Message of Peace
Excerpt from Prem Rawat’s address at the Italian Senate, December 3, 2012
Honorable members of the Parliament, honorable members of the government, distinguished guests. Sometimes we forget what the process of peace is. The most practical example I can give you is cleaning something. When you clean something, do you take “clean” from a bottle and spread it all over? Or do you remove the dirt? When the dirt is removed, whatever it is becomes clean automatically. That is what it is.
It was a typical British summer day when Prem Rawat was invited to speak at Kensington Palace, as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. The audience, including members of the House of Lords, academics, politicians, and celebrities, were welcomed into the State Rooms of this historic Royal Palace.
It is a special day in Zonderwater Maximum Security Prison. When the Peace Education Program (PEP) volunteers arrive at the gates, the security guard tells them they will probably have no students attending today. Why not? Because the Moroka Swallows, one of South Africa’s premier football teams, are visiting, and the inmates are watching them playing on the field.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - On September 28, 2012, at a forum called “7 Billion Reasons for Peace,” Prem Rawat was awarded the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation BrandLaureate International Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award—their highest and most prestigious award. Reserved for statesmen and illustrious individuals whose actions and work have positively impacted the lives of people and the world at large, there have been only four other recipients: Nelson Mandela, Hillary Clinton, Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (Prime Minister of Malaysia 1981-2003), and Heinz Fischer (President of Austria).
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