[gha] Re: The UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024 Proposal

  • From: Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Saleem Ahmed <ahmedinhawaii@xxxxxxx>, gha@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2013 14:08:48 +0400

Hi Saleem,

Thank you very much for your support of our initiative with The UN Decade of 
Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2023. 

We would greatly appreciate your help, for example, 
(A) in the spread of GHA Project of Interfaith Harmony 
(www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=541) in your All Believers Network, 
(B) in participation of your believers in this project with a short article in 
2-4 pages (deadline is April 10) together with a brief review (up to 1 page) of 
the ABC of Harmony (www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=478), 
(C) in the curriculum of GHA Center (School) of Interfaith Harmonious Education 
(CIHE), which we create in the U.S., New York. 
(D) We also invite all the members of your network to sign the GHA Petition to 
UN about Disarmament in 50 years here:

For closer cooperation, I invite you to send me your review of the ABC of 
Harmony, your CV and your photo.

Many thanks for your poem about God, which we will publish and use in the CIHE 
curriculum later. 

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);
Director, GHA Website "Peace from Harmony": www.peacefromharmony.org
World Interfaith Harmony Project on the ABC of Harmony Base:
GHA Program Book, The ABC of Harmony:
P/Web page: www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=253;
Address: 7/4-42 Ho-Shi-Min Street, St. Petersburg 194356, Russia
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----- Original Message -----
  From: Saleem Ahmed, ahmedinhawaii@xxxxxxx
  To: leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx
  Sent: 4 марта 2013 г., 7:42:34
  Subject: The UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024 

Hi Leo, 

The Honolulu-based All Believers Network (Belnet) congratulates you and 
supports your vision for the The UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education 
for 2014-2024.  We'll be happy to assist in whatever manner we can. Our 
website, www.AllBelievers.net, provides an idea of what we do and how. 

I am also happy to reproduce below my poem, In which language does God speak?, 
some verses of which we recited jointly by high school students from a Buddhist 
school (Pacific Buddhist Academy) and a Christian school (St. Andrews Priory) 
as part of our observance of the U.N.-sponsored World Interfaith Harmony Day. 
Earlier, these were also recited at the Christmas eve observance at Honolulu' 
Unity Church. I will be happy to provide any additional information you might 

Saleem Ahmed

Conversation between mother(s)/father(s) and child(ren). An ensemble provides 
                                                              By Saleem Ahmed[2]
Note: While one child and one mother/father can recite all parts, larger-scale 
community participation is recommended, with each group reciting one or more 
stanzas (depending upon the number of participants). To provide continuity, the 
ensemble remains the same.  
1.         Mummy, 
In which language does God speak?
Sanskrit, Swahili[3], Tajik[4]?
Hebrew, Arabic, or Greek?
English, Mandarin, Yupik[5]?
2.         Dear,
His speech is spiritual;
He talks to our heart and mind.
He is omni-lingual
And loves all of humankind.
3.         Then let’s rejoice and all say:  
To each language, three hoorays!
For all their wond’rous writings
And their lovely speaking ways.
4.         Mummy,
To find God, where should I be? 
            In Banaras[6] or Bali[7]?
            In Cordova[8] or Cali[9]?
On Mount Fuji or Mali[10]?

5.         Dear,
            Spaceship earth is all sacred
            From vales and dales to high lands;
            From the poles oh so frigid
            To the hot Saharan sands.
6.         We’ll find Him in Uluru[11],
            Stonehenge[12], and Borobudur[13],
            Ise[14] and Machu Picchu[15],
            Easter Islands[16], and Jaipur[17]. 
7.         God’s within us and without;
            There’s no need to even shout;
            He’s inside us and apart;
            We can reach Him heart to heart.
            8.         Mummy,
To talk to Him, what’s best day? 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 
                          Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 
Sunday, or some lunar day? 
9.           Dear,
Many faiths have set aside
A special day to reach Him;
To honor that loving Guide
Through thoughts in prose and in hymn.
 10.         But God’s Day has no ending;
We can reach Him any time. 
He is oh so befriending,
Sunrise, sunset, or Dreamtime[18].
11.       So every day is holy,
To hold Him in high esteem.
No day is ever lowly.
For our Guide who reigns Supreme.
12.       Mummy,
To pray, must my dress be long? 
Sampot[19], saree[20] or sarong[21],
Baju[22], bunad[23] or barong[24];
What type of dress would be  ‘wrong’?
13.       Dear,
A dress may be right or wrong
Based on what we are feeling:
Are we there for evensong,   
Or for some other dealing?
14.       God looks at sincerity,
Not at show and vanity,
            In Iceland or Tahiti,   
            In Greenland or Djibouti[25]. 
15.       Does it matter how one prays,
            Standing, sitting or kneeling?
            Can’t I follow all these ways,
            Based on my inner feeling?
            16.       Prayers come from heart and mind
Not from our way of display; 
                        What we need is heart that’s kind      
And a mind that does not stray.
                        Then . . .
            17.       Why do all religions
Prescribe diff’rent praying rules?
            They all use diff’rent icons;
And they follow diff’rent schools?
My child,
            18.       Its nice to have rites and rule, 
            For folks to simply follow.
            Then devotees look so cool
            With love, they all beam and glow!
19.       Rules nurture a common cause;
                        Diff’rent lands have diff’rent laws.
                        Some drive on right side of road,
Other lands have other code.
20.       Sacred rules have often grown
            From the prevailing culture:
            Rice is sacred Buddhist food 
            ‘Cos ‘tis their agriculture.
21.       In the Steppes wheat is sacred
To many Jews and Parsee[26];
Its aquatic manoomin
To the Great Lakes folks called Cree[27]. 
22.       If all faiths have diff’rent rules
            And they follow diff’rent schools
            In what way are they all same?
What one goal can they all claim?
23.       Dear,
      The one goal of ev’ry faith,
            Is try to reach Him always;
To protect others from scathe,
            And to carry no malaise.
24.       All faiths say He is loving,
Eternal, formless, and kind;
Knowing, seeing, forgiving,
Everywhere and not confined.
25.       God knows our way of speaking:
We can reach Him from our home;
Some call Him Dao[28] or Kami[29], 
Chukwu[30], Jiva[31], Waaq[32] or Om[33].
26.       Other names include Shangdi[34], 
Wakan Tanka[35], Eingana[36],
Allah[37], Amida[38], Nyambi[39],
Wahe Guru[40], Darana[41], 
27.       Let us all try diff’rent rites,
            And join each celebration;
            Let us visit all the sights,
            Made for His veneration.
28.       Then why do some people fight
And say my way is the best;
My way is forever right, 
And other ways I detest?
29.       ‘Tis but human nature, dear,
To call people friend or foe;
Based on acts of yesteryear.
We must change this status quo.
30.       We were not born yesterday
When sacred texts were written.
            Should we dislike come what may
‘Cos our folks then were smitten?
31.       We can’t undo history
Of defeat and victory.
            What to some brought much glory, 
To rest was oh so gory.
32.       Let us break down  barriers
            ‘Tween the Mullah and the Fra;
            Let’s be good news carriers
            From temple to gurdwara[42].
33.       Let the cross, crescent and star
            Join  our interfaith bazaar;
            Let the peace pipe an’ ti leaf
            Join the bon dance in belief.   
34.       Every faith has good teachings
            And guidance that’s inclusive;
            Let us follow these preachings
            And discuss what’s exclusive.
35.       In the past when might was right,
            All the roads then led to Rome;
            Let us now take right as might,
            With Reality as our Home.
36        Now we need a global view
            And a bonding paradigm:
Let us move from de-ja-vu
            And create a friendly clime.
37.       People eat their food daily
      By chopsticks, spoon, fork or hand;
Can’t I try all these gaily,
Praising ways of every land?
38.       You are growing up, my child,
      That’s outside the box thinking.
            We need such thoughts that are mild
To save the world from sinking.         
39.         Thank you so much mother dear,
              You have eased my troubled mind.
I must be ever sincere,                                               
              To my folks and humankind.
40.         Let us speak of peace and love,
To everyone all the time.
Let us think of Him above,
That is always most sublime.
41.         We can shape our tomorrow
Free of hate and much sorrow.
Let us move from home and hearth;
              To our love for Spaceship Earth.
42.         Let’s not simply tolerate;
              From our hearts, let’s cleanse all hate.
              Let’s make this world Shangri-La[43],
              Let us practice aloha.
43.         Mummy, child
Let us practice aloha
Let’s embrace in aloha; 
Let’s hongi [44]in aloha;
Let’s hula in aloha;
44.         Mother, child and ensemble
Mazwara[45] and yampara[46], 
Yow[47], yar[48] and kia ora[49], 
Marahaba[50], namaskara[51],
Talofa[52], aw ni bara[53] 
45.       A - - lo - - ha!

[1] This work is copyrighted; all rights reserved. For permission, contact 
[2] Ahmed is author of Islam: A Religion of Peace? 
(www.IslamAReligionOfPeace.com) (Moving Pen Publishers, 2008). His findings 
inspired formation of the All Believers Network (www.AllBelievers.net) and the 
writing of this poem. Contact address: 781 Eleele Place, Honolulu, HI 96825. 
Email: HiSaleem@xxxxxxx; Phone: 1-808-371-9360.
[3] National language of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of 
[4] National language of Tajikistan.
[5] Central Alaskan language.
[6] Hindu holy city in India.
[7] Indonesian island.
[8] City in Spain.
[9] City in Columbia, South America.
[10] West African country.
[11] Large sandstone rock formation in central Australia, sacred to the native 
Australian people. 
[12] A prehistoric, mysterious circle of upright stones in southern England.
[13] 9th-century Buddhist monument in Central Java, Indonesia.
[14] A town in Japan, renowned for its Grand Shinto Shrine dedicated to goddess 
[15] "Old Mountain",is a pre-Columbian Inca site in Peru.
[16] A remote island in southeastern Pacific Ocean, famous for its monumental 
statues called moai..
[17] City in western India, known as “Pink City” because of the sandstone used 
in the constructions of its palaces and temples.
[18] In Native Australian mythology, Dreamtime is a sacred 'once upon a time' 
in which the Creation was formed.
[19] Wrap-around skirt; serves as Cambodian national dress; also used in 
Thailand and Laos.
[20] South Asian wrap-around, popular in all South Asian countries (Bangladesh, 
Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
[21] Wrap-around in Indonesia, Malaysia and elsewhere. It is worn as kilt by 
men and as skirt by women.
[22] Traditional Malay shirt-trouser outfit worm by men.
[23] Traditional Norwegian costume worn by men and women.
[24] Traditional embroidered shirt worn by Filipino men.
[25] Country in the “Horn of Africa.”
[26] Also known as Zoroastrians, this South Asian religious group originated in 
Persia (Iran).
[27] A native American tribe.
[28] The eternal deity in Daoism.
[29] The eternal deity in Shinto.
[30] The eternal deity among the Igbo people of eastern Nigeria
[31] The immortal essence in Hinduism and Jainism.
[32] The Eternal Being in the traditional Oromo religion of the Horn of Africa.
[33] The Hindu God.
[34]The Supreme God in the original religious system of the Han people of 
[35] In the Sioux religion, this term is for "the sacred" or "the divine", and 
is usually translated as "The Great Spirit".
[36] In Australian mythology, this is the creator God.
[37] Muslim name for God.
[38] Amida Buddha is the Eternal Being in Buddhism.
[39] In Zimbabwe and other African traditions, He is the supreme creator, 
symbolized by the sun.
[40] The Sikh name for God.
[41] In Australian mythology, this is the female counterpart of Eingana (see 
[42] Sikh house of worship.
[43] Chinese fairy tale about paradise on earth.
[44] Traditional Māori greeting (New Zealand), done by pressing one's nose to 
another person’s nose. 
[45] “Hello” in the Okavango language (Namibia).
[46] “Hello” in Ulwa (Nicaragua)
[47] “Hello” among the Nuxalk people (Canada).
[48] “Hello” among the Warumungu people (Australia).
[49] “Hello” among the Maoris (New Zealand).
[50] “Hello” in Persian (Iran).
[51] “Hello” in Hindi and several other Indian languages.
[52]  “Hello” in Samoa
[53] “Hello” in Mali, Africa.

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Sent: Fri, Mar 1, 2013 7:50 pm
Subject: The UN Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024 Proposal

Dear GHA members, interfaith friends,

An excellent idea matured within the GHA: the idea UN Decade of Interfaith 
Harmonious Education for 2014-2024, which requires a logical and organizational 

The first and most important. Implementation of this idea will significantly 
enhance the harmonizing social mission of States, the UN members, and religions 
and their churches in the life of society through the development of global 
harmonious interfaith education. The issue of enhancing the social role of the 
state and religion through harmonious education is very important for both of 
them in our time of burgeoning social and religious conflicts in the world. The 
harmonizing social mission of state and religion is very relevant and for the 
population, which faces growing global challenges demanding from them adequate 
responses in a non-violent way of global harmonious interfaith education, 
rather than on a way of global militarization and violent solutions.

Second. The need for global interfaith harmonious education has reached a new 
level to meet the challenges of globalization in the 21st century. The existing 
system of national, common and elite education does not respond to the global 
challenges of our time and fails to prepare the young generations for 
non-violent harmonious solutions to any social problems. This is a key flaw of 
modern education that can be overcome only in harmonization as in interfaith 
perspective, and through harmonization of science and religion.

These two key global motives determine the relevance and necessity of the UN 
Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for the years 2014-2024, which will 
give a good start and order for the most favorable global trends of spiritual 
and educational nature. The common good of this UN Decade is so obvious that it 
requires no special logical proofs.

Organizing to complete this idea may proceed from its initiation within the UN 
by any organizations involved in the UN one way or another. This can be the 
Interfaith Coalition of Partnership with the UN, or the head of any state who 
can offer this idea in the UN General Session. Obviously, the most logical 
initiator of this idea may be Jordan's King Abdullah II as the initiator of the 
World Interfaith Harmony Week in the UN, 2010. In this regard, we propose to 
add the GHA offers to Jordan's King in the GHA Project of Interfaith Harmony as 
a new, ninth point with the following content: 

Initiate in the UN, as a development of initiative 2010, a proposal of the UN 
Decade of Interfaith Harmonious Education for 2014-2024, which will strengthen 
a harmonizing mission of state and religion in global society in a non-violent 
peacemaking way of qualitative renewal of the education system in the world, 
especially in the direction of interfaith harmony instead of militarization.

We offer within three days, until March 5, inclusively, to discuss this 
proposal and include it in the GHA Interfaith Harmony Project, in section 9: 

We understand that the common benefit of this proposal is so obvious that it 
requires no special discussion. There may be a difference only in the 
formulations of this proposal. Therefore, in this case, we will take your 
silence as a sign of consent and approval of this proposal and welcome all of 
its amendments to improve it. Thank you for supporting this proposal. 

Best harmony wishes,

Dr. Leo Semashko, GHA President 
Dr. Bruce Cook, GHA-USA President 

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