Taking time out from his busy South Asian tour, Prem Rawat gave an interview for “The Nation”, a current affairs programme on a major Malaysian TV network. During the inspiring 60-minute interview with presenter Jessy Chahal, Prem covered a wide range of topics with characteristic passion and humour.
Developing the theme of “what you are looking for is within you”, he went on to describe the predicament of the world, and the necessity to “take the positive actions from every individual” rather than merely “keep doing the same things and expecting a different result”.
He went on to say “This is our time; we have a choice. Our biggest weapon is our choice”. He emphasized that we are all included, that “each one of our existences is important, we all play a role and, if we choose, we can start to make a difference”.
Prem continued the interview by describing the success of the Peace Education and the Food for People programmes in transforming the lives of individuals and communities, and then responded to questions about his newly published book, ‘Splitting the Arrow’.
Invited by the presenter to close the interview with a final few words to the audience, Prem responded by saying, “You have the capacity to change your life. You have the capacity to change the world. Do it. And I wish you all the best, all the happiness and all the joy”.
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Recently at the Water and Food Award Ceremony, an NGO that promotes global best practices in water and food security initiatives, Patron, Prem Rawat, emphasized the power of making good choices in his keynote address. “Our power isn’t machine guns. Our power is compassion,” he said.
THE REAL MEANING OF PEACE
There once was a king who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The king looked at all the pictures. But there were only two he really liked, and he had to choose between them.
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror for peaceful towering mountains all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
The other picture had mountains, too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky, from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all.
But when the king looked closely, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest – in perfect peace.
Which picture do you think won the prize? The king chose the second picture. Do you know why?
“Because,” explained the king, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning of peace.”
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Keynote Speaker: Prem Rawat (WAF Patron)
WAF Award Ceremony 2015Streamed live from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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22 October 2015, 16:15-19:00 MYT
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Insightful and inspiring, Ayrton Cable's talk regarding the valuable projects he has set in motion, allowed the audience at the 'Forging Ahead' Benefit, a glimpse of this remarkable changemaker and how he is making a difference in the world today. During the talk Ayrton showed some short video clips highlighting the different aspects of the projects.
These clips can now be viewed along with other videos from the Benefit hosted on 3rd October in support of the Food For People program.
Ayrton's films have also been shown on International School Meals Day in front of the World Bank, and USAID, and also at WE Day at Wembley Arena in front of many celebrities and over 10,000 young people.
In particular, the Water Explorer below, shows a fun-filled educational quest on how to tackle issues related to water, which are facing so many in the world today.
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'Mary Dalgleish who is part of a team of PEP volunteers says: " We have thoroughly enjoyed facilitating the Peace Education Programme at HMP Thameside and have felt very welcomed by staff and prisoners alike. We started with a team of 9 volunteers and to date we have completed 2 courses with remand prisoners. Feedback from attendees has been excellent and the prison authorities want to extend the programme to other prisoner groups. We have now recruited a further 10 volunteers and started our third course with remand prisoners and a further course with long term prisoners. Here are some quotes from course attendees:
“This course has formed an important part of my rehabilitation…I’ve realised that my life is not on hold – it’s just the things I can do in my life that are on hold.”
“I’ve lost my freedom, but I’m finding my identity. So pleased I chanced upon this programme; it has and will continue to inspire my growth and those around me; I hope to sow new seeds of hope and clarity. I never really took the time to look within – I wish I did – life WAS confusion.”
“What I liked most about the Peace Education Programme was the encouragement to never give up your hope.”
As Michael Gove is looking to transform the criminal justice debate in Britain, just as Right-wing politicians have done in America, this could be a good time for PEP to expand its' work throughout the UK.
‘We’ve got to have space for fresh thinking,’ he replied carefully. ‘How can we take that essence and ensure that when individuals are in court, there is a teachable moment that they recognise they’ve done wrong – and if custody may not be the answer for them, that there are other things we can do?’
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Thank you to everyone who helped, to all who attended, and those who supported this important and fun evening.
The evening included important information about the work of The Prem Rawat Foundations' Food For People Program, children and the importance of nutritious food and the inspiring work of Ayrton Cable.
Great entertainment was provided with amazing artists:
Gappa & Trio
Chris MacVittie and Daya Rawat
Tim Hain & Friends.
More updates will be following, but you can read more about the evening here