Million Minutes of Peace Appeal
In 1986, the UN International Year of Peace, Brahma Kumaris launched The Million Minutes of Peace Appeal, which reached 88 countries, involved millions of people and won the support of hundreds of companies and other organisations. Emphasizing that peace begins inside each individual, the project collected contributions of over one billion minutes of peace in the form of prayers, meditation and positive thoughts.
From mid-September to mid-October, people were asked to pledge minutes of time in meditation, positive thinking or prayer for peace and donate them to a ‘World Peace Bank’. The aim was to collect pledges of one million minutes from each participating country, however the response exceeded all expectations. In just four weeks some 1,231,975,713 minutes were collected from 88 countries. The total was equal to some 2,344 years of peace! The pledge for peace was presented to United Nations Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar on 24th October 1986.