Peace On Earth

‘Let there be peace on earth – and let it begin with me’ – White Eagle

Beautiful.  Such simple words yet such profound words. Futile is the wish for peace in the world if you cannot live peacefully yourself, without hurting or killing or getting someone else to hurt and kill on your behalf …

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Kind Heart, Gentle Heart

Rescue the drowning insect; carry the snail on the pavement to safety; return the helpless worm, writhing on concrete, to the sanctuary of Mother Earth.

Render help and kindness, wherever it is needed, to all life, great or small.  Suffering has no boundaries, neither should compassion.

A Wonderful World

Enjoy this beautiful video courtesy of the BBC’s Natural History Unit ….

Despite all the doom and gloom on the news every night this is indeed a wonderful world, full of many wonderful sights and sounds – and people.

Open your eyes, open your heart and marvel.

Walking With Angels

The words and spirit of these beautiful quotations touched my soul.  I hope they will touch your soul also …

‘All creatures fear before danger, life is dear to all.  When a man considers this, he does not kill or cause to kill’ – Gautama Buddha

‘I wish no living thing to suffer pain’ – Percy Bysshe Shelley

‘Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages’ – Thomas Edison

‘Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s  soul remains unawakened’ – Anatole France

‘To my mind the life of a lamb is no less precious than that of a human being. I should be unwilling to take the life of a lamb for the sake of the human body. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

‘This was a horrible proposal [that the eight-year-old Albert join a friend in killing birds with a sling]  … but I dared not refuse for fear he would laugh at me.  So we came to a tree which was still bare, and on which the birds were singing out gaily in the morning, without any fear of us. Then stooping low like Indians on the hunt, my companion placed a pebble in the leather of his sling and stretched it.  Obeying his peremptory glance I did the same, with frightful twinges of conscience, vowing firmly that I would shoot when he did.  At that very moment the church bells began to sound, mingling with the song of the birds in the sunshine. It was the warning bell that came a half-hour before the main bell.  For me it was a voice from heaven.  I threw the sling down,  scaring the birds away,  so that they were safe from my companion’s sling and fled home.  And ever afterwards when the bells of Holy Week ring out amidst the leafless trees in the sunshine I remember with moving gratitude how they rang into my heart at that time the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ –  Dr Albert Schweitzer

‘The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo.  When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing  torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature;  to do so is to renounce our manhood  and shoulder a guilt which nothing  justifies’ –  Dr Albert Schweitzer

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow  us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognise it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace – Albert Schweitzer

The unity of all life: ”There are millions of people on earth who do not realise that the spirit which animates them is the same one that animates all creatures who share the planet with them. They do not see them as spirits with earthly bodies, just as they are’  – Silver Birch

Man’s Sacred Trust:  ‘Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.  We have a higher mission – to be of service to them wherever they require it’ – St Francis of Assisi

Vegan For Life ….

These good people are proof that an entirely plant-based diet can provide all the sustenance necessary for health, strength, stamina, fitness and longevity …

Leading by example

http://www.foodsforlife.org.uk/people/Donald-Watson-Vegan/Donald-Watson.html

Vegan centenarian

http://www.peta.org/blog/89-years-vegan-counting/

On top of the world

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jasmijn-de-boo/vegan-veteran-wins-womens_b_3083135.html

As strong as a horse

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2013/09/09/patrik-baboumian-breaks-world-record-with-vegan-power/

Vegan sportsmen and women

http://www.greatveganathletes.com

The Small Voice of Compassion

 

Caring About The Smallest

A tiny insect, just think of it – a living, breathing, thinking, feeling creature with a fully functioning digestive and reproductive system etc. A masterpiece in miniature!

If a scientist had created such a life form, people would come from all over the world just to see it and to shake the scientist’s hand and tell him what a marvellous fellow he was.

Insects are a  wondrous creation of God. Let us not turn a blind eye to their sufferings, for after all, all life is sacred and pain is still pain, suffering is still suffering, regardless of whoever or whatever is the victim.

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Sadly it is all too often the case that we tend to overlook that which we deem to be less ‘aesthetically pleasing to the eye’ and yet when we actually take the time to stop and learn about them, we find that they are, in their own right, things of beauty and wonder.

And in the light of reason, no less worthy of our compassion.

I studied Jainism when I was younger. Their beautiful doctrine of ahimsa influenced Gandhi, Schweitzer and many others through the centuries. It certainly influenced me too. Made me see compassion from another perspective.

Killing and harming is still killing and harming no matter how ‘you’ dress it up or try and excuse it.

To walk in the ways of love and compassion is the greatest lesson I have learned and something I strive to pass on to others.

The Flowers Of Tomorrow …

‘No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed.  A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.  The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.’ – Amelia Earhart

Beautiful words and so true.

Kindness reminds us that always there is a better, higher way.  A way open to all …. Not only that, a kindly act brings happiness to both the receiver and the giver. Truly, kindness is a wonderful thing.

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I remember one day when I was a little boy…

My mother had acquired a packet of nasturtium seeds and charmed by the lovely illustration on the cover of the packet I enquired as to what they were. My mother explained that they were seeds and that you planted them in the earth and the beautiful flowers illustrated on the cover, would spring forth.  To my young mind it sounded nothing short of magical and I harassed my dear mother to let us plant them. So we did, in the border beneath the kitchen window.

Next morning, after getting dressed, I raced downstairs and went outside, expecting to find a mass of beautiful flowers in a kaleidoscope of colours.  But of course, there was nothing there and I was sorely disappointed.

Those seeds were not to be denied however, and eventually they did germinate, grow and flower – and they were indeed beautiful.

We should ‘plant’ seeds of kindness wherever and whenever we can and, by teaching and example,  strive to inspire others to do the same…

And we must persevere.  It won’t happen overnight,  but nothing would more further the greater good, producing better people and a better world.