World Peace Center
The World Peace Centre (Alandi) of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India was established on 1st December 1996, as an outcome of the “World Philosophers Meet” – A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy, held in November, 1996 at MIT, Pune. The conference was attended by over 700 eminent scientists, scholars, social scientists, philosophers and religious leaders, apart from educationists and other intellectuals from India and abroad. The World Peace Centre endeavors to establish a “Culture of Peace” in a systematic and organized manner through education and training at the global level.
Establishment of World Peace Centre (Alandi), MIT-WPU, Pune, India
The World Peace Centre (Alandi) of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India was established on 1st December 1996, as an outcome of the “World Philosophers Meet” – A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy, held in November, 1996 at MIT, Pune. The conference was attended by more than 700 delegates from India and abroad. They represented nearly forty seven (47) countries including USA, UK , Germany, Japan, China, Russia, France, Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Israel, Italy, South Africa and many others. The World Philosophers Meet was in fact a Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy in which eminent scientists, scholars, social scientists, philosophers and religious leaders, apart from educationists and other intellectuals from India and abroad, actively participated.
Apart from deliberating on various aspects and areas of science; religion and philosophy, the discussions were mainly focused on the world scenario, which was far from satisfactory. Almost every delegate expressed his/her innate feeling, concern and heartfelt passion strongly in favor of starting a mission for establishing peace in the world. The general consensus was to take appropriate steps immediately, to prevent the situation from further deteriorating, which would result in total chaos, lawlessness and violence. One of the measures, strongly advocated was achieving peace through education and training at the global level.
For the above purpose, all the delegates unanimously resolved and approved the proposal of establishing “World Peace Centre at Alandi, Near Pune, in Maharashtra – India”, which is the birth place of the great Indian Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara. The World Philosophers Meet mandated MAEER – the trust running MIT, Pune to take a lead in establishing the World Peace Centre to propagate and promote love, peace and harmony all over the world by adopting various measures.
Accordingly, MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India established World Peace Centre (Alandi) on 1 st December 1996 in the presence of eminent world renowned personalities like His Holiness Dalai Lama, Sri sri Vishveshtirtha, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Mr. Francine Fornier of UNESCO, Paris, Mr. Claes Nobel and many others.
World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER’s MIT, Pune has been conducting a number of programme promote “Culture of Peace”, Harmony, Universal Brotherhood, Tolerance, Human Rights and other human welfare activities for the global society at large.
UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance
In appreciation of the work carried out by MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India under the banner of World Peace Centre, of championing the ’cause of promoting the Value Based Universal Education System for spreading the message of peace based on the appropriate blending of science, technology and spirituality, UNESCO, Paris bestowed the World Peace Centre, MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India, UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance on 12th May 1998.
Realizing how the world has become an unsafe and insecure place to live in due to the increasing terrorism and conflicts, World Peace Centre of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India has taken various steps to achieve its objective of establishing a “Culture of Peace” in a systematic and organized manner. As a part of this initiative, Vishwa Shanti Sangh (VSS) – World Peace Association was established on 3rd February 2000 and a decision to widen the sphere of its activities to the global level was taken on Friday, 27th March 2009, mainly to promote the cause of World Peace through various peace building activities.
The VSS is a forum of individuals and a network of institutions / organizations devoted to the cause of welfare of the entire humanity. Involvement and active participation of large number of individuals and organizations with full faith in the noble cause of promoting Culture of Peace is essential for the success of the work ahead. Those individuals or organizations who believe in the mission.
World Peace Centre, can become the members / associates of the VSS, and actively participate and contribute their own little share for the promotion of Culture of Peace with a sense of complete devotion and dedication. It may not be out of place to mention that usually, there is a tendency of wicked and evil minded people coming together more easily than virtuous and good people with noble intentions. VSS will strive to bring all the good and right thinking people together for this noble cause of world peace.
Prof. Vishawanth Karad
(Founder, WPC Youth Mission)
When I was studying in the government Engineering College in Pune, I came across a small booklet containing the quotes of the Great Noble Son of India Swami Vivekananda. I was thoroughly impressed and fascinated by the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda. Thereafter, I read all the works of Swamiji that I could lay my hands on. Later on, the MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions, Pune was established on August 05, 1983. Since I belonged to the devotional Warkari sect of Maharashtra, I was also influenced by the teachings of Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwar and Philosopher Jagadguru Saint Shri Tukaram Maharaj. In addition to this, I also had the good fortune of being blessed by my elder sister, a true example of sacrifice and devotion, Tyagmurti Poornabrahmayogini Smt. Prayag Akka Karad. It was under the influence of all of this that I took up the noble task of building ghats on the banks of the river Indrayani at Alandi, which brought in a major transformation to this major pilgrim town of India.
All the great saints, sages and seers of the world, because of their renunciation, sacrifice, devotion and dedication to understand the Ultimate Reality / Truth of the Universe, while worshiping the knowledge divine, could develop positive energies and achieve the highest status. The places where these great visionary saints and sages worshiped the Knowledge Divine in quest of the ultimate truth, achieved Divine Status as Pilgrim or Spiritual Centers, which in the modern times are perceived as “Positive Energy/Divine Knowledge Centers.”
This verse very distinctly speaks about Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara’s own purpose of writing this treatise on Geeta i.e. Dnyaneshwari, and says that he wants to clearly know and understand the “Ultimate Truth” – “The Ultimate Reality” – “The Ultimate State of Matter” as enunciated in the Vedas. He further states that the “Ultimate Truth” is nothing but pure intelligence / consciousness, the Knowledge Divine, the true nature of the Soul – Atman.
It is highly revealing that on the same lines, one of the greatest scientists of the world, Dr. Albert Einstein, later in his life, very assertively says that – The Entire Universe is a manifestation of pure intelligence and consciousness. Further, he says, “I believe in God – who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of the Universe. I believe that intelligence is manifested throughout Mother Nature. The basis of scientific work is the conviction that the world is an ordered and comprehensible entity and not a thing of chance.”
All this led to the conferment of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace and Tolerance in the 1995 on MAEER’s MIT Pune, which was the first such Chair in the Asia-Pacific region. During these years, I pursued with great diligence my dream of igniting the pride and esteem of India in the minds of students by imparting to them value based universal education, which was lost through the regressive education system employed by our British rulers under the directive of Lord Macaulay, through the various institutes of academic excellence established by the MAEER’s MIT Group of Institutions, Pune.
Today, whenever I meet any youth, I first think how much of an Indian he is!
Of course, I am not averse to adopting everything that is good from the western world, be it discipline, punctuality, tidiness and many other qualities. However, one should not forget that one is an Indian at heart. With these thoughts in mind, the Youth Mission of World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India was established in the year 2000. Today, its National Coordinator is Dr. S. N. Pathan, former Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University and currently the Vice President of Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi. He is a richly experienced academician as well as an administrator with great organizing skills. The philosophy behind World Peace Centre (Alandi) is to bring together all peace-loving citizens of the world under one roof, transcending the boundaries of caste, creed, religions and nationalities. The entire human race should be happy and peaceful. The youth should invest their energy in establishing the Culture of Peace in the world.
Swami Vivekananda had once said that in the 21st century, India will emerge as the Knowledge Corridor of the World and will show the pathway of Harmony and Peace to the entire mankind. I appeal to the empowered and cultured youth of India to bring this dream to reality by coming together on the platform of ‘Youth Mission’.
Come be a part of this global noble mission of World Peace!
Saint Dnyaneshwar Award
::: 2017 Award :::
The Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize-2017, given on behalf of World Peace Center (Alandi), MAEER’s MIT World Peace University, Pune, India shall be conferred upon the Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints – Mormon Community, Utah, (USA). The award will be conferred in appreciation and recognition of his great yeomen service for championing the Noble Cause of Human Welfare, Communal Harmony and Universal Brotherhood through his unique mission to promote the Culture of Peace in the World.
::: 2015 Award :::
Sri M has been conferred the “Philosopher Saint Shree Dhyaneshwara World Peace Prize 2015”, instituted by the World Peace Centre (Alandi), MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India. The Peace Prize is in appreciation of Sri M’s “immensecontribution in championing the noble cause of promoting the Culture of Peace and Harmony in the entire world and developing a peace-loving holistic society.”
Vision & Mission
To empower the youth of the world and build their organization, while inculcating in them the values of respecting nature and strengthening their belief that the World is One Family, beyond the boundaries of caste, creed, class, religion, gender and nationality.
To nurture all forthcoming generations of youth which will be active in the service of humanity beyond all biases, which will be committed to peace, be the first to arrive at the scene of any natural or man-made calamity to provide relief and which will be born and brought up imbibing the time-tested Indian values, traditions and philosophy.
World Peace Prayer
“Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara and Saint Shree Tukaram Endowment Lecture Series Trust” and “World Peace Center of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India” has instituted Saint Dnyaneshwara and Saint Tukaram Commemorative Endowment Lecture Series to promote World Peace through Education and Training. This annual Endowment Lecture Series, which is a part of the UNESCO CHAIR Programme for Human Rights, Democracy and Peace takes place every year from 24th to 30th November.
MAEER’s MIT, Pune had organized “World Philosophers Meet – A Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy” at Pune from 24th to 30th November, 1996 in the commemoration of the 700th Anniversary of Sanjeevan Samadhi of the Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara and “World Philosophers Meet’98 – Second Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy” was organized at Geneva, Switzerland from 18th to 21st August, 1998 with the sponsorship of UNESCO, Paris, with a prime theme of “Science, Religion and Ethics for the 21st Century”.
World Peace Center of MAEER’s MIT, Pune, India is constantly engaged in promoting the noble cause of developing “Culture of Peace” through “Universal Education System”.
In recognition of our contribution to the noble cause of promoting “Culture of Peace” including Environmental Improvement and Pollution Control Project, UNESCO, Paris bestowed on us UNESCO CHAIR in Human Rights, Democracy and Peace in May, 1998. This institution is the first in India and second in Asia – Pacific Region to have received this distinction of having a UNESCO Chair in this field.
Endowment lecture Series organized by WPC is an ocean or treasure of rich & inspiring philosophers in their respective filed i.e from spirituality to science. It is also an ocean of culture values that India stands for. With a legacy of 21 long years, this ELS is treated as faculty development programme on the campus. WPC of MAEER’s MIT Pune has been organizing this event for overall development of the staff and and strives to spread the message of peace & harmony.
All pervading infinite knowledge divine, the only ultimate truth , encompassing the entire sky, having no form, shape or colour is Shree Hari – the God whom I have personally experienced and intimately seen from very close quarters with my own inner eyes,setting aside the seen and the very act of seeing , Saint Dnyaneshwar says, “He has experienced and seen the very divine light of knowledge in the idol of the God Vithoba standing on a brick pedestal .” No other thing in the world is as pure and pious as Divine Knowledge.
All One who is a true believer in the selfless action with a sense of devotion and practices transcendental meditation, can acquire this Divine Knowledge, over a period of time . A person having ,full faith and control over his sense organs and is ever ready, acquires the divine knowledge.On acquiring this divine knowledge, one attains the supreme state of peace of mind, the Bliss.
There is no happiness like peace, everything else leads to sorrow. As such, follow the path of peace, which will lead you to the other bank of happiness.
If lust and anger overtakes, one will be afflicted by various ailments. Sant Tukaram says, that all sorts of worries and sorrows will vanish, if one follows the path of peace, which will enable one to smoothly sail through the journey of life. Always one should speak of the very existence of God, the Almighty, though in the inner conscious mind, one should realize that physically He is not.
God is carved out of stone and the step is also made of stone, One is worshipped and the Other is stepped upon. I am the smallest of the smallest of the small particle of this universe, which can encompass the entire universe – meaning thereby, I can take the minutest form – even smaller than an atom, but I am all pervading – I am the Almighty.
Union of Science / Religion will bring Harmony and Peace to the Humanity
Education is the Manifestation of the perfection already in Man.
Purity, Patience and Perseverance overcome all obstacles.
Truth is the fruit of realization, therefore seek it within the soul.
The State of Perfection is achieved by Bhakti – Love of God, Yoga and Dnyana.
Perfection does not come from only belief and faith, it comes through performance of action without any aspirations.
An Embodiment of Truth, Love and Compassion Development of Knowledge with Wisdom, Compassion with Love and Moral Character only will lead to the well being of the entire humanity True Friendship, Reverence and Respect for All Living Beings is the pathway for the well being of the mankind.An Embodiment of Truth, Love and Compassion, Development of Knowledge with Wisdom, Compassion with Love and Moral Character only will lead to the well being of the entire humanity. True Friendship, Reverence and Respect for All Living Beings is the pathway for the well being of the mankind.
Message:Believe in Oneness of God and be humble. Unqualified surrender to Allah, the Almighty, total faith in His Rubibiyat (Lordship) and total regard for virtues are the trinity of one’s life. is Rubibiyat (Lordship) and total regard for virtues are the trinity of one’s life.
According to Muhammad, the Prophet (SAAS), Religion of Islam comprised of the three elements of Islam (surrender), Iman (faith) and Ihsan (virtue).
Messenger of Love, Compassion & Peace The Saviour of Mankind Make every effort to live in peace with all men and be holy, without holiness no one will see the Lord, the Almighty.
But the fruit of the spirit – the spirituality is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous, love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease, where there are tongues they will be stilled, where there is knowledge it will pass away.
The Lord is full of love, Compassion and Mercy.
Ahimsa – non – violence is the supreme principle of Jainism. It preaches people not only to refrain from harming human beings but also all living beings including plants. Jainism believes in self-purification.
Mahavira’s message was one of asceticism; he preached that it is necessary to abound on home and family to detach one self from all Karma and gain salvation.
Guru Nanak dev ji
Sikhism is the youngest of the religions originating from India and founded in the 15th Century by the Most Revered Saint and – Philosopher Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
Ek Onkar Satnam Karta Purakh Nirbhow Nirvair Akal Murat Ajooni Saibhang Gurprasad
A believer of God should strive for the union with Him by working hard, by adoring the divine name and by sharing the fruits of labour with others.
THE SEVEN SOCIAL SINS:
Politics without principle
Pleasure without Conscience
Wealth without Work
Knowledge without Character
Commerce without Morality
Science without Humanity
Worship without Sacrifice
Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
It is the law of love that rules the mankind. Had violence and hate ruled us, we should have become extinct long ago. And yet, the tragedy is that the so-called civilized men and nations of the world conduct themselves as if the basis of society was violence.
I believe in God – who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of the Universe. I believe that Intelligence is manifested throughout all Nature. The basics of scientific work is the conviction that the world is an ordered and comprehensible entity and not a thing of Chance.
When I sit here and watch the mighty ocean, I can imagine the treasures hidden below the bed of the sea, when I see the clear blue sky above, I feel sky is the limit.
When I cast my eyes around I see the wonders and beauties of Nature. Science must learn to live in Harmony with all these magnificent gifts of God to Humanity.
Each time I sit and think, a thought occurs to me, how much I have borrowed from society, nature and my parents. I doubt if ever I could repay this debt in my life time.