International Day Of Peace New Zealand Parliament Buildings
In ancient days, this island that you have arrived on, was known as fish of Maori. It came as fish from the depth of the ocean. And it rose to the top. And here it is appropriate that you have landed here to the head of the fish. Sir Prem Rawat welcome! We look forward to what you have to teach us. I am sure the country is waiting with this world – in this current position is very good, but we welcome you. Pleased to have you here. So I welcome you. Welcome once, Welcome twice. Welcome to the head of the fish.
My thanks to Tangatawhenua on both sides for extending this very formal welcome, this powhiri to New Zealand, to Prem Rawat and the many members I think from a variety of communities both New Zealand and overseas that are in our chamber today.
On New Zealand, on United Nation’s International day of peace, I welcome to New Zealand’s parliament you all. I am also particularly delighted to welcome Mharaji Prem Rawat to our parliament and to our city and I am going to ask my very good friend Dame Laurie Salas to introduce Prem.
Honourable Marian Hobbs, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure to see so many of you gathered here in this illustrious venue on the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.
Prem Rawat, from whom we are going to hear very shortly emphasizes that institutions alone cannot bring peace and that it is both the birth right of every individual and incumbent upon ach individual to live a life of peace.
Born in India Prem Rawat was three years old when speaking at events held by his father, an honoured teacher, he started inspiring people to lead a life fulfilled. He was four years old when his public addresses were first published. Remarkable! At the age of 8 he accepted the responsibility of bringing this message of hope and peace to people around the world. Within a year he was attracting large audiences in India. And at age 13, while on a school break, he was invited to speak in London and Los Angeles. Amazing! Soon invitations to speak began arriving from nearly every continent and he began to travel worldwide. More than 10 million people in over 50 countries and 250 cities have come to seek his inspiration. We are thrilled to be welcoming him to Aotearoa in New Zealand to share his inspiration here. Thank you so much for coming. I know you are halfway between Argentina and Australia. It is great to have you here.
UN is our association recognizes the power and value of your message and we are also indebted to you, your commitment to United Nations. Recently a very special event was helped by the United Nations Development Program at the United Nations in New York to honour the humanitarian support provided by Foundation, Prem Rawat Foundation to people around the world. I have read little bit about that and it’s a very extensive humanitarian work that you do. While we tend to first look to institutions to bring peace, Prem Rawat says we need first and foremost to look within. Peace, says Prem Rawat is possible. His message is valuable, original and profound. Please join me in warmly welcoming our visitor.
Distinguished guests. Ladies and Gentlemen,
It’s a pleasure to be in New Zealand and it’s a pleasure to be in front of you talking about very profound but beautiful subject. And the subject is peace. Now you have heard a lot about the word peace. But lets try to look at what really peace is. Because everybody is looking at it from a totally different angle. Some people are optimistic and say it will happen and some people are pessimistic and say will never happen. Well it depends on what they are looking at. People think absence of war is peace. So, what is peace?