Humanitarian, teacher and ambassador for peace on behalf of his K´iche´ Mayan people in Guatemala, Arnulfo inspires people young and old to be part of the "revolution of love and generosity.
Arnulfo Fernando Oxlaj is an indigenous philosopher, medicine man, teacher, artist, author, activist for native rights and ambassador for peace on behalf of his K'iche' Mayan people in Guatemala. Born deaf, blind and mute into extreme poverty and civil war, Arnulfo discovered he had an extraordinary gift and privilege: as he puts it, ¨With the mind and eyes of my soul, I was - and am - free to see the secrets of the universe.¨ One of these important insights gave him the ability to use medicinal plants to treat the sick, which he began to do in his village where there were no doctors. At night, he would observe the planets in order to see beyond the surface to the deepest realities of nature, space and time. He saw how special the human being truly was in creation, the great miracle of life, and resolved to help protect it.
At the age of eight, he miraculously gained his sight, hearing and voice in a single instant, to the astonishment of his family. For the first time, he could see walls, and he felt panic. He could also see with his own eyes the enormity of the suffering of his people.
Soon thereafter, his childhood was interrupted by a terrible event. Arnulfo and 115 children were rounded up by soldiers and thrown into a deep well to die. Four days later, Arnulfo was rescued by a woman. Of 116 children, he was the only survivor. In gratitude for his life, Arnulfo vowed to devote his life to helping others, sharing the mysteries of the universe and delivering a message of peace to humanity. In honour of this vow, he intensified his efforts to take food, medicine and words of justice and hope to those in need every night under the cover of darkness.
Since that young age, Arnulfo Fernando Oxlaj has dedicated his life to guiding people to free themselves from all obstacles and injustice in order to realise their mission and dreams and achieve the peace the world is seeking today.