O Anna Niemus

1 The Dalai Lama - Poem by O Anna Niemus

In a dream on Dec 27 08 poster was in the room as the Dalai Lama gave a gold scarf to someone.

It is not that the Khmer Rouge, the Taliban, the priests
of the Spanish Inquisition, the Nazis, the Israeli government, the Puritans in Salem Massachusetts, the Ku Klux Klan, the Chinese Army in Tibet, the Japanese Army in China,
the Belgians in the Congo, the British, French and
Dutch in imperialist colonies,
the US military in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. have not been
horrendously violent, but that the founders of Christianity,
Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism etc. (Jesus, Buddha, Rama
and other Avatars, Mahavira) ask us to respond
with nonviolent action and prayer to atrocities.

Those of us who are taking baby steps on the road of
nonviolence or ahimsa can not claim to have reached the goal
until we are nonviolent not only in deed but in thought
and word. Neglect also can be a form of harming.

None of us have achieved nonviolence in all our interactions
with humans, animals, birds, reptiles, fishes, insects,
trees and plants. But one can keep walking the path.

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, December 27, 2008

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