Veterans And War

Veterans and war are just like brothers,
You can’t have one without the other.
We can wish for peace, we can continue crying, but as long as there is war, there will still be dying.
You cannot have “Us” without having “Them,”
Sometimes they are enemies, other times friends.
As long as we feel that there is “Me” and there is “You,”
Conflict and violence will always ensue.
If we can see ourselves in the eyes of another,
Then we will be sisters, we will be brothers.
But as long as we hold to our limited views,
We are trapped in the past-never anything new.
Can we open our eyes, and see beyond the veil?
Only Wisdom can guide us, and only time will tell.

©2017 by Awakening Wisdom Light

Honor Veterans, Not War

This Veterans Day, let us honor veterans, but let us not honor war.

Let us support the troops, but let us also recognize that if we rely on love then solders would not be necessary

Let us admire the bravery of soldiers, but let us also acknowledge their suffering from fear, PTSD, and suicide

Let us honor the veterans of our country, but let us also honor the veterans of other countries, for they too have suffered

Let us stand up to defend ourselves, but let us also realize that we are the ones responsible for whatever dangerous situation we find ourselves in

Let us defeat our enemies, but let us do so by ending the war within ourselves

Let us see that there are indeed dangers in the world, but let us also understand that believing in the necessity of war is a self-fulfilling prophecy

Let us stand up for freedom, but let us not be fooled into thinking that taking the lives of others will ever make us free

Most of all, let us not believe in any fantasies about war. Let us see the truth – that war is a type of insanity, that it is a sign we have gotten lost in fear and have forgotten about love.

May we all be free from fear, may we all abide in everlasting love, and may all veterans be free from all pain and at peace.

May there come a time in the future when the term ‘veteran’ has become an antiquated relic of the past, an ancient word from a time long forgotten, when humanity was at war with itself, lost and confused.

©2017 by Awakening Wisdom Light

Within War, There is Peace

“One man believes he is the slayer, another believes he is the slain.  Both are ignorant; there is neither slayer nor slain.  You were never born; you will never die.  You have never changed; you can never change.  Unborn, eternal, immutable, immemorial, you do not die when the body dies.  Realizing that which is indestructible, eternal, unborn, and unchanging, how can you slay or cause another to slay?”

Bhagavad Gita

Chapter Two verse 19 through 21

Jesus’ View on War and Violence

“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:44-48 New Living Translation

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True Protection More Powerful Than Any Weapon or Soldier

“There is no greater illusion than fear,
no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.”

Tao Te Ching verse 46

Translation by Stephen Mitchell

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A True Soldier’s Attitude Towards War

“Weapons are the tools of violence;
all decent men detest them.

Weapons are the tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn’t wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?

He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral.”

Tao Te Ching verse 31

Translation by Stephen Mitchell

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How to Win A War

“There is no greater misfortune
than underestimating your enemy.
Underestimating your enemy
means thinking that he is evil.
Thus you destroy your three treasures
and become an enemy yourself.

When two great forces oppose each other,
the victory will go
to the one that knows how to yield.”

Tao Te Ching verse 69

Translation by Stephen Mitchell

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A True Hero

Those who disregard all suffering
To destroy the foes of anger and so forth
Are the true conquerors worthy of the name ‘hero’;
Other so called heroes merely slay corpses

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
Chapter 6, verse 20

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Planting Weeds

Going to war
In order to create peace
Is like weeding a garden
At the same time planting weeds

©2016 by Awakening Wisdom Light

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Evil and War

Evil takes over our bodies
Controls our minds
Convincing us that we have enemies
That need to be destroyed

But it is the evil itself
That needs to be destroyed
Killing our Brothers and Sisters
Will not destroy it

When we fight one another
And go to war
Against our so called ‘enemies’
Then our true enemy is victorious

And we all lose

©2016 by Awakening Wisdom Light

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