||Unifying Forces of Peace and Nonviolence
||Evolving a Viable System to Train and Orient People in Ahimsa
||Living in Harmony with Nature
||Ahimsa, Peacemaking, Conflict Prevention and Management
||Seeking the True Meaning of a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the children of the world
||Challenge of Violence, Hunger and Poverty
||Evolving a New Model of Nonviolent Lifestyle
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Acharya Mahapragya addressing the delegates of the
6th ICPNA at Rajsamand (Raj.) INDIA(b) Centre for Global Nonviolence Leadership Training
The number of ghastly incidents of the cruelest forms of violence is increasing rapidly on the face of this globe. What appals us most is that children and youths are in the forefront of such heinuous crimes. Mere thinking about them makes us shudder. Acharya Mahapragya, known for his Ahimsa Yatra (journey on foot to create ahimsa awareness among masses), is of the view that the only way to counter this trend is to impart nonviolence training to children. If the youths and children can be trained in violence why can’t they be trained in nonviolence? He has already launched a campaign to train people in nonviolence in India. Many nonviolence training centres have come up in the country under the auspices of ANUVIBHA. He instructed ANUVIBHA to organize international nonviolence leadership training camps for the benefit of the people from other countries :
First International Nonviolence Leadership Training Camp
It was organized at the Children’s Peace Palace from Dec. 26 to 28, 2007. In all thirty overseas participants hailing from 14 countries and 60 Indian youths attended this camp. Acharya Mahapragya and Yuvacharya Mahashraman themselves were present throughout the camp and exposed the participants to rare practical strategies and mudras for attitudinal changes. There were other internationally reputed nonviolence exponents too who underwent the practical training in ahimsa.
Participants of the nonviolence leadership training camp
held at Rajsamand practising meditation
Second International Nonviolence Leadership Training Camp
It was organized at Jaipur from Nov. 13 to 14, 2008 and we were fortunate enough to have Acharya Mahapragya and Yuvacharya Mahashraman in our midst on this occasion. Twenty five overseas friends hailing from 11 countries and about 30 Indian youths received the training. ANUVIBHA has decided to make it an annual feature.
The above camps were sponsored by Ahimsa Samvaaya, a unit of Jain Vishva Bharati, Ladnun.
Mr. Bernie Meyer, the American Gandhi, leading a workshop
at the nonviolence leadership training camp at Jaipur
(c) Pragya International Centre for Nonviolence Studies and Research
It is a vitally important activity of ANUVIBHA. The main aim of the Centre is to encourage the community of academics, field workers and activists to study the problems threatening human survival such as ethnic and communal violence, environmental and ecological degradation, climate change, corruption and immorality in public life, social disintegration, overpopulation, poverty, hunger, cultural clashes, pompous lifestyle, religious intolerance, armament, proliferation of atomic weapons and carry research into their causes. We are glad to say that a number of scholars across the world have agreed to work on voluntary basis for this centre. We now have a team scattered across the world who probe into the causes of the social, political and economic conflicts in their regions and prepare reports, monographs etc. We are also trying for its accreditation by an internationally reputed university so that the research work can gain momentum. The Centre will publish a report on each problem based on the findings of research scholars. The network of researchers is widening. We also plan to widen its scope of work by arranging for some research fellowships.
(d) ANUVRAT Ahimsa Peace Award
ANUVIBHA instituted a special award for promoting world peace in 1987 known as ANUVRAT AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE. It has now been renamed as ANUVRAT AHIMSA PEACE AWARD and a cash incentive of one hundred thousand rupees has also been added. In addition the award consists of a citation and a memento. ANUVIBHA Board of Directors has constituted an international committee which will invite applications for nominations every year beginning with the year 2009 and will select a candidate for this award. It is a matter of great joy to say that Mr. T.K. Jain (Surana), an eminent disciple of Acharya Mahapragya and supporter of ANUVIBHA, based in Delhi, has agreed to sponsor this prize every year.
Prof. Glenn D. Paige, Professor Emeritus of the University of Hawaii USA,
paying obeisance to late Acharya Tulsi after receiving ANUVRAT Award for International Peace at New Delhi in 1987
The people who endeavour to reduce conflict by removing the causes that promote it or inspire people to switch over to nonviolent lifestyle through speeches, writings and personal examples will be considered for this honour. The earlier awardees include Prof. Glenn D Paige of the University of Hawaii, SGI President Dr. Daisaku Ikeda of Japan and Mr. Perez De Cuellar, the former UN Secretary General. From 2009 onwards it will be a regular feature.
(e) ANUVIBHA Reporter
It is the most significant journal published by ANUVIBHA as a quarterly. It not only features articles on various aspects of ahimsa, ANUVRAT philosophy, environment, ecology, spiritual thinking, interreligious studies and lifestyle from internationally acclaimed scholars but it also gives a detailed account of our activities. In reality it is a vehicle of Acharya Mahapragya’s three dimensional programme of human regeneration consisting of ANUVRAT, Preksha Meditation and Jivan Vigyan. We welcome contributions from grassroots workers and peace and nonviolence academics working in any part of the world. We also publish reports of the activities of international campaigns for peace and disarmament organized by various NGOs and study centres working in association with UN.
(f) Formal Cooperation with United Nations
ANUVIBHA was approved for association with the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION, UNITED NATIONS in December 1998. The committee on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN/DPI) met on 2nd December, 1998 to consider new applications from NGOs for association with UN/DPI. Out of the 29 NGOs approved by the committee ANUVIBHA was the only NGO from Asia and Pacific Region for having been given accreditation that year.
In its press release PI/1101 dated December 4, 1998 it mentioned that ANUVIBHA focusses on multicultural understanding and tolerance through its nonviolence education programme.
ANUVIBHA has been working in close cooperation with UN/DPI ever since it was given accreditation. It has been participating in its annual conference of NGOs. It has organized midday workshops at UN headquarters on various facets of nonviolence. Its workshop on ‘nonviolence training as a long-term measure to combat terrorism’ in September 2005 was highly acclaimed.
One more feather in ANUVIBHA’s cap was added when Dr. S.L. Gandhi, President of ANUVIBHA, was selected as a panel speaker by the task force appointed by the President, UN General Assembly for the Interactive Hearing organized on the eve of the High-Level Dialogue on Interreligious and Intercultural Cooperation for Peace held on Oct. 4, 2007 at the UN headquarters.
The following prominent social workers of USA have been appointed as ANUVIBHA’s main and alternative representatives at the UN headquarters :