YIDL community joins the International Day of Peace initiative
As proclaimed by United Nations, the 21st of September is observed as the "International Day of Peace" and shall be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. The intention of this initiative is to have the entire world observe a full day of "global ceasefire and nonviolence." All peoples and organizations are invited to commemorate the day in an appropriate manner.
World Council of Religious Leaders thus invites all peace based NGOs and individuals representing a wide variety of religious and spiritual traditions to observe the International Day of Peace Vigil on this occasion, with the following objective:
"To encourage the observation of a worldwide, 24-hour vigil for peace and nonviolence on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2003 in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world."
Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda fully supports this initiative and appeals to the whole "Yoga in Daily Life" community worldwide to dedicate our thoughts and prayers on this particular day for World Peace.
May the Almighty Lord Bhagwan Sri Deep Narayan Mahaprahbuji answer to our prayers.
Let our joint prayers and our own peaceful attitude in daily life contribute to put a stop to war and fighting and establish peace on earth.
A Vigil is a period of "watch" or "wakefulness." In the context of the International Day of Peace Vigil, it could be done in the form of prayer, meditation or other form of spiritual observance with an objective on peace awareness. It could also be a commitment to peaceful thoughts and acts of kindness and love throughout the day.
Why a "24-hour vigil"?
The Vigil corresponds with The United Nations resolution that calls for entire day of global cease-fire and non-violence and invites "all nations and peoples to honour the cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day". A global day-long Vigil focused on peace would be a powerful force in promoting the cessation of violence and creating a more peaceful state among peoples.
What is the meaning of "peace" in the context of the Vigil?
The International Day of Peace has a very tangible goal of a day-long period and global cease-fire. The cessation of conflict for that day is one form of peace. The resolution also states, however, that the day should be focused on strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict among peoples and governments. In its broader sense, it is more than just alleviating violence; peace is an internal state of concord and tranquility.
How can my group participate in the Vigil?
Groups are asked to participate by focusing the group's awareness on the cessation of violent conflict throughout the world and in promoting peaceful behaviour for the entire 24-hour period on 21 September 2003. The group may wish to observe the Vigil by designating different individuals at different times to pray, meditate or otherwise celebrate the day in that group's house of worship or other suitable places.
How could I, as an individual, participate?
An individual could participate in many different ways. She/he might perform a day-long prayer, meditation or fast. One might also complete his/her daily Vigil by keeping an awareness of peace in all daily activities and by striving to think peaceful and loving thoughts throughout the day.
Can I still participate if I cannot commit to a 24-hour period?
Yes. Not everyone will be able to commit to a 24-hour duration. Do whatever you can while keeping the goals of the Vigil in mind.