As a child, Vishwanath Karad was schooled in an open space near a stable. He knew it was the end of the school day when he heard cowbells (belonging to the cattle, returning to the manager) finally a unifying force. Karad has built an empire of peace on the principle that religion and science lead you down the same path. The creations of the visionary, Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT World Peace University) and MIT Art, Design & Technology, among others, are tools to achieve this universal truth.
On April 3, Vishwanath Karad and his academic institutes jointly held a public dedication ceremony for the World Peace Dome, a monument that signifies happiness, peace and spirituality. The Peace Dome also symbolizes a global Indian culture called Shrimad Bhagavad-Gita Dnyan Bhavan. During the event, 1.25 lakh copies of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita were distributed to students across India. Excerpts:
You undertake peace projects all the time, do you think young people are being taken away from a deeper awareness of self and environment?
I believe that young people have a lot to offer the world. The last two years have been sad for many, not just young people, and a good way to come back to life is to believe in the universal path of peace and understanding. Young people are always eager to learn and it is important that they bring about the necessary change. They must be sensitized and made to understand the dimensions of human conflict and develop skills based on peacebuilding, philosophy, technology, religion and science.
How did you come up with the idea of distributing the Bhagavad Gita to students?
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said, “I have nothing more precious to give to the world than the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and the world has nothing greater to take. Taking inspiration from the Prime Minister’s statement, it was decided to distribute 1.25 lakh copies, which will be launched at the inauguration of the World Peace Conference at MIT World Peace University in MAEER, Loni Kalbhor, Pune. Following this, the Bhagavad Gita will be distributed to students at various centers across the country.
Why do you think students should read the Bhagavad Gita?
There are a multitude of reasons why students should read, understand and implement the teachings revealed in the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. The book is the essence of all Vedic knowledge that seekers of truth can ever muster. We witness the truths revealed in the Gita often verified by modern science. With a narrative between man and God represented by Arjun and Sri Krishna about to enter the fiercest battle of their lives in Kurukshetra, the Gita teaches students how to manage the knowledge gained from an unbiased perspective by observing and knowing yourself and the world.
Can you tell us again how Einstein’s famous equation plays a role today?
To date, one of Dr. Albert Einstein’s most famous scientific equations, E=MC2, has shown the way for the world community at large to understand the most scientific principles and laws of mother nature and of life. However, now E=MC2 is revealed to be much more revealing, and it will give proper understanding and insight into the role of science and the spiritual/religious components of life. In fact, the very equation, E=MC2 truly reflects the manifestation of consciousness – the unseen energy or force, which binds the entire universe. This clearly shows that science and spirituality/religion go hand in hand to reveal the true nature of the universe.
Can you explain the relevance of the Peace Dome?
I wanted to create a monument of peace. This tribute to Mother India was transformed more than 13 years ago into a magnificent dome and now houses the largest peace library in the world in addition to being the largest peace prayer hall in the world. . I had thought about this idea over a year ago and as if the call of nature and the universe had come into existence now that the world needs it more today than anyone what another day.
Published on: Saturday 09 April 2022, 07:00 IST