This event is one that the world should pay attention to, because in reality, it affects us all.
Getting one child to sit still is a challenge in itself, but to get a million to do it is pretty unprecedented. Not in Thailand, however.
In the Phra Shammakaya Temple in Thailand, one million children from over 5,000 schools gather to take part in ‘V-Star Change the World’. This is a project which sees them meditating side by side in absolute silence for one whole day because they believe this will help achieve world peace.
V-Star began as part of WMR (the World Morality Revival) in 2008. WMR was created by the abbot of the temple that hosts the meditation. The anonymous spiritual leader firmly believes that children are our future. They will spread the values they are raised with, so we need to make sure we raise them with positive ones. This has never been more important than now, with a future wreathed in doubt and uncertainty before us.
The V star children’s project is an event where children wish good for the world and meditate for its well-being. It happens once a year, and when it does, these children come together in prayer and meditation, hoping to heal the scars humanity has inflicted on Mother Earth.
Each V-star, which stands for ‘virtuous star’, is specially selected to take part in the monumental event. They have all been recognized as examples of moral excellence in their schools and local communities. The idea is to bring these virtuous individuals together so they can connect with one another, form a support network and share stories about the good deeds they do every day.
It’s certainly not a walk in the park. Prior to the mass meditation, the children selected to take part are given 10 tasks to complete every day for 3 months. These tasks include saving pocket money, helping their parents with housework and making their beds.
According to program representatives, we need to start with our children and take small steps if we want to make the world a more peaceful and happier place. To change the world, we must change ourselves for the better.