Thursday, September 21, 2023
(The International day of peace)
join thousands of others in a global PEACE invocation
You are wholeheartedly invited to participate in Seven Minutes of World Peace on Thursday, September 21, 2023.
From 9AM – 9:07AM New York time, countless people around the world will simultaneously invoke peace in their own way – through prayer, meditation, inner reflection, or by offering their deep yearning for peace and goodwill to humanity.
There are countless ways to participate, but the core is a global, simultaneous seven minutes of silent invocation for peace. If you wish to build a program around these seven minutes, here are a few suggestions. Feel free to add your own.
Read and reflect on inspiring writings about peace.
Participate alone or join with others to create a dynamic program with writing, art, poetry, or peaceful music, interposed with at least seven minutes of silence starting at 9AM EST.
Added power comes from simultaneous participation, so be sure to check your local time so that we all come together at once.
“There shall come a time when this world of ours will be flooded with peace. Who is going to bring about this radical change? It will be you: you and your sisters and brothers. You and your oneness-heart will spread peace throughout the length and breadth of the world.”
– Sri Chinmoy
7 Minutes of World Peace is an annual observance inaugurated in 1984 by Sri Chinmoy at a Peace Meditation session at the United Nations. It unites individuals, groups, non-governmental and governmental organizations around the world. It is held on the International Day of Peace, also officially known as World Peace Day.
Since its inception, thousands people in over 40 countries have joined, and letters of support and proclamations have been received from Heads of State and mayors of more than 40 cities.
We began at the United Nations. In the spring of 1970, at the invitation of then Secretary-General U Thant, Sri Chinmoy began conducting twice-weekly meditations at the United Nations at its Headquarters in York.
On United Nations Day (October 24) in 1984, Sri Chinmoy held the first Seven Minutes of World Peace, a simultaneous, global invocation of peace. He led the seven-minute meditation from a conference room at the UN during the lunch hour of many staff and delegates. Individuals and organizations around the world joined in at the same time.
In the United States alone, between 1985 and 1988, more than 285 Governors and mayors issued proclamations in support of Seven Minutes of World Peace and of the idea that outer peace begins in the inmost hearts of individuals.
For a number of years, while still observed, Seven Minutes of World Peace entered a more quiet phase.In the beginning of 2019, the first coordinator of Seven Minutes of World Peace under Sri Chinmoy’s guidance, Dhruva Hein, worked tirelessly to reinvigorate the project. After consulting many, it was decided that Seven Minutes of World Peace should be held on September 21, the International Day of Peace. The time 9:00-9:07 AM EST coincides with when the Peace Bell at the United Nations often rings to proclaim humanity’s age-long yearning for peace.
During the pandemic in 2020, a Zoom program was held to usher in the seven minutes of silence, with participation by U Thant’s daughter, Aye Aye Thant, university students from Japan and members of Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations.
Group participation resumed in 2021, flourished in 2022 and continues to grow.
“If we can invoke peace and then offer it to somebody else, we will see how peace expands from one to two persons, and gradually to the world at large.
“God alone knows when the Kingdom of Heaven will finally descend on earth. In the meantime, God is begging His aspiring children to try to create at least a tiny island which He can call Heaven on earth.”
– Sri Chinmoy
it’s your turn to invoke Peace
Thursday, September 21, 2023
9:00am – 9:07am EST (GMT-4). Starts in:
Have questions? Ideas? Please feel free to contact Nayana Hein at email@example.com. We will be glad to hear from you.
“Imagine the beauty of an earth without tears”
– Sri Chinmoy, Founder of Seven Minutes of World Peace