A new ray of light and peace spread all over the globe as people observed the Moment of Calm on Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani’s birthday. Mr Piyush Goyal, the Minister of State sent birthday wishes to Rev. Dada, “Warm Birthday wishes to Dada Vaswani ji. He has always enlightened us through his ideas. I pray for his healthy life.”
A five day celebration was arranged by the Sadhu Vaswani Mission, culminating in the Moment of Calm. Rev. Dada’s birthday, August 2, 2016 was celebrated with enthusiastic kirtans and bhajans, his discourse, and observance of The Moment of Calm – Global Forgiveness Moment at 2PM. In his discourse, just before the Moment of Calm, Rev. Dada said, “The greatest benefit of forgiveness is it gives you peace of mind. Your richest treasure is your peace of mind. If you have everything in the world but no peace, you are a pauper.”
Rev. Dada then led the congregation in a forgiveness meditation. In other areas, people watched the LIVE webcast to join in the forgiveness session with Dada. A young lady, Rashmi Motwani, commented, “Participating in the Moment of Calm was a very relaxing experience – all the negativity had gone out of my mind. It was truly a feeling of satisfaction. I felt that I turned into a better person than I was a few minutes back.”
This year, over 18.2 million people pledged to participate from across the globe, including Morocco, UAE, UK, Spain, USA, India, Singapore, South America, South Africa, China and Taiwan.
The Moment of Calm has had a meaningful impact on many individuals. They are able to resolve conflicts more easily, repair damaged relationships with friends or partners, and many experienced increased positive feelings.
A college student writes, “Mom, Dad Sorry for my lies. I know it hurts you. I promise, whatever the situation, I’ll never lie to you again. I’m always going to make you proud and happy.”
A Patron Nurse from J.J. Hospital in Mumbai says, “The Moment of Calm really gives peace to many hearts. There is a universal need to forgive. From my own experience, I really felt relaxed and calm. It was like a euphoric moment for my heart.”
An individual shared the impact of forgiveness on her health, “My blood pressure vanished and other minor health issues were resolved when I forgave.” The Moment of Calm has also gained the support of many international organizations including, Unify, Peace Within is World Peace, All World Gayatri Pariwar and Indian Development Foundation, and Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance.
This year the cast of Bal Veer has also joined the growing number of celebrities who support this movement. Actress Anushka Sen of Bal Veer exclaims, “I strongly believe in the values of forgiveness and love. When you forgive, you stand tall. Forgive one, forgive all!” Bollywood Celebrity Aamir Khan continues to support this initiative declaring, “The power of forgiveness can bring peace to the world.” The campaign also had a big impact on social media. Throughout the week, inspirational quotes, practical exercises and unique mantras are posted on the Moment of Calm Facebook site. A Facebook user writes, “Thank you Moment of Calm Team for sending such wonderful, practical exercises. I request you to kindly send these reminder capsules often to enrich our lives.”
Many lives changed for the better.
The evening program started with melodious performance of Sindhi Singer Mrs. Kajaal Chandiramani. Shri L.K. Advani specially visited Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani to wish him on his birthday.
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