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"May Peace Prevail on Earth"


Heh, heh, you want to get me going... :)

I have been a pacifist for a long time, having grown up during the Vietnam War
and also living in a major city during the period when Civil Rights were being
struggled for. Struggling for Peace comes naturally for me. It was fortified when
I had a Near-Death experience and where I went, love was all encompassing.
It was as if you breathed it ~ that the atmosphere was vibrating with what
I can only describe as love. It had a golden essence. I also understood that
LOVE is the Universal language. It is a language that brings mankind together
and that until we learn or remember to speak it, we will be always met with
resistance and separation, war, and suffering. Peace is worth waging.

I know I am not alone in my intention to stand up for Peace ~ here are many
thoughts on the value of peace. I can dust off peace quotes of great men and
women all day long and bolster my desire and intention to be the peace I wish
to see in the world. Of course, you are right in that it is debatable. It just will
never be achieved through war and intimidation and killing off those who do not
agree with you. I will pass my days praying for peace ~~

Peace is the only battle worth waging.

-- Albert Camus (1913-1960)

We know how to organize warfare, but do we know how to act when confronted with peace?

-- Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910-1997)

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.

-- Albert Einstein (1979-1955)

The goal toward which all history tends is peace, not peace through the medium of war, not peace through a process of universal intimidation, not peace through a program of mutual impoverishment, not peace by any means that leaves the world too weak or too frightened to go on fighting, but peace pure and simple based on that will to peace which has animated the overwhelming majority of mankind through countless ages. This will to peace does not arise out of a cowardly desire to preserve one's life and property, but out of conviction that the fullest development of the highest powers of men can be achieved only in a world of peace.

-- Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

There was never a good war or a bad peace.

-- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.

-- Black Elk (1863-1950)

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

-- Isaiah, II:4

But peace does not rest in the charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper, let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace in the hearts and minds of all of our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.

-- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

-- William Gladstone (1809-1898)

Peace-making is a healing process and it begins with me, but it does not end there.

-- Gene Knudsen Hoffman

We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path. It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music, a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war. Somehow, we must transform the dynamics of the world power struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can win, to a positive contest to harness humanity's creative genius for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the nations of the world. In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have a will - and determination - to mount such a peace offensive, we will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.

-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

-- Lao Tzu (570-490 B.C.)

All we are saying is give peace a chance.

-- John Lennon (1940-1980)

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.

-- John Lennon (1940-1980)

It is a good moment to repeat that a war is never won. Never mind that history books tell us the opposite. The psychological and material costs of war are so high that any triumph is a pyrrhic victory. Only peace can be won and winning peace means not only avoiding armed conflict but finding ways of eradicating the causes of individual and collective violence: injustice and oppression, ignorance and poverty, intolerance and discrimination. We must construct a new set of values and attitudes to replace the culture of war which, for centuries, has been influencing the course of civilization. Winning peace means the triumph of our pledge to establish, on a democratic basis, a new social framework of tolerance and generosity from which no one will feel excluded.

-- Federico Mayor

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.

-- Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

There is no way to peace; peace is the way.

-- A.J. Muste (1885-1967)

The more we sweat in peace the less we bleed in war.

-- Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900-1990)

This is the way of peace: overcome evil with good, and falsehood with truth, and hatred with love.

-- Peace Pilgrim

Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent revolt of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution
of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.

-- Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)

In the hearts of people today there is a deep longing for peace. When the true spirit of peace is thoroughly dominant, it becomes an inner experience with unlimited possibilities. Only when this really happens - when the spirit of peace awakens and takes possession of men's hearts, can humanity be saved from perishing.

-- Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

We, Veteran's for Peace, view peace as a positively active and creative process which requires courage, commitment, endurance, vigilance, and integrity. Peace is a struggle toward unity, and it is characterized by an absence of violence in all its forms, including discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion, social and economic status, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Those who labor for peace are called peacemakers because they tirelessly pursue nonviolent solutions, work for economic and social justice, celebrate diversity, and strive to build relationships between adversaries through education, conflict mediation, and humanitarian relief. We recognize that peace is both a means and end simultaneously, and that it is never finally or fully achieved. This is because change and growth require some degree of tension or conflict. Historically, such conflict has provided the impetus for military solutions. Thus we, Veteran's for Peace, strongly believe that the greatest obstacle to peace is militarism with its reliance on violence and war. We further believe that peacekeeping action should only be accomplished by a legitimate international body.

-- Committee to Define Peace, Veterans for Peace

more info here~~

“May Peace Prevail on Earth”


This prayer for world peace is resonating in the hearts of people around the world. The movement to bring about world peace through this prayer was started by Masahisa Goi (1916-1980) in 1955.

History of the World Peace Prayer Society

Masahisa Goi grew up with a great fondness for the arts. He was a gifted poet, writer and philosopher. Above all, however, he dedicated his life to humanity. The devastation caused by the Second World War affected him in a profound way. He searched for ways to respond to the desperate cry for peace not only in Japan but also around the world. Through steadfast commitment and faith, he gained much insight into the spiritual nature of humankind and was intuitively guided to conceive of the universal prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth”.

In Japan, where he is respected as a great master in his field, he founded an organization called Byakko Shinko Kai, and provided many people with spiritual guidance for the attainment of inner and global peace. He has written more than 50 books, including God and Man, One Who Connects Heaven and Earth (an autobiography), Lectures on Lao Tzu, Lectures on the Bible, and others.

May Peace Prevail on Earth is a message for all humanity. The World Peace Prayer Movement is a global initiative inviting all people to unite our hearts through this universal prayer to build a peaceful future for our planet.


"May Peace Prevail on Earth"





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