A Moment’s Peace

A Moment's Peace

A Moment’s Peace is an inspirational project linking the peace dreamers of today with those of future generations.

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Unveiling of the ‘World Peace Dreamer Statue’

At a ceremony on Saturday 28 July, the “World Peace Dreamer Statue” was unveiled as part of the ‘Art of Olympians’ – a cultural and artistic contribution to the 2012 London Olympics.

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Trumpets mark the opening of the Ceremony

The World Peace Dreamer Statue depicts the founder of the World Harmony Run, Sri Chinmoy, holding aloft the Peace Torch that runners have been carrying for the past 25 years on a mission of peace and harmony.

“Peace does not mean the absence of war, peace means the presence of harmony, love, satisfaction and oneness. Peace means a flood of love in the world family.”

– Sri Chinmoy [1.  ]

A close up of the statue

World Harmony Runners
World Harmony Runners
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World Harmony Runners light the peace flames.
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Some of the many guests in attendance.

To inaugurate this project, many special guests came to offer their good will and aspirations for creating a peaceful world. Present at the ceremony were several mayors of London Boroughs and many former Olympians who came to take part in this unique event.

The theme of this project was passing on the baton of peace from generation to generation. The ceremony honoured the lives of great peace dreamers of our time, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, and Sri Chinmoy.

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Special Guests who spoke at the ceremony

The special guests included.

Dr Bernice A.King – CEO of the King Center and daughter of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King

Reverend Mpho A Tutu – Founder and Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer & Pilgrimage and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Khaliah Ali – Philanthropist and daughter of Muhammad Ali

Marlene Owens Ranking – Managing Director of the Jesse Owens Foundation and daughter of Olympic legend Jesse Owens

Sibongile Mkhabela – CEO 0f the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

All the speakers offered heart felt words on their common aspiration for creating a better and more peaceful world.

The statue was offered to the City of London from three former Olympians – Carl Lewis,  Tegla Loroupe and Tatyana Lebedeva.

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Other Guest speakers included Bob Beamon, CEO of the Art of the Olympians Foundation, and immortal Long Jump record holder

Dr Davidson Hepburn, President of the General Conference of UNESCO, and Eric Petersen, public speaker and author of Light and Liberty.

Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov

As well as speeches, the ceremony also included musical performances by the London Youth Gospel Choir, The City Academy, Hackney and Boris Purushottama Grebenshikov.

A singer from the youth choir

The ceremony also marked the opening of a Jharna Kala Art Exhibition – a display of Sri Chinmoy’s art at University College London.

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Jharna Kala art exhibition
Jharna Kala
Jharna Kala art exhibition.

Photos: Ashish Zubaty

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Footnotes

[1] Sri Chinmoy, The Garland of Nation-Souls, p10 New York: Agni Press, 1974

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