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A WIDENING EMBRACE
The Pathway to Peace.
Learning to get along.
Many are convinced that wars and aggression are an intrinsic part of humanity. In our children we see such traits as flaws that must be corrected. When Johnny hits Suzie we tell him he needs to be nice to his sister and that hitting her is bad, but when our country wants to hit another country we feel it is our patriotic duty to aid in the battle. In this sense I use we as the collective conscience of the nation, but there are many exceptions, myself included.
I grew up in the 70’s when protest against war was prevalent and the most common slogan was, “Make love, not war.” Now I try to avoid the sexual connotations of that quote, but I still believe that peace is better than war and I believe that most people want peace. Unfortunately many buy into the propaganda that the way to peace is through destroying our enemies. If that is true we should have encouraged Johnny to kill Suzie so he could be done with her irritations and have peace. When it is our children we insist that they learn to get along with each other. Why can’t we do the same thing with our nations?
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The goal of the Sowing Peace Initiative is to sow a seed of peace in every heart.
In 1911 'Abdu'l-Bahá said:
I charge you all that each one of you concentrate all the thoughts of your heart on love and unity. When a thought of war comes, oppose it by a stronger thought of peace. A thought of hatred must be destroyed by a more powerful thought of love. Thoughts of war bring destruction to all harmony, well-being, restfulness and content.While in London he said:
('Abdu'l-Bahá, Paris Talks)
During the last six thousand years nations have hated one another, it is now time to stop. War must cease. Let us be united and love one another and await the result. We know the effects of war are bad. So let us try, as an experiment, peace, and if the results of peace are bad, then we can choose if it would be better to go back to the old state of war! Let us in any case make the experiment. If we see that unity brings Light we shall continue it. For six thousand years we have been walking on the left-hand path; let us walk on the right-hand path now. We have passed many centuries in darkness, let us advance towards the light.'Abdu'l-Bahá was, in my estimation, the greatest peace advocate that ever lived. My desire is to follow the plan he started over 150 years ago and spread the message of peace to the world. On April 11, 1916, 'Abdu'l-Bahá wrote:
('Abdu'l-Bahá, 'Abdu'l-Bahá in London, p. 61)
O that I could travel, even though on foot and in the utmost poverty, to these regions, and, raising the call of "Ya Baha'u'l-Abha" in cities, villages, mountains, deserts and oceans, promote the divine teachings! This, alas, I cannot do. How intensely I deplore it! Please God, ye may achieve it.
('Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of the Divine Plan, p. 41)
With the release of my first book, “The Alternative,” I am beginning to promote the Sowing Peace Initiative through literature.
Is there an alternative to war?
The Alternative explores another possibility.
Our Next PEACE FEST
Will be Thursday June 29th 2017
We will meet at Victoria Park in London at 7pm. North East corner by Central and Wellington.
On the 29th of June 1912, 'Abdu'l-Bahá Talked at Unity Feast, Outdoors at West Englewood, New Jersey.
True Bahá'í meetings are the mirrors of the Kingdom wherein images of the Supreme Concourse are reflected. In them the lights of the most great guidance are visible. They voice the summons of the heavenly Kingdom and echo the call of the angelic hosts to every listening ear. The efficacy of such meetings as these is permanent throughout the ages. This assembly has a name and significance which will last forever. Hundreds of thousands of meetings shall be held to commemorate this occasion, and the very words I speak to you today shall be repeated in them for ages to come. Therefore, be ye rejoiced, for ye are sheltered beneath the providence of God. Be happy and joyous because the bestowals of God are intended for you and the life of the Holy Spirit is breathing upon you.
'Abdu'l-Bahá did not prophesy, but he predicted that this Unity Feast would be commemorated at many meetings in the future. Since 2012 I have been attempting to do that.
'Abdu'l-Bahá was in america for 239 days. More about this historic event is at 239 Days in America
Join the discussion: All our events are open to anyone who desires world peace. We will continue to hold events until world peace is established.
Mutual Respect Essential for World Peace
World peace is about mutual respect. Unity in diversity is the catch phrase. The human body has many different parts which function together as a whole. When a body part is severed from the body, it dies. If an essential organ ceases to function, the whole body dies. If any part of the body is injured, the whole body suffers.
If we think about the body of humanity in that way, we can see, although different body parts carry out different functions, the health of the body is determined by how well those parts work together. It seems everyone wants to be the brains of humanity, but if a heart where to become a brain, a body with two brains and no heart would die. Although the body can live without some parts, it becomes a cripple if it is missing a leg or arm, for example. In fact, the pain of the little finger is felt by the whole body. If there is pain in any part of the body of mankind, we all suffer as a result.
When there is mutual respect, we will respect all regardless of function. If the brain is to think it is more important than the fingers, then it should try picking something up without their aid. An act as simple as picking up a piece of garbage requires the co-operation on many parts of the body.
Thus when all humanity works together towards the betterment of society as a whole, we have world peace and the body of mankind progresses to levels never before imagined.
In my book, The Alternative, I show how the development of the Southern states was delayed by the use of slavery. Because the African Americans were denied an education and forced into slavery, they were not able to contribute to the society in which they lived, and therefore the whole society suffered. Although slavery has been outlawed, the mentality around slavery has not yet vanished. Slavery was an ultimate example of exploitation of the work force, but those in the working class are still being exploited. There needs to be mutual respect between workers and management for the system to work efficiently. No individual human should be degraded or thought of as unimportant.
We all need to work in the field we are called to work in. Children need to find out early what their calling is. I was 62 years old before I realized I was called to be an author. I wasted a lot of time pursuing other interests and I will not likely be able to reach my full potential so late in life, however I have a lot of good years ahead of me and I will do my best.
You can go to Sowing Peace Web Site to follow my activities and find links to my blogs. I would love to hear your opinions and will respect your right to express them even if I cannot agree. I am also sure that we can find some level of agreement if we look for it.
If one person will commit to living a peaceful life and influence one other to do the same each year.
If this process had started in 1979, we would have world peace now.
I don’t know how many are committed to peace today
World peace is not only possible
Our options are either to choose peace now and live to enjoy it
Join the Sowing Peace Initiative
Peace happens first in our hearts.
People fear what they do not know.
Join the discussion: All our events are open to anyone who desires world peace. We will continue to hold events until world peace is established.If you have a suggestion for a location or want to participate in planning an event, email me.
Religion: A Means for Achieving Peace
Many times, when we suggest that religion is the means for achieving peace, we will be reminded of all the wars that have been fought in the name of religion, many times with both sides believing that God was on their side. So bad is the name of religion that some groups have chosen to call their belief system by another name. Many Christians tell me, Christianity is not a religion but it is a relationship.
If we define true religion as that revelation that comes direct from God, we find that there is no conflict and no need to kill each other. We need to go directly to the revealer of God’s word to get the truth. If we rely on man’s interpretation of the word of God we find nothing but conflict. Man has a habit of taking portions of the Truth and then twisting the meaning of it to suit his own agenda.
Indeed, pure religion is a very powerful force. When the capitalists see this they say, “there must be some way we can make money from this.” So they twist it and tweak it until it becomes a powerful money making machine. The problem is that religion was never meant to be capitalized. “What harm can there be in making a little money on the side if we are promoting the word of God,” they will say, yet religion must be equally accessible to all regardless of material means. By capitalizing it we have religion for the rich that use their “pew rent” to cover a million sins. The word of God is modified to assure them that they are safe and assured of salvation so long as they attend church once a week and pay their tithes. When a poor person wanders in from the street he is often made to feel so uncomfortable in their presence that he will never make that mistake again.
In no way would I suggest this is the norm. There are a lot of good Christian organizations who are very devoted to helping the poor. There are a lot of individuals of all religions that are committed to living a Godly life and would make any sacrifice for the Cause of God. These ones follow such words as, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” (Matthew 5:43, 44)
So we see the command of God in every religion is to love one another and to live peaceably. Yet man uses it for an excuse for war. Religion tells us if someone asks for your coat; give him your cloak also. (See Matthew 5:40 / Luke 6:29) Man makes a different religion an excuse for conquest where, not only the land is appropriated, but the opponent’s way of life is destroyed as well.
Now, however; we see a movement toward peace. Those who steal land from others are no longer seen as heroes, but are regarded as tyrants. The injustices of war are no longer being tolerated. No longer do we see the division between them and us, but we recognize our fellow man as having rights, needs and desires similar to our own. A new consciousness has entered the body of humanity, yet it still has to recognize the source of that new consciousness.
If one examines history one will see definite eras being divided by periods of rapid change. The Hebrew people were living in a state of slavery. For many generations this is the only life they knew. Moses came and a new way of life was born. For ages people lived in slavery to the law, Jesus came and set them free. Warring nomads roamed and terrorised the Arabic deserts, Mohammad came and built a great nation.
In the mid 1800’s the patent office in England was about to close because everything that could be invented had already been invented. Scientific discoveries changed that and a new life was breathed into the world. We see a boost in material things. The paupers of today enjoy luxuries that the kings of old had not even dreamed of. Imagine turning a knob on a box and getting music. That was completely unheard of a few years ago. Now we see a new technology coming every year. The science fiction of years past dreamt of giant computers that would perform great functions. Now a tiny handheld device performs tasks that hadn’t even been thought of back then. What could have caused such a sharp boost in technology? We see that each time in the past there was a sharp change in the social and economic segments of society, a great spiritual leader was also on the earth bringing salvation and the way to recognize and revere our Creator. Thus each one of them was the Way the Truth and the Life and where the only Way to God. (See John 14:6) Today we see great social and economic change. Where is the Spiritual Guide for today?
In 1844 One who became known as the Báb (or the Gate in English) came and announced one who would come quickly. In 1863 Bahá’u’lláh announced He was that chosen one who not only fulfilled the prophesy of the Báb, but also of all past religions. Now we all want to know if this great spiritual reformer will bring peace to the world. We know that this is impossible unless He is ordained of God. This Spiritual leader must be the promised Messiah, the returned Christ, the very Manifestation of the One True God. Only when we recognize His Voice will we see His Truth. (See John 10: 26, 27) When we examine His fruits we will discover if they are good. (See Matthew 7: 15 – 20) One with such a claim would either have to be extremely evil or extremely good. They are either an evil imposter or the promised one of God. Here is a taste of the fruit of Bahá’u’lláh so you can judge for yourself. Is this of God or of the Devil? Is this indeed the Voice of God giving guidance to His Sheep?
International Baha'i Site
Canadian Baha'i Site
USA Baha'i Site
Bahá’í Reference Library
London Baha'i Web Site
239 Days in America
The Daily Centenarian
London Baha'i Events Calender
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