About Noble World Foundation

Founded in 2004 in Chicago, the Noble World Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been a beacon of hope and transformation. Our mission is simple yet profound: to build a noble world through the practice of meditation.

Our guiding principle, ‘Discover yourself by turning within,’ underscores the transformative power of meditation. This philosophy, eloquently captured in the book Building a Noble World by our founder, Shiv R. Jhawar, resonates with the age-old wisdom of spiritual masters.

Lord Jesus professed, ‘The Kingdom of God is within you.’ Swami Muktananda echoed, ‘God lives within you as you.’ The Yajur Veda declares, ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ or ‘I am the Absolute,’ and the Bible affirms, ‘I am That I am.’ These teachings converge in Socrates’ timeless call: ‘Know thyself.’ Our ethos of self-discovery is not just a path but a journey towards profound self-awareness and understanding the essence of the ‘world.’

We view the ‘world’ not as a vast, impersonal expanse but as a tapestry woven from individual lives. Families, societies, nations, and the world itself are but the sum of individual beings. True transformation begins within each of us. When an individual finds peace, the world reflects that peace.

At the Noble World Foundation, we don’t aim to change the world in one grand sweep. Instead, our focus is on transforming the heart of each individual. For it is in the changed heart that the seeds of a noble world are sown.

We serve individuals from all walks of life, transcending races, creeds, nations, genders, and religions. Our belief is firm: a noble world begins from within. Today, we extend an invitation to you. Join us in this noble quest to build a world of peace, unity, and harmony.

What Is 501(c)(3) Status?

501(c)(3) is a designation under the United States Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that grants a nonprofit organization (NPO) exemption from federal taxes. Organizations with this status can receive tax-deductible donations, which is advantageous for both the NPO and its donors. Donors prefer giving donations to 501(c)(3) organizations to reduce their income tax burdens.

Once an organization has its 501(c)(3) status, it can apply for various grants, engage in fundraising, and obtain donations. Lacking 501(c)(3) status can significantly hinder an organization’s fundraising capabilities, particularly its ability to secure government funding and grants. Additionally, having this status confirms an organization’s legitimacy, which is crucial for donors before making donations. To retain their 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, NPOs must adhere to regulations and file specific forms with the IRS regularly.

Shiv Jhawar with Former Mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley

Shiv R. Jhawar moved to Chicago in 1974 after earning a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.With his qualifications as a Master of Accounting Science (MAS), an Enrolled Agent (EA), and a Chartered Accountant (CA), he exemplifies excellence in his chosen field. For more information, you can refer to his Wikipedia page.

It was on September 16, 1974, during a meditation talk by the renowned spiritual master Swami Muktananda (1908-1982) in Chicago, that Shiv R. Jhawar experienced a dramatic Kundalini awakening. Swami Muktananda made three observations about him to the audience in the packed hall: “He is a very good boy,” “He is highly educated,” and “He comes from a noble family.”

This awakening experience marked a significant turning point in Shiv R. Jhawar’s life. He documents this experience in his book, Building a Noble World.

As a result of this awakening, Shiv R. Jhawar began identifying with the pure ‘I’-awareness or spirit, transcending the boundaries of physical distinctions such as gender, religion, and race. Much like the rising and setting of the sun being mere illusions in the vast cosmos, the concepts of birth and death, too, are illusions in the realm of ‘I’-awareness.

Shiv R. Jhawar is the founder of Noble World Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to global well-being and peace. Through this foundation, he has channeled his efforts into making a tangible impact on the world by nurturing unity, compassion, and harmony among humanity.

Shiv R. Jhawar discovered that the root cause of human suffering is the mistaken belief that our true identity lies in the body and mind.

Gifted with the ability to communicate deep spiritual concepts clearly, Jhawar has been contributing to others’ happiness through his talks, writing, and meditation programs.

Summary of Shiv R. Jhawar’s Credentials:

  • B.Com (Honors), University of Calcutta, 1968 (Ranked in the top ten merit list)
  • Master of Accounting Science (MAS), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1974
  • Chartered Accountant (CA), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, 1970
  • Lecturer, H. R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, India, 1971-1973
  • Special Project Chief, CBS Television, Chicago, 1974-1975
  • Lecturer, City Colleges of Chicago, 1978
  • Enrolled Agent (EA), United States Treasury, 1979
  • Author of the inspiring book, Building a Noble World, 2004
  • Founder, Noble World Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, 2004
  • Recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for career achievements, 2018
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