PFC Activities & Events

Launching of The Peace Formula Campaign

Held on Monday 11th December 2006 at l’hotel de Ville, Curepipe by His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami from India and His Holiness Bhakti Dhira Damodar Swami from Kenya, in the presence of His Honourable Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Attorney General, Jayarama Valayden, the Lord Mayor of Curepipe and the Chief Government Whip.

In his opening address, The Minister of Justice and Human Rights said that there cannot be peace without respect for the environment, parents, elders and children. He was very keen to know the real formula for peace and was ready to give all his support to the campaign.

H.H. Bhakti Dhira Damodar Swami mentioned that false ego and misidentification with the body are the causes of the social unrest in the world.

H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami elaborately examined the actual status in the world. Just to give one example, he said that according to the Vedic literature, a day will come when water will be sold just as petrol is being sold, in barrels. He very expertly presented Bhagavad-gita as ‘The Book of Knowledge’ which gives us solutions to the problems of the world. He further stated that the number one cause of all the social ills is Greed. The formula proposed through this campaign is to educate people on God’s existence and His Laws so that the society may act in harmony with God’s laws, thereby adopting Simple Living and High Thinking to achieve peace.

















Cultural Show on the Occasion of the New Year 2007 organized by ISKCON-PHOENIX
(Celebrated at the Auditorium, MGI on Friday 12th January 2007)

One of the items at this show was The Peace Formula Campaign (PFC). It was presented to around 500 life members and devotees who attended the cultural show. His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami was the chief guest of the show.

The Peace Formula Campaign at Floreal Women Centre

The National Agency for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Substance Abusers (NATRESA) in collaboration with ISKCON and the Mauritius Organisation on Drugs and Aids (MODA) organised a seminar on Friday 26th January 2007 at the Floreal Women Centre on the theme ‘Good Parenting’.

The Peace Formula video show was projected and a speech based on the theme of ‘Spirituality as the best solution to overcoming parenting problems was delivered. Parents were encouraged to bring more of the element of God-consciousness in their every-day lives so that their children may also be brought up with this frame of mind. This will help the children refrain from indulging into the vices of the society.



Presentation at ‘Anse La Raie’

On Saturday 3rd February 2007, the Peace Formula Campaign team was invited by the NATRESA for a presentation at Anse la Raie in view of a three-day retreat, having as objective to sensitise the youth about the growing problems in the country including drug abuse. The audience consisted of youth leaders from around the country.


Abortion

Thursday 15th of March 2007 – A press conference was held together with the ‘Comité Interculturel pour La Vie’. Acharya Ratna Das presented ISKCON’s standpoint on this matter. He said “Life starts from the time of conception and trying to put an end to it will have disastrous consequences for our country. We are all controlled by the infallible laws of nature. The leaders of our country should take into account all available knowledge with regards to abortion before taking any decision. We should not be guided by the fact that ‘civilized’ countries have legalized abortion.”

Saturday 17th of March 2007 – Participation in an Awareness campaign at St. Mary’s college, Rose Hill. Amongst the speakers were Mgr Maurice Piat and Père Gerard Sullivan from L’Eglise Catholique, Maitre Herve Lassemillante, Lawyer, Adith Nobaub (Acharya Ratna Das) representing ISKCON, Imaam Imran Beedassy representing the Jummah Mosque, Dr Ip and Gilberte Chung, Director of BEC (Bureau Education Catholique).

PFC has been involved in various meetings and awareness programs in this respect.

We might ask ourselves: “What has peace to do with abortion?” Here’s what Mother Theresa says “The most destructive element of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child in her womb, what is the difficulty in us killing each other?”


PFC at the Junior Secondary School, Bon Accueil

JSS Bon Accueil, a girls’ institution, invited the PFC team on the occasion of the Republic Day of Mauritius on 22nd of March 2007.

The PFC members presented the film show and a questions and answers session took place. The girls showed a lot of interest in the subject matter which was visibly very new to them. One of the girls commented that this program should be conducted in all the colleges in Mauritius so that other students get access to this knowledge.

A flag raising ceremony was held and the Chief Guest was the Director of NATRESA. He talked about the dangers facing the young students and using his own example, cautioned them how youngsters fall prey to drugs by simply ‘trying’ them once.

PFC at Community Centre, Circonstance, Saint Pierre

The PFC team was invited to address around 60 residents of Circonstance, Saint Pierre on 5th April 2007.

The program started with a drug addict relating how he ended up becoming a drug addict and the dangers awaiting the young. He had been an accountant with a nice family and children. He was now jobless, almost a beggar and no longer enjoyed respect in society. He talked about the role of ‘friends’ and peer pressure in influencing one to take drugs.

A presentation on the causes and consequences of AIDS disease was made by a community officer.

PFC at the University of Mauritius

April 30th 2007 - His Holiness Bhakti Visvambar Madhav Maharaj from USA spoke about the perception of a teacher/lecturer from a vedic standpoint. He mentioned that according to vedic injunctions, a teacher or guru is looked upon and addressed to with reverence. Real learning is only possible in an atmosphere of humility and respect. In such an atmosphere, insulting or physical violence against a teacher was unthinkable. He mentioned of one of his teachers for whom he had so much respect that he would visit him even years after he completed his studies. The audience very much appreciated the intervention of Maharaj.

PFC at Mont Ida Mandir

A presentation was made on 18th May 2007 to the members of Mont Ida Community consisting on the introduction on the subject matter and questions and answers.

We are all working to attain the same things

We are all working to attain things for our existence, a peaceful life, a pleasant community in which to live, nice friends, family, few worries or problems, food to eat, cloth to wear, shelter, an education for our children, and good jobs. We may have different backgrounds, but our needs and desires are not that dissimilar. We are not very different from each other at all.

This whole world belongs to human society at large. Actually, everything belongs to the Supreme Being. We are all guests on this planet. Our time here is temporary. We may stay here for sixty, seventy, or a hundred years or so, and then we are forced out at the time of death. We are forced to give up our body, along with our family, friends, country, countrymen, our land, property, and whatever else is connected with this temporary body. So there is no need to feel that I belong only to one section of society or one family. We all go through the same basic pattern of life and have the same essential needs. We are all in this together. It takes everyone to make this planet work nicely. But when we think other than this, we create disunity and disharmony, which escalates to struggles, fights, even wars between communities, cultures and countries in various parts of the world. Then, there cannot be any peace.

As Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita (5.29): “A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries.”

The human race should take this wisdom and not quarrel over temporary material possessions. We should be satisfied with whatever we have been blessed with, that is needed to survive in this world. Life is not often easy, but it becomes easier when we help each other to get through it. That is only possible when we work together.

"The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them." Albert Einstein