WORLD PEACE & HUMANITY CONFERENCE
Jointly organized by International Service for Mass Awareness
ISMA-TIMES & Global Harmony Association (GHA)
NEW DELHI, 21ST SEPTEMBER 2018
On the occasion of United Nations International Day of Peace
“Together for Peace, Justice, Respect, Social Harmony, and Dignity for all.”
--Dr. A. K. Merchant*
The author presents from a global perspective his reflections on the plight of humanity and addresses the theme of the Conference as well as in the context of the 2018 message for International Day of Peace by UN Secretary General which emphasizes the importance of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.He believes that through education and linking up of peace endeavours with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals governments and concerned citizens can bring a turnaround to prevailing situations in every place where is conflict or violence. Particularly important are the inter-religious dialogues and interfaith movement that should function as a vehicle to channel the power of religion to bring about a better world, for all, especially the children. To play a constructive role in shaping humanity's future, religious leadership must focus on the core of positive moral values held in common by all religious traditions, rather than on differences. Followers of different religions may believe that their religion is best, but they must respect the spiritual choices of others, even if they think that others are in the wrong. If there must be competition among religions, let each strive to excel in guiding people to peaceful coexistence, moral rectitude and mutual understanding. It ultimately a spiritual battle within oneself that must be won and not by quarrelling or inflicting acts of violence on each other.
OUR world is undergoing rapid and far-reaching changes, drawing humanity ever closer together, into what has become a de facto “global village”. Cultures and peoples that, for most of history, have lived in isolation from one another are now interacting face-to-face, on a daily basis. Communication at the speed of light and travel at the speed of sound. Yet, sadly, social progress and the growth of wisdom and understanding have not kept pace with material and technological advances. Our global village is not a happy or a peaceful place.
Our Children are the Future
Looking beyond immediate crises and conflicts, one of the greatest dangers facing humankind comes from a generation of children growing up in a moral vacuum. Our hearts go out to the child-soldiers of Africa, the child-prostitutes of Asia and the desperate scavengers of the world's countless slums and refugee camps, victims of a poverty which is both spiritual and material. But we must not forget the millions of young people growing up in societies whose traditional value systems lie in ruins, or those deprived of spiritual training by generations of dogmatically materialistic education. And lest we oversimplify the causes or the remedies, let us also call to mind the young products of permissive liberalism in the West and elsewhere, some of whom are as well-armed and violence-prone as their age-mates in less prosperous lands.
“Each child is potentially the light of the world, and its darkness”. Lighting the lamps of these souls is a responsibility we must collectively assume if civilization is to thrive. Children must not be deprived of the light of moral education, especially the girl-child, who is the transmitter of values to future generations. Indeed, educated women are one of the most important keys to world peace.
What will be our Response?
Here, I would submit, is a challenge to which we who have gathered at this World Peace and Humanity Conference can and must respond.
Above and beyond a remarkable maturation in inter-religious dialogue, this meeting of concerned citizens and leaders, should serve as yet another wake-up call and vital step forward in creating the necessary mutual respect and cooperation between all sections of our society be they awakened citizens, religious and political leaders, conditions without which world peace and the prosperity of humankind are probably unattainable.
Kindly do not mistake my meaning. We advocate no blurring of lines, no mixture of religion and politics. The harmonious cooperation among all groups of leaders and concerned citizens is all the more essential because their roles are both contrasting and complementary.
The Role of Religion
As a member of the Baha’i Community, it must be acknowledged with all fairness that much injustice and suffering have been inflicted throughout history in the name of religion. Even today, religious propaganda and incitement contribute to fear, hatred and warfare in many regions of the world. In the Baha'i Writings, it is said that, should religion become a cause of enmity, it is better to do without it.
Yet, when examined in a fair-minded manner in the historical context of their times, the teachings of the Founders of the great religions provide no support for the contentions and prejudices convulsing much of humankind. Intolerance and fanaticism represent, at best, distortions of true religious values.
Writing of religion as a social force, Bahá'u'lláh declared: "Religion is the greatest of all means for the establishment of order in the world and for the peaceful contentment of all that dwell therein." "The purpose of religion," He affirms "...is to establish unity and concord amongst the peoples of the world; make it not the cause of dissension and strife."
The true and lasting peace toward which we all aspire depends on unity. When we are united - in a unity that embraces and honours diversity - all problems can be solved. For a start, the conscientious application of the teaching that we should treat others as we ourselves wish to be treated - a principle at the heart of all religions - would bring about a radical change in the world.
To play a constructive role in shaping humanity's future, religious leadership must focus on the core of positive moral values held in common by all religious traditions, rather than on differences. We may each believe our religion is best, but we must respect the spiritual choices of others, even if we think that they err. If there must be competition among religions, let each strive to excel in guiding people to peaceful coexistence, moral rectitude and mutual understanding.
Religion wields the power to mobilize the hearts and minds of the people and to urge them forward on the path toward peace and mutual understanding. It has a moral authority and an ethical sensitivity that complement the resources and expertise of governments and civil groups. Indeed, religion has been at the heart of many of history's great social movements. The special role of religious and spiritual leadership is to take a long view, not from an ivory tower, but with a perspective that is detached from immediate exigencies and the often partisan struggles of day-to-day political life.
Our disordered world is in desperate need of a moral compass that is above passing fashion and untainted by the pervasive materialism of the modern era. The convening of this conference suggests that the more and more people are becoming aware of this need and of the capacity latent in the world's religious traditions. Shall we not arise together to take up this challenge? If the task seems daunting, let us think of the children, our most precious trust.
The inter-religious dialogues and interfaith movements should function as a vehicle to channel the power of religion to bring about a better world, for all, including the children. As noted by the UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres in his 2018 International Day of Peace message the focus of peace is intimately linked to Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 70th anniversary would be celebrated this year.Appropriate educational curricula based on UNESCO’s educational curricula document: “Learning: The Treasurer Within – Education in the 21st century” could serve the purpose from the grass-roots reaching right up to the top most echelons of the society linking up with the Sustainable Development Goals, i.e. U.N. Agenda 2030, in fulfilment of one the requirements of Goal Number 16.Given the unique potential of the educational system and infrastructure for concerted and sustained action the teaching fraternity working in tandem with citizen-volunteers would be able to support the processes set in motion leading toward world peace.
Essential to all the function of the programme of action suggested above Advisory Councils at National and Regional levels would be tasked with identifying the core values that are common to all religious and spiritual traditions. The resulting shared understanding would constitute a firm foundation for united effort in a spirit of service to humankind as a whole. In this context, ever since the holding of the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in 1893 at Chicago and subsequent ones in 1993, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2015 have generated a host of wonderful materials such as the Golden Rule, a Call to our Guiding Institutions, Healing the World & Ecology, Connecting the Hearts, inter alia.
Among the most urgent assignments for the heads of state and heads of government would be to cooperate with appropriate U.N. agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank to devise mechanisms for the delivery systems for the moral education and training of children and youth. To this end, the Advisory Councils could be instrumental in nurturing consultative processes at the national and regional levels involving educational experts and representatives of the religious and spiritual traditions espoused by the relevant populations.
The Councils could be called upon to offer or arrange mediation services in conflicts and potential conflicts where religious differences are at issue or where religious or spiritual guidance would be effective.
They could also recommend and encourage the development and use of programs aimed at bringing about reconciliation and restoring trust as part of the reconstruction of societies torn by past conflict.
The mandate of an International Advisory Council, if such a body is established, should include the authority to review and offer advice on the full range of United Nations policies, programs and processes, bearing in mind that, despite its many impressive achievements, the world body and its agencies often reflect and promote a materialistic world-view which is at variance with the spiritual values held by the majority of humankind. The Conference may come up with an Action Programme advocating that harmony of United Nations operations and the effectiveness of its programs would be greatly enhanced by a more spiritual approach based on the common core values of the world's religious traditions.
If the human race is to meet the challenge of establishing world peace, the spiritual energy latent in each and every one of us must be released and directed to this noble task. Religion can provide the vision and unleash the spiritual energy necessary to guide humanity to a New World Order worthy of its destiny. The world community needs to take stock of what has been the learning so far in the context of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which are incorporated in the Agenda 2030--Sustainable Development Goals. All must play their part by speaking up, demonstrate gender equality, build inclusive societies, and unitedly address the challenges of climate change.
To build a global commonwealth based on unity in diversity, animated by both love and justice, is no easy task. But it is one that we must undertake, for ourselves, for the children of today and for generations yet unborn. In so doing, we may surely rely on the almighty assistance of the Sovereign Creator of the Universe, whatever may be the name by which we call Him.
Our role as participants in this and such gatherings is as simple as it is challenging. Let me leave you with this exhortation from the Baha'i Writings:
‘With the utmost friendliness and in a spirit of perfect fellowship take ye counsel together, and dedicate the precious days of your lives to the betterment of the world...’
'Let us act together to promote and defend human rights for all, in the name of lasting peace for all.'
*Dr. A. K. Merchant, National Trustee, Lotus Temple & Baha’i community of India; General Secretary, Temple of Understanding India Foundation; National Trustee, Sarvodaya International Trust. Contact particulars: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Mobile: 9810441360
Return to Nature for Global Peace, Humanity,
Harmony and Happiness
We are surrounded by silent evil forces, enemies, greedy groups, killers of humanity, working day and night whose motive is to make profit. These groups are medicine mafia, whose medicines have made us permanent sick, but are marketed as lifesaving support kits and as supplement nutrition in form of vitamins, minerals and made us addicted to use them. The internet revolution and media has connected the whole world thru a single window, but it has given rise to new type of social problems like paid misinformation, false news, information that changes our fundamental thoughts and intellect, and influences our minds. The easy access to wealth and power has made law makers law breaker and most of the political leaders have become criminals and the democracy is finding new type of rulers as kings in place of serving people who elected them.
The basic reason behind the failure at all fronts is because we are working day and night to please our senses with support of science and technology and going away from Mother Nature. We have lost alignment with nature and nature has started punishing us thru excessive climate change, and increase in natural and manmade disasters. The future generations is going to curse us for our negligence.
Return to Nature is the only way to arrest unrest in society and limit our dependency on science and technology.
This paper explains basic concept of Nature principles, the auto healing system gifted by nature to us, and how aligning with nature we can be free from medicines and have healthy body, healthy mind and pure soul to save the future generations from forthcoming disasters.
Major nature principles are derived from the book “The New Science of Healing” by Louis Kuhne published in 1891 and “Return to Nature “ by ADOLF JUST published in 1903.
1 Major Deviations from Nature by Man ( few examples)
• Man was borne naked, but due to evolution of human minds and social living, man started covering his body. Today man covers his entire body thru tight cloths. But the billions of human cells that constitute the body do respiration and release carbon dioxide, which gets trapped in clothes, goes back into the body and leads to diseases.
• Man also started living in closed houses / with air conditioning thus shunting fresh air and direct sun light.
• Eating processed , and unnatural food .
• Teeth and digestive system of humans is not designed by nature to eat raw meat, but we cook meat add spices and cheat the tongue to accept food.
• Use of medicines for curing disease instead of letting auto healing by returning to nature thru air, light, water, natural food and yoga and meditation.
• We have reduced on walking and depend upon vehicles. Mahatma Gandhi wrote in his book published in 1902 and 1942 “Arogya ki kunji “ that a healthy person is one who can walk without getting tired for 12 to 15 miles a day.
• Humans have polluted air, water and eating away natural resources faster with support of science and technology for sensory pleasure.
2 Auto Healing system of a Normal Healthy Body
A Normal healthy body is designed by Nature to expel any foreign matter , waste fluids, gases etc thru
1 SWEATING - for expulsion of Toxins/ morbid matter by the body cells.
2 Respiration to release waste gases/ carbon dioxide by Body cells and lungs
3 Waste fluid thru urine thru kidneys
4 Waste solid thru excretion
AUTO HEALING still works when we over eat and stress various the organs by sysmptoms like fever ,pain, eruptions in skin, or swelling, common cold, cough ,diarrhoea , vomiting
DISEASES ARE SIGNS OF AUTO RECOVERY of body thru expulsion of toxins – so we should welcome them.
MEDICINES DAMAGE THE AUTO EXPULSION / AUTO HEALING
3 Why we get sick
We fall sick due to following reasons
1 Eating Unnatural food / processed food / frozen /canned food / medicines/ alcohol etc.
2 Wrong life style like late sleeping polluted environment, lack of walking and exercises.
3 Negative thoughts/ emotions like anger, jealousy, hate etc. weakens immunes system due to less secretion of dopamine, beta morphine and, serotonin hormones. Ramesh Kumar, Advisor Nature Cure and Yoga, Ex Defence Scientist, Global Harmony and Peace Mission, Trustee GHA Action Trust, Email :firstname.lastname@example.org, Mob 9971001318. Page 3
Our body is made of five basic elements i.e. water, air, earth, fire and ether .The nature says that the body if gets sick will be healed only thru these five elements only.
Water is best source of expulsion of toxins from body. Some Yogic shuddhi kriyaas like jal neti is useful to clean nasal system and get rid of nasal congestion, tonsilitis, throat soar, sinus, asthma etc. Thru Vaman we clean stomach thru warm water and this improves acidity and digestion.
• Houses and rooms should be airy and access to direct sun light. Avoid Air conditioning of rooms.
• Pranayam is the best remedy for most of physical and mental diseases. Pranayam lets transport oxygen and nutrients while , Cleaning toxins at cellular levels and Cell function improves. Pranayam also strengthens nervous system and purifies the consciousness, rejuvenates the cells and organs.
• Earth has tremendous healing power hidden in its soil due to continuous absorption of sun radiation by earth. Many deadly diseases are reported to have been cure by lying bare on earth, without clothes, in woods for few days.
• In case of sickness we must eat only natural food and avoid processed and over cooked food.
• Fasting expels toxins faster from body and makes all body systems back to normal and healthy.
• Sunbathing improves blood circulation Sunbathing expels toxins from the body. Sun rays help in synthesis of vitamin D. It is important to stay hydrated during sunbath.
SKY / ETHER / DIVINITY
• Earth, water, air and fire are four physical elements that describe the material Universe. But ether, the fifth element, describes the Spirit that exists beyond matter. It is the space out of which all material objects spring forth. This is awakening which one realizes thru meditation.
• Meditation affects brain cells specifically in our limbic nervous system (base of brain), which controls metabolism, blood pressure, respiration, heart rate and Our emotions. Basic to success in meditation is continuous practice and detachment from worldly pleasures.
HOW RETURN TO NATURE WILL MAKE A BETTER SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY
So how to bring harmony and humanity ? This is possible only if we have honest selfless leaders from Mercy group, wiling to serve for welfare of masses. How to get people to work selflessly, without crave for wealth and power ?
The only way is when people start looking inward by shunning external sensory pleasures. The inner journey is more pleasurable, satisfying, successful, rewarding, but not unless one starts realising this, not unless one starts listening to his inner pure consciousness, which always gives an alert that the action that one is doing is right or wrong. Yog Sadhnas help in development of healthy body, healthy mind and intellect.
Ramesh Kumar, Advisor Nature Cure and Yoga, Global Harmony and Peace Mission, Trustee GHA Action Trust, Email : email@example.com, Mob 9971001318, Web: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=658