War and Peace
Memorial Day is a fitting time to ponder war and peace. Millions of people have died in wars to protect freedom and civil rights. The same is true for people dying for seemingly unjustifiable reasons in wars. Wars are tragic, full of death and despair. Most sane people don't want wars. Each person that died is a human being, a life, a soul. A great loss. There are walls of names and unmarked graves to show for it. Letters sent that never received a reply. Tears, broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams are left in the trail of destruction.
As long as there are people there is a possibility of wars. I wish that were not true. Peace and love are the highest vibrations, yet many are not operating out of a higher calling. Hate, separation, malice and the hunger for power, control and money are the root of this evil. Wars start long before physical fighting. They start over land, property, social causes, economic, religious and political reasons. People fight for freedom, civil and human rights, and to break free from oppression.
It doesn't have to be this way. Peace is possible. If only people could work together and respect the basic rights of freedom, liberty, love and the pursuit of happiness for all, this world would be a much kinder place. Instead ego drives the opposite in an attempt to conquer, defeat and control. This battle for power happens between countries, states, cities, religions, denominations, political parties and communities on large and smaller scales.
There is a better way. It requires an evolution of Spirit. It requires setting aside personal ego and allowing room for differences, liberty and embracing equality. A transformation spiritually based in unconditional love and unity. It requires respecting each other. We are all children of God. In that way we are all One, whether people see and acknowledge it or not.
Join together in meditating and praying for peace, unity, enlightenment and unconditional love. It is possible to coexist if people open their hearts and minds. It starts with each of us first as individuals. It begins with acceptance, respect, and tolerance. Unselfishness is required. Really and truly loving your neighbor as yourself is not without effort in your words, attitudes and actions.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."
- Matthew 5:9
"Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace."
"Peace is in the heart of a desireless man, who has controlled his senses and the mind. Greed, lust, jealousy, envy, anger, pride and egoism are the enemies of peace. Slay these enemies by the sword of dispassion, discrimination, and non-attachment. You will enjoy perpetual peace."
- Swami Sivananda
Remember and Honor.
Let it be so and so it is. God bless you and Namaste.
Rev. S. Castle