Issue No. 296, March 2014
Hall of Peace inaugurated
Ireno Guerci Auroville’s Hall of Peace, the home of the Peace Table for Asia, was inaugurated on February 11th, 2014. “It came to me in a dream, a dream inspired by Sri Aurobindo, when I had the opportunity to buy two huge logs of 300-year old Eastern Black Walnut,” wrote George Nakashima. “The richly grained rare timber asked to be used in its full length and width. The idea came to me to fashion from them Altars of Peace, each measuring approximately 3.3 by 3.3 metres, to fully express the texture, natural shape and free edges of the wood. The Altars, one for each continent on earth, would be places for people from all religions and faiths to gather together in prayer or silent meditation.” The project took off in 1984 and the first Altar of Peace, the Altar for North America, was placed in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. It was dedicated on New Year’s Eve, 1986, in an impressive ceremony with a Concert for Peace conducted by Leonard Bernstein and in ...