[gha] Re: Spirituality and Greed Don't Mix + + + as well as Peace and Greed

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Parliament of Religions <molly@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:40:35 +0400

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 

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 

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 
In Russian: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=ru_c&key=606;
World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base:
GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony for World Peace:
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

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How Can Religions Address the Deepening Spiritual Crisis of Our Time?
The following is a synopsis of the Greeley lecture on peace and justice given 
by Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana at the Center for the Study of World Religions 
of Harvard University on February 3, 2014. Rev. Dr. Premawardhana is President 
of the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) and a Board 
Trustee of the Parliament of the World's Religions.
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