Saturday, June 12, 2010

Peace Facts & Quotes

Those who are “peace-builders”, “peace-makers”, “peace-cultivators”, and “peace-lovers” are often times stereotyped and mislabeled as being strictly “anti-war”. This is not only unfair, but wrong. The following 350 year-old quote provides the proper perspective to have:

"Peace is not just an absence of war;
it is a virtuea state of mind, and a disposition for
benevolence, confidence (courage) and justice."
--- Spinoza (1656)

You may ask why the cultivation of Peace, Love, and Non-Violence is so important? For starters: Gandhi & Dr. King were both shot down, murdered-in-cold-blood with bullets from guns while in the course of teaching us about being peaceful, loving, and non-violent to one another. Understanding this powerful fact substantiates the peace movement for many.

Peace is one of many virtues or character traits that each of us (all of us) should cultivate. The great importance of cultivating both "Courage" and "Peace" can be seen in these quotes:

"Courage is not simply one of the virtues.

Courage is the form of every virtue at its testing point."

--- CS Lewis
(world-renowned author)

"Courage is the price that

Life exacts for granting peace."

--- Amelia Earhart;
(world-renowned aviator)

Adherence to Peace Principles will bring Peace… The main religions of the world are all rooted in Peace (sadly, just a few extremists prefer cultivating FEAR rather than PEACE):

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called God's children."
--- Christianity
"The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace."
--- Judaism
"A Muslim is one who surrenders to the will of Allah,
and is an establisher of peace.
While Islam means establishment of peace,
Muslim means one who establishes peace
through his actions and conduct."
--- Islam
"If a man sings of God and hears of Him,
and lets the love of God sprout within him,
then all his sorrows shall vanish,
and in his mind, God will bestow abiding peace."
--- Sikhism
"All things exist for world peace."
--- Perfect Liberty Kyodan
it comes to our souls when we realize our relationship,
our openness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when we realize that at the center of the universe dwells
the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere,
it is within each of us."
--- From The Sacred Pipe, Lakota Sioux Medicine Man
"The Lord lives in the heart of every creature.
He turns them round and round upon the wheel of Maya.
Take refuge utterly in Him.
By his grace you will find supreme peace,
and the state which is beyond all change."
--- Hinduism

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,

but a means by which we arrive at that goal…

Peace is a powerful and just weapon.

It cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.

It is a sword that heals.” 

--- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

When Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence he started with:
"We hold these truths to be self evident:
that all men are created equal;
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;
that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Enjoy this poem that is ~2,612 years old!

(from Tao Te Ching)
by Lao-Tse
[born 604 BC]

If there is to be peace in the world, 

there must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations, 

there must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities, 

there must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors, 

there must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home, 

there must be peace in the heart.
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