WELCOME to the Holistic World Planetary Paradigm of The Spiritual UN
Caring About the Whole Planet through A Heart Centered Human Race for the Best in All The Teilhard de Chardin Visionary Track for the Earth and Humanity "Love is the affinity which links and draws together the elements of the world... Love, in fact, is the agent of universal synthesis."
Parting with War, Hate and Fear of Others — “The line separating good & evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart” : Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Building a More Perfect Union — Where War is Not an Option, But a Waste of All Life — Joining the Eternal Vision — The Peace and Brotherhood of All
The Spiritual UN Gentle Path — Turning Toward a Higher Love
"Love One Another"
Why are Wars even necessary when all we need do is care for each other?
Celebrating the Risen Christ (In Us All)!
War and Militarism is So 20th Century!
It's Time to Shed It — And Instead...
With the American Ideals* Brotherhood
“A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies” — Martin Luther King, Jr
Meeting each other and all through the spirit of:
With the Founding Fathers of America
What Does it Mean to be Free?
What Did the Founding Fathers Mean By Liberty?
What is the Purpose of Ethics?
Where Do Human Rights Come From?
What Part Does Conscience Play in All the Sorrow and Uncertainty?
"Conscience is a little spark of celestial fire" – George Washington
With the Invitation of John F. Kennedy
"My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man."
Seeing the Light that Supports and Moves Life
On a Human Level and in a Human Way
"And You will Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Set You Free" – John 8:32
"God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all" – 1 John 1:5
"Build Light Upon Light" – Islam
Rise to the Light
The Spiritual UN
A Seamless Reflection and Journey of the Inner & Outer Worlds and Moving Toward "Other" Through the Knowledge of our Oneness with All Life
Turning September 11 into an Act of Non-Violence
and the Abolition of All War
"Satyagraha" – The Pursuit of Truth
"It is contradictory to try to use unjust means to obtain justice
or to try to use violence to obtain peace."
“The theory of satyagraha sees means and ends as inseparable. The means used to obtain an end are wrapped up in and attached to that end. The bottom line of Satyagraha therefore, is that it is contradictory to try to use unjust means to obtain justice or to try to use violence to obtain peace. Satyagraha is a synthesis of the Sanskrit words satya (meaning 'truth') and Agraha ('pursuit of'). Martin Luther King Jr. defined Satyagraha as 'Love in Action." – Carol Brouillet, on Sheth haji Habib, an old Muslim resident of South Africa who was inspired to consciously speak out and state his decision to act in defiance of an unjust law that targeted the Indian population of South Africa
Justice and Love
"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.
Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love" — Martin Luther King, Jr
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Why Is War and Militarism More Important Than Life Itself?
What the War Economy Has Done to the
Lives of Americans
War is a Crime Against Humanity
Not Fit for a Human World
Real Men Don't Kill
A Talk on Values
The Universality of the Liberty Bell
Welcome! Welcome back to thy hallowed resting place, From whence thou proclaimed Liberty to every race!
Forever may the North, the South, the East, the West, As brothers and Patriots, guard thee in thy rest!
“We are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems
so close around us"— Martin Luther King, Jr
War and Poverty No More —
Doing Our World Right
Humanity Coming Together Beyond Our Contrived Divisions
How to Get The Spiritual UN Manifesto Here
Proceeds of the Book will Go toward Building The Spiritual UN
for the New, Ploughshares World Through the Natural Way
Wisdom Tell Us to Always Question Reality
The Humanities Vision — The Other Possibility on the Planet
Not Your Wartime UN
Adjusting Our Spectacles for a New World View!
Interpreting the Signs of Intelligent Life
This elegant crop circle appeared during the time of a powerful lunar eclipse on that date. Its image seems to illustrate the earth dividing into two planets, like a cell during mitosis. The alien hieroglyphs on the top rim of the circle are seemingly designed to be read in a number of languages; in English it would seem to read, "Your Choice".
Is it Militarism and War on This Planet, or Is it
the Unity and Oneness of All Life as the Creator Made It?
Re-Envisioning America's Dream
— "A More Perfect Union"
Because War Deceives
Equality and Truth — East Meets West
Islam and Christianity Are Brothers in Principle
Unity in Diversity
Politics Divides, Love Unites
See it in Action
Extraordinary Christ-like Actions in Extraordinary Times
The Captives Feed Their Captors
An example of the Spirit of Human Brotherhood
A Peaceful and Healthy Planet is Possible
Should Monolithic-Monopoly Business Take Over
the Natural Earth?
Some Things Should Just be Unacceptable
Can We Refresh Our Common Humanity?
Deciding Something Better — Caring for Everyone's Needs
Religions Have a Purpose
Did You Know That All Things Are Connected Through
a Moral Law of the Universe?
The Land Beneath Us and Moral Principles Go Hand-in-Hand
The Hopi Prophecy and Message to the World: We're Listening
A Dive Into God and Unity
We are All One Life
"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" – Declaration of Independence
Malice Toward None
The Essence of a Human Being
Love is What We Are
"We are Spiritual Beings
Having a Human Experience, Not Human Beings Having a
Spiritual Experience" ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Phar Lap – The Spirit and Heart in All of Us —
A Reminder of Our Individuality
Humans and All Living Things on the Planet in
the Fellowship of the Sacred Circle
What Could the "Kingdom of God on Earth" Be Like?
"This is the sea into which our individual rivers flow where we like dolphins can play and be happy together without war, without usury, without one group always trying to take from the others when man is made for delighting others with what our unique being can create for each other's benefit. Of such is the Kingdom of God.” – Dick Eastman
Taking a Closer Look at Our Linked Humanity
and Spirituality — As the Creation of Our Reality
Rising to a New Consciousness
"With God All Things Are Possible" — Matthew 19: 24 - 26
The New Earth Sacred Prayer
Science and Religion are Inwardly and Outwardly Connected
"Religion without Science is Blind, and Science
without Religion is Lame" ~ Albert Einstein
Traditions with Deep Roots —
Where Life, Knowledge, the Human and the Cosmos Intersect
Work and Visions of a Planet in Harmony
Sharing in Sacred Space
Islam and Christianity
"You Cannot Serve God and Mammon"
Moral Clarity on Usury
"People are Going to Rise Up and Get Their Share"
A Salute to Truth
The Hurt of the Earth — This is No Way to Live —
Making a Return to the Earth's and the Body's Own Natural Order
God and You
New Glory Flag — No Other Nation on Earth But HUMAN
in the Fellowship of the Path of Non-Violence on the Planet
Many Pathways to the One Universal God Over All
"Every Heart Melts in the Rapture of the Beloved"
"Touched ... by the Better Angels of Our Nature" – Abraham Lincoln
First Inaugural in Trajectory to the Second Inaugural ("Malice Toward None")
A Young Rachel Corrie – Touched by Her Better Angels
"Love alone can unite living beings so as to complete and fulfil them... for it alone joins them
by what is deepest in themselves. All we need is to imagine our ability to love developing
until it embraces the totality of men and the earth." – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
"A New Birth of Freedom"
– Abraham Lincoln
– Martin Luther King, Jr
"The Common Enemies of Man: Tyranny,
Poverty, Disease and War"
– John F. Kennedy
"There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...
I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?"
– Robert F. Kennedy
Taking Up the Great Double-Sided Seal
of the United States of America in a Gentle Way:
E Pluribus Unum – Out of Many, "One"
— Creative Move Forward in Total Health, Healing, Harmony, Happiness,
Prosperity and Fulfilling Life for America and Planet-Wide
We can rise to create a Human foundation for the world that recognizes that we are all human beings with the same hopes, dreams, issues and concerns regardless of race, religion, color and creed ~~
We can rise to engage and express the diversity of the human race, the best in us all, for the just solutions that enable equality, prosperity and the well being of all which includes—in one seamless whole—the animals, the environment and the ecosystems ~
We can rise to enable and share new ideas, knowledge and concepts to take us further into living and learning and expanding our consciousness with all life on the Planet that harms none and joyfully lifts all ~~
We can rise to know that war is a worthless, self-destructive and harmful enterprise and would disappear completely if it is an educated and highly informed choice based on truth and not a way of life based on lies—"no standing armies" as the American Founders laid down to prevent deceptions and tyranny ~~
By all this The Spiritual UN stands up and stands apart to rid ourselves of our mistake of War empire and its incumbent toxicness to ourselves and all life on this Planet once and for all—for we are all interconnected and thereby have this one Planet to care for and enjoy together.
We, The People, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish:
An enlightened, healthy and peace-loving pathway where time is now our own and money is abundant for all as we have seen to. By this,
We are truly learning and living freedom and health: self and planetary. We are expressing our immense diversity of enterprise and creativity all over the Planet that harms none and helps all.
With equity and equality everywhere in the world advanced without war—we are free to move where we wish where we are all doing what we love through the full potential in us all as a turn to exploring the vastness and wonders of our inner space where spirituality and science have merged.
All our money and creativity for the advancement, well being and the highest potential in ourselves, for all people everywhere, sharing and caring, helping and upholding all that is good, true, beautiful and right, along with the care of the Earth.
All this as the true and only meaning of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” as the American Founders desired and began for the Human Race.
We invite and welcome all into this life-giving, liberating and joyful vision on the only Planet we have to fully express our lives and our light to fulfil a better destiny for Humankind that no longer involves war.
Indeed, this is why we have a better kind of UN right here, in the Teilhard de Chardin visionary track for the Earth and Humanity to pick up where the American Founders signed on.
When Great Things Happened
A Unified Planetary Prayer-Meditation-Visualization for Renewing
Our Partnership with God in the Global Implications
of the Gulf of Mexico Disaster and Other
A Christian and Islamic Start to the American Nation "Under God"
— Protector of All Human Rights and Freedom
Against All Tyranny and Tyrants
The Peace and Civilization of Islam
“There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world ..."
“There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world"
“It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.
“One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization's commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.
“And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.
“Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.
“When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.
“While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I'm talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.
“Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians. Sufi poet-philosophers like Rumi challenged our notions of self and truth. Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.
“And perhaps we can learn a lesson from his example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population–that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.
“This kind of enlightened leadership — leadership that nurtured culture, sustainability, diversity and courage — led to 800 years of invention and prosperity.
“In dark and serious times like this, we must affirm our commitment to building societies and institutions that aspire to this kind of greatness. More than ever, we must focus on the importance of leadership– bold acts of leadership and decidedly personal acts of leadership.”
Excerpt of speech given by Carleton S. Fiorina
Christmas – The Celebration of the Christos in the World
Islam and the Christians
In this article I propose to remind both Muslims and Christians about a promise that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) made to Christians. The knowledge of this promise can have enormous impact on Muslim conduct towards Christians. Muslims generally respect the precedent of their Prophet and try to practice it in their lives.
In 628 AD, a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery came to Prophet Muhammed and requested his protection. He responded by granting them a charter of rights, which I reproduce below in its entirety. St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is the world’s oldest monastery. It possesses a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican, and is a world heritage site. It also boasts the oldest collection of Christian icons. It is a treasure house of Christian history that has remained safe for 1,400 years under Muslim protection.
The Promise to St. Catherine:
“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”
The first and the final sentence of the charter are critical. They make the promise eternal and universal. Muhammed asserts that Muslims are with Christians near and far, straight away rejecting any future attempts to limit the promise to St. Catherine alone. By ordering Muslims to obey it until the Day of Judgment the charter again undermines any future attempts to revoke the privileges. These rights are inalienable. Muhammed declared Christians, all of them, as his allies and he equated ill treatment of Christians with violating God’s covenant.
A remarkable aspect of the charter is that it imposes no conditions on Christians for enjoying its privileges. It is enough that they are Christians. They are not required to alter their beliefs, they do not have to make any payments and they do not have any obligations. This is a charter of rights without any duties!
The document is not a modern human rights treaty, but even though it was penned in 628 A.D. it clearly protects the right to property, freedom of religion, freedom of work, and security of the person.
I know most readers, must be thinking, So what? Well the answer is simple. Those who seek to foster discord among Muslims and Christians focus on issues that divide and emphasize areas of conflict. But when resources such as Muhammad’s promise to Christians is invoked and highlighted it builds bridges. It inspires Muslims to rise above communal intolerance and engenders good will in Christians who might be nursing fear of Islam or Muslims.
When I look at Islamic sources, I find in them unprecedented examples of religious tolerance and inclusiveness. They make me want to become a better person. I think the capacity to seek good and do good inheres in all of us. When we subdue this predisposition towards the good, we deny our fundamental humanity. In this holiday season, I hope all of us can find time to look for something positive and worthy of appreciation in the values, cultures and histories of other peoples.
Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Director of Islamic Studies at the University of Delaware and a fellow of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
The Christmas Truce
On Christmas Day, 1914, in the first year of World War I, German, British, and French soldiers disobeyed their superiors and fraternized with "the enemy" along two-thirds of the Western Front. German troops held Christmas trees up out of the trenches with signs, "Merry Christmas." "You no shoot, we no shoot." Thousands of troops streamed across a no-man's land strewn with rotting corpses. They sang Christmas carols, exchanged photographs of loved ones back home, shared rations, played football, even roasted some pigs. Soldiers embraced men they had been trying to kill a few short hours before. They agreed to warn each other if the top brass forced them to fire their weapons, and to aim high.
A shudder ran through the high command on either side. Here was disaster in the making: soldiers declaring their brotherhood with each other and refusing to fight. Generals on both sides declared this spontaneous peacemaking to be treasonous and subject to court martial. By March, 1915 the fraternization movement had been eradicated and the killing machine put back in full operation. By the time of the armistice in 1918, fifteen million would be slaughtered.
Not many people have heard the story of the Christmas Truce. Military leaders have not gone out of their way to publicize it. On Christmas Day, 1988, a story in the Boston Globe mentioned that a local FM radio host played "Christmas in the Trenches," a ballad about the Christmas Truce, several times and was startled by the effect. The song became the most requested recording during the holidays in Boston on several FM stations. "Even more startling than the number of requests I get is the reaction to the ballad afterward by callers who hadn't heard it before," said the radiohost. "They telephone me deeply moved, sometimes in tears, asking, `What the hell did I just hear?'"
I think I know why the callers were in tears. The Christmas Truce story goes against most of what we have been taught about people. It gives us a glimpse of the world as we wish it could be and says, "This really happened once." It reminds us of those thoughts we keep hidden away, out of range of the TV and newspaper stories that tell us how trivial and mean human life is. It is like hearing that our deepest wishes really are true: the world really could be different.
Excerpted from David G. Stratman, We CAN Change the World: The Real Meaning of Everyday Life (New Democracy Books, 1991). Available for $3.00 from New Democracy Books, P.O. Box 427, Boston, MA 02130.
The top brass really did not know how to handle the situation at the time. Lone voices rising out of the trenches saying 'Merry Christmas.' Amazing. One opposing soldier was given a German helmet by a German soldier who said he needed it back for a parade the next day. He trusted the his opponent to give it back to him.
These folks had so much trust in their hearts for one another. They were, on all sides, total victims of circumstance and greed and international 'politics'...
Sadly, the aftermath of WW1 was the direct cause of WW2, and is the cause of much of our troubles today. America was duped into entering WW1. That hideous war should have never happened at all.
America, War Deceives
"Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" — Martin Luther King, Jr's Pivotal Speech
One should always strive to seek the truth wherein lies the basis for all good, just
and lasting peace and for goodness to truly prevail on the Earth.
"WAR – Waste of muscle, waste of brain: Waste of patience, waste of pain:
Waste of work, waste of wealth: Waste of beauty, waste of health:
Waste of blood and waste of tears: Waste of youth's most
precious years: Waste of ways the saints have trod:
Waste of glory, waste of GOD"
– Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, Anglican priest and poet, World War 1
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"Still Falls the Rain"