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International Conference "World peace and the Message of Mahatma Gandhi"

The Conference on World Peace and the Message of Mahatma Gandhi in Vienna/Austria was initiated by Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda with dedication to deliver a positive input to the current world situation that is a concern of all citizens of the globe. Conference also marked the 133th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji's birthday and the 30th anniversary of Swamiji's system 'Yoga in Daily Life' in Europe. The main goal of the Conference was directed towards issues on human freedom, progress, prosperity and security. Many respected guests (representatives of different world religions, ambassadors, social workers, philosophers and scientists) were addressing issues like respect and understanding among religions, nations and cultures; dialog for world peace; compassion towards all creatures; non-violent solving of problems; human rights, ethics and values; physical, mental, social and spiritual health; sustainable development.


Impressions from the Conference

Two thousand participants from 40 different countries attended in support at a 10 hours long conference, including Ambassadors from 25 countries and representatives of 8 world religions.

Conference venue Swamiji at the speaker\'s podium Swamiji at the speaker\'s podium

Swamiji receives the highest Croatian award for humanitarian work, the \'Danica Orden\' from the representative of the Croatian president Mesic Swamiji with the \'Danica Orden\' award Mufti Osman Djogic, Muslim Community, Slovenia, at the speaker\'s podium

Mahamandaleshwar Swami Niranjanananda at the speaker\'s podium Dr. Timi Ecimovic (Head of SEM Institute of Climate Change, Slovenia) at the speaker\'s podium H.E.T.P. Sreenivasan, Ambassador of India to Austria, at the speaker\'s podium

From left to right: Dr. Bimal Kundu (Head of Hindu Society, Vienna), Monsignor David Cappo (Roman Catholic Archdiocese Adelaide, Australia), Mufti Osman Djogic (Muslim Community, Slovenia), Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda (Yoga in Daily Life), Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp (Earth Charter Commissioner, Netherlands), Mahamandaleshwar Swami Niranjanananda (India) Swamiji is greeting guests A dancer from Mrs. Lekha Sreenivasan (wife of Indian Ambassador) dancing group

Folk dancers from Bukovac/Croatia


Prayer for peace

Representatives of 8 world religions held common prayer for world peace:

  • Rabbi Awaraham Soetendorp from Netherland for Judaism
  • Mag. Werner Horn, Superintendent of Protestant Church in Vienna, for Protestantism
  • Mufti Osman Djogic, Muslim Community Slovenia, for Islam
  • Monsignor David Cappo , Vicar General of the Archdiocese Adelaide, Australia, for Catholic Church
  • Pater Elmar Kahofer, Parish of Kaisermuehlen, Vienna, for Catholic Church
  • Bishop-vicar Dr. Emanuel Aydin for Syrian Orthodox Church
  • Banthe Dr. Seelawansa Thero, Theravada Buddhism, Vienna, for Buddhism
  • Mrs. Ottilie Kaefer, Baha'i, Vienna, for Baha'i
  • Mrs. Jelka Lah, Baha'i, Slovenia, for Baha'i
  • Mahamandaleshwar Swami Niranjanananda, India, for Hinduism
  • Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, Vienna, for Hinduism

The prayer was started by Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda with the Peace Mantra in Sanskrit. Swamiji lit a candle and than each representative followed with a short prayer in their own language and lit candle for peace. Audience was overwhelmed with feelings of joy and peace and greeted each prayer with warm applause of appreciation. At the end of the Conference candles were symbolically distributed to different countries and continents of the world: Australia, New Zealand, USA & Canada, India, Netherland, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Yugoslavia.


Mahamandaleshwars Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda and Swami Niranjanananda are liting candles for peace Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda (Yoga in Daily Life) speaks the words of prayer

Monsignor David Cappo, Vicar General of the Archdiocese Adelaide, Australia, speaks the words of prayer Candles of and for Peace Swamiji is giving a candle to Rabbi Awaraham Soetendorp from Netherland


Reception at the Vienna Town hall

After Conference's successful conclusion Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda and many respected guests, speakers and organizers were invited to Vienna's Town Hall, where they were welcomed by a representative of the Mayor's office.

Main participants and organizers of the Conference From left to right: Mahamandaleshwar Swami Niranjanananda, Rabbi Awaraham Soetendorp, Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, Monsignor David Cappo Mahamandaleshwars: Swami Niranjanananda and Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda

Group foto from the Town Hall