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Peace

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
~ Longfellow

In the wake of what happened in New York City and Washington on 11th September 2001, I have been heartened by much of what has been shared, and the recognition of the need for peace, love and understanding on all sides. This page is compiled from the messages which have been shared on the allspirit list or with me personally, and messages I have sent out also. With love, Gill


Gary Merrill:

My prayer would be for all the ordinary people the world over to join together to share the understanding and peace required for forgiveness, so that this stupidity can end. Share with your brothers and sisters.

When Chen Man Ching brought Tai Chi to the West the main principle he taught was called 'Investment In Loss'.

Small Loss, Small Gain,
Big Loss, Big Gain

Just maybe the Big Loss that has happened is a chance for a great opening in the heart of Man.


Annie:

Please try not to give into the fear.....especially since most of you are empaths. In times of darkness it is up to you to hold the light for the nation and the world. I know it is hard but everything is working in divine order and that we are receiving divine love and assistance.


Debbie:

I am doing metta meditation.. I think the more people who do metta meditation the more love will be generated. I start out with love for myself and compassion for the fear I have. Extend to my closest circle, people I am neutral towards.. and I can then pray that there will be enough love to have these people also realize there is no need to kill. Obviously these people also think there is a hereafter.. to sacrifice your own life to kill others.. how painful an action.. Please let us all wake up..


Joseph Riley:


A GREAT NEED
 
Out
 
Of a great need
 
We are all holding hands
 
And climbing.
 
Not loving is a letting go.
 
Listen,
 
The terrain around here
 
Is
 
Far too
 
Dangerous
 
For
 
That.
 
(“The Gift” – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)

Sandy Carmichael:

As one who lives in the Northeast corridor of the US, it is hard to look out my window on this incredibly beautiful late summer day, and know that an hour away in NYC, there is disaster and devestation. It is a consolation to read messages of prayer and support. I truly believe that there are more people of good will than of ill will, and I truly believe that Goodness will prevail.


Michael Read:

Peace? or War?

You decide. Not the power brokers, Nor the fear mongers, Have they any power To but set the spark.

It is you, the so-called, Common working person, And sad peons like me Who carry the searing flames Once the torch of war is lit.

Who can refuse the call to duty, Set aside thier anger, Put away thier hatred, Set themselves to do the needful thing Inside the heart of sweet reason.

Will it be a blood bath? Or, will it be a welcome buffett?

A call to righteous murder? Or, an invitation to a picnic?

Who decides these things? Your holy concept of god - or you?

Here's the deal, listen. It's a sweet deal. You just admit that you are god in the flesh. That's the simple simple truth of the matter. Once you do that - we'll see! ":^)

So, again, I ask you - who decides?

HAHAHAH and HOHOHO!

Peace - of pie - Michael


Words From Lama Surya Das:

Buddha said that hate is never overcome by hate; hatred is only overcome by love. With today's tragic events we may be on the brink of an escalating war in the Middle East. I think that we must look into our hearts and minds and see what we -- individually, collectively, societally -- are doing to alleviate or to perpetuate these problems, and how we might become part of their eventual solution. I think an eye-for-an-eye retalitatory approach is not the most measured response at this time. But do our leaders agree?

Religion is supposed to further peace and harmony, not contribute to hatred and prejudice, bigotry, violence and war. Nonviolence is the first precept of Buddhism, and a fundamental tenet of many world religions; yet look what actually happens in the world, recently in the Middle East and Bosnia, in Belfast and Sri Lanka, as well as throughout history. Even here at home in America, guns in the schools and at home continue to harm us. Violence both at home and abroad, even in our schools and homes and neighborhoods, has come to the fore in our time as a major focus of concern, but we have not made much progress in averting or dealing with it.

Martin Luther King said that we have two choices: to peacefully coexist, or to destroy ourselves. Do you know how many countries in the world are experiencing war right now? Dozens, literally; yet we remain for the most part insulated from that terrible reality. Here in America we don't usually feel as much first-hand evidence of the recent twentieth century's war death toll, although we certainly did during the several wars of the twentieth century. But I don't think that war begins outside somewhere, on a battlefield, along some disputed border, or in a diplomatic conference room or economic summit meeting; war begins with the cupidity, hatred, prejudice, racism, ignorance and cruelty in the human heart. This is because the true battlefield is the heart of man, as Dostoevsky says. If we want peace in the world -- and I firmly believe that we all do -- we need to face this fact. We must learn how to deal with anger and hatred, and to soften up and disarm our own hearts, as well as work in larger contexts towards nuclear disarmament and peace in our time. We need to think globally and act locally, beginning with ourselves and each other -- at home, in the family, as well as outside at work and in the community, reaching out more and more in broad, all-embracing circles of collective caring and responsibility. This is the path to a more peaceful future for all of us.

Today is a time for prayer, reflection on what is most important in our lives, and to think about what steps we might take towards nonviolence within ourselves and our own lives, and towards a more peaceful world.

I myself am thinking about what the Buddhist wisdom tells us about how to deal with anger and hatred, grief and loss.

What we experience today is a tragic event of monumental proportions, comparable perhaps to Pearl Harbor. And yet, the fact that it hits us in the heart of NY and Washington could remind us that it is the kind of thing that happens during conflicts in other countries and their capitals, and which we Americans have for the most part been mercifully insulated from. I'd like us to reflect on that as we continue to pursue our national goals and policies, realizing more and more deeply our connectedness with the peoples and ongoing conflicts in other parts of the world.


AR:

I wish to extend to all of the American people my most compassionate prayers and deepest thoughts of love and support in a difficult moment of its and also the planet's history. I feel the pain, grief and sorrow, I understand the incomprehension, the disbelief and the rage that is arising. I have infinite empathy for all those who need support.


Joe Riley:

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it... always."

Mahatma Gandhi

As Hafiz might say,

Hate is a rabid dog; above all, don't let it bite your sweet ass.


James:

Show The Way - David Wilcox

You say you see no hope,
you say you see no reason we should dream
That the world would ever change
You're saying love is foolish to believe
'Cause there'll always be some crazy with an Army or a Knife
To wake you from your day dream,
Put the fear back in your life...

Look, if someone wrote a play
Just to glorify what's stronger than hate,
Would they not arrange the stage
To look as if the hero came too late
Hee's almost in defeat
It's looking like the Evil side will win,
So on the edge of every seat,
From the moment that the whole thing begins
It is...

Chorus:
Love who makes the mortar
And it's love who stacked these stones
And it's love who made the stage here
Although it looks like we're alone
In this scene set in shadows
Like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us
But it's love that wrote the play...
For in this darkness love can show the way

So now the stage is set.
Feel you own heart beating in your chest.
This life's not over yet.
so we get up on our feet and do our best.
We play against the Fear.
We play against the reasons not to try
We're playing for the tears
Burning in the happy angel's eyes
For it's...

Chorus:
Love who makes the mortar
And it's love who stacked these stones
And it's love who made the stage here
Although it looks like we're alone
In this scene set in shadows
Like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us
But it's love that wrote the play...
For in this darkness love can show the way

Peace, friends.


jb:

Are we different from 'them' ? The source, the 'cancer' in in me and in you. "You are the 'world'", as J. Krishnamurti has said.. (yes,..: a quotation .. and a Sane one)


Gill:

"First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom. Only then can you have peace and harmony. " ~Confucius

See: Please Call Me by My True Names


Charles H Kropf:

What has happened to this nation is an outrage, to be sure. But when the ones who did this are blasted into oblivion, what then? There will be another and another, until we wake up and realize that the problem deep down is not this or that nation or terrorist group, but people who get together and share their own private hell, lashing out at others who mean them no ill, who are innocent of any hurt to them. The only way to combat terrorism is on a one on one basis, by sharing our love and companionship with others, and to help guide people, with God's help, to find peace within themselves.

One does not stop violence with more violence. One does not stop terrorism with more terrorism. The answer to hatred is Love Unconditional. Now is the time to saturate this planet with it. I challenge all Light Workers to find ways of doing so.


Cindy:

I like what Deepak Chopra said in his e-newsletter earlier today. This particular section (below) gave me pause:

"If all of us are wounded, will revenge work? Will punishment in any form toward anyone solve the wound or aggravate it? Will an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, and limb for a limb, leave us all blind, toothless and crippled?"


Shared by James Bean:

Science of Spirituality Dedicated to Love, Unity and Peace

Message from Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

September 11, 2001

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred in New York and Washington, D.C. My heartfelt prayers go out to all those who have been affected by this terrible act of inhumanity.

It is a time in which we must continue to pray for world peace. Each one of us, in our own lives, should continue to do our part to find peace within ourselves and bring peace to the circles in which we live. We should strive to be sources of love, compassion and light in the darkness.

May God's infinite mercy and grace be extended to all the victims and to those who are grieving. May God grant consolation and peace to the families of the victims, and to all of us who are pained by this terrible tragedy.

May God's love be ignited in the hearts of all people so that the world may be filled only with acts of kindness, love, and peace.

Affectionately,

(Signed) Rajinder Singh


Anjali Mahaldar:

Dear World Citizens, Tuesday's tragic events have changed the landscape of our lives forever. Through the pain and terror, we need to try and find our way out of this maze. Problems, by their nature are always apparent, it is the solutions that need to be considered at great length.

Eliminating one person will certainly not be the solution to the terrorist problem currently plaguing the world. However, some stand needs always to be taken when facing evil. I am reminded of a quote to the effect that the way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.

India has shown the world the Gandhian way. But who will live for a peaceful, non-violent, solution, if, in the meantime, terrorists blow everything to bits, as is their wont?

Did the British leave India because of Gandhi, or because they had all they could get from her? The politics involved in the US support of China and non-acknowledgement of India and Hinduism is apparent. But if we, as those from the Vedic heritage have to make a point, it would be one that goes beyond nationalities and religions, and recognises the oneness of all humanity, - the only tenet being the support of all that is good and true.

Do we all not know that in the continuum of Eternity, all of us have been one place or another, have been of different race perhaps, etc. Who else other than the Hindus (and Buddhists, who Hindus consider are an off-shoot of themselves) can provide a broader perspective than the petty me and mine, to the world? The other dimension is one of individual responsibility. As Gibran has said 'the leaf turns not yellow without the silent consent of the whole tree' As world citizens, for one reason or another, have we harbored anger, hate, disrespect towards our fellow humans for much too long?

If the world can rally for the sake of good and truth, with only the interest of furthering all that is true and good, then no matter the means, the appropriate ones will emerge because the intelligence that guides all of creation will set the course. This, in my opinion is what India's contribution to the world can be at this time. Love, Anjali


Mahatma Gandhi:

"I observe in the limited field in which I find myself, that unless I can reach the hearts of men and women, I am able to do nothing. I observe further that so long as the spirit of hate persists in some shape or other, it is impossible to establish peace or to gain our freedom by peaceful effort. We cannot love one another, if we hate Englishmen. We cannot love the Japanese and hate Englishmen. We must either let the law of love rule us through and through or not at all. Love among ourselves based on hatred of others breaks down under the slightest pressure. The fact is, such love is never real love. It is an armed peace. War will only be stopped when the conscience of mankind has become sufficiently elevated to recognize the undisputed supremacy of the Law of Love in all the walks of life. Some say this will never come to pass. I shall retain the faith till the end of my earthly existence that it shall come to pass."


Linda B and Harsha contributed these prayers for peace: