are they who advance toward the spiritual path without the selfish
motive of seeking inner peace,
for they shall find it.”
in Many Languages
By Kathy Miller
We have growing activity in the international community!
The Peace Pilgrim Center has the Hebrew and Arabic translations of
'Steps' now available. We also have many copies of the Chinese 'Steps'.
Rina Park, who lives in Berkeley, California, recently completed a
translation of the Peace Pilgrim book into Korean and created a website
for it. There is a link to this Korean translation on the Peace Pilgrim
Other translations of the book in progress are: Chinese, Danish, Japanese,
Greek and Thai. Recently, Monk Krishna Man, from Nepal, visited our
Center and translated "Steps" into Nepali.
We are looking for people to distribute the book in Spanish. If you
are interested in this project, know of any other translations in
progress or would like to participate in any way, please contact me
at the Peace Pilgrim Center. (Friends of Peace Pilgrim, 7350 Dorado
Canyon Rd, Somerset, CA 95684, U.S.A. Tel. 530-620-0333. Email: email@example.com)
We greatly appreciate the dedication, support and inspiration of our
friends around the world.
Peace Pilgrim Center in Somerset, CA USA
from my Correspondence
By Mayte Picco-Kline
In our relations with others we are
used to having conflicts. Are they extraordinary occurrences that happen
in our lives or something we all face sooner or later?
We all have experienced conflicts, to a greater or lesser degree. They
are not extraordinary occurrences, but a part of daily life. Conflict
is natural and inevitable. What varies is the manner in which we face
Conflicts occur for an endless number of reasons. There are disagreements
about facts or events in a specific situation. There can be conflict
in goals or objectives to be pursued or in the way in which something
is going to be carried out. There may be discrepancies in people’s
values and in their perceptions and approach in handling situations.
There are people who tend to avoid facing conflicts, as conflict gives
them a great deal of anxiety and they prefer not even to speak of it.
Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to comment that conflicts do not disappear
by themselves just by not confronting them... on the contrary, the differences
which created the conflict can tend to grow with time and the situation
can become even more difficult to solve. For that reason it is best
to face these situations and try to resolve them in the best possible
Interpersonal conflicts continuing without resolution can contribute
in time to the deterioration of the relation we have with a person.
It is like a pending account that is there, in one way or another, reminding
us we have not handled it, and therefore can affect the way in which
we relate to others.
Another situation that occurs when we continue with an unresolved conflict
is that new situations can create a cumulative effect over time making
it even more difficult to have a good relation with that person. One
misunderstanding can lead to another. An experience in which someone
did not listen can lead us to not want to communicate our desires in
Let’s look at a different approach to conflict. Some people tend
to show a combative style in dealing with it, a style opposite of that
mentioned above. In this case a person has the tendency to state her
opinions and ideas very quickly, many times without thinking about the
consequences. These people can be very emotional and direct, so we always
know their desires, nevertheless, by their style they can hurt others
and hinder effective communication. These people will achieve better
results if they choose words carefully, measure the consequences of
actions and reactions, and make an effort to understand the points of
view of others.
A third approach is the one that is called collaborative – where
individuals do not expect that conflict needs have a winner and a loser.
In this situation, each individual or group member is interested in
listening to others and seek a common solution. This is the style that
enables us to truly solve conflicts and to maintain harmonious relations
for ourselves and with others.
International Day of Peace
"A worldwide movement for a better world has been growing, bringing
us hope for a more peaceful, just and sustainable future.
The United Nations has proposed a tangible goal that will help unite
our global community and shift our consciousness. The world is joining
together to create a Global Ceasefire and humanity's first day of peace
in our homes, our communities and between nations on the International
Day of Peace, September 21, 2003.
If we can create one day of peace, we will realize that we can work
together to create a culture of peace, one day at a time."
Texas Lawyer Writes
by Jed I. Oliver, 6534 King's Crown, San Antonio,
I was reading the Sunday news, and a small article stated that a lady
by name of Peace Pilgrim would be speaking at a University Congregational
Church just west of University of Texas - Austin campus. The article
said that she would speak of resolution, not other means of contention
I walked into the church and saw this tennis-shoed, gray-haired lady,
appearing about 70-something, and I was immediately spell-bound by her
force and her eyes. Her eyes were eyes of knowing. The next day, in
my Austin law office, I could not concentrate on anything. So in mid-morning
I called the news writer and asked if she knew where I might meet up
with Peace Pilgrim again. She knew.
A few minutes later, I was walking out, telling my staff that I would
be back sometime in the day. I went to the near-campus place where she
was presenting, and at the conclusion, she came to my residence for
a few hour's visit.
I returned her to her host/hostess, and asked how, if at all, I could
help her or be in her company again. She said that I could pick her
up and take her to the Presbyterian Seminary the next day where she
was to have lunch with the seminarians and speak or answer questions.
Her host, Peace Pilgrim and I sat at a cafeteria table, and as the first
seminarians began to leave, an administrator announced her presence
and invited any seminarian over to meet her to discuss with her, or
to ask questions. I got the feeling that the seminarians were embarrassed
to come to a tennis-shoed lady who was emblazoned with PEACE PILGRIM
on her smock. A handful of seminarians dropped by the table. Their questions
were complex, compound and intricate.
She answered in completely comprehensive (not partial, not omitting,
not deflecting) SIMPLE responses. Being from a wordy profession, I was
in deep reverence. The last time that I saw her was a few days later
when I had asked her how can I help. She stated that she was on her
way to Comfort, Texas, and that if I wanted to, then I could give her
a ride. I did.
A few years later, I learned that not long in the past she died in what
I heard was a car crash. All of my life one of the most beautiful phrases
I had ever heard were those biblical statements of "take no thought
of your next meal, for your heavenly Father provides for the birds of
the air, how much more so for you?" Also, the Bible joined with
"take no thought of what you will wear, for Solomon in all his
glory was not more adorned than the Lilies of the Valley, and how much
more so are you."
She was the FIRST that I had ever found that lived those scriptures.
I asked to give her some money. She said, "No, it would endanger
my way." I asked to buy her an extra pair of tennis shoes so that
when hers wore out, she would have them. She beautifully laughed and
said "No, thank you. All I carry is a comb [a toothbrush, copies
of my message and my mail]. That is all I need. When I am hungry I will
eat if I am offered. If I am not offered, I won't eat. When I need to
get someplace and I am offered a ride, I will accept it. If not, I will
She told me that she had faced a lot of danger, and she stated that
each time she would talk to the Christ in that person, and would not
talk to the other parts. She said she did that in talking with every
person. She related to the Christ within others. What an awesome power
Whenever contamplating any new commitment, you can keep yourself
on track by asking yourself:
Is it necessary?
Is it healthy?
it bring greater peace to my life or the planet?
Living the Tao means taking personal responsibility for the structure
of our lives.
"The Tao of Inner Peace"
by Dianne Dreher
by Bruce Nichols
there is faith, there is love,
Where there is love, there is peace,
Where there is peace, God is,
Where God is lacks nothing!
(Possibly by Saint Francis of Assisi)
awaits me in the quiet sanctuary of my soul."
Happy are those who have overcome difficulties on the path of
life and travel to spread charity with simplicity and honesty."
Inspire me to do good today,
Inspire me to serve on the path of life.
Inspire me to say something that appeases,
God, show me the way of love!
Inspire me to correct human weakness,
Inspire me to help others be strong.
Inspire me to cheer others with my song,
God, teach me to smile!
Inspire me to help the distressed,
Inspire me to lighten their load.
Inspire me to spread happiness,
God, show me the way of peace!
Swami Garfield Jansen,
Coimbatore Tamil Nadu, India
Photograph by Alfred Manner
Love with which we do things is what becomes and remains.
Pilgrim in Africa
By Emmanuel C. Karaka, Tanzania
Pilgrim was first introduced to Mugumu Serengue in November 1993,
Tanzania by Rev. Christopher Nyamuma. He formed a committee. Its
purpose was to help in translating Peace Pilgrim Books and Steps
into Kiswahili, the common language used in most countries in Africa.
The translation group was chosen and I was part of it in 1994. We
started translating those books by volunteering ourselves. In 1996
we printed the first Kiswahili edition. 1000 copies of Peace Pilgrim
book and 1500 of 'Steps toward Inner Peace' were printed and we
distributed these books in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
It was a wonderful experience in my life. Peace Pilgrim’s
message transformed my soul and mind while I was translating the
books. It taught me how to live a simple life, how to love and care
for others, and to build a community based on honesty, respect and
Peace Pilgrim’s book in Kiswahili (Msafiri wa Amani) did very
well since it was translated and many people could read and understand
her words in this language. Many people wrote requesting copies
of the book. This is the fact that proves that inner peace is an
idea whose time has come.
Actually, I need more books to distribute them to other African
countries who use Kiswahili. These are Burundi, Malawi, Madagascar,
Congo, Kenya, Somalia and the islands of Comoros.
A warm welcome to our newest friends in the Enlace Internacional
circle: Sheila Bauza Sanchez, Cuba; Guillermo Calderón, México;
Helene Young, Linda Stewart, Elaine Dow, Del Norwood and Lisa Callan,
United States; Rodrigo González, Argentina; Susan Barry,
United States and England; and Claudio Cesar.
Bread in Somerset
When those visiting to volunteer at the Peace Pilgrim Center gather
together with joy at the table to share a delicious vegetarian meal,
they start their sharing by lighting a candle in the middle and taking
some moments of silence in meditation.
While the candle is being lit usually our host recites in a solemn
manner these words of Peace Piilgrim...
"Within you is
the light of the world
to be shared with the world."
One's contribution to the group consists of the accomplishments,
the graces, the substantial facets of character that he has succeeded
in making his own.
Nations remain at peace with each
other when they are inclined to give mutual respect and consideration
to the individuality of each other; individuals similarly know
a genuine "peace" in their development of their personal
interests when they stand ready at all times to give aid and sympathy
to the expansive interests of others.
There must be progress in living if life is to know any genuine
value, and peace is the general expansion in progress on the transcendent
Marc Edmund Jones
Founder of the Sabian Assembly
The power of forgiveness resides in our capacity to find the
constructive element in any situation. There is a positive reason
for each one of our experiences.
My heart renews its fellowship with every other heart.
Sabian affirmation for happiness
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When you have found inner peace, you have no more feeling of the need
to become - you are content to be, which includes following your divine
guidance. However, you keep on growing - but harmoniously. (Rosemary
Southwell, South Africa)
Inner peace comes through working for the good of all. (Pedro
Roblejo Ramos, Cuba)
Helping to solve collective problems contributes also to your growth,
and these problems should never be avoided. (Martha María
Morales Batista, Cuba)
In order to help usher in the golden age, we must see the good in
people -- we must know that it is there, no matter how deeply it may
be buried. (Emilia Kuri, México)
There is a spark of good in everybody, no matter how deeply it may
be buried. It is the real you..... The real you is that divine spark.
(Linda Moyers Stewart, United States)
You cannot distance yourself from any situation without spiritual
damage, unless leave with love. (Mayte Picco Kline, United States;
Xiomara Jeréz Zamora, Cuba)
Judging others will avail you nothing and injure you spiritually.
Only if you can inspire others to judge themselves will anything worthwhile
have been accomplished. (Hna. Magdalena de Jesús, Chile;
Gelacio Trujullo, United States; Victoria Novik, Chile; Zoraida Consuegra,
United States; Emilia Kuri Cristino, México)
In my work I have elected a positive focus. I never think of myself
as protesting against something, but more as declaring myself in favor
of the harmonious life. Those that declare and work in favor, present
solutions. (Mayte Picco Kline, United States; Enrique Vatri, Argentina)