Let us encourage peace by forging friendship and improving relationships from within. Peace begins with a smile, which can make a big difference and needs no language. Smile at a person next to you, or a stranger and watch what a powerful impact it makes, said Past RI President Gary Huang at the Rotary Peace Fellowship conference, held in Chennai, in which nine Districts — 2981, 2982, 3000, 3020, 3202, 3211, 3212, 3231 and 3232 —
Quoting Chinese philosopher Confucius, who has said that efforts to put the world in order begin with the family, he urged the audience to spend quality time with their faimilies.
Peace Ambassador Award
Along with RID C Basker he presented the Rotary Peace Ambassador Award to Dr Huz, CEO, Workhardt Foundation, and Chairman of The Peace Mission.
“We need to spread peace. Messages such as sorry, thank you, best wishes, etc pass on a positive energy,” said Huz, a member of Rotary Club Bombay Bayview.
Peace is within you
The highlight of the programme was a lecture, laced with humour and depth, by Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of the Isha Foundation. “Peace should come from within. If you cannot keep your mind peaceful, how can you make the world peaceful,” he said.
People talk about world peace but there is no commitment to peace. “You are responsible for what happens within you. If you understand that, you can be at peace. Joys and miseries happen from within you,” he added.
We need to spread peace. Messages such as sorry, thank you, best wishes, etc pass on a
— Dr Huz, CEO, Workhardt Foundation
Rally for Rivers
The Sadguru appealed to the Rotarians to create awareness about the depleting condition of our rivers. “By 2030 we’ll have only 50 per cent of water for our survival. If we do not act now, the legacy we hand over to the next generation will be one of conflict and deprivation.” A simple solution to rejuvenate our rivers is by providing a thick tree cover along the banks, he said, and called for participation in a massive month-long campaign, ‘Rally for Rivers,’ across 16 States that culminated in Delhi on October 3.
PRID P T Prabhakar, DG R Sreenivasan and PDG ISAK Nazar participated, and Rtn J Venugopal chaired the event.