India’s most famous World Peace Leader meets Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI at Vatican City
During the meeting Pope Benedict XVI congratulated Gurudevji and encouraged him for raising awareness for the good causes. Gurudevji informed his Holy Father of the recent ten day Millennium Development Goal and World Peace Festival which he organised in Leicester 30th September 2008 – 9th October 2008.
The festival included ten days of prayer or ‘Maha Poojans’, where each day was dedicated to one of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The shinning pinnacle to the festival was a Guinness World Record attempt where Gurudevji along with thousands of world peace followers lit 66,840 candles to signify the world’s total population of 6,684 billion, together with an additional 195 coloured candles to represent the total countries across the globe.
At the festival, Gurudevji was also presented with a special award by the World Peace Federation who congratulated him for his work in promoting world peace. Gurudevji presented his Holy Father with the World Peace Book, which was conceptualised by Gurudevji to teach and enlighten people on the subject of peace and to prompt individuals to learn from past sufferings which have been a result of violence.
This World Peace Book is an inspiration for people from all religions and includes messages from an array of religious Saints, political leaders and other VIPs, such as from Lord Mahavira the Great Saint of Jainism and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The enchanting book is encapsulated by a golden case with an everlasting sandalwood fragrance and the book will be distributed free of charge to most of the 195 world leaders as well as peace activists and socialists around the globe.
His Holy Father was extremely pleased with the meeting, following which Gurudevji paid his homage to the shrine of the Late Pope John Paul II and visited St. Peters Church. Gurudevji also met with the First Secretary from the Embassy of India, Head of Guru Hargovind Sewa Society of Rome together with committee members and the Local Councillor of Rome.