Fire of Reconciliation in the Wider Middle East

Fire of Reconciliation in the Wider Middle East

Rene Wadlow*

 

         The fiery attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, leading to the death of the US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others and the burning of the US flag at the US Embassy in Cairo are symbolic of a fire of hate, mistrust, and violence that sweeps from Afghanistan through Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria to North Africa.

 

         Obviously, there are outer plane measures that need to be taken to reach compromises and negotiated settlements in each country.  Such efforts to encourage good-faith negotiations need wide support on the part of governments within the United Nations and support from non-governmental organizations. There needs to be a willingness to work with all groups involved so that none feel left out of the negotiations.

 

         Also no new oil should be poured on the fires such as the posting on YouTube of the segment of the crude film “Innocence of Muslims” which has set off some of the current violent protests.  The motives of making the film and posting it at this time are unclear, but the violent results could be seen in advance.  Thus there is no justification for the posting of the film or of its creation in the first place.

 

         If there are important outer place efforts, there should be inner plane efforts to transform the outer fire of violence to a fire of reconciliation and harmony.  We may be able by an inner alchemy to develop a fire of the heart by using the chakras and then to project the fire of a transformed quality outward into the noosphere and thus transform the fires of violence.

 

         Working on the inner plane in coordination with outer efforts is an important contribution.  There are increasing efforts at world-wide coordinated meditations for peace, some related to 21 September, the UN-sponsored Day of Peace, other efforts timed for the end of December to make the end of 2012 a path toward the New Age.

 

         Fire may be a potentially powerful force for transformation.  Fire is the heart of transformation in many traditions of alchemy. Thus, the use of inner fire to transform the quality of outer fires may be a symbolism understandable within different cultures. Your participation is appreciated.

 

Rene Wadlow, President and representative to the UN, Geneva, Association of World Citizens

 

        

 

          

 

 

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Comment by John on September 16, 2012 at 11:05am

I agree., this is Rene's blog. probably not the place.

we need some other place.

BTW

The "mercy" came from the verse before it.

192. But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

This whole topic starts on verse 190, actually..

Anyway I agree -- another place probably is best

Sorry Rene'


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Comment by John on September 15, 2012 at 11:13pm

I posted below, and then saw the post of the other verses (you got one in between I had missed). I'll get to them. However the news is about blasphemy.  Are they to really burn stuff down and kill people ? Nope.

A bunch of religious quacks .... mostly.

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as to blasphemy - don't sit next to them.. let god deal with them after their death.

(Yusuf Ali)
4:140. Already has He sent you[628] Word in the Book, that when ye hear the signs of God held in defiance and ridicule, ye are not to sit with them unless they turn to a different theme: if ye did, ye would be like them. For God will collect the hypocrites and those who defy faith - all in Hell

the above is pretty tame. just an example..
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back to your 2:193

(Yusuf Ali)
2:193. And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God[186]. but if they cease[187], Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.

the text before and after are somewhat more geared toward worship in Mecca. It actually emphasizes God's mercy etc.

Other translations (modern) are usually better. The older translations are often the worst. some translated by Christians who had somewhat of an agenda.

oh well.


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Comment by John on September 15, 2012 at 9:16pm

David - that is persecution/hostility and inability to practice their religion. They may then fight in order to secure their practice of religious freedom. the verse also says then they must stop hostility. (except for those who are still wrong-doers preventing them from practicing and still persecuting the religion).

Look for the punishment of Blasphemers. That is the current news story I am trying to look at right now. the other stuff may be looked at -- different thread if you wish.


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Comment by John on September 15, 2012 at 8:21pm

Perhaps a quiz:

In the Quran: what is the Punishment for Blasphemy?

Note: please cite verses and translator

Maybe keep it to your top 3-5 picks of the most violent punishment.etc..

This may provide some good insights.

Comment by Capt. Anand Kumar on September 14, 2012 at 10:30pm

If one tries to drive ahead looking into the rear-view mirror, collision is a natural consequence. All those who swear by the sacrosanctness of the old texts are bound to face such problems. It is just that some Islamists react with physical violence.

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