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Issue #1350 - Friday, February 14, 2003 - Editor: Gloria Lee  



Uttered by Joshua, the computer simulation in the movie "War Games" after trying to find a way to "win" at nuclear war.

~Joyce  NDS   ************************************************************************** Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace. Luke 19:42 **************************************************************************

Huge Europe protests move to U.S.

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Millions took to the streets of Europe to protest against a rush to war with Iraq in huge demonstrations later repeated in the United States.


The biggest demonstrations seen in Europe for years were
part of marches by millions across the globe, from the
 Antarctic to Iceland.  (Full story)


An estimated 200,000 demonstrators converged near the
United Nations to protest the possible war -- just one of
 the more than 600 antiwar rallies around the globe Saturday.  



Thoughts on War and Peace  

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.  Jane Addams 

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.  Alfred Adler    

When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going  to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we  learn to live together like decent people?  Frank Borman, astronaut  

We do not inherit the earth from our fathers.
We borrow it from our children.
David Bower

We have grasped the mystery of the atom and
rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a
world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.
We know more about war than we know about
peace, more about killing that we know about
General Omar Bradley

Better than a thousand hollow words, Is one
word that brings peace.

Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty
for what it is--whether its victim is human or
animal--we cannot expect things to be much
better in this world... We cannot have peace
among men whose hearts delight in killing any
living creature. By every act that glorifies or
even tolerates such moronic delight in killing
we set back the progress of humanity.

What good is it to me that Mary gave birth to
the son of God fourteen hundred years ago, and
I do not also give birth to the Son of God in
my time and in my culture? We are all meant to
be mothers of God. God is always needing to be
Meister Eckhart

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices
for the cause of peace that we make
ungrudgingly for the cause of war. There is
no task that is more important or closer to
my heart.
Albert Einstein

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your
St. Francis of Assisi

We are going to have to find ways of organizing
ourselves cooperatively,sanely,
scientifically, harmonically and in
regenerative spontaneity with the rest of
humanity around the earth.... We are not
going to be able to operate our spaceship
earth successfully nor for much longer
unless we see it as a whole spaceship and
our fate as common.
Buckminster Fuller

When I despair, I remember that all through
history the way of truth and love has always
won. There have been tyrants and murderers and
for a time they seem invincible but in the end,
they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS!
Mahatma Gandhi

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind
it, yet within reach, is joy. There is radiance
and glory in the darkness, could we but see,
and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you
to look.
From a letter written by Fra Giovanni,

Peace is a gift, It is a gift we give to
ourselves, And then to each other.
Goode, Founder, "2 Billion Voices for Peace"
project, Australia

The first essential characteristics of nonviolent action is that it is creative.  Hildegarde Goss-Mayr

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and errors, its successes and setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned. Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961)Former UN General Secretary

Smiling is very important. If we are not able to smile, then the world will not have peace. It is not by going out for a demonstration against nuclear missiles that we can bring about peace. It is with our capacity of smiling, breathing, and being peace that we can make peace.  Thich Nhat Hanh

Nuclear war is inevitable, says the pessimists; Nuclear war is impossible, says the optimists; Nuclear war is inevitable unless we make it impossible, says the realists.  Sydney J. Harris

I really see no other solution than to turn inwards and to root out all the rottenness there. I no longer believe that we can change anything in the world until we first change ourselves. And that seems to me the only lesson to be learned from this war.  Etty Hillesum (concentration camp victim)

It's a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little better."  Aldous Huxley

It is reasonable that every one who asks justice should do justice.  Thomas Jefferson

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.  Martin Luther King, Jr

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it were proved to me that in making war, my ideal had a chance of being realized, I would still say "No" to war. For one does not create human society on mounds of corpses.  Louis Lecoin, French pacifist leader

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.  Abraham Lincoln

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace. Martin Luther (1483-1546)

The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.  Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Anglo-Irish essayist, journalist

Nonviolence doesn't always work -- but violence never does.  Madge Michaels-Cyrus

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.  A.J. Muste

If we don't stop the bomb who will take care of the flowers?  Neil J., Seattle, Age 9

Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.  Pablo Neruda, Memoirs (Confieso Que He Vivido: Memorias) (1974)

When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.  Pat Schroeder, American politician and feminist

Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten. And seeing them...he cried, "Great God, how is it that a loving creator can see such things and yet do nothing about them?"...God said, "I did do something. I made you."  Sufi Teaching

To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.  Sun Tzu

Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict -- alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.  Dorothy Thompson

What good is a house, if you haven't got a decent planet to put it on?  Henry David Thoreau

The law of violence is not a law, but a simple fact which can only be a law when it does not meet with protest and opposition. It is like the cold, darkness and weight, which people had to put up with until recently when warmth, illumination and leverage were discovered....  Leo Tolstoy

I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.  Elie Weisel

In 1989, thirteen nations comprising 1,695,000 people experienced nonviolent revolutions that succeeded beyond anyone's wildest expectations . . . If we add all the countries touched by major nonviolent actions in our century (the Philippines, South Africa . . . the independence movement in India . . .) the figure reaches 3,337,400,000, a staggering 65% of humanity! All this in the teeth of the assertion, endlessly repeated, that nonviolence doesn't work in the 'real' world. Walter Wink

selections from 352 quotes at:


Young lovers wisely say,  

“Let’s try it from this angle,
Maybe something marvelous will happen,

Maybe three suns and two moons
Will roll out
From a hiding place in the body
Our passion has yet to ignite.”

Old lovers say,
“We can do it one more time,
How about from this longitude
And latitude –

Swinging from a rope tied to the ceiling,  

Maybe a part of God
Is still hiding in a corner of your heart
Our devotion has yet to reveal.”

Bottom line:  

Do not stop playing
These beautiful

(“The Gift” – versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky)    
Web version at
Web archive of Panhala postings at

Ed Jason  Sufi Mystic  


       "Are there simple, basic practices even beginners can do, even
learned on the internet and practiced at home with just internet friends to
share with?"

s2o ~ goes live today ~ those wishing to register for virtual practice

Nasrudin - old internet group now owned by a Buddhist

Forum including Buddhists, Moslems, ex-buddhists and chocolate lovers
blank email to:
[email protected]

Practices of the Friends

William C. Chittick, SUNY Press, 1992, Part four.
"You imagined that you would accomplish this task through your
own strength, activity and effort. This is the Wont that I have
established: Expend whatever you have in Our way. Then
Our bounty will come to you. In this endless road, We
command you to travel with your own feeble hands and feet.
We know you cannot traverse this way with feet so feeble.
Indeed, in a hundred thousand years you will not arrive at the
first waystation. However when you travel this road until your
legs are exhausted and you fall down flat, until you have no
more strength to move forward, then God's grace will take you
in its arms."

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