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Pier Franco Marcenaro was born in Aulla, north of Tuscany. His mother, Wanda Rolla, was an elementary school teacher; his father, Costanzo, was an instructor of the submarine unit in the dockyards of La Spezia. Both parents were born in La Spezia in 1911.
He is a Master of Spirituality and of life, with thousands of disciples in every part of the world,[1] and a spiritual and humanist writer translated into 15 languages.[2]
After his career in which he reached the rank of director of a major international company, he devoted himself completely to the needs of those who are sincerely seeking their own spirit and God.[3]
He is the spiritual heir of Sant Kirpal Singh (1894-1974), today considered one of the greatest Masters of Spirituality of all times, longstanding President of the “World Brotherhood of Religions” comprising representatives of all the major religions of the world.

Master Pier Franco

Biography

From Lunigiana to Milan

Born in Aulla, Lunigiana, Pier Franco Marcenaro when very young moved to Milan, where in the sixties he met personalities of considerable cultural importance, such as writer and essayist Fernanda Pivano, publisher Inge Feltrinelli, Nobel Prize winner Eugenio Montale, critics Carlo Bo and Roberto Rebora, North American pacifist writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac…[4]
At that time he was living just a few steps away from Piazza Duomo and the Teatro alla Scala, and he worked in the nearby headquarters of Banca Popolare di Milano.

Traveling to the East

An enthusiastic scholar of human and spiritual issues, he periodically returned to Lunigiana, where he dedicated himself to meditation on a hill among the woods. One day his thirst for research found an initial direct response when, while seated in meditation in a clearing in the middle of a thick pine forest, a great light flooded all the surrounding environment illuminating the sky and the forest around him and elevating him to a state of consciousness of supreme bliss, beyond time and space. [5]
That same year, in September 1967, he embarked on a long quest, journeying through Greece, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, and finally arriving in India after traveling over land for almost four months. In this way he deepened his spiritual knowledge, meeting mystics and monks of Orthodox monasteries, Sufis of Islam, and Yogis from the many disciplines of India.[6]

Milan, 6 September 1972: Pier Franco translating Master Sant Kirpal Singh's Talk during his Conference at the Yoga Institute

Initiation into the spiritual Way

Rome Airport, December 1972: with Master Sant Kirpal Singh during his Third Tour in the West

In January 1968, in New Delhi, he met Sant Kirpal Singh, the greatest Master of Spirituality and life then living, who also served as President of the “World Fellowship of Religions”, comprising all the major religions of the world. He initiated him into the most elevated spiritual discipline, meditation on the heavenly Light and Harmony, also known today as “Universal Meditation”. So strong was the impact of this new experience that the young man remained in meditation sitting on a mat for three consecutive days and nights, enraptured in a state of divine ecstasy (Samadhi).[7][8]
He then followed Master for five months on his teaching journeys through North India to the foothills of the Himalayas,[9] personally receiving his spiritual heritage.[10]

Life as a Disciple

Manager at European level

Inspired by his Master, on returning to Italy in 1968, he set himself the difficult goal, for the first time in history, of integrating the elevated Spirituality of the East with the practical activity of the West, through work combined with meditation.[11]
Having become, already at the age of 30, a top-level executive in industry, he held leading positions in major international companies, becoming the Financial Director of one of the most prestigious brands in the world (today with 15,000 employees worldwide).[12] He was a manager capable of dictating guidelines to the European banking system.[13] At the same time he never neglected the practice and teaching of Meditation.

New Delhi, 1974: Pier Franco leading the Italian Delegation to the “First World Conference for the Unity of Man” organized by Sant Kirpal Singh

Family life

In December 1969 he married Anna Rita Federigi, with whom he had a daughter, Tiziana, born on 10 January 1971.[14]

Representative and heir of Master Kirpal Singh

In 1968 he became the Representative of Master Kirpal Singh for Italy, and he imparted initiation into the practice of meditation in his name. He operated in this role until 1974[15][16][17].
Then, after the passing of the Great Master (21 August 1974), his spiritual Mission continued.[18][19]

In the role of Master

Pier Franco Marcenaro, Master of Spirituality and of life of the highest Order

Master of Spirituality and of life

Master Pier Franco with some Representatives and Assistants of the School of Spirituality in Italy

At the passing of his Master, at the age of 33, he began his own spiritual Mission by imparting the teachings and instructions for the practice of Universal Meditation through the School of Spirituality.
Since then, Master has regularly undertaken journeys for spreading Spirituality both in Italy and in other parts of the world, such as the European Union and Eastern Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa,[20] the result of which is the continuous increase in the number of disciples on a planetary scale.[21]

School of Spirituality and Universal Meditation

In 1974, Master Pier Franco founded the School of Spirituality, with the elevated objective of spreading, among sincere spiritual seekers in Italy and abroad, the teachings that are at the base of the major philosophies and religions of the world, and the practice of the most ancient and elevated form of meditation: Universal Meditation. [22]

Conference in the crowded Auditorium of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, 14 April 2013

Known by different names through time and place (“Way of the Masters”, “Science of the Soul”, “Way of Spirituality”, “Surat Shabd Yoga”...), it consists in conscious inner contact with the divine Light and Harmony, through the experience imparted by a competent Master. [23]
The School of Spirituality periodically organizes free preparatory courses for the practice of Universal Meditation under the direct inspiration and supervision of Master Pier Franco, who in due course initiates into the spiritual Way all those aspirants who make a sincere request and are found suitable. [24]
The School of Spirituality is now present in more than 60 Italian cities and in 25 different countries, with thousands of disciples all over the world.
The monthly Meetings at the School Headquarters, which have been held since May 1999 in an ancient monastery in the Tuscan hills where Angelo Roncalli, Pope John XXIII, stayed, are always fully booked, with people, coming from Italy and from every part of the world, in search of peace and knowledge of the deepest and most divine part of themselves. There the ancient motto “Ora et labora” (Pray and work) is implemented by means of meditation combined with service.[25][26]

Narrations by Master's Disciples

Apparitions of the Master
by Serena Ruggiero, Massa, Italy, June 2015

A view of the Versilia sea

At the end of the month of May, for two consecutive nights Master Pier Franco Marcenaro appeared to me. It is the Master who manifests with a blinding flash and then very slowly the image becomes more and more clear and in focus: it is Him, his face, his radiant celestial eyes and He communicates with me smiling. The second night, just like the first…
The third day, on the beach, together with my two children, He appears not far from me… with clothes of a radiant white light. Then I discern his aspect as a man all dressed in white with a long white tunic, showing only his pink hands like those of a child and his feet. And He walked on the water of the sea, coming toward me smiling and his whole Being was immersed in immense harmony and peace.

How I met my Master... three months before meeting him
by Rosabel Ascanio Perez, Santa Marta, Colombia

One of the crowded lectures given in Colombia by Maestro Pier Franco in 2007

Three months before Master Pier Franco Marcenaro came to Santa Marta, Colombia, in 2007, I had a particular experience while I was meditating.
I saw myself in a place where all humanity was running toward the same point. There were airplanes that sent colored lights into space that seemed like fireworks, and on the ground there were just as many marvelous multi-colored lights, that led all to one place.
I asked a man: “Why is everyone running toward that place?” He answered that a Master had arrived, and so I too went toward the place where everyone was heading, to meet the Master, so I could see Him.
Then one day, when I was in Santa Marta, I saw some poster ads with the photo of the Master Pier Franco Marcenaro which informed about his next conference. So I called a friend and told her that the Master from my experience had arrived in Santa Marta.
From that moment on, my friend and I have been meditating with the Master Pier Franco Marcenaro.

How the Master appeared to me twenty years earlier
by Gloria C. Moroni, Parma

"O Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!" (Psalms 8:1)
"I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart and I will announce all Your wonders!" (Psalms 9:2)

In 1984 I worked as an accountant in a small firm, where a type of manual accounting was still in use. This allowed me, during my work, to pray to the Lord for dear ones and for other aims.
That year in May, suddenly, in the center of my inner vision, the image of an unknown Gentleman appeared. With a serious look, he mentally, without speaking, dictated to me two addresses, one in Lucca,(1) with the street and number, and one in Torre del Lago.(2)
Surprised I asked myself who this unknown person was and why he appeared in my inner vision. His image persisted and finally the two addresses appeared written below. I could not explain this to myself, nor did I try to find any confirmation, because the events of my life distracted me from this particular event, which became just a memory.

Lecture by Maestro Pier Franco in Parma, 2004

In October 2004 I happened to notice a poster inviting all those interested to a conference on “The Experience of the Spirit in Our Time”. Being interested and having the time, I went to the place indicated. When the speaker, Master Pier Franco Marcenaro, arrived on the stage, I saw him and I immediately recognized that he was the unknown Gentleman who had appeared in my spiritual vision twenty years earlier. It was truly a wonderful surprise.
I then attended the Course that was offered at the conference. When Pier Franco Marcenaro came the first time to give a lesson at the Course for initiation into meditation, I had the opportunity to be near him and asked this question, “How did you recognize Your Master?” He answered me, “I was called. My Master had chosen me.” In that instant I realised that the same thing had happened to me, “You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and I have appointed you to go and bear fruit - fruit that is everlasting.” (John 15:16) It was an inevitable rendezvous. Then I asked the Lord, my God, to give me the necessary help to meet this new experience that had been presented to me.
I have only to thank the Lord because He is good and because His Mercy is eternal.

(1) The Headquarters of Man Center in Italy then. (2) Still the residence of the Master in Italy.

Conferences

Accra, Ghana, 19 November 2003: with Participants at the “International Conference for Peace and Welfare” on the occasion of his opening speech
Sargiano Monastery, 4-11 June 2005: Participants in the “Third World Conference for the Peace and Welfare of Peoples” (under the auspices of the UN)

Since 1974 he has held an intense schedule of Talks and Conferences on spiritual themes, which in Italy are under the auspices of Municipalities, Provinces and Regions, as testament of his growing fame and authority. He has extensively presented the advantages of Universal Meditation, being the guest of prestigious Auditoriums and Universities both in Italy and abroad.[27]
He chaired three editions of the “World Conference for the Peace and Welfare of Peoples” in 1999, 2002 and 2005, held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs respectively,[28] of the European Commission[29] and of the United Nations Organization (U.N.).[30]
Important personalities of the religious, political, artistic and cultural world coming from every Continent have taken part in the Conferences. The Final Reports were sent to the governments of the world's major nations.[31][32][33][34][35][36]
The then President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, also expressed his deep appreciation.

Text of the message of appreciation and best wishes of the President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
29 June 2002
Rome, Quirinale
To Pier Franco Marcenaro, President of “Man Center”

Pisa, 25 October 2016, “National Research Council” (CNR): Master Pier Franco illustrates the advantages of Meditation to the large audience

The President of the Republic of Italy expresses deep appreciation for the second World Conference for the Peace and Welfare of Peoples. The future of the planet, the global balance of the new century, and peace among peoples largely depend on the international community's ability to safeguard the environment, establish a dialog between cultures and religions, and win the fight against poverty, ensuring balanced growth, throughout the world, in accordance with the principles of human rights.
With this in mind, the Head of State sends the organizers, distinguished speakers and attendees friendly greetings and wishes them every success in their work.


Since the discipline of Universal Meditation taught by Master Pier Franco has a scientific basis, in October 2016 he successfully presented its benefits to the “National Research Council” (CNR) in Pisa with the “Science and Meditation” Talk.[37][38][39]

Master Pier Franco autographs his book “The School of Spirituality” at the request of a disciple

Books and publications

He is the author of 12 books on spiritual subjects, translated into 15 languages, as well as articles, CDs, DVDs. The periodical entitled “The Source” publishes his talks in Italian and English, which today number more than 4,000.
His publications have been published in over one million copies.[40]
His book “The School of Spirituality”, published in 15 languages, is a best seller, now in its eighth edition.[41]
The monthly magazine of SOLE 24 ORE, “L’Impresa” of November 2016 published his long talk “The Capacity of Spirituality” on the advantages of meditation for those who wish to manage a company more successfully, favoring human and spiritual values.[42]

Man Center

He is the Director of Man Center, a Non-Profit Organization of Social Utility and a Voluntary Organization, founded in 1974 although officially registered in 1977.[43]

Monastery of Sargiano, 4 November 2017: Master Pier Franco receives the plaque for the “40th Anniversary of Man Center” from Antonella Ruggiero, the guest of honor of the event
Sargiano Woods, Easter 2019: March against violence for a better world

The Association is engaged in projects on a global scale to support marginalized groups and developing peoples and to promote intercultural and interreligious dialog based on elevated human, social and spiritual values.[44]
Among the most important initiatives is “Wells and Villages in Sinai”, an international project launched in 2017 and still under way, which involves the excavation of water wells, the restructuring of housing in critical conditions and direct aid to support local communities.[45]
Man Center also works for the preservation and enhancement of Nature and for popularizing the vegetarian diet that respects the animal world, favors spiritual research and is recognized as the most suitable diet to keep the body healthy.[46]
At the Man Center headquarters in the Monastery of Sargiano [also on Wikipedia], and in the surrounding Naturalistic Area of Sargiano Woods [also on Wikipedia], marches are organized to increase public awareness of respect for nature and the environment, non-violence and world peace, with numerous participants coming from the major Italian cities and from abroad.[47]

On the occasion of the “March for the Protection of Animals and the Environment” on 15 April 2001, he sent a “Guide, or 10-Point Program” to the Mayors of the major Italian cities and to the Ministers of the major foreign countries to be implemented on a global scale as recognition of animal rights and the imperative need to respect the environment, with the request to include this topic as a subject of study in all schools.[48] This was very much in advance of the many world movements that would follow.

World Interreligious Center

As President of the World Interreligious Center, with Representatives of different religious cultures and traditions

Since 1999 Pier Franco Marcenaro has been the President of the World Interreligious Center, a Non-Profit Organization with representatives of different religious traditions on all the Continents, which aims to promote intercultural and interreligious dialog and the well-being of humanity through the rediscovery of the highest spiritual and social values. The World Interreligious Center holds meetings and seminars on the topics of world peace and welfare, sending the conclusions to the political and religious leaders of the world’s major countries.[49]

November 2015: With Andrea Bocelli at the awarding of the “2015 Art, Science and Peace Prize” [50]

Art, Science and Peace Prize

Since 2002 he has been the President of the Jury that awards the Triennial “Art, Science and Peace Prize”, given to personalities of the Arts and Sciences who have particularly distinguished themselves for their message in favor of peace and the well-being of humanity. The prize has been awarded to: the actor and director Roberto Benigni, tenor Andrea Bocelli, director Franco Zeffirelli, Professor Umberto Veronesi and writer and essayist Fernanda Pivano.[51] [52]

Pier Franco Marcenaro receiving the Accolade of the Province of Arezzo from the hands of the President, Roberto Vasai

Prizes and Accolades received

  • “David” prize for literature (1967).[53][54]
  • “Messenger of Peace” prize (2003), an event that received the attention of the international media.[55][56][57]
  • “ENPA” (National Organization for Animal Protection) accolade for the commitment of Man Center to the protection of animals and the environment (July 2000).
  • Accolade of the Province of Arezzo “for the work of cultural integration carried out in many years of activity by Man Center” (December 2011).
  • Certificate of merit of the Emilia-Romagna Region “for the invaluable activity carried out at the service of the regional society by Man Center and for the values that the Association expresses and represents” (2011, on the occasion of the European Year of Volunteers).[58]
  • Member of the Association of Journalists of Tuscany, special list.[59]

  • Published works

    Books

    The Path of Spirituality – Available in Italian (20175, first edition 1978), English (1997), German, Romanian, Russian
    The School of Spirituality (978-0-9709270-2-6) – Available in Italian (20188, first edition 1979), English (20172, first edition 1995), German, French, Spanish, Russian, Bulgarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Slovak, Swedish, Ukrainian, Esperanto, Arabic, Hindi
    Sant and Other Instructors (978-1-936510-32-0) – Available in Italian (20165, first edition 1992), English (2010), German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovak
    Shining Gem – Available in Italian (20162, first edition 1995), English and German
    The Light of Knowledge (978-0-9709270-0-2) – Available in Italian (20192, first edition 1997), English (2000), German, Russian
    Parlatemi di Lui (978-88-86604-12-3). Available in Italian (first edition 1998)
    Drops of Nectar - Vol. I (978-0-615-2687-9) – Available in Italian (20192, first edition 2001), English (2001), German, Russian
    The Divine Light in the Bible (978-0-9709270-3-3) – Available in Italian (first edition 2007), English (2007), Russian
    Spirituality and Meditation of the Ancient Fathers (978-88-86604-29-1) – Available in Italian (20192, first edition 2014), English (2019), Russian
    Gocce di Nettare - Vol. II (978-88-86604-32-1). Available in Italian (first edition 2016)
    THE BOOK of Creation (978-0-9709270-5-7) – Available in Italian (20202, first edition 2018), English (2019), Russian

    CD
    [in Italian only]

    Un cassetto pieno di sogni (2014)
    Discorsi. Raccolta n° 6 (2014)
    L’ottavo peccato capitale (2014)
    Discorsi. Raccolta n° 1 (2014)
    Discorsi. Raccolta n° 2 (2015)
    La Pentecoste (2016)
    L’esperienza di Dio come Amore (2016)
    Discorsi. Raccolta n. 3 (2016)
    Discorsi. Raccolta n. 7 (2017)
    Perle di Saggezza - Vol. I (2019)
    Ore di ambrosia - Vol. I (2020)
    Ore di ambrosia - Vol. II (2020)
    Perle di Saggezza - Vol. II (2021)

    DVD
    [in Italian only]

    La Pentecoste (2014)
    L’esperienza di Dio come Amore (2014)
    L’ottavo peccato capitale (2014)
    Un'Umanità Nuova (2020)

    Conferences

    Conferences held at Universities (years 1985-2019)

    Date
    Place
    Hall
    Auspices
    01.06.1985 Milan People's University
    11.11.1985 Rome Auditorium of the Valdese University
    23.05.1987 Rome Auditorium of the Valdese University
    12-13.09.1998 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) People's University (House of Culture)
    14-15.11.1998 Los Angeles (USA) Golden West College
    22.11.1998 Miami (USA) Barry University
    08-09.09.2001 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) People's University
    10-11.02.2007 Santa Marta (Colombia) Magdalena University
    17-18.02.2007 Santa Marta (Colombia) Magdalena University
    18.05.2008 Reggio Emilia Auditorium of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Auspices of Municipality and Province
    14.04.2013 Venice Auditorium of Ca’ Foscari University Auspices of Municipality and Province
    18-19.10.2014 Genua University Auditorium Auspices of Municipality and Province
    19-20.10.2016 Pisa Conference Center of the University of Pisa Auspices of Municipality and Province
    21-22.04.2018 Mantua University Auditorium Auspices of Municipality and Region
    06-07.04.2019 Lecco Auditorium of Polytechnic University, Campus of Lecco Auspices of Region

    Conferences held outside Italy (years 1978-2019)

    Date
    Place
    Hall
    Notes
    09.08.1978 Barcelona (Spain) World Conference for the Unity of Man Congress Palace
    05.09.1981 Munich (Germany) World Conference for the Unity of Man Congress Center
    30.11.1987 New Delhi (India) Lajpat Nagar
    20.02.1990 Sharm el Sheik (Egypt) Tower Village
    19-20.10.1996 Nuremberg (Germany) Red Cross Hall
    26-27.10.1996 Munich (Germany) Vitalis Conference Hall
    24.02.1998 Sharm-El-Sheikh (Egitto)
    12-13.09.1998 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) People's University (House of Culture)
    14-15.11.1998 Los Angeles (USA) Golden West College
    21.11.1998 Sunrise (USA) Auditorium of the Piper High School
    22.11.1998 Miami (USA) Barry University
    25.09.1999 Erlangen (Germany) Dreycedern Hall
    27.09.1999 Bamberg (Germany) Eta Hoffman Theatre
    02-03.10.1999 Munich (Germany) Municipal Auditorium of Fürstenfeldbruck
    01-02.09.2001 Chisinau (Moldova) Hall of the Republic
    08-09.09.2001 Cluj-Napoca (Romania) People's University
    10-11.05.2003 Nuremberg (Germany) Marmorsaal
    17-18.05.2003 Munich (Germany) German Museum Hall
    19, 20, 21.11.2003 Accra (Ghana) Opening speech “International Conference for Peace and Welfare of Africa”
    03-04.02.2007 Bogota (Colombia) Auditorium of the Chamber of Commerce
    10-11.02.2007 Santa Marta (Colombia) Magdalena University (Center "San Juan")
    17-18.02.2007 Santa Marta (Colombia) Magdalena University
    24-25.02.2007 Bogota (Colombia) Cedro Golf Park
    19-20.05.2007 Chisinau (Moldova) Organ Hall
    27-28.05.2007 Moscow (Russia) Semionovski Hall
    03-04.06.2007 Saint Petersburg (Russia) Baltic Countries Conference Center
    17.10.2009 Nuremberg (Germany) Marmorzaal
    24.10.2009 Fürth (Germany) Stadthalle
    01.06.2013 Chisinau (Moldova) Organ Hall
    08.06.2013 Moscow (Russia) Hall of the Palace of Folk Culture
    15.06.2013 Dubna (Russia) State Music School Concert Hall
    22.06.2013 Saint Petersburg (Russia) Baltic Countries Conference Center
    10.05.2014 Lugano (Switzerland) Convention Center
    18.11.2017 Kurukshetra (India) Gymkhana Club
    26.05.2018 Moscow (Russia) “Moskovich” Cultural Center
    02.06.2018 Saint Petersburg (Russia) “Zanevsky” Conference Hall
    10.06.2018 Voronej (Russia) Degas Hotel
    14.09.2019 Chisinau (Moldova) Organ Hall

    Conferences held in Italy (years 1976-2020)

    Date
    Place
    Hall
    Auspices
    06/04/74 Milan Bristol Hotel
    29/06/74 Milan Bristol Hotel
    16.05.1976 Milan Philology Society
    06.06.1976 Milan Philology Society
    14.11.1976 Milan Philology Society
    28.11.1976 Milan Man Center
    12.12.1976 Milan Philology Society
    06.06.1976 Reggio Emilia Yoga Studies Center
    08.05.1977 Bergamo Freight Exchange
    27.03.1978 Lucca Man Center
    08-13.09.1978 Lucca Various locations
    08.10.1978 Milan Man Center
    03.12.1978 Lucca Man Center
    06.05.1979 Camaldoli (Arezzo) Hermitage guesthouse
    19.05.1979 Milan Man Center
    26.05.1979 Reggio Emilia Province Hall
    01.12.1979 Bergamo Mutual Aid Association
    25.10.1980 Milan Man Center
    22.11.1980 Reggio Emilia Hotel Europa
    24.10.1981 Milan Nuova Africa Institute
    07.11.1981 Reggio Emilia Yoga Center "Patanjali"
    11.01.1982 Florence Theosophical Society
    27-28.03.1982 Lido di Camaiore (Lucca) Hotel Colombo
    09.02.1982 Florence Theosophical Society
    08.05.1982 Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) Civic Library – Senate Hall
    22.05.1982 Milan Pirelli Tower – Lombardy Region Ceremonial Hall
    29.05.1982 Lucca Province Hall
    11.10.1982 Florence Theosophical Society
    30.10.1982 Reggio Emilia Province Hall
    27.11.1982 Scanzorosciate (Bergamo) Centro Studi Radiante
    13.12.1982 Florence Theosophical Society
    14.11.1983 Florence Theosophical Society
    20.02.1984 Florence Theosophical Society
    05-06.05.1984 Reggio Emilia Province Hall
    20-21.10.1984 Alessandria Chamber of Commerce
    05.11.1984 Florence Theosophical Society
    15.04.1985 Florence Theosophical Society
    27.04.1985 Chioggia (Venice) Municipal Library
    25.05.1985 Alessandria Hall of the Province
    01.06.1985 Milan People's University
    19.10.1985 Bergamo State Archive Hall
    16-17.11.1985 Rome Auditorium of the Valdese University
    25.01.1986 Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) Yama Yoga Center
    15-16.03.1986 Lucca Hall of the Province
    11-12.10.1986 Chioggia (Venice) Hall of St. Filippo Neri
    09.02.1987 Florence Hall of the Military Brotherhood (Fratellanza Militare)
    28.03.1987 Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) “Il Portico” Publishing House
    23-24.05.1987 Rome Auditorium of the Valdese University
    1988 Alessandria Red Cross
    19.05.1989 Milan Niguarda Municipal Library
    26.05.1989 Naples “Arcobaleno” Center
    19.05.1991 Milan Man Center
    26.10.1991 Bergamo Province Hall
    27.10.1991 Milan Man Center
    24.05.1992 Milan Hall of the “Nuova Acropoli” Association
    19.09.1992 Reggio Emilia Man Center
    26.09.1992 Reggio Emilia Hotel Europa Conference Hall
    17.10.1992 Valle San Bartolomeo (Alessandria) Man Center
    18.10.1992 Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) Man Center
    19.06.1994 Milan Man Center
    21.05.1995 Milan Man Center
    25.05.1996 Alessandria Parish of San Baudolino
    26.05.1996 Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) St. Clare Auditorium
    10-11.05.1997 Chioggia (Venice) Città di Chioggia Auditorium
    24-25.05.1997 Bergamo Città di Bergamo Auditorium Auspices of the Province
    27.09.1997 Busto Arstizio (Varese) Zeppellini Hall Auspices of the Municipality
    11.10.1997 Milan Auditorium of P.I.M.E (Pontifical Inst. Foreign Missions) Auspices of the Municipality
    28.03.1998 Alessandria Ambra Hall Auspices of the Province
    09.05.1998 Monza Teatro S. Carlo Auspices of the Municipality
    26-27.09.1998 Prato Hall of Terminale Cinema Auspices of the Municipality
    24-25.10.1998 Sarzana (La Spezia) Hall of Teatro Impavidi Auspices of the Municipality
    20-21.03.1999 Catania Hall of the Municipality Auspices of the Municipality
    24-25.04.1999 Casale Monferrato (Alessandria) Hall of the Municipality
    09.1999 Arezzo Monastery of Sargiano
    1st World Conference for the Peace and Welfare of Peoples
    Auspices Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    23-24.10.1999 Chioggia (Venice) Municipal Auditorium Auspices of the Municipality
    18-19.03.2000 Brescia Museum of Natural Sciences Auspices of the Municipality
    30.09-01.10.2000 Milan Auditorium of the Congress Center Auspices of the Province
    21-22.10.2000 Montecatini Terme (Pistoia) Le Temerici Cultural Centre Auspices of the Municipality
    17-18.02.2001 Monza Casa del Volontariato
    19-20.05.2001 Florence Conference Hall of Cassa di Risparmio Auspices of the Municipality
    22-23.09.2001 Venice-Mestre Cultural Centre Santa Maria delle Grazie Auspices of the Municipality
    20-21.10.2001 La Spezia Dante Conference Hall Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    16-17.03.2002 Alessandria “Ambra” Hall Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    20-21.04.2002 Bergamo Auditorium of Bergamo Auspices of the Municipality
    29-30.06.2002 Arezzo Monastery of Sargiano
    2nd World Conference for the Peace and Welfare of Peoples
    Auspices of the European Commission
    20-21.09.2002 Venice-Mestre Council Hall Auspices of the Municipality
    19.10.2002 Milan San Carlo Auditorium
    16.11.2002 Sarzana (La Spezia) Hall of the Republic Auspices of the Municipality
    22-23.03.2003 Busto Arstizio (Varese) Tramogge Hall, Tecnocity Auspices of the Municipality
    20-21.09.2003 Reggio Emilia Conference Hall of the Chamber of Commerce Auspices of the Municipality
    08.02.2004 Milan Convention Hall of Star Hotel Rosa
    20-21.03.2004 Marina di Massa (Massa) A.P.T. Conference Center Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    16-17.10.2004 Parma Hall of the Chamber of Commerce Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    19-20.03.2005 Monza Hall of Culture Auspices of the Municipality
    04-05.06.2005 Arezzo Monastery of Sargiano
    3rd World Conference for the Peace and Welfare of Peoples
    Auspices of the United Nations Organization (UN) and European Commission
    15-16.10.2005 Turin Espace Theatre Auspices of the Municipality
    25-26.03.2006 Padua C. Pollini Auditorium Auspices of the Municipality
    14-15.10.2006 Carrara (Massa) Chamber of Commerce of the Province Auspices of the Municipality
    21-22.04.2007 Sesto S. Giovanni (Milan) Elena Theater Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    22-23.09.2007 Rovigo Rovigo Trade Show Hall Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    21.10.2007 Turin Agnelli Theatre
    03.02.2008 Monza "Sala Grande" of Hotel della Regione
    20.04.2008 Parma Star Hotel du Parc Congress Center Auspices of the Municipality
    18.05.2008 Reggio Emilia Auditorium of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    27-28.09.2008 Vercelli Municipal Theater Auspices of the Municipality and Chamber of Commerce
    28-29.03.2009 Vicenza Teatro Astra Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    20.09.2009 Turin Agnelli Theater
    17-18.04.2010 Bergamo Giovanni XXIII Congress Center Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    18-19.09.2010 Treviso Eden Theater Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    17-18.10.2010 La Spezia Sala Dante Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    06.02.2011 Parma Star Hotel du Parc Congress Center
    12-13.03.2011 Modena Forum Monzani Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    24-25.09.2011 Alessandria Congress Center of Hotel Diamante Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    05.02.2012 Parma Star Hotel du Parc Congress Center
    21-22.04.2012 Brescia Chamber of Commerce Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    20-21.10.2012 Ferrara Hall No. 1 of Cinema Apollo Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    10.02.2013 Parma Star Hotel du Parc Congress Center
    14.04.2013 Venice Auditorium of Ca’ Foscari University Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    18-19.05.2013 Milan Novotel Milano Nord Cà Granda Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    21-22.09.2013 Piacenza Monumental Hall of Palazzo Gotico Auspices of the Province
    09.02.2014 Lido di Camaiore (Lucca) Hotel Le Dune Congress Center
    18-19.10.2014 Genoa Auditorium of the University Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    08.02.2015 Parma Star Hotel du Parc Congress Center
    18-19.04.2015 Cremona Maffei Hall of the Chamber of Commerce Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    16-17.05.2015 Busto Arstizio (VA) “Le Robinie” Golf Club Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    17-18.10.2015 Verona Auditorium of the Palazzo della Gran Guardia Congress Center Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    27.09.2015 Sarzana (La Spezia) Park Hotel Santa Caterina Hall
    07.02.2016 Piacenza Monumental Hall of Palazzo Gotico Auspices of the Province
    16-17.04.2016 Reggio Emilia Auditorium of the Loris Malaguzzi International Center Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    10-11.09.2016 Bergamo Giovanni XXIII Congress Center Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    25.10.2016 Pisa CNR (National Research Council) Auditorium
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    05.02.2017 Salsomaggiore T. (Parma) Congress Center Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    18-19.03.2017 Como Teatro Sociale Auspices of the Municipality and Region
    13-14.05.2017 Alessandria Congress Center Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    15.10.2017 Sarzana (La Spezia) Park Hotel Santa Caterina Hall Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    28-29.10.2017 Bologna Congress Center of the Tower Hotel Auspices of the Municipality and Region
    04.02.2018 Parma Star Hotel du Parc Auspices of the Municipality and Province
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    10.02.2019 Parma Star Hotel du Parc Auspices of the Municipality and Province
    23-24.03.2019 Milan Hotel Michelangelo Congress Center Auspices of the Municipality and Region
    06-07.04.2019 Lecco Auditorium of Politecnico, Polo di Lecco Auspices of the Region and Contribution of the Province
    18-19.05.2019 Arezzo Congress Center Auspices of the Region
    19-20.10.2019 Livorno Auditorium of the Chamber of Commerce Auspices of the Region
    09.02.2020 Bologna Zanhotel Centergross Auspices of the Region and Metropolitan City of Bologna

    Notes

    1. Source: QN Quotidiano Nazionale, 13.05.18, first §.
    2. Source: Il Tirreno, 23.05.15, online.
    3. Source: School of Spirituality, testimonials, online.
    4. Source: Il Tirreno, 20.10.2008
    5. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, page 15
    6. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, pages 16-34
    7. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, pages 43-46
    8. Source: Ruth Seader, “Report of a visit to India from September 3 to September 18, 1973”, in Go Jolly!, page 13
    9. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, pages 45-66
    10. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, page 50
    11. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, page 78
    12. Source: AA.VV., La Fiaba Infinita, page 79
    13. Source: La Repubblica, 30.10.1985, online.
    14. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, pages 78 and 80
    15. Source: Sat Sandesh, March 1973, page 31 of the paper edition, page 33 of the pdf file
    16. Source: La Sorgente/The Source, March 2013, pages 26-28
    17. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, page 97
    18. Source: AA.VV., La Fiaba Infinita, pages 106-108
    19. Source: https://www.riflessioni.it/senso-della-vita/pier-franco-marcenaro.htm
    20. Source: AA.VV, La Fiaba Infinita, pages 106-162
    21. Source: El Informador, 29.01.2007.
    22. Source: https://cesnur.com/gruppi-di-origine-o-con-influenze-radhasoami/gruppi-di-origine-radhasoami/
    23. Source: Gazzetta di Mantova, 23.04.2018, online
    24. Source: Modena Today, 22.10.2015, online
    25. Source: QN Il Giorno, 15.07.18 last §.
    26. Source: QN Quotidiano Nazionale, 12.11.17.
    27. Source: QN Quotidiano Nazionale, 13.05.2018.
    28. Source: Il Tirreno, 25.11.15 fourth §, online.
    29. Source: The Times of London, 12.03.2003.
    30. Source: Official website of the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC).
    31. Source: Moldova Suverana, 17.06.2005
    32. Source: La República, 11.08.2004
    33. Source: The Times of London, 21.05.2004
    34. Source: Le Figaro, 28.05.2004
    35. Source: Chaspik, 05.06.2005
    36. Source: Die Zeit, 30.06.2005
    37. Source: QN Quotidiano Nazionale 09.11.2016
    38. Source: La Nazione, 22.10.16, online
    39. Source: Elle, 27.10.16, online
    40. Source: The Path Edition, online - Penultimate and third from last § of the biography.
    41. Source: QN Quotidiano Nazionale, 12.11.2017 last §
    42. Source: L'impresa, mensile de Il Sole 24 Ore, N. 11/2016, pages 77-79
    43. Source: QN Quotidiano Nazionale, 12.11.17 first §
    44. Source: Il Tirreno, 02.11.12, online
    45. Source: Il Secolo XIX, 08.12.2020
    46. Source: La Dieta vegetariana nel Cristianesimo, Preface by Pier Franco Marcenaro, pages 9-12
    47. Source: Centro dell’Uomo 40 anni di attività, page 37
    48. Source: La Sorgente/The Source, June 2001, pages 4-5
    49. Source: QN Quotidiano Nazionale, 15.05.2016
    50. Source: Il Tirreno, 25.11.15, online
    51. Source: Award acceptance letter by prof. Umberto Veronesi
    52. Wikipedia, page “Premio Arte, Scienza e Pace”
    53. Source: RAI archive, "TG1 sera" of 30.08.67
    54. Source: Fernanda Pivano, Diari 1917-1973, Ed. Bompiani, page 1021
    55. Source: Le Figaro, 28.05.2004
    56. Source: Die Zeit, 19.05.2004
    57. Source: The Times, 21.05.2004
    58. Source: Centro dell’Uomo 40 anni di attività, page 38
    59. Source: Ordine dei Giornalisti. Consiglio Regionale della Toscana (Order of Journalists. Regional Council of Tuscany) - Official website


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    • School of Spirituality and Universal Meditation: www.schoolofspirituality.org
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    • Meditation according to Master Pier Franco (interview by G. Mazzanti): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYgC77tatCg&list=PL2VaqJ2ehXVe6ITuVSbhH_xwxpzriyroJ
    • Pier Franco Marcenaro presented the benefits of Meditation at CNR (Quotidiano Nazionale, 09.11.2016): https://scuoladellaspiritualita.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Pier-Franco-Marcenaro-presenta-la-Meditazione-al-CNR.pdf
    • Pier Franco Marcenaro: Meditation lessons in the Aula Magna of the University of Mantua (Quotidiano Nazionale, 13.05.2018): https://scuoladellaspiritualita.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/QN_130518-Mantova-LR.pdf
    • Success of Pier Franco Marcenaro's Russian tour (Quotidiano Nazionale, 15.07.2018): https://scuoladellaspiritualita.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/GIORNO-150718-Marcenaro_Russia.pdf