Dear GHA members, friends, Today I received a very important message from the Parliament of World Religions entitled "Spirituality and Greed Don't Mix." This message expresses the key meaning of the lecture on peace and justice given by Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana from Sri-Lanka at Harvard University on February 3, 2014, which is presented below and here: http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/news/?p=7602. The author defines greed as a spiritual crisis and problem today. It emphasizes the basic consequences of greed in its two manifestations and forms: structural, corporate and individual. 1. The unbridled greed was the main cause of the global crisis in 2008, which “was violence against massive numbers of people around the world.” 2. “As such, greed is a form of violence which, on personal, community, national, regional and international levels isolates and injures us.” 3. “Today’s structural greed is almost unprecedented.” 4. “GREED is the deepening spiritual crisis of our time requiring spiritual interventions.” In developing these ideas, we can say also: “PEACE and greed are incompatible and don’t mix at all levels from the individual to the global.” Global peace as well as individual peace will never be achieved under the domination of greed at these levels. It also is a spiritual problem because peace is the most important aspect of spirituality. The GHA new book "Global Peace Science and the Earth Constitution" (www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585) is a spiritual fruit that is incompatible with greed. Therefore, GHA is happy to invite Dr. Shanta Premawardhana to write in this book an article entitled about: "Greed: Incompatibility with Spirituality, Harmony, Peace, Love, Justice and Compassion." We are pleased to invite other authors to write articles like this one for this book. GHA will also fully promote and facilitate the donations to global peace as the most convincing evidence of each person's spiritual freedom from greed and therefore as proof of his/her inner harmony and peace. Greed at all levels is disharmony as a source of violence, therefore, war and terror. With spiritual overcoming greed at the individual level begins its spiritual overcoming at the structural and global levels. In the coming days the GHA will discuss the Charters of the Honorary Titles: "Global Peace Maecenas" and "Global Peace Donator." Only in this case the GHA, its members and coauthors will be spiritually and ethically consistent in its quest for global peace, in full compliance with its peacemaking conscience and compassion. We ask Dr. Shanta Premawardhana and Parliament of Religions to permit us to publish this wonderful article on our website: Peace from Harmony (www.peacefromharmony.org). Thank you. With love to people without greed, best harmony wishes, Dr Leo Semashko: State Councillor of St. Petersburg, Philosopher, Sociologist and Peacemaker from Harmony; Director: Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia; Founding President, Global Harmony Association (GHA) since 2005; Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org Global Peace Science from Harmony: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=585 and In Russian: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=606; World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541; GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony for World Peace: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=478; GHA Peace Video: http://youtu.be/hbxY5lREOeA; My Web page: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253; Address: 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia Phone: 7 (812) 597-65-71; Skype: leo.semahko Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/leo.semashko?ref=tn_tnmn ----- Original Message ----- From: Parliament of Religions, molly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx Sent: 13 февраля 2014 г., 20:06:31 Subject: Spirituality and Greed Don't Mix Golden Rule Meets Beloved Community in Compassionate Atlanta, Women Contributers Invited to Popular Feminine Spirituality Blog, Jerusalem Talk on Papal Visit Hosted by Elijah Interfaith, Most Influential List Names Parliament Chair, Thought Leaders Describe the Global Ethic, (Apply) Changemaker Fellowship Takes Interracial Harmony into Program at California Seminary Is this email not displaying correctly? 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