inner silence = world peace

On May 9, 2009, an enthusiastic gesture for peace was made in Nicosia, Cyprus, as hundreds of artists and children worldwide had their ambassadors for peace – handmade elephants – displayed on both sides of the dividing-line checkpoint.
The two mayors of the world’s last divided capital embraced in friendship, a gesture showing hope for a future of peace. History was also made by three ‘enemy’ passport holders – students helping with the exhibition – being allowed to cross the island’s severely guarded, temporary internal border! It may not have been the joyful civic tidal wave that eradicated the dreaded Berlin Wall in 1989, but every drop counts when it’s to help quench the thirst for freedom of the innocent generations to come.

Another highlight of the day came as a local shopkeeper near the checkpoint gave the artist organizers access to his wireless Internet service, allowing us, via web-cam, to broadcast live to the international Schengen Peace Foundation conference taking place simultaneously in Luxembourg – from one end of Europe to the other on Europe Day! All the delegates in attendance applauded after seeing and hearing about the efforts being made, by adults and children alike, for the important cause of lasting peace over in Cyprus.
The following day, Mother’s Day, the peace-exhibition was invited to Jerusalem by an Israeli university professor. The elephants-without-borders are on the march!

With a little mutual forgiveness, and respect for the innocent generations to come, this world can become a beautiful home for everyone.

Here’s my video-collage of the event (music courtesy of Matt Malley, former Counting Crows bass player)

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9 responses to “inner silence = world peace

  1. Great great video!! Wonderful in its tinniest details .. Thank you for this Joy .. that I will share soon with a looong list of friends that can appreciate it as well. Keep up following the Inspiration .. you’re definitely carrying us to so many beautiful places that we feel to name “ours” .. Much love! Yours, Ioana

  2. Beautiful was touched by the theme. And wish the message of purity and innocense will be spread all across.,
    in sahaj,
    bhushan

  3. Beautiful music, wonderful pictures!
    Thank you Edward
    Jai Shri Ganesha!

  4. Very nice! Thank you.

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  6. madhusudan

    Jsm,
    Very good effort taken to show Shri Ganesha through those Elephants,and the video clip is very vibrant.

    madhu

  7. Great effort to bring awareness to a long forgotten issue…I am confident that this is the start of bigger developments in which you have the opportunity to play “your” part. Thanks for bringing this onto the masses…always a joy to read your “adventures”.
    Francois

  8. I couldn’t agree more with the title of this post. I also say when you have inner peace, world peace is also experienced.

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