The Journey of Peace
The second step on this journey was the establishment of the World Peace library that housed ancient texts as well as the most modern of scientific papers. Only through the assiduous study of both cool an individual realise the true potential of peace, balance and harmony.
The Library houses thousands of books and scriptures related to religion, spirituality, science and philosophy and from across the world. In the middle of the Library is a circular room where one can study about the ideologies and history of the various religions of the world – Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and Sikhism. One learns about the differences as well as the similarities of the religions. Ancient scriptures available here bring clarity to the rituals and practices of these religions. While one can research with the resources available here, it can help the thinking mind to conceptualize one’s own philosophies and interpretations, spark new ideas, breaking the bonds of traditions. This is the intent also of this secular place filled with possibilities of the new. The Library also showcases remarkably well-written pieces along the walls about the life and work of some of the greatest scientists and thinkers of the world.
Though the seed for peace studies for planted much before, this conference was the first concrete step taken towards the establishment of a department whose sole function is to expound upon the way a human can be in harmony with themself and with society.
“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 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 favour 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 birthplace 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 programmes promote “Culture of Peace”, Harmony, Universal Brotherhood, Tolerance, Human Rights and other human welfare activities for the global society at large.
The next step was the need to come up with a symbol behind which we all could get behind as well as bring gravity to the belief that only through peace and harmony can humanity progress. This was crystallized in the bestowing of the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights, Democracy, Peace, and Tolerance on the World Peace Center, MAEER’s MIT, Pune.
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 peacebuilding activities.
The VSS is a forum of individuals and a network of institutions/organizations devoted to the cause of welfare of the entire humanity. The involvement and active participation of a large number of individuals and organizations with full faith in the noble cause of promoting the Culture of Peace are 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.
The next step was the establishment of the World Peace University so as to better forward the agenda of having peace and harmony being taught to students just as they can be taught the sciences and the arts. This was the culmination of decades worth of planning, dedication and vision with the groundwork being laid by Revered Prof Dr Vishwanath D Karad and the final transformation being undertaken by his equally visionary son and the current Executive President of MITWPU, Sri Rahul Karad.
The final step undertaken in this epic journey of peace was the establishment of a structure that could serve akin to a temple dedicated to the peace and harmony which encapsulates the culture and religion from all over the globe and which crystallises all of the collective wisdom of humans into the twin strains of peace and harmony. That was the establishment of the World Peace Dome, a structure that will in perpetuity remind humanity of the pursuit of peace.
As quoted by Saint Dnyaneshwara, “Om Namojiaadhya. Vedpratipadya. Jay Jay Swasvedya Aatmarupa”, is an ideology for the whole universe, which emphasizes on the ultimate reality, the ultimate truth of the world. Saint Dnyaneshwar gave the message that the entire Universe is the manifestation of pure intelligence and consciousness. Consequently, “Knowledge is God” and “The Ultimate Truth is Knowledge Divine” are philosophies that are an integral part of the structure and “Sant Dnyaneshwara” is a symbolic representation of the pathway that the monument seeks to lead. The marvellous and majestic structure, by being the largest dome in the world, seeks to establish to the world, the connection between spirituality and science, from Saint Dnyaneshwara to Albert Einstein.
Conceptualised, Designed, Planned and Created under the guidance and supervision of Visionary Educationist and Proponent of Peace- Prof. Dr Vishwanath Karad, this WORLD PEACE Monument is dedicated to the Public to be a ‘Centre of Wisdom, Knowledge Dissemination and Social Transformation. The Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prayer Hall & World Peace Library aspires to educate the Masses at large and thereby help in establishing a Harmonious and Peace-Loving Society. The ‘World Peace Dome’ practices the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’- ‘The World as one Family’- A Global Village.
This beautiful 160 ft. diameter and 263 ft. Height Domed Structure contains 54 larger-than-life-size bronze statues of some of the greatest Saints, Scientists & Philosophers in the history of mankind, who are known to the world as Makers of World of Science, Makers of World of Literature, Makers of World of Knowledge and Wisdom, Makers of World of Religions, Makers of World of Social Reforms, and they all have given shape to the world history and civilization as it exists today. It is presently known to be ‘World’s Largest Dome’ and rests only on 24 Pillars. The ‘World Peace Prayer Hall’ above can accommodate 3000 People and the ‘World Peace Library’ covers an expanse of 62500 Sq.ft. The Centre of the DOME houses the meditation centre, from where all divinity and positivity emanates.