The 53rd Anniversary Celebration

The 53rd Anniversary Celebration

Jeevant – To Feel Alive

July 31st marks the anniversary of the day when Prem Rawat first began teaching as a young boy in India.

In 2019, “Jeevant” (“To Feel Alive”), the 53rd anniversary celebration of Prem’s work was arranged at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi for about fifteen thousand attendees from India and abroad.

Several radio and TV interviews, press articles and other speaking engagements were promoted on social media, leading up to an unforgettable event, which was streamed live all across India.

Even though everyone wasn’t able to attend and take part in the celebration, anyone who is familiar with Prem’s exceptional work around the world has a chance to feel part of what he is doing. Find out more.

Celebrating 52 years of Prem’s message

Celebrating 52 years of Prem’s message

This past week we celebrated Prem’s 52 years of sharing the message of peace and well-being throughout the world by joining him for the Words of Love event on 31 July, 2018.

The tradition of Guru Puja, originating in India, celebrates the teacher/student relationship. With this week’s Words of Love event, we not only celebrated this time-honoured tradition but also commemorated the day that Prem first began teaching at 8½-years-old: 31 July 1966.

The event welcomed people of all faiths and cultures who gathered to celebrate how knowledge has continued to be taught and practised throughout history, bringing us all together today in love, gratitude and community.

Read more about the event and how you can get involved here.

‘Peace Is Possible’ Campaign, part 2

‘Peace Is Possible’ Campaign, part 2

Ben Eine Meets Prem Rawat

A week and a half after painting Prem Rawat’s phrase ‘Peace Is Possible’ on the walls of Shoreditch House on Ebor Street in Shoreditch, London, Eine invited Prem to view his completed work of art. During their meeting, Eine took the opportunity to explain why he chose to paint ‘Peace Is Possible’ on the mural, leading both to exchange views on the impact of the phrase.

The hashtag #PeaceIsPossible is still trending on social media, as visitors in the Ebor Street area photograph the Peace Wall on a daily basis. Prem, Eine, and the Peace Wall have been featured in an article on The Evening Standard’s online news site.

‘Seeds of Peace’ Event in Lambeth College

The ‘Peace Is Possible campaign’ continued on Sunday, June 10th, when Prem Rawat was invited by Pastor Lorraine Jones to speak to the youth of London, bringing a message of hope and practical help through his critically acclaimed Peace Education Programme (PEP).

Pastor Lorraine Jones lost her son to knife crime in 2014 and has since become a leading voice for peace and healing in the communities of London. To avoid others sharing the fate of her son, she has founded Dwaynamics, a boxing gym that offers young people an alternative way of life and steers them away from gangs and violence.

On June 8th, before the event, both Pastor Lorraine and Prem took part in a conversation on the benefits of PEP with host Mike Graham of Talk Radio. Listen to the recording of this interview on the Talk Radio website (June 8th, 11.30-12 segment).

To find out more about the exciting results of this campaign, please go to the Prem Rawat Foundation website.

‘Peace Is Possible’ mural by Ben Eine

‘Peace Is Possible’ mural by Ben Eine

During the weekend of May 26-27, inspired by Prem Rawat’s work and message, influential graffiti, and mural artist Ben Eine painted Prem’s phrase ‘Peace Is Possible’ along Ebor Street on the side of Shoreditch House in East London, UK.

Ben Eine is a graffiti vandal turned typographic artist, and he has worked closely with another globally well-known street artist Banksy. PM David Cameron gifted one of Eine’s paintings to President Barack Obama in 2010. As his art is in huge demand globally, he is constantly commissioned internationally to carry out his unique artwork. After finishing the ‘Peace Is Possible’ mural, he traveled for commissions to Russia, Canada, Italy, and Japan. His colorful letters and powerful statements have already appeared on shutters and walls in the United States, Colombia, UK, France, and Sweden.

Ebor Street is a well-known site for street art and especially Eine’s typography. This made it a great visiting place for tourists and locals during two exceptionally sunny days in London when people from all walks of life came by to see the artist at his work. Many got their picture taken in front of the ‘Peace Wall’ while even more posted, tweeted, and shared the event in social media.

The ‘Peace Is Possible’ mural presents an important and hopeful statement at a time when London and other cities across the UK are experiencing a rise in youth violence.

 

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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