July 16, 2008
Hundreds Travel to New Mexico to Celebrate International Peace Prayer Day
ESPANOLA, N.M., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3HO Foundation and Yogi Tea recently sponsored the 23rd annual International Peace Prayer Day at Ram Das Puri near Espanola, New Mexico. Held every June, this interfaith celebration features guest speakers, live music, meditation circles, evening chanting and a Peace Prayer led by Rahmani.
International Peace Prayer Day is part of the Summer Solstice celebration; a yoga and meditation retreat founded by Kundalini Yoga master Yogi Bhajan. Yoga and meditation classes are held daily during the retreat and include three full days of courses in White Tantric Yoga. The retreat also features multiple classes taught by well-known yoga instructors from Los Angeles, California, Italy, South America and beyond.
During the Summer Solstice, guests camp at Ram Das Puri and enjoy a yogic diet consisting of nourishing foods prepared on-site. These meals aid in meditation and include fruit and soup in the morning as well as beans, rice, vegetables and a special hot sauce that makes it all tasty. This diet was developed by Yogi Bhajan and has been in use since the first Summer Solstice in 1971.
This year, a record-breaking 1,800 people traveled to New Mexico to practice yoga and share their collective passion for world peace as part of the week-long Summer Solstice event. Among these attendees were teachers and practitioners of Kundalini Yoga along with other guests from around the world.
"The event was founded by Yogi Bhajan to involve as many people from as many faiths and cultures as possible in uniting and praying for peace," said Daya Singh Khalsa, president of Akal Security, Inc. "It has grown every year and it will continue to grow as we reach out to more and more people in the future."
Each year, International Peace Prayer Day takes place on the sacred land of the Hopi Indians and other native tribes known as Ram Das Puri. This campsite was believed to have healing affects on those who walked the mile and a quarter circle around the area, and guests have an opportunity to participate in this ancient tradition as part of the Sacred Healing Walk that takes place on Peace Prayer Day.
Another tradition associated with International Peace Prayer Day is that of the Peace Flame runners, who carry a torch and embark on a 20-mile run from the El Santuario de Chimayo Shrine in Chimayo, New Mexico to Ram Das Puri.
Yet aside from these practices, International Peace Prayer Day now has its own tradition of inviting people from around the world to learn about other faiths and practice peace through personal growth and understanding.
"The road to peace is bringing people together and trying to change consciousness by raising awareness, healing wounds, and creating understanding through prayer," said Khalsa. "It's not a political approach, but rather it focuses on service, unity and prayer."
CONTACT: Daya Singh Khalsa of Akal Security, Inc., +1-505-692-6622, for3HO Foundation