this website changing gears and shifting its emphasis from natural health
to politics? No. But as I'll explain, this page is intended to contextualize
the quest for optimal health through natural means.
most appropriate context, I believe, is one that we all need to share
world peace. Not just a cessation of hostilities in Iraq or Afghanistan,
but permanent peace everywhere! Such a context is not airy-fairy idealism.
It is (1) possible, and (2) absolutely essential for the survival of
our species, whether we enjoy good health or not.
The impetus to
do this page came via a discourse given by my spiritual master, Adi
Da Samraj. Whoa . . . Does that sentence mean that this website is changing
gears in order to convince you to adopt my spiritual path, Adidam? No.
Natural Health Yellow Pages is
still about what its names implies and will remain so. Besides, even
if I did intend to convince you to become a devotee of Adi Da Samraj,
it wouldn't be possible. Your spiritual path
is a matter of the
heart, entirely a relationship between you and the Divine, in whatever
form the Spirit draws you deeply.
Adi Da Samraj gave
the discourse that inspired this page in mid-December of 2004. Like
all his discourses, it was not a public event. He is not
and never has been in the thirty-two plus years of his teaching work
a public figure. From Fiji, where he resides, he addressed only his
devotees, worldwide via the internet. I will not attempt to quote him;
rather, what follows are major points that impressed me as needing to
be shared with you as I listened to his words of wisdom (wisdom vital
to all/Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, atheist, agnostic, whatever).
we have known it is finished. I put the word in quotes because the history
of civilization cannot really be characterized as civilized. It is a
history of enmity, of almost perpetual war, in which millions upon millions
have died. Our sorry past, however, turned a corner during the last
century. Diabolical cleverness invented weapons of mass destruction.
In a world in which world leaders are still foolish enough to wage war,
those weapons threaten every last one of us. Indeed, the future of our
very species itself is threatened by the makers of war.
is, the six billion of us who are all together at risk
cannot allow such
"leaders" to draw us into the conflicts that interest them for their
various selfish urges. Their motivations, hidden in language about patriotism
and self-defense, reek of greed and the urge to dominate. There is even
the odor of insanity, for it is truly insane to wage war when continued
warfare would likely render the planet uninhabitable.
There is one thing
the six billion of
can do to prevent
the unthinkable: Refuse to cooperate. All of us. Even including the
soldiers. On both sides. Lay down the weapons, refuse to use them. Because
to use them is mass annihilation. If there were to continue to be 21st
century warfare, there would be no winners, only losers. Now, in this
century at last, war should be recognized as unthinkable.
While refusing to
cooperate with the unthinkable, there is another thing we can do: Cooperate.
Adi Da Samraj has suggested the following formula for the governance
of human affairs:
+ Tolerance = Peace
No matter what spiritual
path, no matter what religion, race, tribe, or nationality, we, the
six billion, need to adopt the peace formula!
I read the other
day that here in the United States people have taken to wearing either
red or blue bracelets to signify either conservative or liberal political
persuasions. Okay, but here's the new deal: Red mixed with blue makes
I call for all to wear purple bracelets. Keep the red or the blue if
it's important to you. Wear purple on your other wrist. Beyond being
either conservative or liberal, there is our common humanity, the basis
for our absolutely essential cooperation.
What I particularly
appreciate about talking to you via this web page is that it represents
the vehicle that will make the peace formula a reality in our lives.
The internet. Truly, mass communication! For the first time in history
we can, relatively, all talk to one another. The ultimate mass movement,
the movement for peace, is waiting to happen
waiting to be made
to happen by us, the six billion!
It is not just peace
with each other that is necessary here in this place. It is peace with
the place itself. For the planet is so disturbed by the scope and scale
of our current disharmony that it is rebelling against us. We have just
had a tsunami that killed more than 200,000 and devastated the lives
of hundreds of thousands more. And violent weather has been raging massively
in this winter of 04/05. After we have established peace with one another
everywhere, our necessary first priority, we will be able to establish
peace with Mother Earth.
We all need to learn
how it is that we can effectively make war impossible, for the war mongers
will be stopped cold if we, the six billion, refuse to die for them.
That refusal will be the unity that will allow our species to claim
the word "civilization" for real for the first time. And we all need
to learn how to make effective the cooperation and tolerance that lead
to peace. To say that our survival is at stake is not to exaggerate.
It is to acknowledge the reality of current affairs . . . and the opportunity.
The following links
are offered to facilitate your participation.
and "blue" aren't real reflections of our population anyway
they are an
the "winner take all" electoral vote system in which states
go entirely to one side (say, the "red" side), even if the actual
split was 51% red, and 49% blue. What would the map of the United States
look like if the actual percentages were taken into account? A lot more
like shades of purple! Princeton professor Robert Vanderbei put together
just such a map from the actual county-by-county breakdown:
here to learn more about this map.
Cooperation Oriented Websites and Books
in the large. "Fine", you say, "easy to talk about
'purple', but how are you actually going to get 'reds' and 'blues' to
even respect or talk to each other, let alone cooperate with each other?
There are several specific efforts underfoot with just that purpose
- The Third
A cooperative, bipartisan effort would necessarily have to be "centrist"
politically. The Third Way is conceived as a centrist platform that
promotes progressive values. In his second term, President Clinton
aimed at forging such a government. As he described it in his State
Of The Union address in January, 1998:
moved past the sterile debate between those who say government
is the enemy and those who say government is the answer. My
fellow Americans, we have found a third way. We have
the smallest government in 35 years, but a more progressive
one. We have a smaller government, but a stronger nation. We
are moving steadily toward an even stronger America in the 21st
century: an economy that offers opportunity, a society rooted
in responsibility and a nation that lives as a community.
Not only was this a workable approach to bipartisanship within the
United States; it also resulted in the forging of a "cooperative
fellowship" of values consciously shared by a number of other
world leaders, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, German
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, and Italian
Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema. Such a world cooperative has the spirit
of the United Nations, but
unlike the United Nations
also has the "teeth": the power to make changes. It was
out of this fellowship that such global agreements as the Kyoto Accord
While the "third way" is not the last word in the politics
of cooperation, it is a good and precedent-setting example to keep
in mind, a legitimate attempt to move beyond the limitations of "left"
and "right", and
actually did happen and can happen again. (By way of contrast, breaking
the partisan bickering by having a third party win the White House
is still a highly unlikely outcome at this point.) Some "Third
Mollner, The Third Way Is Here "Metaphysically, capitalism
and socialism are both based on 'the competitive assumption', which
holds that the universe is separated into an immense number of parts
locked in a state of constant competition for each one's self-interest.
Although both socioeconomic systems accept the competitive assumption,
the difference is that while capitalism champions it, socialism
outlaws it. The Third Way is based on 'the cooperative assumption'
the belief that the universe is an immense number of connected
parts, each of which is constantly cooperating with all the other
parts for the interests of the whole, and only secondly for any
one part or parts."
and Rebranding Progressives to Build a "Moderate Majority" in America
"For example, rather than proposing a large-scale new entitlement
program to help the poor, Clinton offered the Earned Income Tax
Credit this was a means (a tax cut) that appealed to conservatives,
with ends (fighting poverty) that satisfied progressive values."
Third Way: summary of the NEXUS on-line discussion
Introduction to the Just Third Way
a somewhat different proposal for a "third way".
the small. Cooperation begins at home. There is a real sense in
which we will never be able to cooperate, as nations, on a world scale,
if we can't find a way to cooperate on levels larger than the individual
or the family household. To do this, we need to reverse the trend that
has led to the disintegration of our communities and neighborhoods,
and foster the creation of communal organizations
from the Lion's Club, to food coops, to religious and spiritual communities
intermediate in size between the individual and the State.
social problem of the present time is not the fragmentation of
the family although this too is symptomatic but the great
social problem is the fragmentation of community and the destruction
of the intimate social and spiritual culture of community, in
favor of the domination of humanity by the abstracted and dehumanizing
Power of the State and all the media of popular indoctrination.
Freedom from the materialistic politics of State is possible only
if people enter into responsible cooperation with one another
in free communities. In that case, the State can do no more than
represent the will and strength of an autonomous, free, and responsible
Da Samraj, Scientific Proof of the Existence of God
Will Soon Be Announced by the White House!
Fukuyama, Trust: The Social Virtues and The Creation of Prosperity
Fukuyama argues the
point that those "high trust" countries in which trust and
cooperation are society-wide values flourish better (culturally, economically,
and in every way) than "low trust" countries. One of the major
reasons is because the "high trust" countries very naturally
create and participate in communal organizations intermediate in size
between the individual and the State. This helps avoid the extremes
that can occur where such organizations are missing, such as the parent-State
taking control of everything, by default.
The "globalization" being promoted so vigorously by mainstream media
has nothing to do with people-to-people cooperation regarding matters
of our common interest. "Globalization" is a product of the world-wide
cooperation between Big Government and Big Business. This "globalization"
is fundamentally about bolstering governmental power structures and
enriching corporate coffers in order to control politics and economics.
In the mindset of those controllers, war is not just thinkable; it is
permissible, possibly even desirable. We cannot afford to cooperate
with the plans and policies of the controllers. There are alternatives,
but we can't learn about them from corporate-controlled mainstream media.
Fortunately for us all, we can turn to the internet, which is not--at
least for now--ruled by the controllers. Following are some links that
will help open the road to the peace formula:
"The purpose of HopeDance is simply to report on the outrageous, pioneering
and inspiring activities of outstanding individuals and organizations
who are creating a new world--regardless of their spiritual tradition
or political agenda."
Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to
promoting environmental, political, and social justice. Since our
founding in 1988, we have increased the US public's global awareness
while building partnerships worldwide."
"Twice a month
we bring our readers the stories that the corporate press never prints.
We aren't side-line journalists here at CounterPunch. Ours is muckraking
with a radical attitude and nothing makes us happier than when CounterPunch
readers write in to say how useful they've found our newsletter in
their battles against the war machine, big business and the rapers
"War and globalization go hand in hand, leading, in the post Cold
War era, to the destruction of countries and the impoverishment of
hundreds of millions of people. In turn, this global economic system
is marked by an unprecedented concentration of private wealth. The
institutions of war, police repression and economic management interface
with one another. NATO is not only in liaison with the Pentagon and
the CIA, it also has contacts with the IMF and the World Bank. In
turn, the Washington based international financial bureaucracy, responsible
for imposing deadly 'economic medicine' on developing countries has
close ties to the Wall Street financial establishment."
Websites and Books
Although tolerance is a requisite value in every area of human interaction
if there is to be world peace, there is no place where intolerance has
reared its ugly head to more devastating effect than in the area of
No peace among
nations without peace among the religions. No peace among religions
without dialogue between religions. No dialogue between religions
without reconsideration of fundamental assumptions by each religion.
"We, people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous
traditions throughout the world, hereby establish the United Religions
Initiative to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end
religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice
and healing for the Earth and all living beings."
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
"This is a large religious web site which promotes religious
freedom, tolerance and diversity as positive cultural values."
Tolerance is grounded and guaranteed by declaring and enforcing human
Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the General
Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. It includes such rights as:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights; everyone
has the right to life, liberty and security of person; no one shall
be held in slavery or servitude; everyone has the right to recognition
everywhere as a person before the law; everyone has the right to freedom
of thought, conscience and religion; and many more. Most groups working
on behalf of tolerance and human rights take the UN Universal Declaration
of Human Rights as their starting point.
Peace Oriented Websites and Books
How do we even begin to outlaw war? A good place to start is by
outlawing war's worst potential: weapons of mass destruction.
Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence
by Francis Boyle. Just what would allow, say, a US soldier to lay
down his arms, as we suggested earlier? In this book, Francis Boyle,
a world-renowned legal expert, makes a strong case for why military
personnel associated with nuclear weapons should legally be able to
refuse to use those weapons. But he goes much further. Based on international
laws from the Hague Convention to the Nuremberg Trials, he makes a
compelling argument that (a) use of nuclear weapons is criminal;
(b) the military and political strategy of nuclear deterrence
is criminal; and (c) mere possession of nuclear weapons is
criminal. This book is a must-read: it will change your view about
having to accept MAD
Mutually Assured Destruction
as the necessary status quo. And it will remind you that the
five nuclear powers (United States, Russia, Britain, France, and China)
that agreed to the terms of the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
agreed to gradually eliminate their nuclear stockpiles, but have not
6. Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue
negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating
to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and
to nuclear disarmament, and on a treaty on general and complete
disarmament under stricty and effective international control.
Some good folks are acting in accord with Boyle's principles. Here's
one such group. Their specific (and ambitious) aim is to disarm the
UK Trident nuclear weapons system in a non-violent, open, peaceful
and fully accountable manner.
of World Citizens
"I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world" (Socrates).
This group also is working toward the eradication of nuclear weapons
and, ultimately, war altogether.
Schell, The Unconquerable World : Power, Nonviolence, and the Will
of the People
"This book mounts
perhaps the most impressive argument ever made that there exists a
viable and desirable alternative to the continued reliance on war."
(The New York Times)
A true (and truly
peaceful) civilization. What would a culture (and eventually, a
world) based on the twin principles of cooperation and tolerance actually
the Best Culture Win!
by Chris Tong.
We have as yet to find out what a culture truly based on cooperation
and tolerance would actually look like, says the author of this article.
The article examines the history and politics of the twentieth century;
it argues that communism emphasized cooperation at the expense of
tolerance, and capitalism emphasized tolerance at the expense of cooperation.
But it goes on to argue that the post-globalized world is in a position
to serve as the fertile ground in which a cultural renaissance can
take place and in which a truly "civilized" civilization
can evolve. Only that evolutionary process will not be based on the
survival of the fittest (and the wars engendered by that instinct
and principle) but rather the flourishing of the happiest.
Appeal To Global Conscience
by Tom Hayden.
"A global behemoth can only be fought through global resistance,
locally based. We express gratitude to the global peace movement for
activating world opinion against collaboration with the U.S. occupation
. . .Together we can undermine the foundations of war and occupation,
make it impossible for the American government to continue its course,
and begin to plant the pillars of peace."
A truly civilized
and single world. The entire world
not just a part of it
must be (and act) civilized before we can truly complete the outlawing
of war and the weapons of war. And that means a globalized world, yes.
But one in which globalization is not a process moved solely by human
greed, creating an increasingly greater divide between the "haves"
and the "have nots", but a movement that instead is reducing
that divide: eliminating poverty, eradicating mass epidemics, and raising
the standard of living around the globe. When that is the direction
in which the world is moving, the "have nots" won't feel compelled
to declare war or perpetrate terrorist acts on the "haves".
How much money would it take to eliminate starvation and malnutrition
worldwide? Provide shelter for everybody worldwide? Provide clean,
safe water for everybody worldwide? This website provides informed
"uncivilized" world Just what part of the world is
"uncivilized", not in the sense of being lesser, but in
the sense that it is not sharing in the benefits of the "civilized"
world, and is therefore the source of much of the unrest, terrorism,
etc. that springs from such inequity? There is no better map than
Barnett's, which is the centerpiece of his recent book, The
Pentagon's New Map. He refers to the "uncivilized" world
as the "non-integrating gap" and the "civilized"
world as the "functioning core" (because of its higher standard
of living and high interconnectedness). I mentioned earlier how the
Internet can be at the core of a mass movement allowing us to organize
ourselves differently; but that is only true for those of us who are
on the Internet. Barnett rightly contends that "disconnected"
countries those that aren't connected via information and economic
networks to the rest of the world are a major source of instability
and danger, to themselves and to the "connected" world.
He rightly sees the necessity of integrating the "non-integrating
gap". Where we disagree is with his view that military force
is a necessary component of how that integration will come about.
and Its Discontents
by Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics. This
book clearly explains the functions and powers of the main institutions
that govern globalization the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO) along with
the ramifications, both good and bad, of their policies. Stiglitz
strongly believes that globalization can be a positive force around
the world, particularly for the poor, but only if the IMF, World Bank,
and WTO dramatically alter the way they operate, beginning with increased
transparency and a greater willingness to examine their own actions
closely. Of his time at the World Bank, he writes, "Decisions were
made on the basis of what seemed a curious blend of ideology and bad
economics, dogma that sometimes seemed to be thinly veiling special
interests.... Open, frank discussion was discouraged there was no
room for it." The book is not entirely critical, however: "Those who
vilify globalization too often overlook its benefits," Stiglitz writes,
explaining how globalization, along with foreign aid, has improved
the living standards of millions around the world. With this clear
and balanced book, Stiglitz has contributed significantly to the debate
on this important topic.
The Teachings of Adi Da Samraj