- Over 18.2 million pledge to forgive at The Moment of Calm
- “Its power can bring peace,” says actor Aamir Khan
- “An euphoric moment,” observes a nurse from J.J. Hospital
It was a little school at the outskirts of Pune, in Wagholi. The volunteer stood talking to the Principal about the Moment of Calm. Suddenly, the eyes of the Principal welled up and the face of the volunteer blurred away. The personal issue she had been struggling with, started to clear up. The volunteer had spoken to her about forgiveness, about The Moment of Calm. The Principal was one amongst the millions who would pledge to forgive.
The numbers continued to roll into the headquarters in Pune. The day of Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani’s birthday, August 2, 2016, dawned with a line-up of jubilant service, prayers, singing, his talk, and observance of The Moment of Calm – a global forgiveness moment at 2PM. In his talk, just before the Moment of Calm, Rev. Dada said, “The greatest benefit of forgiveness is it gives you peace of mind. Your richest treasure is your peace of mind. If you have everything in the world but no peace, you are a pauper.” Rev. Dada then led the congregation in a forgiveness meditation. In other areas, people watched the LIVE webcast to join in the forgiveness session with Dada.
One could see the peace on the faces of the participants. A young lady, Rashmi Motwani, commented, “Participating in the Moment of Calm was a very relaxing experience – all the negativity has gone out of my mind. I felt that I turned into a better person than I was a few minutes back.”
The final numbers were announced – 18,214,128 people had pledged for forgiveness this year, from across the globe, including Morocco, UAE, UK, Spain, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, South America, South Africa, China and Taiwan. Many instances poured in, that how the movement that aims in bringing calm in the hearts of people through the power of forgiveness, had indeed done so. The Director of a reputed educational institute narrated how he felt happy when he forgave a colleague who had filed a false complaint to the police against him. The Director had suffered due to the false charges. When years later his colleague approached him for his daughter’s much needed admission in his college, the Director felt angry, but then he remembered the Moment of Calm message he had just received in his e-mail. Inspired by the message, he forgave his colleague and granted the much needed admission. The two became friends again.
People, even children and young adults, were inspired to resolve conflicts, repair damaged relationships with friends or partners, and experienced increased positive feelings. A college student writes, “Mom, Dad, sorry for my lies. I know it hurts you. I promise, whatever the situation, I’ll never lie to you again. I’m always going to make you proud and happy.” A young athlete, Sanskriti Bansal, related how he forgave his friend for taking his lawn tennis racket on the day of his tournament and erased the pain he was holding on to.
Even at hospitals, forgiveness became a pill for erasing the pain of many. Renu Kripalani enthusiastically remarked, “My blood pressure has vanished and my headaches are gone now. Thanks to the Moment of Calm for showing me the way.”
Ankita Keri, a nurse with J.J. Hospital, Mumbai said, “There is a universal need to forgive. From my own experience, I really felt relaxed and calm. It was like a euphoric moment for my heart.”
This year, the cast of Bal Veer TV Serial, also joined the growing number of celebrities who support the movement. Actress Anushka Sen, said poetically, “When you forgive, you stand tall. Forgive one, forgive all!” Bollywood Celebrity Aamir Khan continues to support this initiative declaring, “The power of forgiveness can bring peace to the world.”
The Moment of Calm has also gained the support of many international organizations including Unify, Peace Within is World Peace, All World Gayatri Pariwar, Parmarth Niketan, Indian Development Foundation, Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance & Project Forgive.
The Moment of Calm marks the birth time of spiritual leader Rev. Dada J.P. Vaswani, who is considered an apostle of love and peace. Launched in 2012, the campaign urges one and all, big and small, to observe two minutes silence on August 2 at 2 pm to forgive and seek forgiveness. The movement continues to gain support from year to year. “A fabulous movement, with such enthusiastic support! If this speed remains, the world will change for good,” said Mansukhani from Dubai. And that is the vision of Dada J.P. Vaswani. He emphasizes, ‘”Hearts at peace will create world peace.”
And many felt they wanted such a moment more often. A thankful Mr. Bhandari of Carex & Bhandari Auto retailer, said, “It was a peaceful experience. We feel it is worth experiencing on a daily basis.”