On September 21, the International Day of Peace, Come Together 2018 will draw participants from across the globe for a multi-cultural event that will be live-streamed to tens of millions of people in over 100 countries. At a time when turmoil exists in many corners of the world and there is conflict in the minds of many, Come Together 2018 will open hearts, engage the intellect and unify the people of the world. Participants will have an immersive experience and an opportunity to bring the world together through peace and harmony.
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
– Lao Tzu
Throughout their years together, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were followed by the press and lived a life in the spotlight. Their actions had a profound impact on many – from the way in which people wore their hair – to the way in which they chose to live. Even George Harrison’s discovery of the sitar in India and sounds from different cultures began infiltrating pop songs and to some, signifying the beginning of World Music.
Come Together 2018 will take place at Parmarth Niketan, the largest ashram in Rishikesh, India, which has hosted The Dalai Lama, Prince Charles, Narendra Modi, dignitaries from the United Nations and many others. It is home to the annual International Yoga Festival and today has a special performance stage set right on the Ganges River, where a number of officially sanctioned charity concerts have been held.
Parmarth Niketan is also known for its traditional fire ceremony, Aarti, performed at the river’s edge 365 days a year. Among its many purposes, this ritual provides light and chases away darkness, protecting us from the negative forces of the material world.
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, against the unique and spectacular backdrop of the Ganges River, Parmarth Niketan is one of the most sacred places on earth. It is here that The Beatles took a break from their fame and fortune, in search of spiritual transformation, to reconnect with their humanity.
“Yeah, well, it’s great to be famous, it’s great to be rich – but what it’s all for?”
– Paul McCartney
The Beatles introspection at the time and their exploration of Indian culture opened up the floodgates for young people in countries near and far to do the same. The ancient and sacred teachings of the East merged with pop culture of the West and the two worlds learned from and were influenced by the other. Today is a poignant time to embrace this way of being, to explore deeply that which is foreign to us, and to use the explosion of technology to bring us together as one humanity.
This beautiful environment is ideal for a multi-cultural event that will bring together 3,000 people in peace and celebration. Festival attendees will be provided a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as access to abundant, beautiful gardens. With over 1,000 rooms, the locale offers a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional simplicity.
The secluded Ananda Spa, one of India’s top 5-star retreats, will host our celebrities and VIP participants. Morning universal prayers, daily yoga and meditation, Satsang and lecture programs, kirtan, and the world-renowned Ganga Aarti at sunset, as well as Ayurvedic treatments will all be made available in addition to the festival offerings. Each festival-goer will receive a “Playbook for Peace,” a manifesto inspired by the festival and its attendees, to be shared with their communities back home.
Our international partners, including the David Lynch Foundation, The Patrick McCollum Foundation for Peace, Peace Jam and the Alliance for Peacebuilding, will host a global peace summit as part of Come Together 2018. At the present time, we are also in discussions with the United Nations and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and we have requested the participation of Messenger of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall and other Peace Ambassadors, such as Desmond Tutu. Wizcraft, India’s leading event producer, which helped launch the Global Citizen festival and steered Coldplay, Jay Z, Demi Lovato and other Western artists to India, will manage festival logistics.
We are inviting philanthropists and sponsors to generously support Come Together 2018, with a commitment that the net revenues of the festival will be directed to aligned nonprofits that foster positive change in the world.
Come Together 2018 will cast a spotlight on our unity and shared humanity by capturing a transformative moment in history, connecting the past to the present, and carrying light into the future. We will celebrate the themes of peace, love and unity. It’s a rare opportunity when an event of the past, which touched peoples’ lives and changed the course of how we live, is as relevant and resonant with the current events of our times and also suggests a powerful course for the future.
“I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”
– John Lennon
Address: PO: Swargashram, Rishikesh-249304, Uttarakhand, India
Phone: +91-135-244-0055, +91-135-244-0088
Founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj, Parmarth Niketan is an ashram located in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India, situated in the lap of the lush Himalayas, along the banks of the Ganges.
Ananda Spa In The Himalayas
Address: The Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar Tehri – Garhwal, Narendra Nagar, Uttarakhand 249175, India
Ananda is an award-winning luxury destination spa resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. Ananda, one of the best luxury ayurvedic retreats in India, integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta with international wellness experiences, fitness and healthy organic cuisine to restore balance and harmonize energy.