Spiritual Perspective on Peace

Have you ever wondered about a spiritual perspective on peace? Every country, culture and religion has fought war in the name of creating peace. Through quotes from spiritual and political leaders from several ethnic backgrounds, it is abundantly clear peace is created through spirituality; yet we continue to wage war in the guise of creating world peace.

“It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.” — André Gide

“Terrorism cannot be overcome by the use of force because it does not address the complex underlying problems. In fact the use of force may not only fail to solve the problems, it may exacerbate them and frequently leaves destruction and suffering in its wake. Likewise, acts of terrorism, especially involving violence, only make matters worse.” — Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso

“Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal and global consequences. -Caroline Myss

“Those who ignore the past are condemned to repeat it.”

“We are not only responsible for what we do, but also, for that what we don’t do.” -Voltaire

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.” –Dag Hammarskjold

“Take on a big project, like Noah.” The world is crying out to be healed of violence, hatred, poverty, and greed. Let this be our project. It is ours to do. We have to get informed and involved; we have to speak up and be heard. This year, let us repair the world with wisdom, understanding, and tolerance. But, also with strength, action, and resolve. -Rumi

“The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods led grow light supplier of light and life no longer flow into our souls.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“Peace comes within the souls of people when they realize their oneness with the universe.” — Black Elk, Lakota leader

“I do not believe that the spiritual law works on a field of its own. On the contrary, it expresses itself only through the ordinary activities of life. It thus affects the economic, the social and the political fields.” –Mahatma Gandhi

“We are witnessing in our day the birth of a new age, with a new structure of freedom and justice. Now, as we face the fact of this new, emerging world, we must face the responsibilities that come along with it. A new age brings with it new challenges…First, we are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. The new world is a world of geographical togetherness. This means that no individual or nation can live alone. We must all learn to live together, or we will be forced to die together…Through our scientific genius we have made of the world a neighborhood; now through our moral and spiritual genius we must make of it brotherhood. We are all involved in the single process. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We are all links in the great chain of humanity…We have before us the glorious opportunity to inject a new dimension of love into the veins of our civilization.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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