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Febrero, 2003

Número 27

""Blessed are they who see the change we call death as a liberation
from the limitations of this earth-life, for they shall rejoice
with their loved ones who make the glorious transition."

Peace Pilgrim


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Joyful Somerset     (index)

This time of the year is lovely in Somerset, California in the United States. Clear blue skies, warm days, cool nights and a brisk feel to the air. It is invigorating, inspiring and peaceful. Lyuda from St. Petersburg, Russia was visiting us recently. Ken came from Chicago, Illinois, just when we needed someone to cut wood for our fireplace. We are now enjoying winter wind and rain with warm fires and friendly, stimulating companionship.

It is a great joy to share with you that Peace Pilgrim's message of inner peace continues to spread around the world. 'Amigos de Peregrina da Paz' in Portugal is a new Peace Pilgrim Center created by Ana Sousa and friends. They have books in English and "Steps Toward Inner Peace" to distribute and are happily seeking a way to print in Portuguese the materials that were translated in Brazil. {Amigos de Peregrina da Paz. Pta. Principe da Beira, 8 - 8 Esq. 2735 - 523 S. Marcos, Portugal}

The Peace Pilgrim book in Spanish and 'Pasos' distributed from the Peace Pilgrim Center in Somerset are now also available in Spain. {Jordi Vall. Estacion 7, 1e 28030 Las Rozos. Madrid, Spain}

Our friends around the world let us know that there are six translations in progress: Chinese, Japanese, Danish, Thai, Korean and Greek. If you are aware of any other translations in process at this time, please notify Kathy Miller {peacepilgrim@d-web.com or call (530) 620-0333}

Morten Barfoed from Denmark shares with us his impressions: "Dear Kathy, I've translated the introduction and the first chapter! My colleague has reviewed the introduction and found many interesting (fundamental) issues, such as a tendency to 'americanize' the Danish language. Some are inevitable start up issues of finding the right 'tone of voice'. In fact, that's our emphasis: Peace Pilgrim speaks in a simple, kind and straightforward manner, and we want her tone of voice to be heard in Danish. Probably it will take a while before we find the melody."

We are delighted to share in the joys of their work.

The Friends of Peace Pilgrim in Somerset, California wish you peace.
John and Ann Rush, Kathy Miller and Gary Guthrie.


Living to Love and to Give  (index)

This interview of Mayte is based on a program directed by Charito Calvachi Wakefield, first broadcast by Radio Center, WLCH 91.3 FM, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.

1. Let's begin Mayte. Is love something we find only in human beings?

Animals also have the aptitude for love ... possibly many of our friends listening have experienced the affection of a pet. The skill that is characteristically human is the capacity to think.

2. What is a person saying when they claim they have never been loved?

We all have received love during our lives, Charito, even if sometimes it is difficult to appreciate it. Think, for example of all the care and affection necessary to help a child grow. Without a kind hand, a loving hand, our first years of life would be practically impossible to survive. Many of us possibly are able also to relate experiences with that 'special teacher' who offered us affection and understanding; the one who helped guide our youthful steps.

The calendar "Acts of Kindness" published this:

"Kindness, love and compassion do not simply come to us; they are generated by our decision to cultivate them inside ourselves and to share them with others".

3. Are there selfish ways of loving?

As psychologists we have come to the conclusion we all need love. A psychologist who studied this, Abraham Maslow, put the need for love as more important than our need for air, water, and food. For many the search for love is frustrating. Erich Fromm explained this to the effect that the majority of people focus on love as principally being loved by others, instead of orientating themselves to be loving, which puts the responsibility on each of us. The approach that can be considered egotistical is to ask that we be loved, wanting to receive instead of actively loving others; that is to say orientating ourselves to give. Let's remember that it is in giving that we receive.

There are people who dedicate time to things for themselves in order that others may love them, for example the use of stylish clothes, cosmetics, current topics of conversation, and other similar items. They then hope the correct person will come along and will love them. This is an orientation centered on oneself. It is when we orient ourselves to others, when we become active expressions of love, that we demonstrate the best in ourselves. And it is in actively loving that we receive love in abundance.

4. Why does love have us give ourselves to those we love? What do we need to do to make this happen?

The quality of giving is manifested, Charito, when we come to understand that the golden key is in loving others, instead of hoping that others love us. And of course, love generates love.

When we love, we devote ourselves to look for ways of bringing well-being to those we love, son or friend, community group, our country or the entire world. It is an attitude of service to others. And with this attitude we find the greatest blessings.

I believe it was Tagore who said:

When I slept I dreamed that life
          was happiness.
When I awoke I saw that life
          was service.
When I served I discovered that in service
          is happiness.

5. How is it possible to teach our children to love and live in peace?

Let me refer to Chapter 10 of the book 'Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words', as she speaks emphatically about this aspect of children's education.

She says: " I met a couple who were determined that they were going to train their four children in the way of peace. Every night at dinner they give a regular sermon on peace. But one evening I heard the father scream at the older son. The next evening I heard the older son screaming at the younger son in the same tone of voice. What the parents said hadn't made any impression at all - what they did was what the children were following.

Implanting spiritual ideas in children is very important. Many people live their entire lives according to the concepts that are implanted in them in childhood. When children learn they will get the most attention and love through doing constructive things, they will tend to stop doing destructive things. Most important of all, remember that children learn through example. No matter what you say, it is what you do that will have an influence on them.

This is a very challenging area for parents. Are you training your children in the way of love which is the way of the future?..."

6. Can human beings love without a belief in a supreme being?

It depends on to whom you ask -- I have known people who, without formal religious
education, are dedicated to love and be of service to others. I also know people who go to church constantly and yet act in ways not necessarily in agreement with their higher values.

From my point of view the love of God and unity with all human beings and with the universe is the ultimate goal.

I see the smile of God in every face.

7. Is love the beginning of everything and also the end?

The way of peace, Charito, is the way of love..

I would like to share with you and our friends listening some Sabian affirmations that we may use for inspiration in our lives. All relate to the wonderful potential of allowing our hearts to open to others:

I thrill within my heart to every breath of life.

My heart is opened wide to every song of life.

My heart renews its fellowship with every other heart.

Love is the sharing of wealth of all that is real!


Artistic Expressions        (index)

"In the past it was sufficient to desire peace for our land, or even for our neighborhood. Today the reality of interdependence is extremely explicit: the only peace that makes sense to speak of is world peace. And that depends on the peace that reigns in the hearts of individuals."

From the book "The Art of Living in the New Millenia"
by The Dalai Lama
Contributed by Mar’a Elena T. de Zaffuto, Argentina

Zen Song

In the center of the feet
   the base.
In the center of the back    gravity.
In the center of the heart    blessings.
In the center of being    receptivity.
In the center of sound the    silent presence.

Sent by Néstor Hugo Almagro, Argentina

 

Assisi
Assisi, Italy - Photograph by Bruce Nichols

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"Peace allows us to be instruments in the work of God ".
Shared by Virgilio Sánchez, United States

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We are part of Totality
and every touch in the fabric of Humanity
makes it vibrate..

SFC, Argentina

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"Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Any
change we wish to happen outside should happen inside. If you walk in peace and express peace in your life, others will see it and learn."

Sri Swami Satchidananda
Shared by Lama Dudul Osal Dorje, Ecuador


Sabian Corner  (index)

Section inspired by the collaboration of Mike Elliot, Gene Johnson, Dan Reynolds and Mayte Picco-Kline.

"CREATIVITY -- is a PROCESS

any HEALING -- is the MANIFESTATION of SPONTANEOUS CREATIVITY

therefore PEACE
should not be thought of as some ultimate accomplishment to be fostered On Earth but rather an ONGOING and a CONTINUOUS and IDEALLY SPONTANEOUS bubbling of CREATIVITY - the very INNER FLAME of US ALL - an ILLIMITABLY PRODUCTIVE SOURCE

leading

to a wonder-full sense of WHOLENESS
of brother and sisterhood
and a shared desire and desire to share

THE FRUITS of our INDIVIDUAL GOD GIVEN TALENTS & GIFTS."

 

Lily Graphic

"The upwelling of love's presence was most welcome... with the resounding of our words from the Meditation on the Healing Gifts: "Be still and know that love is here! A divinely all-embracing love.... "


Connected to the Internet   (index)

Sabian Assembly - http://www.sabian.org/

The Peace Pilgrim Website -Connecticut
http://www.peacepilgrim.net

Friends of Peace Pilgrim-Somerset, California, USA - http://www.peacepilgrim.org

Enlace Internacional - English and Spanish
http://www.peacepilgrim.net/news_sp/enlace27e.htm
http://www.peacepilgrim.net/news_sp/enlace27.htm

Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions - http://www.cpwr.org


Beacons of Hope   (index)

There are many efforts sprouting all over the globe to contribute to a world of PEACE. The Council for a Parlament of the World's Religions is a magnificent representation of such efforts and acts. The mission of this group is to cultivate harmony between the world's religious and spiritual communities, and foster their engagement with the world.

The vision of the Council is of a just, peaceful and sustainable world in which:

The Earth and all life are cherished, protected, healed and restored.
Encourages understanding and respect
People everywhere come to know and care for their neighbors.
The richness of human and religious diversity is woven into the fabric of communal, civil,      societal and global life.
The world's most powerful and influential institutions move to broader interests and realize      the common good.
Religious and spiritual communities live in harmony and contribute to a better world from      their riches of wisdom and compassion.
All people commit to living out their highest values and aspirations.


Welcome    (index)

A warm welcome to our newest friends in the Enlace Internacional circle:
Roberto López in England, Karen Lorentz y Debby Light of the United States, Lama Dudul Osal Dorje in Ecuador y Alma Friedel Arauz in Spain.


Appreciating Peace Pilgrim and Her Work     (index)

She expresses her life and work so clearly that there is a change touching the depths of the heart and transforming many things in our lives.
(Pedro Roblejo Ramos, Cuba)

She has read Peace Pilgrim for a long time and always has used Peace in her talks as an example. Now she loves to relate the way in which Peace practiced her renunciations, since to undertake her walk on behalf of peace she had dispose of unnecessary material things.
(Elsa Vázquez, Argentina)

I give eternal thanks to the Lady Peace, because in my true fall her teachings and actions served me as my only support to continue living. Thanks Peace!
(Martha María Morales Batista, Costa Rica)


Reflections    (index)

(Participate in this section by selecting a phrase or sentence from the Peace Pilgrim materials. Please indicate source and page.)

Q: What should retirement mean to a person?

A: Retirement should mean not a cessation of activity, but a change of activity with a more complete giving of your life to service. It should therefore be the most wonderful time of your life: the time when you are most happily and meaningfully busy.
(Silvia Ruth Crespo, Argentina)

If you radiate happiness and cordiality, if you're full of love and good will toward all beings, all creatures and all creation, one thing is certain: You know God!
(Amparo Vila Pérez, Spain)

There is a wake-up call today that may well launch a new renaissance. Perhaps the desire to survive is pushing us in that direction. (Zoraida Consuegra, United States)

When you approach others in a friendly, loving way, without judgment, they will tend to judge themselves similarly and be transformed.(Hna. Magdalena de Jesús, Chile)

No life can be harmonious unless belief and practice are in harmony.
(Rosita Zavarino, Argentina)

You cannot change anyone except yourself. After you become an example, you can inspire others to change tehmselves. (Emilia Kuri, México)

Favorite Quote…

If you have a problem, carry it to God in prayer, and imagine it in the hands of God. Later leave it, with the knowledge that it is in the best possible hands, and turn your attention to other matters. (Zoraida Consuegra, Unnited States and Mayte Picco-Kline, England (Octubre, 2000), Yanexy Gutiérrez Arañóz, Cuba)


 

Send your questions concerning inner peace, contributions and artistic expressions to Mayte Picco-Kline. Enlace is published three times yearly by email. If this is the first time you've received and you wish to be a part of our circle of friends, please send a confirmation note.

Enlace Internacional   (index)
Email:
maytepk@solarm.net

New Address:
P.O. Box 4625
Lancaster, PA 17604-4625
USA

 

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