Srila Prabhupada emphasized that we cannot become peaceful and happy in a godless society. His peace formula—to be conscious that everything and everyone is a part of God and is His property—is the means to individually and collectively become peaceful. Krishna consciousness, our remembrance of Krishna (God) as our well-wishing friend and of our connection with Him, brings wellbeing to ourselves and the planet.
In this mood, many New Vrindaban devotees and community members gathered on June 21 evening, on the summer solstice day (in conjunction with International Yoga Day), to commemorate World Peace and Prayer Day with other prominent religious organizations. The devotees joined the interfaith prayer service for the healing of Mother Earth, specifically the Ohio River, which is the most polluted fresh-water river in the US. The gathering started at the Grave Creek Mound and then moved to Riverfront Park in Moundsville, where the devotees had kirtan, provided prasadam, and participated in a drumming circle.
The holy name of the Lord was a priceless contribution to purifying our hearts and the environment, which is the means of creating real peace and harmony on earth.