It was a wonderful coincidence that on Tuesday evening, a day before the World Vegan day (November 1), Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience awardee Dr Will Tuttle and his wife Madaleine Tuttle gave a music concert and a talk on compassion towards all beings.
The event was held at Phoenix Arena, Madhapur, as part of their pan-India tour, and was organised by the Hyderabad Vegan Group in association with Goethe-Zentrum and Satvik Vegan Society.
Dr Will Tuttle is the author of the Amazon-bestselling book World Peace Diet. The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience award is a prestigious one and is conferred upon the likes of Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.
Being a vegan for the last 37 years, he could convey his personal journey to the audience with great ease. The highlights of his talk were about ‘Ahimsa’, ‘Pranaa’ and ‘eating attitudes’.
Dr Tuttle blissfully and skilfully played the piano while his wife Madaleine joined him by playing the silver flute for the last piece. The pieces were called the Red Wood Light, Artic Moon, Benediction of Light and Soaring Pelicans. The purpose was to create a conscious mood through their music, and the audience instantly connected with the performances.
Shankar Narayana from the Satvik Vegan Society was ecstatic about receiving a note of appreciation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their effort in organising a pan-India tour for such a good cause. In his note, the Prime Minister said “Ahimsa Paramo Dharma” meaning “it is the ethical responsibility of mankind to treat all living beings with compassion and respect”.
He further added that veganism is the way to live.
After the concert and the talk, people were seen enjoying food from cruelty-free, vegan stalls organised by The Lush Glaze, Smart Alec and The Terrassen Café.
Philip Nicozisis of the USA’s Hippocrates Health Institute who is a published songwriter and a dear friend of Tuttle’s summed up the mood of the entire event in a single statement, “Nothing tastes as good as vegan feels”.