Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council
The Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council was founded by His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda in commemoration of his beloved master, His Holiness Dharmsamrat Paramhans Sri Swami Madhavanandaji (1923-2003). The Council is established as a non-governmental, humanitarian and charitable society that pursues the betterment of humanity's welfare.
The Council is an instrument to advance unity and peace by disseminating the messages of Sri Swami Madhavanandaji “One in All and All in One” and Mahatma Gandhiji “Be the Change You Want to See”.
One of the Council’s central aims is to support international forums for dialogue between individuals, nations, cultures and religions on the topics of peace, ethics, spirituality, education, health, youth and environmental sustainability.
The main objectives of the World Peace Council are:
1. Fostering of world peace, cultural exchange, dialogue between religions and nationalities, ethical education and healthy lifestyle.
2. Fostering of tolerance, respect and understanding among religions, cultures and nations; human rights as well as animal rights; protection of animals and the natural environment.
3. Fostering of the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being of the individual and the general community by cultivating physical, mental, social and spiritual health through study, practice and teaching of the system "Yoga in Daily Life" as authored by the founder of the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council, Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, based on the authentic tradition of yoga and the teachings of his spiritual lineage.
World Peace Summits
The Council’s feature event is the “World Peace Summit”. The Summit is an annual event to raise global awareness, as well as spiritual, social and political resolve to secure lasting world peace and to demonstrate tolerance, respect and understanding by acknowledging ‘unity in diversity’.
"Unity in Diversity is the aim of this Summit. We have learned many things and now we shall put them into practice. There should be more and more such conferences so that the consciousness will awaken to bring about Peace. We shall spread this message from door to door and from shore to shore. This Summit is a seed that must be grown into a large tree with branches of Spirituality, Peace, Justice, Understanding, Forgiveness, Tolerance and Love."
Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda Initiator of the Summit
World Peace Summit in Vienna, Austria, 2002
World Peace Summit in Sydney, Australia, 2003
World Peace Summit in Brno, Czech Republic, 2004
World Peace Summit in Zagreb, Croatia, 2005
World Peace Summit in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2006
World Peace Summit in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 2007
World Peace Summit in Wellington, New Zealand, 2008
World Peace Summit in Szombathely, Hungary, 2009
Topics of the World Peace Summit
Inspiration for this and previous conferences is drawn from the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi
Topics at the Summit are targeted at the United Nations Millennium Development Goals to be reached by 2015, which include:
In dedication to Hindu
Sri Swami Madhavananda Puriji
“Politicians and diplomats should
increasingly enter into effective
dialogue. Religious leaders need
to show the way forward through
the trust and dialogue we
develop between ourselves.”
Monsignor David Cappo,
Catholic Church, Australia