Pilgrimages

Our Pilgrimages are focussed on promoting harmony and peace between religions and religous movements worldwide through pilgrimages and stimulating global cooperation between spiritual leaders of different traditions.

The first of four Peace Pledge Pilgrimages, an interfaith initiative of spiritual leaders of many faiths from all over the world, along with business and political leaders, took place in February 2017 in India at several venues.

The second pilgrimage centred around the International Peace Palace in The Hague in September 2017. They were successful beyond our expectations.

The third one took place in Greenland and Assisi, Italy in June 2018. We felt guided and inspired by the immeasurable presence of love and grace and were honoured deeply to have shared with so many people who responded so enthusiastically.

Out of our most successful Peace Pledge event in Assisi  came a few very important conclusions.

The importance of  Living Peace.

Therefore a fourth Pilgrimage was organized to join and spread the message of living peace at the world’s largest spiritual gathering, the Kumbhla Mela in Prayag Raj (Allahabad), and Rishikesh. with the focus and theme “Water as the source of life.

Objective:

Pilgrimages are focused on promoting harmony and peace between religious movements stimulating global cooperation between spiritual leaders of different traditions.

Pilgrimages:

  • India New Delhi – Ajmer February 2017.
  • International Peace Palace in The Hague in September 2017.
  • Greenland and Assisi, Italy in June 2018.
  • India Kumbh Mela – Rishikesh February 2019

Results so far:

Friendship and empowered cooperation between spiritual leaders by those joining the pilgrimages

Next steps:

More pilgrimages to sacred places to empower awareness on the importance of healthy water and empower the unity in loving kindness & compassion between spiritual leaders and their followers

The pilgrimages

Pilgrimage 1

Pilgrimage to convene Loving Kindness and Compassion

India
2017 February

New Delhi – Ajmer

To advance the supreme value of loving-kindness and compassion Spiritual and religious leaders from around the world  have come to Delhi. With the support of many like minded people, Leaders from around the world are joining Indian leaders in New Delhi, from Feb 14-Feb 16 at the Dargah of Hazrat Inayat Khan, near the Dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia and Feb 17-18 at Ajmer Sharif, as part of “Pilgrimages for Loving Kindness and Compassion”.

Blessings messages:

Outcome:

  • Peace Pledge Document
  • Mutual commitment to spread the message of the peace pledge far and wide
Peace Palace
Pilgrimage 2

Virtues of the Heart

The Netherlands
2017 September

International Peace Palace The Hague – Sufi Temple Katwijk

To advance our shared passion to amplify the moral compass of Loving Kindness and Compassion through pilgrimages and the Peace Pledge, our interfaith family gathered for our second pilgrimage in Holland. It was a symphony of wisdom, unity, and joy for all who attended. The tuning fork of our commitment is needed for the world and our commitment  was strengthened profoundly by our time together.

Blessings messages:

Outcome:

  • Commitment Scoping Mission Dutch Water Experts with GIWA (Global Interfaith WASH Alliance) in Rishikesh
Pilgrimage 3

Melting the ice in the Heart of Mankind / Thirst for Peace + Forgiveness & Reconcilliation

Water of Ice Cap merges with Source of Ganga

Greenland & Italy
2018 June

Glacier (Greenland) – Assisi (italy)

From around the world, leaders of the world’s major religious traditions came together in Assisi, the home of St. Francis, as part of the Peace Pledge Pilgrimage Project; to pray, celebrate, meditate and pledge to work together based on the principle that Loving-Kindness and Compassion can overcome discord and lead to human unity and peace.

Blessings:

Outcome:

  • Education on loving kindness and compassion implemented by Fakhira Najib, educationist Pakistan Integration of virtues in education Nishkam School Trust, Dr Brinder Singh Mahon UK
  • The spiritual leaders mutual agreed  “It is no longer enough to simply pray for peace, like St. Francis, we must also serve and actively work for peace”.
Pilgrimage 4

Water as the Source of  Life & Awareness Education – Values

India
2019 February

Kumbh Mela – New Delhi – Rishikesh

His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati invited the Peace Pledge to join and spread the message of active peace at the world’s largest spiritual gathering, the Kumbhla Mela in Prayag Raj (Allahabad), and Rishikesh. With the focus and theme “Water as the source of life.

Themes:
Allahabad and Rishikesh:  Water as the Source of  Life
New Delhi:  Awareness Education – Values

Outcome:

  • Waterproject  Upstream Rishikesh (cooperation Dutch Water Experts with GIWA India)
  • Implementation Childrens Peace Pledge within education program Hope Project
  • Implementation within education programs GIWA (Global Interfaith WASH Alliance)

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