About Prem Rawat
“Peace needs to be in everyone's life. It is not the world that needs peace; it is people. When people in the world are at peace within, the world will be at peace.”
Prem Rawat receives hundreds of invitations every year to speak at events from people around the world. His message of peace resonates with audiences from all walks of life, regardless of their education, beliefs, age, or status. He speaks in front of intimate gatherings as well as vast crowds—sometimes exceeding 300,000 in India. He has been invited to speak at many important institutional venues and forums. These include the European Parliament, the United Nations (UN), the Italian Senate, the parliament buildings of Australia, Argentina and New Zealand, the Young President's Organization, and the Guildhall in London. He is also the inspiration for The Pledge to Peace, a call to peaceful action, signed by 37 institutions and launched at the European Parliament.
Born in India to a middle-class family, Prem began speaking about peace at an early age. He left his native land in 1971 to travel to Europe and America where he inspired audiences with his unique perspective and wisdom. Over four decades later he continues to speak from his heart, without script or rehearsal. To fulfill his vision of helping people to discover peace in their lives, he maintains a demanding travel schedule, flying an average of 100,000 nautical miles and attending approximately 80 events across the globe every year.
Recent Achievements and Recognition
In recognition of his profound impact on individuals and his contribution toward the world's understanding of peace, Prem has received many keys to cities and awards, and has been named an Ambassador of Peace four times: by UNIPAZ (University of Peace in Brazil) and three government organizations. In 2012, Prem was awarded the Asia Pacific Brands Association’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. The other three recipients of this prestigious award include Nelson Mandela and Hillary Clinton.
In a specially prepared video for the Nordic Peace Conference in Oslo, Prem emphasized the very real possibility of peace in our lifetime. He said: "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."
In 2001 he set up The Prem Rawat Foundation, which helps to make his message of peace widely available through forums with public leaders and its new Peace Education Program. Taking an innovative approach to helping people in communities caught in a downward cycle of poverty, TPRF has developed Food for People (FFP), a model program that provides hot nutritious meals in the local cuisine to children and ailing adults. Since 2001, the Foundation has provided over 158 grants to aid people in 40 countries across five continents.
Prem Rawat embraces creativity and cutting-edge technology to further his work. He is an inventor and highly accomplished pilot, with over 12,000 hours flying time, most of it spent flying himself to events. Prem is married with four grown-up children and one grandson.