From October 13 to 15, Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, hosted the World Peace Summit 2006. It was organized by the Yoga Union of Slovenia under the patronage of the Mayor of Ljubljana. More than a thousand participants came from all over the world, the highest representatives of states, distinguished guests, representatives of civil society, religious communities, environmental organizations, business people, scientists, educators, artists, members of Yoga in Daily Life, people of Slovenia, etc., attending as speakers, contributors and visitors and made a stand for peace. Peace candles were symbolically lit by representatives of different religions.
Special emphasis was given to the role of young people in shaping of the future world and the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations to be achieved by 2015.
"Respect life in all its deversity: to seek to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and universal responsibility that each form of life has value regardeless of its worth to human beings."Zagreb,Croatia, 2005
The first Peace Summit in Croatia, organised by Croatian Union of "Yoga In Daily Life", took place on October 9, 2005 in Croatia's capital Zagreb, in their biggest hall, Vatroslav Lisinski. The event commenced with the ceremony of lighting "peace candles", carried out by representatives of several participating religions. His Holiness Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda, the initiator of the Peace Summit and its guest of honour, was joined in a prayer for peace by the representative of the Zagreb mayor, Mrs. Ljiljana Kuhta Jelicic; Muslim leader, the Imam of Zagreb Mirza Efendija Mesic; representative of the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Lama Shenpen Ripoche; Tao Master Liang-Meng Lin; theologist Mr. Augustin Basic; and His Holiness Sacinandana Swami.
During the interval break of the Summit, more than one thousand people gathered in a park in front the Zagreb City Hall for the planting of a Peace Tree. "This tree has been planted as a sign of appreciation towards all Croatian fighters for peace and freedom. I wish that the roots of this peace tree will encompass the entire Earth", said His Holiness Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda.
“World peace can only become a reality when all people rise above national boundaries, politics, religion and ideologies. This World Peace Summit has given hope to strengthen our resolve to replace the culture of war by the culture of peace.”Brno Resolution, 2004
"Yoga in Daily Life" World Peace Summit and the message of Mahatma Gandhi were held in Brno in December in 2004 in the memory of His Holiness Dharmsamrat Paramhans Swami Madhavanandaji. More than 2000 participants from Europe and the rest of the world gathered around Mahatma Ghandi's peace message "Be the change you want to see" for similar reasons. They wanted to inspire a dialogue on world peace through tolerance, respect and understanding among religions, nations and cultures, to strengthen the will to live together in peace regardless of national borders, religious and cultural differences, to awaken the compassion towards all creatures, as well as to promote and support the UN Millennium Development Goals.
“We entreat all world - leaders, spiritual, political, social, environmental and humanitarian, to be united in their efforts towards lasting world peace - to show tolerance, respect and understanding, recognising the strength of ‘unity in diversity’.”Sydney Resolution, 2003
The Asian-Pacific counterpart of Vienna's conference was held in Sydney a year later. The World Peace Forum brought together more than a 1,000 religious leaders, politicians, environmental and humanitarian speakers from Australia and the rest of the world. They gathered in order to communicate practical solutions which can be adopted in everyday life to help to overcome the current peace crisis and release the state of peacefulness in everyday life.
“We recognise the interconnectedness between the world of humans and the world of nature. Unless we care for the Earth and one another, we risk the destruction of ourselves and the diversity of life.”Vienna Resolution, 2002
On October 5, 2002 the first International Conference of World Peace and the Message of Mahatma Gandhi took place in Vienna, Austria, initiated by Swamiji as one of his greatest contributions to these efforts. 2,000 participants attended from 40 countries, including ambassadors from 25 countries. It was an impressive event held to promote world peace through understanding, respect and tolerance between religions, cultures and nations. The conference focused on human rights, ethics and human values as the most valuable assets for world peace and sustainable development.
Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda - Swamiji, the founder of the system "Yoga in Daily Life", initiated worldwide International and Interreligious World Peace Prayers because he has recognised the urgent need to promote and develop awareness of world peace. The first prayer took place in the Croatian city of Umag in September 2001, and afterwards in numerous cities in Austria, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. Thousands and thousands of people were lighting candles which were floating on the sea surfaces, lakes and rivers of their countries with wishes and prayers for peace among all cultures, nations and religions.