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Tag: Inner Peace

Krishnamurti’s 1985 speech at the United Nations

I would love to share with you a talk by one of my favorite speakers on spiritual subjects: Jiddu Krishnamurti. For those who don’t know him, he was born in 1895 in India, and was a well known writer and speaker on subjects that included the purpose of meditation, human relationships, the nature of the mind, and how to enact positive change in global society. He died on February 17, 1986, at the age of 90, from pancreatic cancer.

In 1984, shortly before his death, he was awarded the United Nations (UN) Peace Medal, and at the age of 90, he was invited to give a speech at the 40th anniversary of the UN in 1985. In his speech, he spoke of how mankind, through its evolution some fifty thousands years ago till now, has not found peace on earth ‘pacem in terris’ and how it still lives in conflict. He stressed that if there is no radical change at the present time, the future will still be what it is now. He questioned whether human beings can live peacefully with each other, and that organizations did not solve this problem. According to him, “there can only be peace when mankind, when you and I, have no conflict in ourselves.”

You can find more information about Krishnamurti on Wikipedia. Watch the 30 minute video (with French subtitles) of Krishnamurti’s speech at the 40th anniversary of the UN in 1985:

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The Fly by Hanjin Song: change your thoughts, and you change your world

In this excellent 3D animated short entitled The Fly by Hanjin Song, and inspired by Asian philosophy, a Samurai seeks inner peace through meditation. But as he tries to rid himself of distractions, he discovers that they seem to be coming at him harder and faster.

The morale here is not to resist the problems, but let them flow naturally. As Lao Tzu says, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

This short animation was his 2006 thesis in Computer Animation received from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. You can find more information about Hanjin Song on his blog here.

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