After completing work on this Peace Pole, Sivakatirswami turned over it to the current chairperson of the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai, Anneleah Atkinson, and her husband who is behind the camera. Annaleah then delivered it to Mark Jaffers, Director of the famed Story Book Theater (http://www.storybook.org) in Hanapepe on the west side of the island.
Mark called this morning to say “I just wanted to let you know we got The Peace Pole and it is in good hands and will be installed by a professional who has experience in setting up bronze and other statues in public places. I think the Peace Pole will be a center of attraction here.”
The pole will be officially unveiled at the opening of the SPARK M. MATSUNAGA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S GARDEN FOR PEACE, in Hanapepe. If you live on Kauai and want to attend a marvelous event, don’t miss it:
Garden for Peace Opening (click here)
A Peace Pole is simple powerful statement that stands tall in the community and silently beams out to all who see it: “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” This echos in modern times the ancient prayer of our Vedic Rishis in one of the many famous Shanti Mantras.
AUM Sarveshaam Swastir Bhavatu
Sarveshaam Shantir Bhavatu;
Sarveshaam purnam Bhavatu;
Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu.
AUM Shantih, Shantih, Shantih
May all be auspecious;
May all attain peace;
Let there be fullness and contentment all over;
May all be blessed.
AUM peace, peace, peace.
And this other famous prayer:
Lokaa Samasthaa Sukhino Bhavanthu…
Om shanti, Shanti, Shanti…
May all the beings in all the worlds become happy;
Peace, peace and peace be everywhere!
Why don’t you make one for your community! Visit http://www.worldpeace.org/activities_peacepoleproject.html
Meanwhile, click to watch these YouTube Videos of Lokaa Samasthaa Sukhino Bhavanthu!
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu I
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu II
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu III