Spiritual transformation: the essential prelude to peace
What follows is a revised version of the talk I gave at the Common Dreams (progressive Christianity) conference in Sydney in 2007. I am re-posting this in January 2015…in a world in which an understanding of non-violence has become even more urgent…and on a day when we can particularly treasure the inspiration of all great teachers of non-violence, including Martin Luther King whom I quote below. You will find many other references to non-violence on this website. (Use search.) You will also find more recent thoughts and at greater length in my last major book, Seeking the Sacred, published in 2010.
This is a deeply timely talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick at a moment when violence and injustice seem to dominate the headlines. How do we stay in touch with our own peacemaking efforts, our will towards kindness? She starts with an ancient prayer from the Bhagavata Purana that resonates for all: “May the world be at peace. May those with restless minds be serene. May all learn to think about and care for others. May their minds [may our minds] be engaged with what is uplifting. May our hearts be filled with selfless love.”
Stephanie Dowrick is a life-long social activist and peace-maker. She reflects here on the wisdom of non-violence and the urgent necessity of our understanding this – and bringing it to life. Her many books include Seeking the Sacred.