World Peace Day, or often referred to as the International Day of Peace, is a holiday observed each year on Sept. 21. As the name implies, it’s a time dedicated to world peace, specifically the absence of war and violence. The day was first observed in 1982, and is presented by many nations.
Isha’s World Peace Day is an annual event celebrated in the serene atmosphere of the Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences. It is held in honor of the United Nations International Day of Peace, and serves as a reminder that peace is not an ultimate goal, but a fundamental requirement for our wellbeing.
The Isha Institute is set over 1,400 acres of lush mountain land including nature trails, beautiful waterfalls and bluff overlooks. The institute offers all four types of yoga that address the body, mind, emotions and energy.
The Rally for Rivers campaign was the theme, with emphasis on preserving fresh water, especially rivers. It was conveyed that many of the rivers in India are threatened, and environmental changes have a huge impact.
Activities were held throughout the day, with yoga and mediation sessions in the domed Mahima Hall for visitors age 7 and up. Guests learned simple, yet powerful practices, bringing peace from within. Sessions for peace and wellbeing, joy and health were presented throughout the day.
Mahima (meaning grace) is a 39,000-square-foot free-spanning meditation hall, and the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. More than an impressive structure, Mahima is a potent sphere for self-transformation, the core of which is a powerful energy source that will be vibrant for nearly a thousand years.
The lively folk/roots-rock band, Humming House, held a concert at 4:30 p.m., followed by a vegetarian meal. Globally inspired vegetarian selections, along with a tasty and creative juice bar was available for guests’ enjoyment.
Mahima Hall once again came alive with the presentation of Spanda, a dance group founded in 1995 which explores group dynamics in Bharatanatyam. Spanda means a vibration or pulse, and is symbolic of the enduring and perpetual energy that is the life force of the universe.
Before the official close of the day, two nature-filled films were shown on the ceiling of the domed mediation hall.