World Peace Day


World Peace Day

***** Location: Worldwide
***** Season: Mit-Autumn
***** Category: Humanity


The International Day of Peace 21 September.
In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 36/67 declaring an International Day of Peace



The resolution:

"Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day...

“Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”

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World Peace Pagodas
A movement started by Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985)

Worldwide use


© Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ahimsa is a religious concept which advocates non-violence and a respect for all life. Ahimsa is Sanskrit for avoidance of himsa, or injury. It is most often interpreted as meaning peace and reverence toward all sentient beings. Ahimsa is an important doctrine of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Its first mention in Indian philosophy is found in the Hindu scriptures called the Upanishads, the oldest of which date to about 800 BCE.

Ahimsa was introduced to the West by the Mahatma Gandhi.
Inspired by his actions, Western civil rights movements, led by such people as Martin Luther King Jr., engaged in non-violent protests. The more recent popularity of yoga and meditation in the West has also served to introduce many westerners to ahimsa and other Indian philosophical concepts. Nonviolent Communication, developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg and practiced and taught around the world, is inspired by Gandhi's example.

Mahatma Gandhi drew many of his concepts of truth, nobility and ethics from the Bhagavad Gita and his personal love of Lord Rama, a Hindu God. Gandhi's concept of life and ahimsa, which led to his concept of satyagraha, or peaceful protest, primarily stem from his association with Hindu and Jain philosophy.

Quotations from Gandhi on the subject:

Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.

Literally speaking, ahimsa means non-violence towards life but it has much higher meaning. It means that you may not offend anybody; you may not harbor uncharitable thought, even in connection with those whom you consider your enemies. To one who follows this doctrine, there are no enemies. A man who believes in the efficacy of this doctrine finds in the ultimate stage, when he is about to reach the goal, the whole world at his feet. If you express your love—ahimsa—in such a manner that it impresses itself indelibly upon your so-called enemy, he must return that love.

This doctrine tells us that we may guard the honor of those under our charge by delivering our own lives into the hands of the man who would commit the sacrilege. And that requires far greater courage than delivering of blows.

Ahimsa or non-injury, of course, implies non-killing. But, non-injury is not merely non-killing. In its comprehensive meaning, ahimsa or non-injury means entire abstinence from causing any pain or harm whatsoever to any living creature, either by thought, word, or deed. Non-injury requires a harmless mind, mouth, and hand.

© http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahimsa

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Says Sri Swami Sivananda of Ahimsa


Ahimsa is a Mahavratam or "great universal vow".
It should be practiced by all people of all countries. It does not concern the Hindus or Indians alone. Whoever wishes to realize the Truth must practice Ahimsa. You may encounter any amount of difficulties; you may sustain any amount of losses, but you must not give up the practice of Ahimsa. Trial and difficulties are bound to come in your way to test your strength. You should stand adamant. Then alone will your efforts be crowned with sanguine success.

There is a hidden power in Ahimsa which protects its practitioners. The invisible hand of God gives protection. There is no fear. What can pistols and swords do?

Even now there are people who do not give the least pain to any living creature. They carry sugar and rice for distribution to ants in their holes. They do not use lights at night for fear of killing the small insects. They are very careful while walking in the streets, as they do not wish to trample upon small insects.

Blessed are these men.
They will soon see God as they have very soft hearts.
© http://www.dlshq.org/teachings/ahimsa.htm

Things found on the way

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Blessed Mother Teresa Theresa


world peace day:
a march through the roads
leaves change colour

autumn colours . . .
father talks gently
of life and death

Kala Ramesh, India, September 2006


world peace day ~
peace officials celebrate with
fresh rare veal

Narayanan Raghunathan, India, September 2006


Let peace shelter
like Mother's arms
Peace be everywhere

Aju Mukhopadhyay, India, September 2006


World Peace Day -
a tiny candle
in every heart

Gabi Greve, Germany/Japan, September 2006


World Peace Day
the quiet whirl
of pinwheels

Linda Papanicolaou

My art classes participated in the Pinwheels for Peace.
On Sept. 21, 2005, more than 500,000 pinwheels were spinning in over 1,350 locations throughout the world.
pinwheels for peace

3 week-old Ellie in Towanda, IL on Sept. 21st, International Day of Peace.


a white dove soaring
towards a clear, blue sky...
World Peace Day

Willie Bongcaron
Philippines, October 2012

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Since 1996
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Gabi Greve said...

Here in Nepal it is Dashain approaching. It is a festival for Hindu who celebrate for 10 days with special hue and cry.
It is an occasion inwhich truth and morality gets victory over untruth and immorality.

On this grand occassion, I would be happy to extend my words to all my haiku friend for the better enhancement of peace and prosperty!
Chestnut buds twitch
in the windy rancour.

Bamdev Sharma, Nepal


Gabi Greve said...

great stuff at the Peace Kigo database


Gabi Greve said...

A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885-1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order.

Fuji was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began[1] constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to World peace.

The first Peace Pagodas were built as a symbol of peace in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where the atomic bombs took the lives of over 150,000 people, almost all of whom were civilian, at the end of World War II.

By 2000, 80 Peace Pagodas had been built around the world in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

"Civilization is not to kill human beings, not to destroy things, not to make war; civilization is to hold mutual affection and to respect one another. "
-Most Ven. Fujii
Peace Pagodas / Wikipedia


Gabi Greve said...

Noris' letter

"i have no identity..." yet
I see an eagle
under a soldier's boots

Noris Roberts
universal ambassador of peace from Venezuela.

contribution from Heike Gewi
Kigo Hotline