global peace, IV annual peace conference in New Delhi
GLOBAL PEACE, global conferences
In Harmony with the Universe
by Paul Blosser
How wonderful the Universal Laws work to bring all the elements together to further the progress of humanity! Several months ago, as the dates were being finalized for the People to People mission to India, we received an e-mail from Dr. S. L. Gandhi regarding the IVth International Conference on Peace and NonViolent Action.
It just so happened that the conference was in India. It just so happened that the dates of the conference coincided with the last days of our People to People mission. It just so happened that we were invited to submit proposals for presentations at the conference. It just so happened that the proposals Dr. Sheila and I drafted on the Universal Hour of Peace and The Universal Peace Covenant were accepted! It became very clear that the Peace conference was a major reason we were going to India in the first place. What a great way to introduce people in India and people from around the world to The Universal Peace Covenant, our idea of peace from the perspective of the soul. What a wonderful opportunity to meet with people of like mind and share our vision for spreading inner peace through activities such as the Universal Hour of Peace.
The conference was held at Jain ashram, Adyatma Sadhana Kendra in New Delhi. The ashram was a welcome change, an oasis within the busy streets of one of the largest cities in the world. For three days, Dr. Sheila and I lived in the ashram, sharing ideas, ideals, meals and lodging with 70 to 80 people vested in the interest of bringing peace to the world. Many of these individuals were noted researchers, doctors, professors and spiritual practitioners and teachers. Dr. Gandhi himself had been recognized more than 25 years ago and awarded the honorary title of Gandhi for his efforts to bring peace. Dr. Bernard LaFayette of the United States learned about peace and nonviolence with Martin Luther King in the 1960s. Vana Zanic, a Czech woman who studied Zen Buddhism and sought counsel with Mother Teresa, founded an organization to declare places of worship as zones of peace in war torn countries. Krishna Raj Mehta was a young man and student of Mahatama Gandhis now responsible for the operation of the ashrams started by Gandhi throughout India.
The peace conference provided a forum for everyone to share ideas formally and informally about how to cause peace. A great deal was presented, learned about and questioned in morning and afternoon plenary sessions or evening workshops. Throughout the day, papers and presentations were made regarding different perspectives of peace, focusing on social, economic and cultural issues that keep people ad countries from finding peace. Scholars and educators addressed specific issues such as hunger, illness or the distribution of wealth, and suggested some way of dealing with the limitations that inhibit physical peace. Dr. Katsuya Kodama suggested the development of a Culture of Peace News Network (CPNN) as a new form of media focusing on peace, human right issues and environmental and social reform.
Dr. Sheila gave her presentation within minutes of our arrival. Although her presentation had been scheduled for later, she was needed and responded (like all good metaphysicians). She presented a vision of the Universal Hour of Peace and invited those in attendance to join us on January 1st. That evening we discovered that the meditation instructor at the ashram had gathered his students and observed the Universal Hour of Peace in January 1999.
I gave my presentation about the Universal Peace Covenant that evening. Both Dr. Sheila and I realized how important it was that the School of Metaphysics was represented because we offered a unique perspective of what peace is and how peace can exist despite the conditions or limitations of the conscious mind and physical body.
The interchange of Self and ideas was rich during tea breaks or sitting at a table or on the floor eating a meal with our friends like Brother Lawrence Dias (right, 2nd row) from Bangladesh, Ursula Spring (right) from Mexico or Fred Seligson from Korea. Dr. Sheila and I were beacons of light, sharing our light and the teachings of the School of Metaphysics to all that we met. During a lunch break, many school children on holiday had come to the ashram to pray. The girls gathered around Dr. Sheila, and soon, a group of young boys formed around me. Each group in their own ways, expressed curiosity. After introductions and hand shakes all around, the boys asked What country are you from? What do you think about India? and What is your sport? When the girls left Dr. Sheila, they touched her feet and asked her to bless them.
There were many children around the ashram. Dr. Gandhis daughters, sons and granddaughter, the children living at the ashram and the children there for prayer. It was the children that seemed to make the idea of peace imperative, after all, peace is an idea whose time has come.