On Wednesday March 16, Canada's very first Peace Tree was planted by His Holiness Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda in Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver, BC.
Despite weather forecasts for rain, the sun showed its glorious face as more than forty people, including an Official from the City of Vancouver, as well as representatives from various yoga Centers attended the Ceremony and initiated the tree with Mantras and blessings.
The international conference on "Youth and Ethics Education" organised by the Sri Swami Madhavananda World Peace Council and the Youth Union of Yoga in Daily Life started on Friday evening, 3rd Dec. 2010, with a "Colourful Concert" , a cultural programme that reflected different streams of contemporary and traditional spiritual music.
Among many speakers, professor Jaroslav Vacek, the world famous indologist and linguist, pointed out the significance of the Indian heritage for ethics and spirituality in our modern world.
Ing. Lenka Henebergova, director of the National Agency for European Educational Programs, explained the importance of the conference for Czech schools, where just recently a new subject ...Ethics... was introduced into school curriculum. The conference and its workshops demonstrating examples of good practice in introducing Ethics into schools is a great inspiration for many teachers and school principals.
His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, initiator of the conference, addressed the audience with an appeal to foster relationships between parents and children - parents should hold their children in their lap, and not their laptops. He also explained that with the development of spirituality, ethics develops automatically, too.
His Holiness Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwaranandaji planted his 50th World Peace Tree in the park of an orphanage village in the city of Novi Sad. He was officially greeted and introduced as one of the greatest humanitarian workers in Europe and worldwide by Mr. Vladimir Kopici, the Deputy Mayor of Novi Sad, and other officials from the City Council and the Assembly of Novi Sad. Hundreds of children as well as delegates and guests from several countries followed the ceremony. In his address His Holiness Vishwaguruji emphazised that this tree should stay as a symbol of Peace and at the same time shall fulfill the wishes of all who come and touch this tree with pure heart and wishes.