Prem Rawat and his words of peace
Introducing Prem Rawat
Born in Northern India in 1957, renowned Ambassador of Peace Prem Rawat has addressed hundreds of millions of people worldwide at live events as well as on TV and radio. His talks have been translated into more than 75 languages, and he is regularly invited to speak at universities and prestigious international forums and events. He has accepted invitations from global business leaders, prison inmates, remote villagers in developing countries—whoever is eager to hear his message.
The man behind the message
Prem Rawat’s father, Sri Hans Ji Maharaj, was himself a renowned speaker on the importance of inner peace and fulfillment who encouraged his son to develop his natural talent as a speaker. Prem gave his first public address on peace at just four years old. When his father died, when Prem was eight years old, Prem took on the responsibility of continuing his father’s work. He began traveling and speaking at events during his school holidays. Many people were touched to see a child speak so simply and clearly on such a weighty topic.
An international ambassador
In 1971, at age 13, Prem Rawat embarked on his first journey outside India when he was invited to speak first in London and then Los Angeles. Addressing crowds of up to 10,000 people, what had begun as a school holiday developed into a life-long journey inspiring people to discover and practice peace. Today, Prem has spent over 50 years traveling the world, speaking in more than 250 cities, and addressing live audiences totaling over 15 million people.
Prem Rawat embraces creativity and cutting-edge technology, especially when it furthers his work. He is known as an inventor, musician, artist, photographer, poet, and as a highly accomplished pilot with over 14,000 hours of flying time. To fulfill his vision, he maintains a demanding travel schedule, attending some 90 speaking engagements across the globe annually and flying on average about 100,000 nautical miles.
Notwithstanding his ambitious work schedule, Prem’s family life remains a rich source of fulfillment for him as well. He is married and has four adult children and three grandchildren.
A universal message of peace
Prem Rawat has dedicated his life to addressing every individual’s essential need for peace by bringing his unique message of peace to the world, one person at a time. His understanding of peace goes beyond words. It is both practical and tangible. He has realized that peace is possible, it needs to be felt, and, once people themselves are in peace, the world will be in peace.
“I’m not a politician, but I am a human being who holds very close to his heart the fundamental principles and possibility of peace on this earth. Whatever happens, peace needs to be given a chance to flourish. That’s the only thing we haven’t tried.”
Peace lies within us all
Prem Rawat recognizes that all people hold within them an inherent thirst to be content, that humanity’s essential desire is for peace. He is deeply convinced that, although we may have lost touch with it, peace is found in the heart of every human being. He sees that if enough individuals experience peace, society as a whole will be at peace. His view is that the condition of the world today is simply an extension of human minds. The absence of peace manifests as violence, greed, ignorance, hatred, and environmental destruction. He perceives that we often treat merely the symptoms, not the cause of this absence of peace, and that governments and politicians cannot be expected to bring about peace. Nevertheless, he envisions that peace will be humanity’s greatest achievement.
“Peace is in people, not in things. When peace illuminates every human being, there will be real peace. Who makes war? People! And who needs peace? People! Everyone has war in them and everyone has peace in them, as well as anger and forgiveness. Which ones do we practice? Practice peace, and peace will be mankind’s finest achievement.”
Spreading Prem Rawat’s message
Prem Rawat offers a practical way to experience the peace he talks about. He shares his message with millions around the world through books, web content, media appearances, and press coverage, and, above all, his live events and speaking engagements.
He is a best-selling author, adapting age-old stories and retelling them for a modern audience. Prem’s book When the Desert Blooms (Cuando el desierto florece) topped Penguin Random House’s Spanish non-fiction list in 2018. The book, published by Penguin in the U.S. and U.K. in 2019 under the title Peace is Possible, was previously nominated for a national award in Japan, where it was first published under the title Splitting the Arrow – Understanding the Business of Life. All editions included, 130 000 copies of the book have been sold across the world.
Prem Rawat has been interviewed by journalists in Taiwan, Peru, South Africa, Malaysia, India, and Fiji, and also in Italy, Spain, England, and more recently in France, to name but a few, bringing his message to radio and TV audiences as well as newspaper and magazine readers.
Taking the message to the people
Above all, the scores of events Prem Rawat attends worldwide are the key to bringing his message of peace to millions. Year after year, he continues to speak from his heart, without script or rehearsal, before audiences ranging from intimate gatherings to assemblies of hundreds of thousands of people.
In a 2017 event in Bihar, India, approximately 500,000 people gathered to hear him speak. Prem takes the opportunity at every event to highlight different aspects of his fundamental message of peace, as he delves into such indispensable themes as Essential Gratitude, Unlocking Hope, The Answer Within, or, simply, Peace is Possible.
Peace in everyday life
Whether he’s addressing intimate gatherings or vast crowds, Prem Rawat has an uncanny ability to offer a message of peace that is universal, appealing to every audience regardless of age, beliefs, or status. He has been speaking at events on every continent for more than five decades with an extraordinary passion for peace that has inspired millions of people. In recent years, his talks have focused on themes that are relevant to all of us as human beings, such as Journey to the Self, Unlocking Hope, Project: Gratitude, or For Your Life. Prem Rawat’s public events are an opportunity for anyone who wishes to learn more about his message of peace and how to appreciate it in their life. These events are open to all, with tickets readily available from each venue or major ticket agencies.
Prem Rawat by invitation
Prem Rawat’s work has been acknowledged by governments, NGOs, business organizations, and other civic groups around the world. In this regard, he has presented his message of peace and responded to questions from the audience at many prestigious venues and places of influence. These VIP gatherings include addresses he has made at the United Nations in New York, the European Parliament, the Italian Senate, the parliaments of the United Kingdom, Australia, Argentina, and New Zealand, the Young Presidents’ Organization, and such prestigious educational institutions as Harvard University, Oxford University, Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, the University of Colorado, the University of California, IIT Delhi, and ISB Hyderabad.
In November 2011, Prem Rawat was the keynote speaker at a special event, Peace and Wellbeing in the European Union, hosted by the then First Vice-President of the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella. The event was attended by a large international delegation of EU politicians and VIPs representing institutions interested in peace. The European Parliament invited these institutions to sign the first Pledge to Peace Declaration, which is based on the principles of liberty, equality, and solidarity of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and those of peace, prosperity, and dignity, promoted by Prem Rawat. Prem Rawat, as the first signatory, was named ambassador for the Declaration.
In a specially prepared video for the Nordic Peace Conference in Oslo in 2012, Prem Rawat emphasized the very real possibility of peace in our lifetime by saying:
“There are people who are very greedy; there are people who don’t care. But in my opinion, that is a minority. The majority of the people on the face of this earth want peace, and if this is true, then peace on earth is a very achievable objective. People say it’s not going to happen. Well, let this time belong to those who believe it can happen, not to the ones who say it cannot.”
International recognition for Prem Rawat
Prem Rawat has received many awards and the keys to over 20 cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas in recognition of his profound impact on both individuals and the world’s understanding of peace. He has been named an Ambassador of Peace four times: by the University of Peace in Brazil (UNIPAZ) and by three governmental organizations. In 2012, he was awarded the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation’s BrandLaureate Lifetime Achievement award, reserved for statesmen and individuals whose actions and work have positively impacted the lives of people and the world at large. Only three others have been recipients of this prestigious award, including the late Nelson Mandela. Commenting on Prem Rawat’s International Lifetime Achievement award, the Chairman of the BrandLaureate organization, Dr. KK. Johan said:
“He is a man of such standard and excellence, we cannot but help love that man for all that he has given to the world. Most importantly, he inspires, impacts, and influences lives all over the world. This is the man for the 21st century. He has the message for the 21st century. We just thank him – 7 billion reasons to thank him for championing and supporting peace all over the world.”
Inspired by his words at live events, in radio and TV interviews, and through the printed media, individuals from all corners of the world are showing their support for Prem Rawat’s message of peace. Here are a few of the core global organizations that assist in fulfilling his vision:
Events: Words of Peace
Words of Peace Global (WOPG) and its sister organization Words of Peace International (WOPI) are independent charitable foundations established by individuals who are inspired by Prem Rawat’s message of peace. Their objective is to support and organize the many live public and special events as well as radio and TV interviews in the countries and cities where Prem has been invited to present his message. The generosity of thousands of individuals around the world who donate regularly to this purpose provides crucial continuous financial support. Recurring fundraising campaigns, organized by a global network of dedicated volunteers, enhance this necessary support. While these voluntary donations provide the backbone of financial support, income from event ticket sales provide some additional funding. The WOPG website and mailing lists offer information and updates about upcoming events and other event-related activities as well as links to the ticketing sites for each event.
TimelessToday is a multi-platform media company that produces and distributes high-quality content of Prem Rawat’s message. Their editors turn the media around as quickly as possible on both their web and app platforms to make available his most recent addresses.
Charity: The Prem Rawat Foundation
The Prem Rawat Foundation was set up as a nonprofit foundation in 2001. Since then the foundation has run a wide variety of programs (for instance the Peace Education Program and Food for People) and initiatives fulfilling its mission: to address the fundamental human need for food, water, and peace.
RawatCreations is a start-up company showcasing the photography and musical compositions of Prem Rawat. Many other products are in development.
Prem Rawat photos courtesy of TimelessToday.