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A Great Truth

There is a tale of a man who found on the road a large stone bearing the words, “Under me lies a great truth.” The man strained to turn the stone over and finally succeeded. On the bottom was written, “Why do you want a new truth when you do not practice what you already know?”((From “Meditation” (by Eknath Easwaran), Page 204)

Worry

Worry is a form of directed energy. Worry removes your focus from everything else and directs it in a concentrated manner on that which you fear. Worry and fear then join to bring into your existence the very thing which you feared.

You stop worrying when you understand the universal laws that make things work. One of those laws says (more…)

CULTIVATING REAL PEACE

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This writing comes out between the memorial dates of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – the 2 most deadly and horrific single events in human warfare. Since then, the world, led by the US, continues to spend massive amounts for the military and for war. And this increasing expenditure is justified by making people suspicious of others. When we don’t understand “the enemy,” it is easy to demonize them.

At the same time, millions of grassroots movements and peace projects around the world are moving the world in the opposite direction – bringing different people together and increasing intercultural understanding. In effect, these people come to see the basic similarities which lie at the root of human existence. It is in these kind of initiatives where (more…)

Violence

The very pragmatic necessity of nonviolent social change was expressed eloquently by Martin Luther King, Jr.:
The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because (more…)