The Heart of the Matter
August 19, 2017
We Go High!

Announcing the world premiere of WE GO HIGH, Jill Katz and Friends' new anthem to world peace. Enjoy! And please consider posting the link on FB and other social media sites. We very much need peace-themed counter-programming during these challenging times of ours. Yes, there is darkness. But there is also light. And, inspired music with a meaningful message helps bring the light.

In what ways can YOU and your friends do something to help inspire peace -- both inner and outer?

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58 inspiring quotes about peace

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August 09, 2017
58 Inspiring Quotes on Peace

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"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without." - Buddha

"There is no path to peace. Peace is the path." - Mahatma Gandhi

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King

"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves." - Dalai Lama

"I want to see peace dancing in the heart of every human being." - Prem Rawat

"If we have not peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." - Mother Teresa

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"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding." - Albert Einstein

"Your every thought, feeling, perception, spoken word, and performed action reverberates into the universe." - Baba Muktananda

"Peace is not an absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice." - Baruch Spinoza

"We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds." - Anton Chekov

"If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, there must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart." - Lao Tzu

"There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that peace which is within the souls of men." - Black Elk

"Let your heart become so saturated with love that you are able to ride the waves of change with equipoise, and find new meaning in everything that happens." - Gurumayi Chidvalasananda

"We must restore hope to the young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace." - Pope Francis

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"We must join with the tens of millions all over the world who see in peace our most sacred responsibility." - Paul Robeson

"What is there at this moment that you lack?" - Zen proverb

"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it, one must work at it." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Unless he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace." - Albert Schweitzer

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." - Deepak Chopra

"A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet eaten in anxiety." - Aesop

"If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else." - Marvin Gaye

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"I am poor and naked, but I am the chief of the nation. We do not want riches, but we want to train our children right. We cannot take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches. We want peace and love." - Red Cloud

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education. All politics can do is keep us out of war." - Maria Montessori

"Peace is not a luxury. It's not an option. It is fundamental to the existence and well-being of a human being to have peace in their life." - Prem Rawat

"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men." - Herbert Hoover

"Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity." - Thich Hnat Hanh

"There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: have they brought you inner peace?" - Peace Pilgrim

"Peace is joy at rest, and joy is peace on its feet." - Annie Lamott

"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's mind. If a man can control his mind, he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him." - Buddha

"I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding that bringeth peace." - Helen Keller

"There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within." - Morihei Ueshiba

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"Every human longs for peace and love." - Hiawatha

"Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's if we are always criticizing trivial actions which often are not real defect at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives." - St. Teresa of Avila

"The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace." - Carlos Santana

"The kingdom of heaven is within." - Jesus

"Mankind must remember that peace is not God's gift to his creatures; peace is our gift to each other." - Elie Wiesel

"There was never a good war or a bad peace." - Benjamin Franklin

"We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war, but the positive affirmation of peace." - Martin Luther King

"In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons." - Herodotus

"In our daily life, we can smile. If we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is most basic kind of peace work." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace. Power to the peaceful." - Michael Franti

"The real and lasting victories are those of peace, not war." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy." - Thomas Jefferson

"We are not at peace with others, because we are not at peace with ourselves, and we are not at peace with ourselves, because we are not at peace with God." - Thomas Merton

"It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion than to restrain them and direct them towards the patient labors of peace." - Andre Gide

"If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." - Desmond Tutu

"If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal." - John Lennon

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"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it more fully in your heart." - St. Francis of Assisi

"I can promise you that women working together -- linked, informed, and educated -- can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet." - Isabel Allende

"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

"If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he will become your partner." - Nelson Mandela

"Remember your humanity, and forget the rest." - Bertrand Russell

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in." - Geroge McGovern

"Peace is a choice." - John Denver

"You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level." - Eckert Tolle

"World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion." - Dalai Lama

TimelessToday

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February 18, 2017
On Being an Instrument of Peace

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Another instrument of peace

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February 07, 2017
A Website That Is Timeless

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There are approximately one billion websites in the world, servicing the virtual needs of 3.6 billion people -- an astounding 40% of the earth's population. Given the fact that the average human being spends about three hours online, daily, human beings are living in cyberspace for an astounding 10.8 billion hours every day.

That's a lot of time. True. But time isn't the only game in town. There's also something beyond time. And for want of a better word, let's call that something else the "timeless" -- that which is lasting, ageless, abiding, permanent, unfailing, immortal, unchanging, and everlasting.

Recently I've discovered a website that addresses the essence of this timelessness in a most elegant way -- the appropriately named TimelessToday.

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Launched in September 2016, this fresh, new site offers a breath of fresh air (and a healthy dose of inspiration) through the spoken and written word of Prem Rawat. And it does so in a way that avoids the kind of proselytizing and evangelizing that all too often accompanies these kind of high-minded efforts.

Clearly, the people behind the scenes at Timeless Today, a hardworking team of web savvy and multimedia professionals, know a thing or two about the modern-day mindset. Rather than create a one-size-fits-all website, they've created an online experience that offers something for everyone -- no matter what their religion, philosophy, or attention span: everything from two-minute audio teasers to in-depth 80-minute videos.

Though still in its start up phase, Timeless Today is already seeing results. To date, it has hosted more than 133,000 web sessions for people in 140 countries and continues, in it's uniquely upbeat way, to provide a variety of free, pay-to-download, pay-to-stream, audio, and video.

What does the future hold for the website whose mission is to reach all 7.5 billion people on planet Earth with a message of hope, peace, and humanity? No one really knows, but if you ask the TimelessToday team, you can expect the following:

- More free content on the website and Facebook page
- New and different themes
- A YouTube channel of free content
- The TT crew following Prem Rawat around the world and providing footage that will be made available in a variety of formats: streaming video and audio, and downloads from his interviews, conversations, and live addresses.

A Quick Tour of TimelessToday

HomePage
About Prem Rawat
About TimelessToday
New Releases
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Streaming Video
Listen
Read
Focused Listening (audio books)
Splitting the Arrow (book)
Store
Themes
Full Catalog of Products
Crowd funding Campaign
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Want to help TimelessToday make its mark? Here's how:

- Join the mailing list
- Stay up-to-date with it's latest releases
- Purchase video, audio, and articles
- Participate in its crowd funding campaign
- Like it on Facebook
- Share posts on Facebook
- Recommend it to your friends

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January 30, 2017
When People Are at Peace

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September 13, 2016
A PeaceCast of Millions!

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The news industry has a mantra -- one that most of its customers are not all that familiar with -- "if it bleeds, it leads." Translation? Bad news sells. Which is why the average online, click-through rate these days on negative headlines is a staggering 63 percent higher than positive headlines.

But just because bad news sells doesn't mean that good news should be ignored. And by "good news", I'm not referring to the token article about a cat being rescued from a tree by a smiling fireman. No. I'm talking about the kind of good news that has the capacity to change lives for the better -- not just what people do, but how they experience life.

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That's why the International Peace Day has become such a big deal in recent years. It has focused people on the good news. And one of the most dedicated groups of people to amplify this focus are the good people of PeaceCast TV -- a 48-hour livestream.

You might call what they do "programming." I don't. I call it deprogramming, because it helps pull the plug on the "dark side" and provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to see things in a new light.

This year's PeaceCast TV livestream, in honor of the International Day of Peace, begins at 8:00 am on September 20th and continues for 48 hours. Available at fine laptops and smart phones everywhere. Give peace a chance!

PeaceCast TV

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August 23, 2016
A Feeling That Defies Definition


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August 11, 2016
PEACE DAY IS COMING!

Peace Day is coming on September 21st -- a global phenomenon of millions of people stepping up, with one voice, to proclaim, in various ways, the need for peace on planet Earth. All around the world there will be celebrations, presentations, concerts, dances, picnics, and parties in service to peace. Online, there will be livestreams featuring a wide variety of inspiring peace expressions. One of my favorites is PeaceCast. Check out their PeaceDay promos -- in English and Spanish and Serbian.

Stay tuned! Heart of the Matter will be posting a series of updates from PeaceCast in the weeks to come.

Peace Quotes for your inspiration

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August 04, 2016
Peace Quotes for the Ages

Peace Day is fast approaching -- September 21st -- and Heart of the Matter will be celebrating it in various ways, with news from PeaceCast and other livestream sites. (The show above is what Stuart Hoffman and I put together, two years ago, in honor of Peace Day).

Unspoken Word: The Poetry of Life

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June 10, 2016
A Conversation About Peace

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March 24, 2016
You Find Freedom Inside

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This wonderful poster made by Tommy Nahulu as a gift to his awesome mother, Verna -- a deep and gifted soul who so many of us love. Thanks, Tommy! And thanks, Verna! Keep shining. The play continues...

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December 08, 2015
The Question for the Day

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November 28, 2015
So So Simple...

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October 28, 2015
The Only Place We Ever End Up is Here, So Why Not Be Here Now?

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September 21, 2015
Why Watch the Peace Day Global Broadcast Today?

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GET ENERGIZED with the positive sounds of the world's leading musical artists, like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Usher, Emmanuel Jal, Salim Sulaiman, Linkin Park, The Kin and Playing for Change.

GET EMPOWERED with advice from the world's leading authorities on peace -- like UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Prem Rawat, global ambassador for peace.

GET INSPIRED by the amazing ways that ordinary people around the planet are tackling the world's greatest challenges one step at a time -- and winning!

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Peace Day Global Broadcast

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If you are looking for yet another way to celebrate International Peace Day, here's your chance. Peace Day Global Broadcast is currently streaming music from world's top entertainers, featuring ordinary citizens from all over the globe who are making small and big steps to transform the world in peaceful ways.

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September 20, 2015
PeaceCast Livestream Now!

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Celebrate the International Day of Peace right now by logging onto PeaceCast TV, a 48 hour livestream of short, peace-themed videos created by all kinds of inspired people: musicians, poets, dancers, social activists, environmentalists, thought leaders, heart leaders, kids, rap artists, and lots of other folks.

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September 18, 2015
What Does Fernando Magellan and PeaceCast 2015 Have in Common?

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Here are a few things about September 20th you may not know:

1. In 1519, it was the day Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan set sail on an expedition to circumnavigate the world.

2. In 1946, it was the launch of the first Cannes Film Festival.

3. In 1977, it was the day the Socialist Republic of Vietnam was admitted to the United Nations.

4. In 2015, it's the day of the fourth annual launch of PeaceCast, a 48-hour global webcast of crowd-sourced music, film, dance, documentary, poetry, arts, and individual expressions, hosted by Michael Nouri.

If you are looking for an inspiring way to focus on the GOOD NEWS that is happening on planet Earth, here's your ticket -- a chance to begin celebrating this year's International Day of Peace and your own, individual commitment to a life of well-being, joy, and fulfillment.

More info here.
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August 24, 2015
PeaceCast is Coming in September! Mark Your Calendars Now!

Time to pull out your SmartPhone and set an alarm for 8:00 am on September 20th. That's when PeaceCast begins its 48 hours of inspiring peace-themed videos in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. You want some good news for a change? Here's your ticket.

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August 12, 2015
WE WANT PEACE: The Official Music Video of PeaceCast 2015

Circle September 20th and 21st on your calendar, folks. Get together with your friends and plan on spending at least part of the day watching PeaceCast's 48-hour livestream of awesome, peace-themed videos like the one above. The fun begins on 9/20 at 8:00 pm EST. Submissions are open to anyone. The deadline is August 15th.

(Click here for the one that Stuart Hoffman and I submitted last year.)

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August 10, 2015
Prem Rawat and Desmond Tutu

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July 31, 2015
PeaceCast is Coming!

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, there is a good chance you are committed to the pursuit of peace -- peace on the inside (your own well-being) and peace on the outside (a world that works).

If so, you will likely be inspired by PeaceCast, a global webcast scheduled for September 21st (the International Day of Peace), that will celebrate people's efforts around the world to make peace a reality.

Good news, in other words.

PeaceCast is a curator of user-friendly content on the subject of peace -- short videos in multiple genres (i.e. spoken word, music, documentary, dance, poetry, politics, humor etc.) that opens minds and opens hearts.

Submissions are open to anyone. Got something to say/sing/dance/, click here and make your effort to share it with the world.

Weekly updates on PeaceCast will be appearing on Heart of the Matter from now until September 21st. So keep tuning in.

PS: Last year, more than 870,000 people logged onto to PeaceCast, now entering it's fourth year. Spread the word. Let your friends and family know, so this year even more people will jump on board (which is way better then jumping overboard, eh?).

Let's all give peace a chance!

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February 06, 2015
Kids Global Peace Week!

"Hi, my name is Ali Kamil and I want to help spread world peace."

That's how this inspiring 2:53 video begins. To learn more about Ali's cool project, Kids Global Peace Week, contact him today. We're all in this together -- no matter how old or young we are.

Peacemakerconnection@gmail.com

Another cool project for peace

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December 24, 2014
Twas the Night Before Isness

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All of the above quotes excerpted from YOUR MOMENT by Prem Rawat

Available on Amazon $11.45
Download eBook from WOPG.org: $4.50
Book reviewed on Huffington Post
21 excerpts

All of the above illustrations and photos are from YOUR MOMENT, though the combo of illustrations and quotes have been done specifically for this blog post.

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October 10, 2014
What Does Peace Mean to You?

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Excerpted from this music slide show

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September 27, 2014
PEACECAST: The Sequel!

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GOOD NEWS! PEACECAST CONTINUES! The fabulously successful live stream broadcast (870,00 views!) to support the International Day of Peace last week, is back on line -- with new content. A perfect reminder that PeaceDay is everyday. Tune in, log on, let go...

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September 23, 2014
The PeaceCast Press Release

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What follows is a recent press release that describes what PeaceCast is all about -- a very successful live stream that has now gotten more than 865,000 views in just four days.

MIAMI, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/: Most days the media is filled with an endless stream of news and entertainment based on war, crime, disaster and, apparently, insoluble problems. This weekend, one peace group, presents an answer on PeaceCast.tv.

On September 21st, the world celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace with a 48-hour video marathon featuring some of the planet's leading peacemakers, activists and entertainers, along with hundreds of videos submitted by people all over the globe.

Individuals and more than 60 peace-loving organizations around the globe have joined forces to provide the world with a positive message: Peace is Possible. Peace is Real. Peace is worth it. You are worth it. This is the third annual global webcast for PeaceCast and it can be seen starting Saturday morning, September 20 at 8 am EDT, online at PeaceCast.tv

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During the webcast, former Ambassador John W. McDonald shares the inside story of the historic events that led to Peace Day's creation in 1981 by the UN's first unanimous resolution.

Later, we hear from British actor and filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, the founder of PeaceOneDay. In 2001, he concluded a successful campaign to have the United Nations declare Peace Day a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. During PEACECAST 2014, Gilley holds a provocative conversation on the nature of peace with distinguished peacemaker Prem Rawat, who has traveled the globe for the last fifty years with the message that peace begins with each human being.

One highlight of PEACECAST 2014 is a remarkable and inspiring interview with endurance swimmer Diana Nyad. At age 64, and on her fifth attempt, Nyad became the first person to swim from Havana to Florida without a shark cage. She completed the almost 111-mile record breaking swim in 52 hours and 54 minutes.‚Äč

In another probing interview, Edward James Olmos discloses the secrets of making peace in a life of acting and activism.

Throughout PEACECAST 2014, Latin music artists Fonseca, Diana Fuentes, Marta Gomez, Juanes, Periko and Jessi Leon, Adriana Lucia and Rosana speak out about what peace means to them.

This year's partners include Pathways to Peace, the Culture of Peace Initiative, Peace One Day, the National Peace Academy, the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy, PeaceNow.org, the Global Peace Film Festival, O.A.R., PeaceBeats, PeaceDay.tv, Playing for Change, 350.org, The Prem Rawat Foundation, Words of Peace Global and Jeff Bridges' No Kid Hungry Campaign.

PEACECAST 2014 features moving performances by Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, O.A.R. and Emmanuel Jal, and the international street musicians of the non-profit Playing for Change organization. The webcast includes spoken word by British rapper/poet Mr. Gee with a poem that tells the truth about hip-hop, the art he loves. A special feature is the release of a new song, Fight for Love, written and performed especially for PeaceCast by Meuku, Kait Olson, and Yung of the Callie Swag District.

Filmmaker Lekha Singh is executive producer of PEACECAST 2014, and presents excerpts of her extraordinary film Beyond Right & Wrong, documenting the triumph of forgiveness in the face of war and atrocity.

PEACECAST.TV is hosted by activist actor Edward James Olmos, Latin music figure Kike Posada, and Premlata Rawat Hudson, senior Creative Producer for Words of Peace Global, which includes 11,000 volunteers throughout the world, working to make peace possible one person at a time. Throughout the webcast, Premlata will take viewers on a virtual world tour, visiting Peace Day celebrations in such far flung locations as Abidjan, Benin, Sri Lanka, France, Australia, Ecuador, and Florida.

Peace advocate, Michael Nouri, has been a spokesman for PeaceCast for the last two years. "Most days, we're bombarded by news of war, conflict and disaster, but to celebrate Peace Day, we're focusing on news of peace," Nouri explains. "You know peace is so much more than the absence of war," Nouri continues. "It's a feeling each of us can experience inside, and people around the globe are putting it into action in their own lives. That's what PeaceCast is all about."

For more information, please visit the website PeaceCast.TV. PeaceCast is supported entirely by voluntary contributions through the website Inspire More.

Media Contact: David Weinberg: 214.282.3924, weinbergd@aol.com

PS: PeaceCast, originally scheduled to live stream for 48 hours, is still available for viewing, due to popular demand. If you want to see what it's all about, click here.

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September 22, 2014
Peace Day Morphs Into Peace Week!

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GOOD NEWS! The good folks at PeaceCast, due to popular demand, have decided to continue their live stream broadcast for another week! What began as a 48-hour live stream is now a 168-hour live stream. If you are looking for a dose of inspiration, hope, and encouragement this week, PeaceCast is your ticket. More than 608,000 people have already tuned in. Spread the word to your friends.

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September 19, 2014
The Peace Quotes Video is Live!

Here are 26 inspired quotes on peace by various luminaries around the world. If you are hosting an International Day of Peace event (or know someone who is), feel free to add this 5-minute video to the mix.

If you want to see more uplifting, peace-themed messages, consider tuning into PeaceCast's 48 hour livestream broadcast. Begins at 8:00 am on September 20th (EDT) and ends at 6:00 am on September 22nd (EDT).

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September 17, 2014
UPLIFTING UPDATE: PeaceCast, 9/21

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PeaceCast, an International Day of Peace livestream, is poised and ready to deliver 48-hours of short, inspiring peace-themed videos to your desktop on 9/20 - 9/21 -- the culmination of six-months effort researching and curating great content to delight/inform you and the rest of the known universe.

Here are the particulars:

-- Hosted by WOPG's Premlata Rawat Hudson and Boom Media's Kike Posada.
-- Will feature Activist/Actor Edward James Olmos
-- Special appearances by Prem Rawat, Jeremy Gilley, Former Ambasador John W. MacDonald, and long distance swimmer Diana Nyad.
-- Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Emmanuel Jai, Mr. Gee and Cali Swag District.

Participating Latin Music Artists: Fonseca, Diana Fuentes, Marta Gomez, Juanes, Periko and Jessi Leon, Adriana Lucia, and Rosana.

Visit www.peacecast.tv for a ready-made Facebook post and other information to help promote PEACECAST 2014.

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September 16, 2014
Sample of Peace Quotes Slide Show

Here are six slides from the about-to-be-released 5-minute PEACE QUOTES music/slideshow -- ideal to show at International Peace Day events on 9/21. The format will be YouTube. Will post the show here as soon as it's ready -- and also, hopefully, in the Huffington Post.

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More about the International Day of Peace

58 great quotes on peace

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September 13, 2014
Calling All Lovers of Peace

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SageCartoon.jpg The International Day of Peace on September 21 is fast approaching. And PEACECAST 2014 is primed to air its 3rd global webcast for peace, a 48-hour video celebration of the inspired efforts of individuals, artists, and groups around the world. If you want to know more about this upcoming webcast, dial into THE PEACECAST PEACECALL conference call on Sunday, September 14th, at 9:00 am PDT, 12 noon EDT.

Call-in information: 1-605-562-3131; access code: 491943

A few of PEACECAST'S global partners will be offering brief comments:

Edward James Olmos, Activist/Actor
Lekha Singh, Filmmaker/(Beyond Right & Wrong)
David Wick, Pathways to Peace
Kelly Egan, Culture of Peace Initiative
Dot Maver, National Peace Academy
Debra Deanne Olson, Director/PeaceNow.com
Premlata Rawat Hudson, Words of Peace Global
Udo Erasmus, Udo's Oils
Ana Calderon, International DJ
Devendra Banhart, Musician and Artist
Theodore Levitt, PeaceCast.tv

If you want PEACECAST 2014 to stream directly on your own website, contact: peacecast.tv@gmail.com for instructions.

If you plan on joining the call, on Sunday, RSVP by emailing "YES" to peacecast.tv@gmail.com.

More info

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September 12, 2014
JUST RELEASED -- Citizens of the Earth

Powerful, two-minute video, produced by TPRF, that supports the message of the International Day of Peace. If you find it inspiring, please consider forwarding it to friends, family, and neighbors. Good news travels fast (if you help it travel fast).

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September 10, 2014
Crowdsourcing Peace Experiment

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If you have 20 minutes and any interest in helping promote peace in the world, keep reading.

Stuart Hoffman and yours truly have recently put together a very cool music/slideshow/video featuring inspired quotes on peace from the various luminaries noted below.

We were just about to launch the show when we realized that all of the photos in it are copyrighted and we ran the risk of getting sued if we launched the show. Ouch!

So... we are looking to HEART OF MATTER readers to join in the fun and send us COPYRIGHT FREE photos of the people listed below. Creative Commons is a possible source. There are other sources, as well.

If you can do this research in the next 48 hours and actually locate and download copyright free photos of the luminaries in our show, please email them to me: mitch@ideachampions.com. Also, include the SOURCE of the photo you are sending, so we know, for sure, it is legal to use.

It takes a village... and a few village idiots. Thanks!

THE PHOTOS WE ARE LOOKING FOR

Martin Luther King
Mahatma Gandhi
Mother Teresa
Albert Einstein
Jimi Hendrix
John Lennon
Eleanor Roosevelt
Bertrand Russell
Thich Hnat Han
Pope Francis
Michael Franti
Carlos Santana
Dalai Lama
St. Francis
Helen Keller
Maria Montessori
Thomas Merton
Desmond Tutu
Ralph Waldo Emerson

PS: Our show we be included in Peace Cast's 48 hour livestream if we get the photos in time.

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August 19, 2014
Introducing PeaceDay TV

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If you are planning on celebrating the International Day of Peace on September 21st, here is another good resource for you -- PeaceDay TV. A parter of PeaceCast TV, this inspired organization will be livestreaming 36 hours of content in celebration of the International Day of Peace -- two hours of which will be the "best of PeaceCast."

Peace Day TV was Founded in 2009 by the Light of Life Society for the purpose of providing broadcasting for peace-building organizations, inter-faith projects, and educational charities.

In 2011, Peace Day TV became recognized as a special project of the Culture of Peace Initiative, a UN-designated "Peace Messenger Initiative" with participants in all the world's regions. Their common goal is to unite the strengths of organizations and individuals who are working to make peace a practical reality.

Words of Peace Global and Peace Day

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August 02, 2014
How You Can Be a Part of Peace Day

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If you are a supporter of Prem Rawat's message of peace, here's how you can get involved with PEACE DAY on September 21st, a worldwide movement to focus attention on the need for peace on planet Earth. Many organizations, around the world, are helping out. One of those organizations is Words of Peace Global.

More info about Peace Day, here, in the Huffington Post.

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July 18, 2014
Cast Your Lot with PeaceCast

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Here's a three-minute video I just submitted to PeaceCast for their 48-hour livestream on September 21st to celebrate the UN-sponsored International Day of Peace.

If you have an original peace-themed video you want to submit, click here. Or, if you have a favorite link to a peace-themed video, you can submit THAT instead. Will take you less than 3 minutes.

"If not YOU, who? If not NOW, when?"

More about PeaceCast

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July 14, 2014
10 Things You Can Do in the Next 3 Minutes

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5. Google yourself
6. Take your dog for a very short walk
7. Forgive your parents for being imperfect
8. Complain about the government
9. Write a mediocre haiku
10. Submit a 10-minute-or-less peace-themed video (or a link to a video) to PeaceCast, an organization of inspired volunteers who are producing a 48-hour livestream, on September 21st, to celebrate the UN-sanctioned International Day of Peace. Three minutes. That's all it takes. Three minutes to communicate a message of peace to a world that sorely needs it. Or you could brush your teeth. Click here.

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July 10, 2014
Matisyahu ONE DAY

This Matisyahu video was one of the most popular ones shown in last year's PeaceCast livestream. If you know of others with the same kind of uplifting peace-themed message, please email the link to the good folks of PeaceCast who are in the process of reviewing hundreds of videos and picking the best for their September 21st livestream. It will take you less than three minutes to submit your link to PeaceCast.

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Here Comes PeaceCast!

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At last count, there were something like 3,330 peace organizations in the world. While this may seem impressive at first blush, it's still 19,857 less than the number of Starbucks -- which is why I'm happy to have learned about the addition of one more peace organization on the scene -- PeaceCast

The brainchild of "an international cast of friendly volunteers", PeaceCast 2014 is one of several global initiatives dedicated to promoting the UN-recognized International Day of Peace on September 21st.

The concept is simple: collect peace-themed videos from all over the world and livestream them for 48 hours wherever it happens to be September 21st.

One of the cool things about PeaceCast is that it's content will be crowdsourced. YOU, your friends, neighbors, children, parents, co-workers, husband, wife, chiropractor, and the semi-employed film-maker across the street are all invited to submit something.

Any 10-minute-or-less expression that relates to peace will be considered -- original music, spoken word, dance, documentary, or whatever. And it doesn't have to be original. If you've found something on the web that inspires you, simply forward the link to PeaceCast. The sooner you submit it, the better chance it has of making it to the livestream.

Got peace? Share it. Don't got peace? Find something inspiring and share that. If not YOU, who? If not NOW, when?

Sample PeaceCast videos from 2013
PeaceCast website

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February 12, 2014
A Surprise Collaboration with Vivek

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This morning I received a surprise email from Vivek, a young man from India I have never met.

Vivek told me that he had recently discovered my blog, The Heart of the Matter, and really enjoyed some of the visuals featuring excerpts of Prem Rawat's talks.

Since Vivek and his team were helping to promote the Youth Peace Fest (an event where Prem Rawat would eventually address an audience of 183,500 people), he decided to make a video of the slides, add some cool music, and show it at colleges, offices, and other venues around India to get the word out. Vivek noted, in his email to me this morning, that the show was a "big hit with audiences."

Here it is.

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February 05, 2014
Youth Peace Fest in India

Prem Rawat was the keynote speaker at India's Youth Peace Fest. Size of audience? 183,000!

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Words of Peace Global

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November 25, 2013
Prem Rawat in Boston: Excerpts

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About Prem Rawat
See Prem Rawat in Miami: 12/1/13
Words of Peace Global
Words of Peace Global on Facebook

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October 18, 2013
Leave No Room for Doubt

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Words of Peace Global

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September 28, 2013
Prem Rawat and Jeremy Gilley Video Now in the Huffington Post

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Click here for the newly published article, in the Huffington Post, about the inspired work of peace activist, Jeremy Gilley, and the 28-minute video of his revealing conversation with Prem Rawat about peace, life, anger, and what it really means to be a human being.

Words of Peace
Peace One Day

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September 21, 2013
A Conversation Between Jeremy Gilley and Prem Rawat

This is an extraordinary video. Peace Activist and Founder of Peace One Day, Jeremy Gilley, has an animated conversation with Prem Rawat. Their exchange is deep, revealing, inspiring, and very timely. If you are interested in the topic of peace, this one's for you.

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September 17, 2013
The Students of Prem Rawat Speak

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Yesterday, I posted the following question on Facebook: "If you are a student of Prem Rawat, what would you say is the one thing you've heard him say, over the years, that has had the most impact on you?" What follows is a sampling of the responses I received:

"Let me show you what is keeping you alive." - Daniel Light

"Everyone knows the drop is in the ocean, but very few know that the ocean dwells in the drop." - Jan Buchalter

"Peace is the perfume of God." - Stuart Hoffman

"Water the root." - Jennifer Boire

"Be true to your own heart." - Julia Howe

"Everything you need for complete fulfillment is inside of you. The thirst is within and the quenching is within. We are each complete!" - Alla Rogers

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"Peace is already inside of you, and I can help you get in touch with that." - Paul Pilcher

"Peace on Earth begins within you." - Sharon Blatt

"Be true to this breath." - Tim Hain

"The angel you are looking for is you!" - Sally Richman

"Peace is as close as your breath." - Linda D. Miller

"Be a true human being, the one who is filled with kindness, who's filled with love, who's filled with peace, who's filled with joy. And to know this, you need the knowledge of the self." - Cintra Hardy

"I can help." - Michael Taylor

"Belief is like an unlit candle. When you light it, it transforms into knowing." - David Klamph

"Wherever one spark of this Knowledge goes, it hits and makes it perfect. Perfect." - Jane Bennett

"Love the love like it's never been loved before." - Larry Lustbader

"Trying to describe this experience, this self-knowledge, is like trying to describe a mango. The only way to know a mango is to taste it." - Joyce Gerber

"Let me introduce you to you." - Gabriele Regan Gfeller

"Life is a one-seater car." - Jule Kowarsky

"Enjoy your life." - Fran King

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"It is not the words. Peace is a feeling." - Jan Scoular

"Many ask me are you a guru or a guide or a friend. The way I like to see it is I just hold up a mirror, keep it nice and shiny so you can see just how beautiful you truly are!" - Jeff Schreiber

"This is not a path of suffering." - Marcia Loft

"Everything you are really looking for is already inside of you." - Claudio Pollero

"Give me your love and I will give you peace." - Otto Vlach

"There is an ocean of joy and there is an ocean of sadness." - Stella Neary Sharpe

"An ocean of love is inside of you." - Rita Rubin Long

"Don't be a victim of circumstance. Be a human being." - Maggie Flannagan

"You get good at what you practice. Practice peace and you get good at that!" - Sigrid Eleonora Ariana

"Let your heart embrace you." - Cindy Lategan

"Live, live, live until there is no more." - Josephine Leslie Jackson

"Go in peace. Stay in peace. And come back in peace." - Kathy Sisler Soffer

"Longing is a beautiful experience." - Celia Jennings

"You are going to die." - Sharon Jeffers

"When you die, they will ask you two questions: 'Did you find peace?' and 'Did you help others find peace?'" - Bill Slater

"What you are looking for is within you." - Lucinda Brown

"Come closer." - Bhatta Sagar

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"And I want you to be among the very few who know." - Maryvonne Louise Segalen

"You are not a human doing. You are a human being." - Maggie Flanagan

"Knowledge. Understanding. These are the only things that can remove uncertainty from this life so that I can begin to welcome what tomorrow is." - Denise Cartwright

"Find the friend within. This is a friendship that can last forever." - Kim E. Scott

"You wear peace well." - Annie Tresidder

"If you don't like the altitude you're flying and it's too bumpy, change it. If you don't know how to change it, I can help you with that." - Sylvia Flyer

"Just do it." (way before Nike said it). - Alan Roderick-Jones

"It is what it is." - Buffy Black

"Remain in holy company." - Mimsy Bouret

"Meditate. This Knowledge will give you peace." - Geraldine Larson

"Be still, be very, very still, and let peace find you." - Paula Rosenblum

"Can you do this? Of course. Of course." - Helen M. Waters

"Know the infinite that resides in you." - Monika Winslow

"Thirst is everything." - Christy Hodgson

"Be free of concepts." - Mary Foxen

"You cannot bring in the light by scooping out the darkness." - Evee Danneburg

"Just stay on the boat." - Rainer Poulet

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"We get good at what we practice. So when we practice anger, we get good at that, but if we practice peace, then we get good at that." - Glenna Dumay

"Come to me and I will give you peace." - Joseph Rosenblatt

"You are the Angel that can solve your problems." - Laura Perez Velasco

"The only thing you have not done is accept, accept what is." - Janet Bloom

"You are greater than the sum of all your successes and failures." - Liz Westbyrd

"I can show you." - Howard Luckman

"Stay in the boat. Sit back and relax. That's all I ask. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride." - Joy Winnel

"It is all within." - Alaya Love

"Knowledge is your best friend. It's the sword that cuts clean the ambiguity." - Anna Luthi

"Come home." - Candice Wilmore

"Alan." (It's just my name, but of all the profoundly inspiring and helpful things I've heard him say, that one word meant the most to me. No one has said it with more love and respect). - Alan Roettinger

"Don't leave. If you can't express yourself here, where are you going to be able to do it?" - James Eartheart

"I will love you if you meditate or if you don't meditate." - Tara Lee Planett

"You are looking for peace, and peace is looking for you. Be still and let the peace find you." - Larry Mergentime

"The infinite resides in the finite." - Nikolaj Krarup

"You become good at what you practice." - Johan Drejare

"Feel the gratitude." - Melissa June Burnand

"A day without practice is a day wasted." - Asandra Lamb

"Even in your darkest hour I will not abandon you." - Teresa Wooldridge

"25,500 days." - Craig Klawuhn

"To get what you want without wanting is surrender."- Jan Herbert

"One second of being clear can save you a lifetime of being miserable." - Frieda Hill

"Practice." - Chris Cantrell

"Peace is within inside." - Kathy Lorenz

"You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink (but you can put salt in its food)." - Chris Hamerton

"You are capable, valuable, and loved." - Louise Amm

"Be grateful you are alive." - Joyce Czarny

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About Prem Rawat
Book of Prem Rawat talks
Videos of Prem Rawat
Photos courtesy of Words of Peace Global
About Words of Peace Global
PeaceBeats WorldWide Webcast on 9/21
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News of Prem Rawat's travels
Volunteer opportunities

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PeaceBeats Host Michael Nouri

Here's a very heartfelt, simple, and straightforward message from Michael Nouri -- the host of PeaceBeats Worldwide Webcast on September 21st -- about what peace means to him.

More support for the International Day of Peace

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September 16, 2013
Give Peace a Chance on 9/21

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What are you doing on September 21st? If your answer is "I don't know," you may want to check out PeaceBeat's 48 hours of inspired, streaming video.

Hosted by international film and television personality Michael Nouri, PeaceBeats will be presenting a wide variety of juicy, peace-themed videos, featuring a very special interview with Peace Ambassador Prem Rawat conducted by Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley.

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The webcast begins and ends at the International Dateline starting at the stroke of midnight in Auckland, New Zealand, and ending at midnight in Honolulu, making the webcast available any time, anywhere in the world during Peace Day!

"People everywhere want peace," Nouri explains. "They desire it; they appreciate it; and that's what we're showcasing in the worldwide webcast. We're looking at expressions of peace from popular culture, listening to peace advocates and activists, and streaming videos submitted by people around the world."

"Peace is so much more than the absence of war," Nouri continues. "It's a feeling each of us can experience inside, and people around the globe are putting it into action in their own lives, expressing it creatively through the arts, and volunteering to help their fellow human beings. That's what the Worldwide Webcast is all about."

Check back here in a day or two for a complete listing of the PeaceBeat's lineup.

If you want to help sponsor the webcast

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September 15, 2013
PeaceBeats WorldWide Webcast Coming Soon!

Get ready for the PeaceBeats world wide webcast on September 21st. This is an inspired effort by some inspired people to support the inspired message of the UN-sponsored International Day of Peace. As soon as the program schedule is announced, it will posted here.


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