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Swami Veda Bharati Contributes to The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies

Several years back the UNESCO Chair of Peace Studies at Innsbruck University, Austria, asked Swami Veda Bharati to write an article on Peace. It is now published in a volume titled The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective edited by Wolfgang Dietrich, Chairholder and Program Director for Peace Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.


The essay by Swami Veda Bharati, Shanti: an Indian Perspective, appears on pages 191-228 

An excerpt from Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dietrich’s Introduction to the book reads: “The treasonous richness and diversity of Indian peace cultures are a conceptual challenge for a project like ours. One could write some volumes of this kind just on India without ever achieving full coverage of its most important contributions to world peace discussions. Therefore, we concluded that it might be better to ask one single author to cover the full rainbow from an eagle’s eye perspective and leave special aspects for separate contributions. Of course, this demanding goal could only be achieved by an extraordinarily open, experienced and wise mind. We are happy that we found in Swami Veda Bharati such a wonderful personality, who made the effort to write this remarkable contribution entitled Shanti: An Indian Perspective.  This special case required more space than we used to offer other authors, because reducing these considerations to fifteen pages only would have made the endeavor impossible. I think that the result confirms perfectly the meaningfulness of this exception.  Indian peace philosophy did not only flourish in many different shapes within the subcontinent. Moreover, Indian-rooted concepts spread all over the world, where they have been integrated into local cultures and hence have produced an additional multitude of new approaches. The impossibility to cover all these aspects is not only true for India as a geographic term, but also for the most famous of its philosophical traditions, Buddhism.”

The Palgrave International Handbook of Peace Studies: A Cultural Perspective  is 704 pages long, is in English, and is published by Palgrave Macmillan with the release date of 15th February 2011 with ISBN-10: 023023786X and ISBN-13: 978-0230237865.

Palgrave Macmillan describes the book like this: “In this ground-breaking new volume, the social function of 'peace' is explored through the prism of cultural pluralism. Prominent scholars and thinkers from more than 30 different cultures reflect on the notion of peace, and the diversity of their perspectives highlights the different cultural perceptions surrounding the meaning and scope of peace.  What we understand as 'peace' is dependent on the context within which it is used. Some cultures have a multitude of notions that translate into English simply as peace, whereas an equivalent to peace in the European sense does not even exist in others. This volume shows that the concept of world peace can only be realised as a plural of 'many peaces'; an understanding of peace cannot be reached without the explicit acceptance of the many different notions of peace. In these turbulent times, there is an urgent need to explore new ways of reflecting on and facilitating the promotion of peace. Although the dominant paradigm is still the dogmatic application of a universal notion of a single peace, this approach is shown to be increasingly ineffectual and inappropriate. The editors provide firm evidence to show how adopting a multi-faceted approach to peace could ultimately contribute to the search for an authentic understanding of peace across the world stage.”

Certain booksellers are taking pre-orders now.  The asking price is $212.50 with Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and possibly others offering discounts.

It is a hefty price, as it always is in the case of high level academic studies in Europe. You may want your local library to order it for you. A copy will be kept for display at The Meditation Center in Minneapolis and at AHYMSIN Publishers at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh.

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