Wednesday, August 16, 2006


"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for." GANDHI

You can reach my Home page at: LYDIA CORNELL I am in the process of transferring over all my spiritual writings soon.

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?"
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

As the Native Americans reminded us: "No tree is so foolish as to have branches that fight among themselves."

I have the profound sense that we can touch God everyday when we are loving to others, especially those who offend us and disturb us, and especially those less fortunate. Have you seen someone's face light up with just one kind word? I have heard that at the moment of death, we transcend suffering - that it is removed. They did a study of people whose heads hit the tarmac after an explosion, and one woman who "died" and then was revived, said that she did not feel anything but went straight to the "light" as heaven embraced her. ** No one is going to hell by the way, unless their thoughts are already there and they are consumed with hatred for their fellow man.

I lived in Holland and visited Anne Frank's hiding place; it is so eerie to think humans can do this to other humans -- disparage an entire group of people and actually get the masses to believe that one race of fellow humans were vermin. We have to be careful not to do this with any group - including extremist fundamentalists of any religion. The tendency in this divisive culture is to lash out at each other, and I have been guilty as well when I speak of the religious-right. But this new breed of militant "Christian" has completely missed the point of Christ's teachings and turned many people off to Christianity in the process. And I believe they are partly behind our foreign policy and this rush to war. Zionism is also a form of idolatry: breaking the first commandment of Moses: "Thou shalt have no other Gods before me." Obsession with land or property to the point you would kill for it, or end friendships is very wrong. It defeats the whole purpose of life: Love your neighbor as yourself."

“ To learn that not only you suffer, but the other person also suffers, the other group of people also suffers… when you touch the suffering in other people you want to help, and when you want to help, compassion is born in you… you don’t suffer anymore, and you are motivated by the desire to do something, to be something for other people…and that is Peace. ”
~ Thich Nhat Hahn Zen Buddhist monk, nominated by Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize for his tireless work to end the Vietnam War

We can have peace on earth if we all want it badly enough. We have to send love to our enemies right now. Peace in the Middle East is possible. I suddenly flashed on Middle Earth and Lord of the Rings.

I see it all happening according to our belief. We must take the spiritual key to life and use it now.

God is love, life, truth and this goodness is all there is. We must remember that Christ came to bring the New Law in the New Testament, and his Sermon on the Mount (The Beatitudes) bring the LOVE for our neighbor, our enemies, and for all mankind. The Old Testament brought Mosaic Law and the Ten Commandments, but many Christians today are not familiar for some bizarre reason, with Christ's actual words in the four gospels! This seems bizarre to me. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: Christ's teachings in the New Testament are all any Christian needs to know about getting along with others in the world. Fundamentalists are severely misguided by focusing only on the Ten Commandments, the "Thou shalt nots." Christ came to bring a higher law of "Love your enemy."

The greatest wayshower of all time is Jesus Christ. And the woman who proved Christ's healing power in an absolute science is Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science. She teaches us how to heal the way Jesus healed, by Divine Law. It is not a mystery,but the Catholic Church buried these "miracles" and made humans feel they weren't supposed to heal the way Christ healed. But Jesus himself says: "And these signs will follow those who believe..."

This is the Comforter.

But Buddha had a wonderful mission, as did Gandhi, Lai Tse Tung, Dalai Lama, Emmet Fox, the minister from England who wrote the best book I've ever read on Christ: "The Sermon on the Mount" — the spiritual key to Matthew; Wayne Dyer; Viktor Frankl, Depak Chopra and "Conversations with God" author Neal Donald Walsch.


Gandhi dedicated his life to the wider purpose of discovering truth, or Satya. He tried to achieve this by learning from his own mistakes and conducting experiments on himself. He named his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Gandhi found that uncovering the truth was not always popular as many people were resistant to change, preferring instead to maintain the existing status quo because of either inertia, self-interest or misguided beliefs. However he also discovered that once the truth was on the march nothing could stop it. All it took was time to achieve traction and gain momentum. As Gandhi said:

"The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction".

Gandhi said that the most important battle to fight was in overcoming his own demons, fears and insecurities. He thought it was all too easy to blame people, governing powers or enemies for his personal actions and well-being. He noted the solution to problems could normally be found just by looking in the mirror.

More to come....

One of the greatest contributions of Mahatma Gandhi was in the realm of ontology and its association with truth. For Gandhi, "to be" did not mean to exist within the realm of time, as it has in the past with the Greek philosophers. But rather, "to exist" meant to exist within the realm of truth, or to use the term Gandhi did, satya. Gandhi summarized his beliefs first when he said "God is Truth," but as typical of Gandhi, he evolved, later to correct himself and state that "Truth is God." The first statement seemed insufficient to Gandhi, as the mistake could be made that Gandhi was using Truth as a description of God, rather than the summative definition of the entire essence of God. Satya (Truth) in Gandhi's philosophy is God. It shares all the characteristics of the Hindu concept of God, or Brahman. It lives within us, that little voice that tells us the right thing to do, but also guides the universe.

The concept of nonviolence (ahimsa) and nonresistance has a long history in Indian religious thought and has had many revivals in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Christian contexts. Gandhi explains his philosophy and way of life in his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. He was quoted as saying:
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."


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