth today than there ever were. There are more universities on the face of this earth than there ever were. Yet we’re missing the key ingredient called “humanity.” Maybe the pill to peace lies in you being a human. Not in somebody’s pocket. Not on top of some mountain. Not in some pledge. And indeed, maybe not even on any paper or in ink. The answer that you are looking for lies within you.”

—Prem Rawat at “Medicine for Peace,” RML Hospital, Delhi, India

“When are we going to start looking at the obviousness of the situation and recognize that the time has come for peace? The peace that dwells in the heart of every single human being, that is already there, that does not have to be created, that already exists — to uncover it and to give it the opportunity to manifest itself, for the benefit at least of our children and our grandchildren. Because the world that we will leave behind for them is going to be a pathetic one. Bring about the peace that begins when you make peace with yourself.”

—Prem Rawat at the “Prosperity and Progress through the Sea” conference in Hyderabad, India

Free to Choose

Free to Choose

At an event in Osaka, Japan in October 2014, Prem Rawat addressed an audience of people who regularly listen to his message. In this address, he speaks about the ability to choose, and how powerful it is. A person can choose exactly what he or she wants in life: happiness or misery, knowledge or ignorance, peace or conflict. He proposes that life is a chance to celebrate being alive.

“In this life, you have an incredibly powerful tool — the most powerful tool. And do you know what it is? Choice. Everybody has it. Rich, poor, educated, uneducated, tall, small, thin, fat — choice. With this tool called choice, you can choose knowledge. With this tool called choice, you can choose peace. With this tool called choice, you can choose joy. Choose!”

Staying Focused

Staying Focused

This video is taken from an event in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November 2014. In this address, Prem Rawat focuses on the stark difference between the dust and elements that make up a human body and the life that makes that body into a human being. He proposes that knowing the value of one’s life is as basic a need as food and water. He also illustrates his talk with several humorous and inspiring stories.

“You, and only you, have to make the most of every single day that you have. That’s what it means. You cannot let a day go by without it meaning something wonderful for you. You cannot let an hour go by without it meaning something wonderful to you. Indeed, you cannot let a minute go by without it meaning something wonderful to you.”

2014 Highlights Part Three

2014 Highlights Part Three

“Know yourself. Yes, you have problems, but you have an inner strength. Yes, you have doubts, but you have clarity inside of you. Yes, you have problems, but you also have the solutions. You see, you have not discovered your strength. You have discovered all your shortcomings because you kept going to the mirror and closing your eyes, and you kept imagining what the mirror would show. Now, open your eyes and look at the mirror. The picture is not that bad. It’s in fact wonderful. It is beautiful.”

This video features selections from Prem Rawat’s addresses at events in Europe and North America during the summer of 2014. He addresses the importance of being aware of the incredible gift of life that all human beings have, and that this awareness can naturally expand to encompass helping others in need. Also included are excerpts from his engaging interview on the Taiwan Outlook show on Macroview Television in Taipei, Taiwan.

From Simplicity is Born Success

From Simplicity is Born Success

This episode is taken from an event in Barcelona, Spain, in December 2014. At this event, Prem Rawat spoke about how exceptional it is for a human being to exist in the larger scheme of this earth, and what an opportunity every person has to understand and celebrate this life. He also described his recent visits to prisons in India and South Africa, and shared some of the responses of the inmates.

“When you begin to live with certainty, not uncertainty, then everything changes. When you start to live with understanding, not misunderstanding, everything changes. You start to live with courage. Courage is something; fear is not. Fear is just the absence of courage. When you start to live with courage, fear is gone. You don’t need to be afraid.”

Two South Africa Special Events (AUDIO ONLY)

Two South Africa Special Events (AUDIO ONLY)

This special release includes the audio of Prem Rawat’s addresses at two very special events in South Africa. The first is from Prem Rawat’s visit to Zonderwater Prison, where over 750 inmates have participated in the Peace Education Program (PEP) over five years, resulting in reduced violence and changed lives, according to both the wardens and participants. The second audio is from the first event with Prem Rawat in Soweto. This event celebrated the “graduation” of several PEP facilitators, who will help launch seven more PEP initiatives in the Soweto area with the support of the Soweto Department of Social Development and The Prem Rawat Foundation.

“There are 7.5 billion people and every one of them has an excuse of why they’re not fortunate. I’m stunned because all those people who are saying they are not fortunate are incredibly fortunate. Why are they incredibly fortunate? Bingo! You are alive. And as long as you are alive, you get to make choices. The game isn’t over yet. As long as you are alive, you are on. As long as are alive, it is not over.” (Zonderwater Prison)

“To understand humility…to be humbled, not by this world, but by the power that you have within inside of you. To be humbled by the joy that resides in your heart. To be humbled by that peace that dances inside of you. These are your treasures. This is your reality. These are the seeds that lie dormant in that desert of yours. And when the rain of peace comes, they will bloom.” (Soweto)

Zonderwater Prison event audio is first and the Soweto special event starts at 33 minutes in.

Messengers of Peace

Messengers of Peace

As part of an initiative to help young people do more for a peaceful world, Prem Rawat and the Scouts Association of Malaysia signed a “Pledge to Peace” in September 2014 at an event attended by 500 scouts and scout leaders. In an engaging address, Prem Rawat spoke particularly to the younger scouts, emphasizing that by beginning to train themselves to choose peace now, they can begin to make a difference not only in their own lives but also in their communities when they become adults. The event also included some insightful interactions with the audience.

“Do you know that you’re going to have to make choices? All your life, you’re going to have to make choices. The choice is your weapon.  Choice is your weapon against ignorance. Choice is your weapon against all the things that you don’t want. Choice is the weapon that can save you. Choice is the weapon that can bring people together. Choice is the glue that can make people join each other.”

The Perfect Symphony

The Perfect Symphony

At an event in Honolulu, Hawaii in September 2014, Prem Rawat addressed an audience of people who regularly listen to his message. He spoke very directly about a person’s constant choice between confusion and clarity, noting that every human being has both ignorance and knowledge within them. Making the choice of clarity is a daily challenge for everyone, he says, but one that is very rewarding.

“If you want to win this game, you have to play your cards right. You have to exercise that one thing which is to be conscious, to be aware. Who am I? What are the penalties? What do I want to have? The joy. Yes, I am thirsty for that joy. Every day, what can I do to shore up my odds towards, not that ignorance, but the knowledge?”