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Principles of Alliance

Post by LoneBear » Sun Feb 06, 2005 7:33 pm

Of all those who wish to partake of the Intraplanetary Alliance, to recognize the variety of beliefs that arise from such a variety of people and culture, please reply to this message with a paragraph or two from the one work that you feel has significantly impacted your life.

These statements will form the introduction to the Principles of Alliance, so that every voice will be heard right at the beginning before anything else, speaking of the truth they find important.

Thank you.

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Post by LoneBear » Sun Feb 06, 2005 7:34 pm

"For when the day comes, and when the world begins to look for a new life, it is our belief they will find a well of hope... here... so here we shall stay, with our books and our music and our meditations; here we shall be to guide the footsteps of a weary people. Here we shall be, with our way of life, based on one simple rule: be kind."

"And, it is our hope that our brotherly love will then spread throughout the world. And when the strong have devoured each other... then... at last... the meek shall inherit the Earth."

Fr. Perrault, 1976 musical, "Lost Horizon".

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It was neautiful to watch a humanity which had no bounds...

Post by Vuyiswa » Tue Jul 19, 2005 3:27 am

Hi all,

I have so many works and individuals in mind that have inspired me and kept the flame of Love burning in my heart. When I was but a babe in arms, a fellow South African set an example that still inspires many in Africa today. If you can see South Africa in particular and Africa in general as a microcosmic example of the struggle for a more just world, then perhaps this review of Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe's contribution may make sense.

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PS: Mangaliso means "wonderful".



The gifts Sobukwe left in our hands

Tribute to Robert Sobukwe

By Benjamin Pogrund



Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe gave South Africa many rich gifts. One in particular is nonracism.

In the late 1950s, when Sobukwe was politically active, multiracialism was the dominant concept among those fighting the apartheid racism of the time. It meant that all colour groups worked together but did so from within their own, segregated organisations.


Sobukwe challenged this. He believed that the group-exclusiveness of multiracialism did not solve but perpetuated antagonism and conflict. Instead, he spoke about human beings: " . . . there is only one race to which we all belong and that is the Human Race". Skin colour was not a factor. Individuals counted, not the racial group to which they happened to belong. Everyone who accepted Africa as his/her home was an African.


In practice it wasn't as straightforward as that. Sobukwe struggled to reconcile his adherence to nonracialism with the prejudices of some of his supporters and his worry that whites and Asians might exert undue influence. But the principle remained triumphant.


His vision is with us today, going beyond political parties. South African existence rests on the bedrock of nonracism. It still isn't always practised fully and consistently. Too often it receives lip service rather than sincere application. But it remains the goal to which South Africa subscribes and aspires. Sobukwe didn't only talk about believing in human beings. He acted it out through the politeness with which he treated each person with whom he came in contact - men, women, children, rich or poor, powerful or weak, black or white.


Was this always a strength, especially in a political leader? I saw him behave with identical courtesy towards friend and prison warder, comrade and security policeman, and I wondered. But it was beautiful to watch a humanity which had no bounds, and especially in an ugly racist era in South Africa when it stood out like a beacon, lighting up the lives of those around him.


Then his personal honesty and integrity. Had he lived, would this have carried him through the temptations of the easy life and corruption? I believe so. Those qualities were so basic in him that he would not have allowed weakness in himself or in others.


Sobukwe also set a profound personal example as a leader in asking people to do only what he was himself prepared to do. On March 21 1960, he urged people to leave their passes at home, go to the nearest police station and offer themselves for arrest. He went first.


As the sun rose that day, Sobukwe presented himself for arrest at Orlando Police Station in Soweto.


Politically, it was unwise: it robbed the then still-new Pan Africanist Congress of its leader. In his absence, and that of other leaders who went with him, the organisation was never able to rise to its potential.


But what an example of personal leadership! What an example of courage and of commitment to his people and freedom!


And all the greater because in going on his political path and walking into prison, Sobukwe deliberately turned his back on the offer of a university lectureship in a "white" university. He would have been the first black to get such a job with its financial security and status.


As we know, Sobukwe was never again free. The Nationalist government feared him. He spent the next 18 years, until he died of cancer, in imprisonment: three years for "incitement", six years without trial on Robben Island, and nine years' banishment in Kimberley.


Was his sacrifice worth it? Did he waste his life in pain and desolation? How much did South Africa gain? Did it justify the suffering of his wife and children?


These are far-reaching questions. Each of us has his/her own answer. But his legacy lives, in what South Africa is and what South Africa can be.
Love is All/All is Love\r\n\r\nWhat you are looking for is what is looking.\r\n- St. Francis of Assisi

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Re: Principles of Alliance

Post by dbeaman1 » Tue Jul 19, 2005 11:16 am

How difficult it is to 'sum up'!

Nothing real can be threatened
Nothing unreal exists
Herein lies the peace of God

The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing has no opposite.
You are a perfect creation, and should experience awe only in the presence of the Creator of Perfection.
Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality.
Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth. Your ego is never at stake because God did not create it. Your spirit is never at stake because He did.

A guide does not control but he does direct, leaving it up to you to follow.
A good teacher must believe in the ideas he teaches, but he must meet another condition; he must believe in the students to whom he offers the ideas.
To teach is to demonstrate. From your demonstration others learn, and so do you. The question is not whether you will teach, for in that, there is no choice.
Teaching but reinforces what you believe about yourself. It's fundamental purpose is to diminish self-doubt.

It is not up to you to change your brother, but merely accept him as he is... Any attempt you make to correct a brother means that you believe correction by you is possible, and this can only be the arrogance of the ego.

A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one. Qualifications consist solely in this; Somehow, somewhere he has made a deliberate choice in which he did not see his interests as apart from someone else.
They come from all over. They come from all religions and no religion. They are the ones who have answered. The call is universal.

Teach only love, for love is what you are.

In you is all of heaven. Every leaf that falls is given life in you. Each bird that ever sang will sing again in you. And every flower that ever bloomed has saved its perfume and its loveliness for you.

Do you prefer to be right or happy?

To accept your littleness is arrogant, because it means that you believe your evaluation of yourself is truer than the Creators.

No one is where he is by accident, and chance plays no part in God's plan.

God Himself is incomplete without me.

Goddess, goddess, goddess, what is goddess but one who is perceived by the masses to know more than those perceiving. On this plane, goddess, on other level, peon. :wink:

Most of this from A Course in Miracles, except the last statement.
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Post by Starlight* » Tue Jul 19, 2005 2:00 pm

Oma,

Did I hear a tone? It sure resonates. :D How did you know I needed your support? :wink: Hearts beat as one.

Luv ya!

Love of One
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Re: Principles of Alliance

Post by dbeaman1 » Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:22 pm

Starlight* wrote:Oma,

Did I hear a tone? It sure resonates. :D How did you know I needed your support? :wink: Hearts beat as one.

Luv ya!

Love of One
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I have an 'inside' informant :D

luv ya right back,
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Re: Principles of Alliance

Post by T'Shilah » Wed Jul 20, 2005 4:24 pm

Hi Deb,

I know this is long after the needed input for the alliance but what you wrote mirrors greatly what I feel. I, too, have studied A Course In Miracles and read it nearly three times. I went through at least a quarter to a third of the lessons and taught it at a Unity Church.

That book saved me from sure destruction. It made me realize that what I had always believed was real was actually real. I didn't know what to do with it though until I began to read about Ra. I felt as though I were floating through life with no direction but knew inside I had a direction that just wasn't visible to me yet.

It prepared me for now and I still want to pick it up and read it again. It is ever with me to remind me of truth.

Thank you for sharing this.

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Post by dbeaman1 » Wed Jul 20, 2005 5:55 pm

My pleasure. :)
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Post by Starlight* » Thu Jul 21, 2005 6:37 am

T'Shilah wrote:I felt as though I were floating through life with no direction but knew inside I had a direction that just wasn't visible to me yet.
Perseverance and a step at a time will lead you there.

Love of One
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Post by T'Shilah » Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:29 am

Starlight* wrote:
T'Shilah wrote:I felt as though I were floating through life with no direction but knew inside I had a direction that just wasn't visible to me yet.
Perseverance and a step at a time will lead you there.

Love of One
Love and Light
Thank you Star.
It has. I really escalated growth starting about 6 months ago but especially in the last two months or less, so much has become apparent to me that I am sometimes overwhelmed and step back a moment or a day to get my bearings. I am attempting to balance enough that I will not feel a need to disrupt and can steadily go forward.

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