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For All Lovers of Peace -- "Let Us Pray Together for World
war between the U.S.A. and Iraq has finally erupted. All those
who love peace tried everything possible but were still unable
to prevent this war from taking place. We feel deeply sad
that this war had to happen.
We believe that the
majority of people in this world do not want this war. Then
why couldn't we stop it from happening? We couldn't stop it
because the people of this world all share in this common
karma. If we want to survive this tragedy,
all peace loving and kind people throughout
the world should join together. With loving hearts, sincerity and
compassion, let us pray together for lasting world peace and dedicate
the merit of our prayers to the fulfillment of our concerted wish.
Since 911, people around the world are still
impacted by the terror. Our everyday lives are filled with uncertainty.
Some political leaders have tried to solve the conflicts by using
military force. Responding to violence with violence will inevitably
bring further reprisals, perhaps even the Third World War. It is
possible that this war between the U.S.A. and Iraq is the prelude
to the destruction of this planet and the annihilation of the human
The only thing we can do today is to pray
together for lasting world peace with truly sincere, pure, and loving
hearts for all people. A Chinese proverb says, "True sincerity
can split a stone of gold." We are confident that with our
strong faith and love, we will be able to receive a blessing that
will resolve all of this world's tragedies caused by hatred, confrontations,
¡@¡@With utmost sincerity, I hereby urge all
peace loving and kind people of this world to unite, regardless
of nationality, race or religious belief, and to sincerely pray
in their own ways whenever possible, regardless of time and place,
for the resolution of all conflicts and for lasting world peace.
¡@¡@At the same time I hope that we can persuade
others to join us in this prayer for peace. Each additional person
increases our strength. With more people our strength and determination
will be more powerful and effective. This will not just save the
lives and material goods of billions of people, it also is the best
way to ensure our own safety and that of our families. If we fail
to do this, we will be unable to save ourselves from sharing the
terrible consequences of the world's annihilation.
¡@¡@We must know that our prayers are not solely
for the temporary relief of pending disasters. Rather, they are
a continuation of humanities' long-held prayer for peace. Since
humankind's emergence on Earth, war has been waged. If we want to
reach lasting peace, we need sincere and loving hearts. Only by
praying with this genuinely sincere heart, can we achieve the peace
we seek. If our resolve should weaken even a bit, conflicts and
confrontations would again erupt. Therefore, we must never cease
praying for peace.
¡@¡@We must deeply believe that our sincere
prayers will emanate our message of peace, and furthermore, that
they can end this war and resolve the looming disasters caused by
the conflicts. This is not superstitious belief, but proven truth.
¡@¡@During the Second World War, in order to
end the Japanese invasion of China, an article in the journal of
the Chinese-Japanese Buddhist Society for Peace stated: "All
the effects of bitterness are derived from bitter causes. Our karmas
are all created and changed by our minds. We should know that in
this universe, space is not the most vast phenomena; indeed, the
vastest is the mind for it encompasses everything in the universe.
Neither is a diamond the strongest object; our will is. The most
important and effective way for us to cultivate together is for
all to make the same wish at the same time. One man's voice can
only carry a few yards. When thousands of people call out together,
the sound can travel miles. The light of one candle can only light
an entryway: The light of a huge fire can illuminate the entire
sky. Even though the results of our karmas are unimaginable, so
is the power of our wishes. Since the pending disasters we face
together are the results of our common karma, this great misfortune
can only be eliminated by the power of our great wish for peace
in unity." The article also said: "Even though we pray
to heaven for its blessings, we can only seek happiness from within
ourselves. We are the creators of our own good fortune and misfortune.
Without exception, this maxim is the principle used in all religions,
be they past or present, to make our prayers come true." Therefore,
praying is our best method to cleanse our common karma, and to resolve
the pending catastrophes.
¡@¡@Currently in Australia, all the students
of the Pure Land Learning College are diligently chanting Amitabha
Buddha's name, trying to eliminate the pending disasters and praying
for lasting world peace. All the students of the Pure Land school
worldwide have also joined in the efforts of praying for world peace.
¡@¡@All of us deeply believe that the power
of praying together for a common cause will give us an unimaginable
response, a fact proven in experiments conducted by Japanese scientists.
Just recently, a Dr. Emoto and his colleagues published their findings
on water crystals. They proved that "Humans' conscious minds
can change the shape of water crystals." Thus, from the same
principle, we know that human consciousness has the ability to alter
¡@¡@On the 2nd of February 1997 at 2 p.m.,
a glass of Tokyo tap water was sitting on Dr. Emoto's office desk.
Five hundred Hado instructors across Japan had been requested to
simultaneously visualize the glass of water. They were to wish for
the water to be clean and to think "thank you very much."
Afterwards, photos of the microscopic water crystals showed their
beautiful patterns. This experiment proved that human thoughts could
be jointly effective regardless of how far apart the individuals
¡@¡@Therefore, let all those who love peace
pray together. As long as we pray with sincere and loving hearts,
we know we can completely change our physical living environment.
¡@¡@At Fujiwara Dam located at Minakami-cho,
Gunma Prefecture in Japan, another experiment was conducted on "Purifying
Water with Inspiring Words." The experiment held by Reverand
Kato Hoki, the chief priest of Jyuhouin Temple, Omiya City, was
a perfect success and its results were astounding. Before the experiment,
the shape of the microscopic water crystals was jagged and irregular.
After an hour of praying, people observed the water slowly turning
clear and clean. Photos were taken again and this time, they revealed
beautiful water crystals. All those present was surprised and moved
by the experiment.
¡@¡@These two scientific experiments proved
what the Buddha said in the sutras: "Everything is manifested
from the mind. All causes and effects, as vast as the universe,
as small as a dust particle, are formed by the all-knowing mind
because everything in this world and beyond contains an all-knowing
and all-capable true nature." This is the principle behind
the reason of why, when we pray with utmost sincerity, we can create
unimaginably positive real world responses.
¡@¡@We deeply believe that although we live
in different parts of the world, all people with noble ideals and
visions can come together to resolve the conflicts of this world,
and pray with sincere, pure, impartial, and compassionate hearts
for the rest of our lives for lasting peace, and for evil to transform
into goodness, delusion into enlightenment.
¡@¡@Doing this, we will definitely gain incredible
responses. The Buddha said that infinite merits and virtues would
come forth as this is the best and surest way to save our world
from catastrophe. I sincerely hope that all the kind and good people
of this world would share this wish. Together, let us all respond
to this kindest act of praying together for world peace. If we can
all do so, our world will be most fortunate!
The Pure Land Learning College
22nd March, 2003