“One day we will realize that big hearts will brings us more peace than big weapons.”
~Anthony Douglas Williams
This week marks the 75th Anniversary of the US nuclear bombing of Hiroshima (Aug. 6th) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9th).
I’m not posting photos of victims, because of how graphic they are, but I strongly encourage you to view them for the impression they will make upon your heart. We need to bear witness, to remember the horrific nature of nuclear bombs, and the devastation of nuclear warfare.
All weapons that destroy life are heinous, but weapons of such mass destruction and desolation are particularly grotesque.
May we awaken from such cruelty, harm, and suffering, vowing to never use them again.
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
may we be forces of love, light, and a fierce compassion to bring an end to the aggression, the harm and the suffering we are bearing witness to.
may we be mindful to manifest heaven and not hell, even as we commit to the needed and challenging work of justice, equality and healing, in the face of destruction.
may love be our refuge and resource ❤️🙏🏻
The Zen Monk and The Samurai: A Parable
A large, tough Samurai, known in all the land for his greatness, once approached a little Zen Monk who was sitting deep in meditation.
Rude and impatient, the Samurai demanded harshly, forcefully, “Tell me the nature of heaven and hell.”
The Zen Monk opened his eyes, looked directly into the eyes of the Samurai, and replied, “Why should I answer such a rude, shabby, disgusting slob like you? A worm like you, why I should tell you anything? Leave. I have no time for such ridiculous questions.”
The Samurai, taken back, could not bear these insults. Consumed by rage, he drew his sword and raised it to strike the Zen Monk.
The Zen Monk, looked directly into the eyes of the Samurai and calmly declared, “That is hell.”
The Samurai froze in place. He suddenly saw clearly that anger had him in its grip. He saw that his own mind had created hell. Hell was manifest in his pride, his resentment, his rage and his hate.
The Samurai’s eyes filled with tears. He dropped his sword and put his palms together and bowed in gratitude to the Zen Monk for the insight.
The Zen Monk looked directly into the eyes of the Samurai and said calmly and gently with a smile, “That is heaven.”