27 08 2011
Today more than ever this message goes out to the hearts of every one in Pakistan and citizens of the world over. In light of the escalating violence, the great unraveling of civil liberties and suffocating inequalities, let us take pause for a moment. This speech will stir something within you.
This epic speech was filmed in 1940 by Charlie Chapin as a satire against Nazi Germany. The film caused a huge stir, and some say that the public outcry from this video helped push the US to join the war against Nazi Germany.
I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.
We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The humility and humble introduction is literally spine tingling, and begs the question, in our lifetime ha there been anyone in such a power position that would renounce that power for the good of humankind? Chapin then goes on to comment about the state of the world in which we live:
We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.
Was Chaplin ever right about that, and to think that 71 years has passed and still, still we are left wanting.
14 08 2011
From all of us at PSN, we hope you have a wonderful day of celebration.
We know there is a lot to be done to make our country great, but it all starts with love, and we are all great at showing love on 14th August! Lets fuel our passion for our great country by contributing to great things that build our nation.
Our friends in Karachi are organizing a Pot-hole filling event to help raise awareness about the need for citizens to be involved in the development of their communities. So if you are in Karachi do join the fun!
Also, across Pakistan (and now Jordan) people are making a pledge for compassion. See what they have been up to and make a pledge today. For one simple action can truly make a difference.
Remember, in Pakistan everyday can be GREEN.
28 07 2011
This Ramadan lets give peace a chance.
Ramadan is a beautiful and spiritual time in Pakistan. It is when we are reminded of our frailty and our power. For many it is a time to reconnect with friends and family, God, or for some, to atone for past sins by giving in charity.
It is also a time of discount iftaar deals, and new designer Eid clothes.
Whichever way you choose to spend this month is up to you, after all, you will reap only that which you sow.
Now we all know that the country has been gripped in violence, natural disasters, and failed security, economic and educational promises. So it is only natural that most of us feel like we cannot make a difference, that no act can change the way things have become, after all “this is just another day in Pakistan” right?
What if it wasn’t. What if the simplest of actions could have the biggest impacts? I am reminded of the story of the snowflake, whose weight was nothing more than nothing, yet still felled a branch. Therein it’s lesson about the importance of union in Compassion. Here is a quote by Abd-Ru-shin on Union:
Union! Do not pass over this lightly, but try to deepen yourself in this concept that ripeness and perfection are attained through union. The principle rests in the entire Creation as a treasure that needs to be unearthed! It is intimately connected to the Law that only in Giving can there also be Receiving! And what does the correct grasping of these sentences require? Thus, the experiencing? Love! And therefore, indeed, Love stands as the highest power, as unlimited might in the secrets of the great Existence!
This Ramadan, our friends at the Charter of Compassion has provided a great tool for help us set easy to obtain goals for each day during Ramadan. And each action will have endless ripples. So like the snow flake. If you ever feel like you cannot make a difference, put a smile on someones face, and see the whole world brighten up.
This Ramadan, let’s give peace a chance!