11/16/2012

Israel-Palestine


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God... You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven." 
~Crazy Wisdom of Rabbi Jesus, Matthew chapter 5

Peace to the mothers and children of Palestine. Peace to the mothers and children of Israel.

Peace to Israeli soldiers who begin to doubt their ancient story. Peace to Hamas soldiers who begin to doubt their ancient story. Take courage. Do not believe.

Only when you do not believe can you rest in the noble space of peace, which is neutral and free from old stories about who is right and who is wrong. 

If you are a Buddhist, you may call this neutral space "upeksha." If you are a Yogi you may call it "vairagya." If you are a Christian, you call it "agape." This space is "racham" in Hebrew, the womb of love. In the Holy Koran, it is "racheem," divine compassion. 

Neutrality is the only space where peace is possible, because it is the space where consciousness does not contract into an emotional reaction, in the form of an old story.

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