Sunday, November 11, 2007

Peace Sunday and Remembrance Day

rarely does Remembrance Day fall on a Sunday so we dealt with Peace Sunday at church while stopping to remember too. the below is taken from a poem/teaching by Sri Chinmoy and the very bottom is an old Celtic blessing that was given as we departed.

We invent war. We discover peace.
We invent war from without.
We discover peace from within.
The smile of war is the flood of human blood.
The smile of peace is the love, below and above.
Peace is the whole truth that wishes to enrapture humanity.
War is the whole falsehood that wants to capture humanity.
Peace begins in the soul and ends in the heart.
War begins in the mind and ends in the body.
War forgets peace. Peace forgives war.
War is the death of the life human. Peace is the birth of the Life Divine.
War is clear futility in dire spear-stupidity.
Peace is flowing infinity in glowing eternity.
We seek war when we think that the world is not ours.
We invite war when we feel that we can conquer the world.
We proclaim war when we dream
that the world has already surrendered to us.
We seek peace because our earthly existence desperately needs it.
We welcome peace because we feel
that in peace alone is our life of achievement and fulfillment.
We spread peace because Christ has transcended death.
The darkness in us wars against peace in the outer world,
in the world of conflicting ideas.
The Christ in us wars against ignorance in the inner world,
in the world of mounting ideals.
The darkness in us wants war for the sake of war,
war to devour the sleeping world.
The Christ in us wants peace for the sake of peace,
peace to feed the hungry world.

Peace of the running waves to you,
Deep peace of the flowing air to you,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,
Deep peace of the shining stars to you,
Deep peace of the shades of night to you,
Moon and stars always giving light to you,
Deep peace of Christ, the Son of Peace, to you.

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