First week of February every year: Spreading harmony and tolerance among followers of the three monotheistic faiths and all the world’s religions.
World Interfaith Harmony Week logoWorld Interfaith Harmony Week came about as a result of a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony proposed in 2010 by HM King Abdullah II and HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan.
It seeks to spread the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of the three monotheistic faiths and all the world’s religions. It also seeks to promote the common basis of “Love of God and Love of the Neighbour, or Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbour” among religions to safeguard world peace. Its message invites everyone, excludes no one, and is purely voluntary.
My soul craves for travel
a long pilgrimage for peace
far far beyond the borders;
into the lap of hills,
into the womb of forests,
he plunges himself
into the train of winds, hops over caravans of clouds.
to quench his thirst
for silence glimmering over the yonder horizon.
and to escape from the grotesque colonies of naked trees that haunt his dreams forever.
he dreams for a journey into a dream where the whole world of living beings fly on wings scattering sweet syllables in the air;
where even a leaf before it falls to the ground plays around sailing in a boat of song.
where the sun comes into the drawing room of the sky, as hills wake up, woods wake up,
to wander about like a dreamy nomad.
where rows and rows of tall trees take out long processions of silences; where the marriage of earth and sky is solemnized in the cathedral of blue hills; where a nameless bird merely sitting in the branch turns the surroundings into a tune, where red-gum and sandalwood trees bath in puddles of evening, and arrive with drops of red flowers hanging from tips of leaves,
where the moon like a child crawls over the roof of the house and tempts you to clasp him with your hands-
To the valleys of that dream my soul long to go beyond the reach of those haunting naked trees; this is the pilgrimage to peace- –
The Moral Collapse of U.S. and Global Society- and the Necessary Conditions for Rebirth
By Dr. Glen T. Martin
Many philosophers of law have affirmed the idea that the central function of law is to provide the conditions within which individuals can flourish in the sense of pursuing the aims and goods that each understands as constituting a good human life. They have concluded that the social framework of the law must be designed to make this possible. Yet the two global institutions that have come to dominate our planet — global capitalism and the system of sovereign nation-states — have functioned to progressively destroy everywhere the social conditions within which human beings can aspire to lead good human lives. The fragmentation of so-called “sovereign nation-states” — of a multiplicity of weak nations dominated by a few powerful nations — has allowed global banking and capital to colonize the world-system to the point where the democratic social contract within most nations is hopelessly broken.  Continue reading “The Moral Collapse of U.S. And …..”
Вера и дружелюбиеукрашаютземлю, какукрашенияМира.
Почемумынеможемпроявитнашеостроумие, терпение и терпимость?
Разобраться в повторяющихсятрениях и возрастающихразличиях.
Семеназла, «ненависти и эгоистическихамбиций»,
Суетапрогресса, “несправедливость и отказотсотрудничества”,
Когдаподавленылюбовь и самореализацияличности;
Вместогибелимыпредвидимразвитие и процветание.
Наволнахсвободыбудутплытьмысли о Мире.
Посвященный! Давайсозидать и укреплятьидеалыМира.
THE IDEALS OF PEACE
Autumn leaves flutter with the early morning gales
Dew drops glitter under the gold-reflective sunrays,
The pleasing horizon unfolds another dawn, delightful
The longing for peace unfurls in my thoughts castle.
Blessed are the flowers which during nights blossom
Blessed are the buds which for a new tomorrow dream,
Blessed are the clouds adorning the sky every night
Blessed are we, whoever cherishes the gorgeous sight.
Faith and amity adorn the earth as ornaments of peace
A place to bask under the warmth of love-surging eyes;
Why can’t we exhibit our wit, patience and tolerance?
To sort out recurring frictions and rising differences.
The sprouts of evil; ‘hatred and egocentric ambitions’,
The hassles of progress; ‘injustice and non-cooperation’,
When both are overpowered by love and self-realization;
The planet earth is bound is become an abode of heaven.
Instead of ruin, we foresee equivalence and prosperity
Instead of darkness, we foresee a worthwhile future;
The clouds of passion shall shower everlasting trust,
The winds of change shall blow every atom of mistrust.
On the ripples of freedom, float the thoughts of peace
Devoted! Let us honor and strengthen the ideals of peace.
On bridges are stated the limits in tons
of the loads they can bear.
But I’ve never yet found one that can bear more
than we do,
although we are not made of roman freestone,
nor of steel, nor of concrete.
It’s the twentieth century we bear
across the chasms of the universe,
each one of us
a small, narrow bridge
on which the heaviest weight is yet to fall:
the future evolving from this era
in which the greatest evil flourishes:
the lie of power and the power of the lie
in the quagmire of meanness
in the high Alps of arrogance, Drawing: Cecile Wadlow
in the ocean of blind folly.
And the computer calculates perfectly
In the shadow of the nuclear reactor
Ondra Lysohorsky (1905 – 1989)
Ondra Lysohorsky is far more profoundly the poet of all mankind and a practical, maturing, struggling and suffering humanity because he had bound himself to that region where he was born. He had chosen to create in the dialect of his native province of Lachia in what was later Czechoslovakia. Just as Frederic Mistral did for Provencal, Lysohorsky has raised up Lachian to the flexibility of a literary language. Lachian is a tongue understood without translation by about one million people, some Poles, Slovaks and Czechs. Lysohorsky was influenced by the example of Mistral and his work for the revival of the culture of the south of France through poetry and art.
He was born Erwin Goy in 1905, ninth child of a coal miner, at Frydek, near Ostrawa, the capital of the Lach area. The poet grew up with poverty and commercial exploitation following the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. He started working in the coal mines at seven. Somewhat later, he contracted polio and so could no longer work in the mines. His intelligence was noted by local schoolteachers, and he was granted a scholarship, first to the German Lycee at Frydek and later to the German University at Prague where he took his doctorate in Philosophy and European Languages. He spent some time at the Sorbonne University in Paris for he was both rooted in his local culture and open to the wider currents of European literature. He was an admirer of Romain Rolland and Rolland’s efforts at building bridges between cultures, between France and Germany, between Europe and India.
Lysohorsky began writing poetry in 1922, binding himself closely to his native region, its people and its soil, yet always seeking the moral and spiritual dimensions which make for the fuller life. Thus his advice to himself on the deeper aspects of poetry:
To a Poet
Poetry is termed
Growing, creative, resistance.
If you grow only in height and breadth
Not in the deeps too,
The first storm uproots you.
Upon the invisible work
Under the earth
All springs. (translated by Hugh McKinley)
He took the literary name of “Ondra Lysohorsky” from the regional mountain Lyso Hora. He was a founder-member of the anti-Fascist group Blok and worked against Nazi currents among German speakers in Czechoslovakia. At the start of the Second World War, he left for Poland and was there when the Germans attacked. He was able to go to the Soviet Union, first to Moscow and later Tashkent in Central Asia. While in Moscow and Tashkent he made friends with writers and poets and grew aware of the many styles of poetry circulating in the Soviet Union, not all of which could be published. His Songs of the Sun and the Earth was published in Moscow in 1945, translated by Boris Pasternak and other leading poet-translators.
Lysohorsky was always concerned with the link between time and eternity. Here is his meditation upon the Danube Room for All translated by the poet who shared many of his themes, W.H. Auden:
From my source the gathering waters have been flowing since time began
Hundreds of wars have I seen, and millions of warriors,
Led, clad, weaponed differently in every century,
But always spilling the same blood.
What do the hills around me
And the sky above me still harbour?
I hear the people on both my banks.
They build no bridges for reconciliation.
But I must flow,
But I must hear;
But I must see,
From the source to the ocean
For in me there is room for all.
He was the poet building a bridge between local and the universal. As he wrote “True love is maturity, and maturity is equilibrium, measure, order.” After the Second World War, he taught in Czechoslovakia but had difficulties with the government authorities because he insisted in writing in Lach rather than Czech. Thus his poems were widely known in other countries having been translated by respected poets: Boris Pasternak in Russian, W.H. Auden and Hugh McKinley in English and Pierre Garnier in French. Garnier also wrote in Picard, a dialect of northern France. Garnier saw in Lysohorshy a kindred soul in developing a literary form of a minority language.
For Lysohorsky poetry was a bridge to understanding among cultures. As he said in a talk on world brotherhood and peace through poetry “ Poetry has an intellectual and spiritual task which includes and concerns the whole world, and the whole of humanity, all its inner life and outward actions. Poetry is concerned with the Whole, with all life, with all countries, peoples and ages, with all our human brothers and sisters of yesterday, today and tomorrow, and we hope of the day-after-tomorrow too! Poetry is the path of reconciliation, of neighbourly love. The whole of mankind needs it.”