The 9 Petalled Flower Of Peace: Introduction

Published: 14.07.2015

This declaration has arisen out the conference of January 2014, in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, hosted by the Anuvrat Vishva Bharati (Anuvibha) Jain organisation, in which eminent educators and peace activists from across the world, and from India, were invited to come together and discuss models for a peaceful, nonviolent and sustainable world society. After several days of discussion, the following Declaration is an attempt to sum up the fruits of our deliberations, and is couched in the form of the Anuvrat concept of small vows (anuvrat)[1], to be undertaken by non-specialist religious practitioners or householders, who want to help mankind advance to a more peaceful path. The declaration consists of a number of "small vows" which are realistic and feasible, and which apply to the many areas of life we discussed at the conference, and in which human beings are experiencing violence and suffering at the present time. Not all of us could hope to adhere to all these vows, and some of them are really quite large in their implications. We issue them as a kind of guidepost to how we might achieve a peaceful and nonviolent world, and how each of us, in our own sphere of activity, can play our part. Everyone is welcome to make use of this Jaipur Declaration in their own geographical or spiritual community, and to add in clauses or additional small vows which you find appropriate. Those of us attending this conference came from Jain, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Secular, Humanist, Gandhian, Druid, New Age, Bahai, Pagan, Taoist, Shinto, and many other spiritual and intellectual paths, as well as from many countries, languages, and regions of the world, and also from many different professional backgrounds. The Declaration is conceived as a flower with 9 petals and a central area (floral axis). Each petal concerns a particular area of importance that needs working on, as we see it. We invite your collaboration with this project. Together, we can share the fragrance of the 9 Petalled Flower of Peace and transform the violence that the planet is experiencing, into a passing phase, ushering in a deeper era of peace and enlightened wisdom. We hope children and artists can draw and paint on walls, murals and websites all around the world, this 9 petalled Flower of Peace and get our message of hope out into circulation far and wide.[2]

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Title: The 9 Petalled Flower Of Peace
- Footnotes To The Jaipur Declaration (8th ICPNA)
Author: Thomas Clough Daffern
Publisher:
IIPSGP
Edition: 2014.04, 1st Edition

 

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