Discover the key figures of peace
Since the early human life on earth, violence has occurred. Most people believe that due to the evil character of men, life cannot be free from sufferings and conflicts. People have been involved in disputes over resources, over food or water for centuries. Other more serious concerns have sparked violence among us.
That is why international and non-governmental organizations have been set up to promote harmony in the world. Prem Rawat is a peace ambassador who contributes to the effort in building global peace. He created a foundation which is called after his name, the TPRF Foundation, to impart people with basic principles of peace.
Who are the most notable figures in peacekeeping?
Mahatma Gandhi (October 2, 1869 - January 30, 1948)
Born under the name Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi was an astute political campaigner in India. The word Mahatma literally means "Great Soul". Gandhi was a political activist, he fought for the independence of India from the British colonizer.
He advocated for the rights of the deprived Indian people. Mahatma Gandhi was the leader of non-violent protests to maintain harmony, which has become a popular way to struggle for human rights and peace in the world.
In 1915, he initiated the pacific movement of peasants, farmers, and urban laborers to put an end to the excessive land-tax that had been imposed on them. He was also a promoter of equal treatment and led a protest to crack down on discrimination.
Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922)
His birth name was Giacomo Paolo Giovanni Battista della Chiesa; he served as a Pope from 1914 to 1922. Pope Benedict XV advocated world peace during the World War I. in addition, he objected to the aerial warfare which can lead to massive human losses.
He was renowned for his charitable initiatives, especially concerning the protection of children and protecting the war prisoners. He advocated for the rights of wounded and missing persons at wars. In short, he was greatly involved in promoting human rights.
Mother Teresa (August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997)
Her birth name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. As a fervent Christian, her acts of kindness is deeply rooted from her belief in Christ. She gives a great value to us as they were created in the likeness of God. She was from a Roman Catholic Albanian family; they lived in Skopje, the capital city of the Yugoslav republic of Macedonia.
- When she was 12 years old, she was interested in helping the poor
- A few years later, she set out to work for humanity in India.
- When she was 18, she joined the Irish order of Loreto. Her first career was to teach girls in a school in Calcutta.
- At the age of 34, she decided to work in the Calcutta slums. She was involved in serving the most deprived and the neediest; and her acts soon spread over many other countries.
In brief, there are many notable figures of peace, and Prem Rawat is among those who have received a calling to work for peace in the modern society. Through his TPRF foundation, he also undertakes several activities for humankind.