South Asia: India – Sacred Peace Table

Sacred Peace Table at the Hall of Peace in Auroville, South India


The Making of the Sacred Peace Table • January 1996 • New Hope, PA

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In the Nakashima workshop before sending the Sacred Peace Table to India, Miriam Belov read from Sri Aurobindo’s epic poem “Savitri” and led a meditation. Gary Boxer sang an original composition “A Mighty Soul” with guitar. Two priests consecrated the Sacred Peace Table in the Nakashima workshop where it was created.

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Mira Nakashima polishing the Sacred Peace Table with Miriam Belov in background

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Mira Nakashima played the flute during the ceremony.

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Candle light and Sunlight on the Sacred Peace Table.

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Flowers of “Supramental Consciousness”.

The Consecration of the Sacred Peace Table • February 1996 Auroville, South India

Auroville India

“Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony. I should like this whole place to be called ‘Peace,’ and that peace, actual peace should reign there, not only between the occupants but with the whole of Auroville, present and future.”

The Mother (Mira Richard)

Sri Aurobindo Ashram

Pondicherry, India


A Meditation in 2009 to Commemorate the 41st Year of Auroville’s Founding

The community decided to host a meditation around the Sacred Peace Table in the foundation of the soon-to-be-built Hall of Peace at the Unity Pavilion. As dawn broke and mist shrouded the site in mystery, Aurovillians gathered to offer silent prayers for peace.

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A path of flower petals leads visitors through the skeleton columns to the Hall of Peace site.

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Visitors arriving leave their shoes and their thoughts behind.

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Aurovillians gather in silence to celebrate the source of peace itself.

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The long path to peace, as dawn breaks over the City of Peace, Auroville, India.

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A corner detail of the Sacred Peace Table, lovingly kept safe since 1996.

On the occasion of this auspicious event in south India at 5pm, concurrent gatherings occurred around the Nakashima Altar for Peace in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC at 6:30am, and the Sacred Peace Table in the Hall of Peace at the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow at 3:30pm.

Dedication in the Hall of Peace/Global Connections II

Unity Pavillion, Auroville • South India • February 11, 2014

Nakashima Peace Table for South Asia was celebrated in its new home in Auroville, the Hall of Peace in the Unity Pavilion located next to Savitri Bhavan in the International Zone.

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Inauguration ceremony at hall of Peace where the Peace Table will be the main focus.

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This was a beautiful and creative event in Auroville.  People from the community were joined by diplomats from Delhi and participants from the United States. In fact the audience overflowed from the Hall of Peace into the surrounding gardens.

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Mira Nakashima shared her understanding of her father’s dedication to the Peace Table project which the Nakashima Foundation has realized with the placement of one table for Asia in Auroville.

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Julian Lines, a Nakashima Foundation for Peace board member and on the International Advisory Council at Auroville, was instrumental in organizing the event.  Meenakshi is a long time Aurovilian.  Mira Nakashima-Yarnall was also celebrating her birthday

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Left to right: Gauri Pinto, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, Miriam Belov, board member. Gauri, a close friend of Mira’s, is the daughter of Udar and Mona Pinto, early ashramites. Udar was a collaborator with George Nakashima on building Golconde which is often considered the 1st modern building in India, and Mona oversaw managing the guesthouse for many years and maintained it impeccably.

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Left to right: Miriam Belov, Nakashima Foundation for Peace board member, Ambassador Chinmaya Gharekhan –president of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Carel Thieme – an Aurovilian who initiated the project of the Sacred Peace Table in 1996, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, Aster Patel – an early ashramite & Aurovilian on the Auroville Foundation and Rita Gharekhan.

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Left to right: Jon Yarnall, Mira Nakashima-Yarnall, Soomi and Ru Amagasu.  Traveling together from the USA were Mira and her brother Kevin Nakashima with several family members including Mira’s husband Jon, her son Ru and his wife Soomi whose young son Toshi lit the candle to begin the event. Miriam Carpenter, artist and designer at the Nakashima Studios also attended. The banner behind the group shows The Mother’s signature, which is visually “the Bird of Peace descending upon earth”.