Peace Education

Jains Honor UPF Leaders for Peacebuilding

United-States-2017-07-29-Jains Honor UPF Leaders for Peacebuilding

New York, United States—The UPF International chair and vice president were honored at an event sponsored by the Shrimad Rajchandra Mission.

On July 29, 2017, a play about the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his mentor was performed in the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The drama “Yugpurush—Mahatma na Mahatma” (meaning “Mahatma’s Mahatma”) depicted the life-changing influence of Jain spiritual guide Shrimad Rajchandra on Gandhi’s spiritual development and embrace of nonviolence at a critical time in India’s history.

According to the play, Gandhi said of Shrimad Rajchandra: "This man has won my heart in spiritual matters, and no one else has ever made on me the same impression. I have said elsewhere that besides Kavi (Shrimadji), [English writer John] Ruskin and [Russian writer Leo] Tolstoy have contributed in forming my intrinsic character; but Kavi has had a more profound effect because I had come in personal and intimate contact with him."

The program was sponsored by the Jain organization the Shrimad Rajchandra Mission and its spiritual leader, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri.

After the play, several dignitaries were asked to come onto the stage to receive awards for their work for peace and nonviolence. Dr. Thomas G. Walsh and Taj Hamad, the chair and vice president, respectively, of UPF International, were among the awardees.

Dr. Walsh was also one of the speakers at the event, along with Pujya Gurudevshri; Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi; and H.E. Syed Akbaruddin, the permanent representative of India to the United Nations.

All the speakers expressed appreciation for the Rajchandra Mission’s humanitarian work and the play’s message about this important personal mentoring relationship and the practice of nonviolence—which is so needed in the world today.

If you find this page helpful and informative please consider making donation. Your donation will help Universal Peace Federation (UPF) provide new and improved reports, analysis and publications to you and everyone around the world.

UPF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and all donations are tax deductible in the United States. Receipts are automatically provided for donations of or above $250.00.

Donate to the Universal Peace Federation: Your donation to support the general programs of UPF.

Donate to the Religious Youth Service (RYS): Your donation will be used for service projects around the world.


Donate to UPF's Africa Projects: Your donation will be used for projects in Africa.




Related Articles

The Kyoto Declaration: Next Steps for Civil Society and Faith-Based Organizations

New York, United States—On April 21, 2021, the Coalition of Faith-Based Organizations hosted a webinar on “The UNODC Crime Congress—The Kyoto Declaration: Next Steps for Civil Society and Faith-Based Organizations.”

UN DESA Marks International Day of Families by Focusing on Technology

United States—The International Day of Families was commemorated by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs with a webinar on May 14, 2021, on “Families and New Technologies.”

Gender Equality: Best Learned Within a Healthy Family

United States—The NGO Committee on the Family-NY with support of UPF sponsored a webinar, on the topic “He for She at Home: Gender Equality Starts at Home” as a parallel event of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.