Monday, November 7, 2011
A Monk, on the Occupy Movement
Kids, in clicking through the peace bloggers who posted for the Blogblast for Peace on Friday, I came across this most arresting (no pun intended) video. This Ananda Marga monk, Dada Pranakrisnananda, is one of the most reasonable and balanced people I have heard speaking about the Occupy movement.
The peace blog where I came across this clip can be found at http://ballflutes.blogspot.com/2011/11/dona-nobis-pacem.html#comment-form
The blogger, Richard Ball, wrote the most reasonable, balanced, and best-considered post on peace that I came across this weekend. He made his own trek for peace by entering the desert - literally - and learning to internalize peace, which he now takes into his classroom working with troubled youths, where by simply Being Peace, he exposes them to a peaceful energy perhaps they have not experienced before.
Peace spreads. It is an energy, a way of being. Richard writes that the Occupy movement, to be successful, must proceed with love and shared humanity, not anger - the anger to which our society is so accustomed.
In my lifetime, I made a similar journey for peace, by stripping away everything in my life that was not peaceful. I found much with which to resonate on Richard's blog. And the monk, Dada, demonstrated, in the most peaceful way possible, a way to resist the status quo, which seems to know no other way to meet the peoples' protest than the old ways of force and oppression.
An interesting read, this morning, kids, and some inspiration for the journey.