“Peace is something spontaneous; it is something that unites us. Peace is something that we have to spread. But unless and until we have peace deep within us, we can never hope to have peace in the outer world.”
Sri Chinmoy, Transformation-Night Illumination-Dawn
Since 1986, many significant landmarks around the globe – from natural wonders to entire nations – have been dedicated to peace as part of the Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms programme. The Peace-Blossoms family offers an opportunity for different communities to share in mankind's common quest for peace.
"What does peace do? Peace blossoms. What else? Peace spreads. What else? Peace illumines. What else? Peace fulfils."
Each Peace-Blossom is established through the auspices of the governing local, state or national officials, and many are marked with an inspirational plaque.
More than 150 nations have been dedicated to peace by national leaders as Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms-Nations, joining over 900 landmarks, capitals and significant locations in this global policy project through which entities have reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation, dialogue and peace.
Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms-Nations include Australia, Canada, India, Japan and South Africa. Landmarks dedicated as Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms include Mt. Everest, the Matterhorn, Niagara Falls, the Taj Mahal and Lake Baikal.
A Selected List of Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms
Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms-Nations
152 countries on all continents
Sri Chinmoy National Peace Capitals
Ottawa, Canada (6 Nov 92)
Oslo, Norway (25 Jun 97)
Canberra, Australia (16 Mar 93)
Reykjavík, Iceland (27 Jun 93)
Wellington, New Zealand (30 Jul 93)
Edinburgh, Scotland (25 Feb 94)
Cardiff, Wales (31 Jul 97)
Stockholm, Sweden (Jun 98)
Guatemala City, Guatemala (8 Jan 98)
Suva, Fiji (8 Jan 94)
Bern, Switzerland (11 Nov 98)
Sri Chinmoy Peace Borders
The entire 200km border between Norway and Russia (21 Nov 93)
The border between Austria, Italy and Slovenia (12 Jun 94)
Sri Chinmoy Peace States
Thirteen American states, including Massachusetts (6 Apr 93); Connecticut (19 Apr 93); Florida (27 Apr 93); North Carolina (5 May 93); New Jersey (9 Jul 93); Delaware (13 Apr 93); Rhode Island (23 Jul 93) and Washington (1 Aug 93)
Sri Chinmoy Peace Cities
More than 200 cities—Sydney (21 Mar 93), Melbourne (19 Mar 93), Australia; Bergen (30 Jul 93), Norway; Leeds (24 Oct 95), UK; Durban (23 Jan 96), Cape Town (23 Dec 95), South Africa; Philadelphia (4 Dec 92), Seattle (24 Jun 95), USA
Sri Chinmoy Peace Delta
The Mekong Delta (28 Dec 92), site of the most bitter fighting of the Viet Nam war.
Sri Chinmoy Peace Falls
Niagara Falls (15 Apr 92), Canada
Victoria Falls (2 Jan 96), Zimbabwe
Sri Chinmoy Peace Mountains and Summit
Summit of Mt. Fuji (27 Jan 97), Japan
Ghenge Liru, 6581m (21 Dec 94), in the Himalayas of Nepal
the Matterhorn (25 Jul 92), Switzerland
Mt. McKinley, USA
Khan Tengri, 6995m (15 Oct 96), Kyrgyzstan
Sri Chinmoy Peace Marine Park
The Great Barrier Marine Park (16 Jul 93), one of Seven Natural Wonders of the World
Sri Chinmoy Peace Lakes
Lake Baikal (10 Jul 94), the world's deepest freshwater lake