MEDIA RELEASE! Unveiling of the Sivananda Peace Pillar at the Sivananda School of Yoga No. 4 Tyson Road , Parkview Johannesburg The Sivananda World Peace Foundation, Founder and President,Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu together with the Sivananda School of Yoga in Johannesburg will be unveiling an historic four-ton granite Peace Pillar (a heritage monument) that will tower an impressive 3,5metres high and be inscribed with prayers from the world’s major religions. It will be officially unveiled on Saturday the 16th July 2022.
The Sivananda Peace pillar is one of 19 that are being erected in KwaZulu-Natal and in South Africa at large. In KwaZulu-Natal, Peace Pillars have already been unveiled in Kwa Dukuza, Empangeni, Phoenix and Tongaat,Hluhluwe, Richards Bay, Pheonix, Ulundi, Gingindlovu, Pietermaritzburg, Greytown, Durban and Ladysmith .The project is the initiative of philanthropist and humanitarian Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu.
“The Sivananda Peace Pillars are a beacon of unity in diversity. They are a source of inspiration and a reminder that peace and love should transcend our human limitations. They are a tribute to Swami Sivananda, founder of the Divine Life Society Worldwide and his disciple Swami Sahajananda,” says Ramlutchman.
“When I presented our honorable former president Nelson Mandela, who himself is a symbol of peace, with a replica Peace Pillar in Houghton, Gauteng, for his 92nd birthday, he remarked to me that the pillars would go a long way in promoting peace in our country.”His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet also praised Ramlutchman for this noble initiative and gave his unconditional support for the project.
Ishwar Ramlutchman made a commitment to the late Swami Sahajananda to undertake the installation of at least 8 Sivananda Peace Pillars across South Africa but has gone on to surpass the figure promised.“The Sivananda Peace Pillar is a source of inspiration. In the run-up to our local government elections, peace and unity is crucial. Political and social stability are a sign of a united Country and we must work hard at preserving the peace amongst all our citizens.
The unveiling of the pillar coinside with the Guru Purnima celebrations according to the hindu tradition.This Pillar is dedicated to His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda who was the founder of the Divine life Society Trust in Rishikesh , India and who have contributed tremendously to the people of South Africa through various activities including building schools in rural areas for the underpriviledged. Many Dignitaries including the Consul General of India , Mrs Anju Rajan, and His Majesty , King Makhosonke Mabhena , King of the AmaNdebele nation will be attending this historic event.
President and Founder of the Sivananda World Peace FoundationIts been a year since the passing of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu who died in hospital after complications related to Covid-19. King Zwelithini was on the throne for more than 50 years and was a great proponent of social cohesion. He shared a special bond with the Indian community in South Africa and adopted Ishwar Ramlutchman, a South African of Indian origin, as a prince of the Ama-Zulu Kingdom.
Ramlutchman was given the name Prince Mabheka Zulu which means “one who looks after my people”.His contribution towards promoting and preserving wildlife and nature conservation is highly admirable at such a young age. Ishwar Ramlutchman has championed social Cohesion in South Africa. The Historic Celebration of Diwali was celebrated at the Royal Palaces for seven years through the coming together of His Majesty and Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu.
This was a true spirit of oneness and social cohesion. Ishwar is the only Indian that have been adopted as a son by the Royal Zulu Monarch,His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini and was the first person of Indian origin to be appointed as trustee of the Royal Household and made part of the Ezinyosi Zulu regiment. He has also been given The Zulu Royal orders and a Zulu Name,Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu by His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini Ka-BhekuZulu.
He has contributed tremendously to the Indian Diaspora Globally. His commitment to Gopio International has seen many countries benefit from his philanthropic and humanitarian work. Ishwar Ramlutchman is the Executive Vice President of Gopio International and the President and Founder of the Sivananda World Peace Foundation . He has Supported the Indian diaspora in many of His cultural, peace initiatives and heritage programmes.
He upholds corporate social responsibility by building schools, feeding and providing health facilities for the poor and disadvantaged in South Africa. From the very beginning he had the policy to serve the disadvantaged. He adopted the social responsibility as a fellow South African of Indian Origin to serve the poorest of the poor. Mr Ishwar Ramlutchman has embarked on Peace initiatives which is supported by all spheres of Government, communities and Amafa Heritage Council in South Africa and other countries. This Peace Pillar initiative demonstrates the universality of all world religions when it comes to promoting peace and harmony in our country.
Ishwar is also the Ambassador for Ezemvelo Wildlife in KwaZulu Natal. His contribution towards promoting and preserving wildlife and nature conservation is highly admirable at such a young age. Ishwar Ramlutchman has championed social Cohesion in South Africa. Ishwar has received many awards and accolades but more importantly he hopes to be a motivation and inspiration to encourage people he meets to share in his dream of improving the lives of others especially the less fortunate.