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Subj: Re: Greetings 
Date: 3/8/2003 9:13:13 AM Central America Standard Time
From: John WorldPeace

In a message dated 3/7/2003 10:43:41 AM Central America Standard Tim, ______@____ writes:

Subj: Greetings
Date: 3/7/2003 10:43:41 AM Central America Standard Tim
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Mr. WorldPeace, I recently came across your site and thought I might share a few words about it. 

>  Thank you.  The way I grow in understanding is through comments and questions.

Firstly, I found it very detailed and thoughtful.  It's seems too frequently, that the views and opinions of individuals in our society, specifically where the internet is involved, are superficial.  You have cleanly spent your life living with and understanding these issues.

>  Life for me has always been a searching for meaning.  I have done things which others would not have done mainly because of their fear of letting go of the conventional life where others have created a preset mold for living.  I have lived within that mold for the purpose of credibility (gone to college, raised a family, served in the military) so that those who look at what I am really saying cannot dismiss me as another unemployed New Age air head. 

Secondly, I find your tolerance refreshing. 

>  Many people cannot see the absolute tolerance because they use my examples of intolerance to brand me a racist and bigot.

You clearly understand the trappings of dogma and have avoided them in search of the underlying Truth.

>  When you leave this earth, there are no tangible books, dogma - doctrine - bureaucracies.  There is only existence within God if you will.  There is an existence without all the physical limitations and filters.  That is the true world.  That is the everlasting oneness of all things.  It is so hard to live in that space while existing on this plane of reality because the demands of this plane seem so overwhelming.  Faith is not easy to maintain.  It takes years of cultivation to feel peace in the faith that everything is the way it should be.  And more importantly that many many times when we expect defeat we experience a new awakening and when we expect a boon we instead receive another lesson that reminds us that we are limited by this physical universe.

I happened upon your site searching for "austin texas iraq war protest" at Google.  I've read through the majority of your site now and find incredible similarities to my own thinking.  I generally oppose war.  I specifically oppose this war.  I have many of the books you mention.  While my family is active in our Catholic parish, my wife and I have spent many years studying the Vedic traditions all in search of an understanding of God's truth.

>  There is only one truth, God loves you and at every moment of your life you are being cared for by a universe of benevolent beings.  We are all handicapped by the choice of existing temporarily in this dimension; in this reality.  There is only one God but many paths to God.  At the center of each religious bureaucracy, covered up under all the doctrine and dogma, there is the truth that we are all one and that this life is but one dream of an infinite number of dreams.  In some ways, we come into a maze from which we struggle to shake off the bonds and limitations of that maze in order to better understand the nature of all things.  It is a self imposed experience.  In the end, you come to realize there is no game, just existence.  In the end, I think all true searchers end up Zen Buddhists who understand that you can never understand the abstract nature of " all that is" through the use of the intellect.  Logic will not get you there.  Like the Tao te Ching says, " the God that can be described is not the real God".  All definitions are limiting and God is beyond limits.  So how can God ever be defined.  Religions are an attempt at that definition but all religions fail even as they awaken people to the understanding that there is more to life than serving our biological needs.

Not lastly, I too want Peace but am in no way a pacifist.  While I wasn't a
(to my brother's dismay), I served my country for seven years and would do so again if need be. 

>  It is interesting to me how much trouble people have with my views about peace and equality and justice when they see that I and my sons have served in the military.  I am an advocate for peace but the court house each day reminds me that the world is not a peaceful place.  All I am saying is that we can increase the peace.  But since the nature of this dimension is constant change, there can never be a perfect peace.

Good luck to you, your family, and specifically your sons.  God bless and keep up the good work. Fortunately, all my sons have served their time in the Marines and are not subject to being placed in harms way.  But all sons are my sons and for their sake I work and pray for peace and a non violent resolution to our social problems.

Sincerely, Mark R

How can we manifest peace on earth if we do not include everyone (all races, all nations, all religions, both sexes) in our vision of Peace?

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