Peace Run across Africa
In the past few weeks, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run has begun its journey across the African continent. Starting in Lesotho, the run is travelling through South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The African Peace Run is part of a journey across the whole southern hemisphere.
The aim of the Peace Run is to bring people together in a spirit of peace, oneness and friendship. The run combines both the outer dynamism of running and the aspiration of cultivating inner peace and happiness amongst individuals.
“Lasting peace must begin within the depths of the individual, and from there spread in ever-widening circles as a dynamic force for world change.”
– Sri Chinmoy
Sri Chinmoy considered himself a student of peace, who sought to give people the opportunity to give voice to their own hopes and aspirations for creating a better world. During his lifetime, he visited the African continent several times to meet with political leaders and fellow peace-lovers.
Sri Chinmoy met with President Nelson Mandela on several occasions including On 9 March 1999, when he visited President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria at the President's Residence to honour the President with a "Lifting up the world with a Oneness-Heart" award for his magnanimous spirit in moving South Africa to a better future. On several occasions, President Mandela offered warm words of encouragement for the Peace Run, and the spirit of Sri Chinmoy's activities.
“I am happy this moment has come. Your powerful group carries an equally powerful message for the world.” - Nelson Mandela
As well as the Southern Hemisphere Peace Run. Other Peace Runs are simultaneously occurring in Europe and Russia.
- Peace Run.org