´Reconciliation to Ahimsa´

FIRST STAGE: RECONCILIATION TO AHIMSA

Actions/artistic offerings of the five elements for COMMUNAL UNITY (2005-2010)

The artistic offerings of the five elements shown here are principally related to the Urban Model in Ahmedabad, India and the Rural Model in Real de Catorce, Mexico. Other cities and rural areas working for the development of peace as a comparative experiment also appear.


July 8th , 2010

‘Soil offering at Dolores Correa Primary School’

(follow up of the peace process started on 8th June 2010)

Morelos District– Tepito, Mexico City

July 6th, 2010

‘Soil offering at Rabindranath Tagore Secondary School’

(follow up of the peace process started on 8th June 2010)

Col. Santo Tomás – Mexico City


July 6th, 2010

‘Soil offering at Estado de Chihuahua Primary School’

(follow up of the peace process started on 8th June 2010)

Guerrero District – Tlaltelolco, Mexico City

July 5th, 2010

‘Soil offering at Carrillo Puerto Primary School’

(follow up of the peace process started on 8th June 2010)

Valle Gómez District– Mexico City

July 2nd, 2010

‘Soil offering at Italia Primary School’

(follow up of the peace process started on 8th June 2010)

Guerrero District – Tlatelolco, Mexico City

June 29th, 2010

‘Soil offering at Luis G. León Primary School’

(follow up of the peace process started on 8th June 2010)

Morelos District– Tepito, Mexico City

June 18th, 2010

‘Offering a Mandala of the Earth

Historical Center, Oaxaca

Artistic offering in preparation of the action of the 2nd October 2010

June 08th, 2010

‘Soil offering at Lucio Tapia Primary School’

Morelos District Tepito, Mexico City

In order to develop the peace process started in Tepito on 15th July 2009 several families started to integrate Gandhi’s values and principles in the local education. The proposal consists in experimenting the methodology adopted by OraWorldMandala to implement a systematic approach on ‘Ahimsa through Art’ and generate through the children, their families, the neighborhood and further near districts a sustainable social transformation in the area of education for peace.

1st March 2010

‘Fire Offering with CDHDF’

(Comisión de Derechos Humanos del Distrito FederalCommission for Human Rights of Mexico City)

Mexico City

January 30th 2010

‘ Inauguration of the Restauration of

Mahatma Gandhi´s Monument’

Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

Ambassador of India to Mexico

Founder of OraWorldMandala

Mayor of Mexico City

30th January 2010

‘ Inauguration of the Restauration of

Mahatma Gandhi´s Monument’

Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

Soil offering for the creation of a ‘Platform of Dialogue for Nonviolence’


Eternal flame at Gandhi´s Monument

30th January 2010

‘ Inauguration of the Restauration of

Mahatma Gandhi´s Monument’

Chapultepec Park, Mexico City

November 12th, 2009

‘Fire Offering with WEC’

(Women Empowerment Corporation)

Ahmedabad, India

Candle lighting with women of different cultures and religions

October 2nd, 2009

‘Ahimsa through Art’

(fourth edition – referred to the 2nd October 2006 action)

Santo Domingo Square, Oaxaca, Mexico

Five elements offering with women groups, native people, children, artists and social activists

October 2nd 2009,

‘Ahimsa through Art’
(fourth edition – referred to the 2nd October 2006 action)

San Juan Chamula, Chiapas, Mexico

Member of the Intercultural University of Chiapas with native Elders from San Juan Chamula

Urban Ashram, Pune, India

Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi, India

October 2nd, 2009

‘Ahimsa through Art’
(fourth edition – referred to the 2nd October 2006 action)

Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram
Candle lighting with the participation of A-HOPE
(Ahmedabad Harmonic Orchestra for Peace Everywhere),
an inter-religious orchestra inaugurated on 20 th Feb 2009
in the presence of Martin Luther King the III


2nd October 2009

‘Ahimsa through Art’
(fourth edition – referred to the 2nd October 2006 action)

Mexico City, Gandhi Monument

Inauguration of the Eternal flame for Ahimsa in the presence of representatives of different religious communities, people from sensitive areas, children, youth, native people, social activists, artists, farmers, dignitaries from different Embassies and local authorities.

September 15th 2009

‘Fire Offering in the Market’
(follow up of the15th July 2009 action)

Tepito, Mexico City

18th August 18th

‘Fire Offerings with the Families’

(follow up of the15th July 2009 action)

Tepito, Mexico City

August 11th, 2009

‘Fire Offering by Tepito People’
(follow up of the15th July 2009 action)

at the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan

August 6th 2009

‘Fire Offering for Peace and Nonviolence’
(follow up of the15th July 2009 action)

Tepito, Mexico City

Donation of the “Laurel de la India” (Mexican plant) to the people of Tepitoby the Ambassador of India to Mexico.

Ambassador walking in the open market.

July 15th,

‘Fire Offering at the Kid Azteca’

Tepito, Mexico City

The Ambassador of India to Mexico, Shri Dinesh Kumar Jain and his wife, Dr. Sergio Arroyo, Director of the Tlatelolco Cultural Centre and habitants of Tepito making a fire offering and planting a cactus.

Peace process begins in Tepito district

July 15th, 2009

Mexico City

Mexico City Tepito is a district located in Mexico City. Since pre-Hispanic times there has been an open-air market in this neighborhood. Historically it was an underprivileged area which has been affected by violent incidences for generations; in Tepito there are also many people who are ready to work for Peace and Nonviolence. Since July 15th 2009 several families are creating, together with volunteers of OraWorldMandala, several artistic offerings for Nonviolence in their district. Last fall on October 2nd the families also participated together in a program at Gandhi monument in order to honor the Mahatma in Mexico City.

June 2nd 2009

‘Real de Catorce, World Theatre for Ahimsa through Art’

Real de Catorce

June 2nd 2009

‘Real de Catorce, World Theatre for Ahimsa through Art’

Real de Catorce

After four years of work with the Wirrarikas native people, respect and integration for the ancient tradition in the modern society has taken place in the village. The villagers welcomed the native people with songs of love and brotherhood in different locations of Real de Catorce. The action culminated in an offering of the five elements, as their  tradition also suggests.

May 31st, 2009,

‘The Eye of Truth’ – referring to the June 11th action

(fourth edition of the commitment with the Wirrarikas)
Real de Catorce, Quemado Mountain

October 2nd, 2008

‘Reconciliation through the Opposites’

(third edition – referring to the October 2nd 2006 action)

Soil  offering with women and children

Mexico City, Gandhi Monument

Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

October 2nd, 2008

‘Reconciliation through the Opposites’

(third edition – referring to the 2nd October 2006 action)

May 19th 2008

‘The Eye of Truth’

referring to the 11th June 2006 action

(third edition of the commitment with the  Wirrarikas)

Real de Catorce, Quemado Mountain

All night fire offering with the Wirrarikas

April 18th, 2008,

‘India: Cradle of Ahimsa’

Mexico City

Message of the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, at Gandhi Monument in Mexico City

The organizers of this event OraWorldMandala, Ambassador Shri Rinzing Wangdi, and Mrs. Pema Wangdi, Children and Students from different schools in Mexico City, and Ladies & Gentlemen.

I am deeply honoured to be here this morning to offer tributes to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi in the beautiful country of Mexico. As you know, he is the Father of the Indian Nation.

By installing his statue in a prominent place in this huge metropolis, the people of Mexico have honoured his memory and the values he stood for. As the President of India, I thank you for this.

The presence of young and innocent children early in the day, joining me in paying this tribute, is most appropriate to remember him. Mahatma as like a child in the purity of his values. He was stubborn like them too in upholding these values in his owm life. These uncorrupted minds are the best hope to keep his values alive and relevant in the world.

I wish to congratulate the organizers for their thoughtfulness in involving these young children in the ceremony this mornig . More important is for you to inculcate Mahatma Gandhi principles of Truth, Honesty and Nonviolence into them from this tender age.

I would also like to conver my appreciation to all of you, who, I understand, observed the first Non-Violence Day at this venue on 2nd October last year with great dignity and serenity. It speaks for your conviction in Gandhian values and principles. Yes, these principles have relevance transcending times and regional boundaries.

Gandhi said that violence can kill the physical body, but no the spirit and the values inside. This faith in Nonviolence is what we need to instill in to the minds of our younger generations.

I express my admiration to the Goverment and the people of Mexico for the love, affection and respect they have shown to Mahatma Gandhi, his values and his memory.

Thank you.

April 18th, 2008

‘India: Cradle of Ahimsa’

Mexico City


On 18th April 2008 the OraWorldMandala welcomed the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Mahatma Gandhi Monument on occasion of Her first visit to Mexico. The President proved Her belief in the power of Ahimsa by walking on the soil of a ‘Mandala of the Earth’.

January 17th, 2008, ‘All together for World Peace’

This artistic offering has been created by representatives of different religious communties of Gokarna (India) in support with the work for communal harmony developed in Ahmedabad.

Soil offering made by different religious communities

October 2nd, 2007

‘Reconciliation through the Opposites’

(second edition – referring to the October 2nd, 2006 action)

Delhi, October 2nd 2007

Varanasi, October 2nd, 2007

October 2nd, 2007

‘Reconciliation through the Opposites’

(second edition – referred to the 2nd October 2006 action)

Director of the United Nations in Mexico

Representative of the UNESCO in Mexico

Director of the IMJ (Mexican Institute of Youth)

Ambassador of India to Mexico

October 2nd, 2007

‘Reconciliation through the Opposites’

(second edition – referring to the October 2nd, 2006 action)

Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

Soil offerings by the twelve religious communities

Mexico City, Gandhi Monument

Soil offerings by some religious communities of Mexico

September 2007, ‘Soil Offerings’

20 Villages of Gujarat

On October 2, 2008  the soil collected by the inhabitants of 20 villages in Guajarat who have long been struggling for the preservation of their land, was offered at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India.

September, 22nd 2007

‘Soil Offering’

San Francisco Tlaltenco, Mexico

On October 2, 2008  the soil collected by the farmers of Tlaltenco who have long been struggling for the preservation of their land, was offered at the monument of Mahatma Gandhi in Mexico City.

May 31st, 2007

‘The Eye of Truth’  – referred to the 11th June action

(second edition of the commitment with the Wirrarikas)

Real de Catorce, Quemado Mountain

From the Quemado

Ambassador of India to Mexico

Preparing the fire offering

The Mayor of Real de Catorce

Participation of the Tibetan monks

Native Mandala

October 2nd, 2006,

‘Reconciliation through the Opposites’ (simultaneous action at the antipodes of the planet)

Mexico – India

In India October 2nd is celebrated for the birth of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).

In Mexico is the commemoration of  Tlatelolco’s tragedy (1968).

In 2007 the UN declared this date as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence’. On this day, in 2006, the people of India and Mexico expressed together their intention to create a reconciliation of their minds and hearts, resonating of Ahimsa from themselves towards the others and the entire Planet.

In Chapultepec Park of Mexico City at the monument of Mahatma Gandhi, individuals and groups with different missions formed a collective Mandala. Each  participant offered in silence a handful of soil for the creation of the Mandala. The action was performed on Monday, the day in which Mahatma Gandhi traditionally observed silence.
After the offering, Raul Alvarez Garin, representative of the Comite’68, read a text stressing the importance of Ahimsa today, in Mexico and across the world.

In Ahmedabad Sabarmati Ashram, at the same moment of the offering going on in Mexico city, a group of native from Mexico put the soil taken from their sacred place (see 11th June 2006 action) together  with the soil offered by the twelve religious communities in the first action.

This alliance of the ancient knowledge of the two countries sealed the opening of the ‘Archive of the Earth’.
Now the Archive is open to receive soils from different sites of the world offered by people who share the vision of a peaceful planet, and are willing to explore their own evolution, and those of their associated institutions, in fulfilment of that vision.

October 2nd , 2006

‘Reconciliation through the Opposites’

(first edition of the simultaneous actions)

Mexico City, Gandhi Monument

Prayer of  Peace with different religious communities of Mexico City

Soil offering performed by a Mexican policeman

Mexican children singing Raghu Pati Raghao

Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

Wirrarikas native people from Mexico at Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

Iftar (Muslim celebration)

Union of the soil of India with the soil of  Mexico

June 11th 2006

‘The Eye of Truth’

(first edition)

Real de Catorce, Quemado Mountain

Wirrarikas, native Mexicans, are considered one of the most preserved populations of ancient Mexico and they escaped the Spanish invasion in 1530.
Their sensibility for musical and figurative arts is why OraWorldMandala has committed to a five-year project consisting in an annual pilgrimage to Real de Catorce at the top of the Quemado Mountain in San Luis Potosi. The Quemado Mountain represents the culmination of their cosmology, a sacred path in search of Truth.
This five-year commitment is a great opportunity to establish a dialogue based on the values and principles of their culture.
Around two hundred people (representatives of the five Wirrarika communities, also known as ‘Huichols’, leaders from different spiritual traditions and movements, managers, scientists, social workers, friends) from around Mexico met in the main square of the colonial town of Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi, to begin the silent pilgrimage to the Cerro Quemado.
At sunset, at the top of the Cerro Quemado, the people expressed their commitment to Ahimsa in a moment dedicated to Gandhi. A text of the Mexican writer Carlos Montemayor was read to stress the importance of the values transmitted by the Mahatma. At the same time, at the Sabarmati Ashram, people assembled to connect themselves in the same intention, to trace symbolically the human axis connecting opposites points of the globe, aligned at the Tropic of Cancer. The night was accompanied by sacred chants performed by an elder Mara’akame (shaman) in dialogue with his Gods.
At sunrise, the petals of the colourful lotus created by the Indian children (see 21st December 2005 action) were offered to the Elders to preserve the purity of a real hope for Peace. Then the master collected soil from the Quemado to be offered to the “Archive of the Earth” of Sabarmati Ashram where soil from the twelve communities of Ahmedabad have been  previously donated.


December 21th, 2005
‘All religions prayer’
Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

At sunrise of the Winter Solstice, the founders of the first experiment met at the Sabarmati Ashram to perform the Surya Namaskar (Salutation to the Sun) followed by the Sarva Dharma Prarthana (All religions prayer) of Mahatma Gandhi, around the beautiful flower that bloomed from their aspiration of peace.

A message from his Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraging the continuation of the action reached this auspicious moment of communal harmony: “…Harmony among different religions is essential for peace not only in the world at large, but also in the very localities where we live. In order to develop genuine harmony, it’s extremely important that we cultivate genuine respect for one another. Religious differences should not be the grounds for antagonism. Religion should be the basis for friendship, brotherhood and sisterhood. I believe that people with religious interests have special responsibilities in this regard and I am impressed by the efforts being focused in this direction by concerned citizens of Ahmedabad…”

December 18th. 2005
‘Yatra for a World of Equaty’
Ahmedabad, Gujarat Vidyapeeth – Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

Three days before, a preceeding action  bloomed in the form of a colorful lotus: thousands of paper petals, created by the children of the different religious communities, were installed around the ‘Archive of the Earth’. All children, including differently-able and blind, led together a ‘Yatra (march) for a World of Equity’ from the Gujarat Vidyapeeth University to the Sabarmati Ashram. Through their petals, children expressed their dreams of Ahimsa in writing, painting and singing their hopes for a better future. More than seven thousand children, women and men, in colourful dress, marched and sang the “Chant of the Wind”, to evoke the beauty of a world that still believes in the value of Unity in diversity. At the end of the march the children created a ‘flower of peace’ with the petals.

April 23rd, 2005
‘Opening’ (first action of the peace process)
Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram and Gujarat Vidyapeeth

Twelve religious communities

Soil offering

All  religions prayer around soil offering
Eating together

Dancing around the soil to be offered

Soil offering in the ‘Archive of the Earth’
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April 23rd 2005
‘Opening’ (first action of the peace process)
Ahmedabad, Sabarmati Ashram and Gujarat Vidyapeeth
On 23rd April 2005 the OraWorldMandala initiated an inter-faith communion and, for the first time un many years, especially after the  estrangement and suffering caused by local religious conflicts in recent years (Gujarat riots, 2002), people from twelve religious communities came together in order to pray, to sing devotional songs, to dance and to share food, to enjoy and to laugh together, and to remember Mahatma Gandhi´s message of love and harmony. The twelve communities are: Brahma Kumaris, Buddhist, Catholic, Hare Krishna, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Parsi, Protestant, Sikh, Veda and Vedanta. Five hundred people participated in the action at Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram. The Ashram was the most appropriate place to serve as the “soil” from which his message would resonate and radiate to the world. It was from this place that Mahatma Gandhi launched his peaceful Salt March to demonstrate that the power of Nonviolence was inherent in all human beings and could be deployed by anyone  who was committed to it.

The action culminated in an offering of the ‘earth’ element, in which each religious group brought soil from its sacred place to be placed in a common receptacle, a large earthen pot that in Gujarat is normally used to store grain and water.
This is the ‘Archive of the Earth’.

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Posted August 16, 2010 by oraworldmandala