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Peace Fountain (Penywise, Morguefile)
Rosicrucian Contribution to Peace
I contribute to Peace when I strive to express the best of myself in my contacts with others.
I contribute to Peace when I use my intelligence and my abilities to serve the Good.
I contribute to Peace when I feel compassion toward all those who suffer.
I contribute to Peace when I look upon all as my brothers and sisters, regardless of race, culture, or religion.
I contribute to Peace when I rejoice over the happiness of others and pray for their well-being.
I contribute to Peace when I listen with tolerance to opinions that differ from mine or even oppose them.
I contribute to Peace when I resort to dialogue rather than to force to settle any conflict.
I contribute to Peace when I respect Nature and preserve it for generations to come.
I contribute to Peace when I do not seek to impose my conception of God upon others.
I contribute to Peace when I make Peace the foundation of my ideals and philosophy.
One war, then another and yet another breaks out in various parts of the world. And everyone laments the fact and wonders why these wars occur… It’s very simple. It’s because humans do not know how to put the favourable conditions of peacetime to good use. Knowing how to occupy oneself during times of peace requires great vigilance. But the truth is that even in peacetime humans continue to be at war. They are forever confronting one another, whatever the area of life: politics, business, finance, religion and the family are permanent spheres of conflict, real battlegrounds. Is it surprising then that armed conflict breaks out almost everywhere, bringing so much misery with it? And then people go and beg the Lord to stop these wars and bring back peace… But what does that have to do with the Lord? We should be asking human beings to find ways to be at peace in themselves, so that then they can make peace with others. (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Like a broken gong. Be still, be silent. Know the stillness of freedom. Where there is no more striving. (Buddha in Dhammapada)
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. (Buddha)
So many people believe that by changing their home, job, country, religion, husband or wife, they will at last find peace. A little quiet, some respite, possibly. But in no time, wherever they are, other torments will come to assail them. Why? Because they haven’t understood that peace depends above all on changing their way of thinking, feeling and acting. When they make a few changes, even though they remain in the same place, facing the same difficulties, peace will come to dwell within them. True peace does not depend on outer conditions, but comes from within, and that is why it is so difficult to obtain. Work on the notions of loving, of doing good, of forgiving and, above all, of spreading harmony, and a time will come when that idea will have such power in you and pervade every one of your cells, so that they will start to vibrate in unison with it. Those who have that peace and are capable of spreading it and making it real and alive become true sons and daughters of God. As Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’ (O.M. Aïvanhov)
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. (Buddha)
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