[gha] Re: (peace from harmony) Approve the GHA Letter about Global Peace Science for G20 up to August 3, 2013 [1 Attachment]

  • From: Laj Utreja <lutreja7@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "peace-from-harmony@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <peace-from-harmony@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 08:40:09 -0700

Dear Leo:

I applaud your persistent efforts to bring harmony. In support of your
ideas, I offer the following feedback for your review;

My views about peace, harmony and freedom are based mostly on Vedic
philosophy. In my view, the origins of the philosophical thoughts of
Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, and Pythagoras, and others, are rooted in
the Vedic philosophy as well. They were all great thinkers and philosophers
of their times. They searched for truth through knowledge (*the path of
knowledge*) and gained wisdom and understanding. Buddha, Jesus, and Gandhi
searched for truth through sacrifice (*the path of action and indomitable
will*) and attained liberation by practicing the highest virtues. They all
offered either a principle, doctrine, or a moral value based on a
perspective suitable to that space and time.

Peace is our origin in as much as we have a subjective principle associated
with us. The subjective principle has no properties, qualities or
attributes. By virtue of its state it is complete in itself, because it is
independent basis of all there is to know. Since it has no properties, it
is complete, free and just. It is from that source where all moral and
ethical principles originate. It is through the subjective principle that
we perceive the world, the objective principle of matter and energy. For a
perception to take place, it is necessary for the subjective principle (to
make an observation) to have a body (to provide capacities for making
observations). In order to achieve this connection, the subjective
principle, with some process (*unknown to humankind*) makes a link and gets
attached to the objective principle to create life. It is this process that
provides a subtle link (of thoughts), the origins for connecting the
subjective principle to the objective principle of matter and energy (with
properties). As soon as the attachment is made, the subjective principle by
ignorance identifies itself (state of attributelessness, peace) with the
newly formed attachment with the objective principle of properties

Once boundless, the subjective principle gets bounded by the properties of
the attached objective principle (including good and evil) in life. That’s
where and how, both, good and evil, in addition to other properties, are
attached to the self.  In this context, the Vedas regard a good action as
one that is for the benefit for the other and gives the other comfort; an
evil action as a selfish action that is good for the self) and gives pain
to the other. By practicing the Golden Rule and the Inverse Golden Rule (Do
not do unto others what you wouldn’t want done unto you), one can assure
doing good actions.

Whereas, the objective world can be observed by our limited senses of
perception, and understood by the methods science, the subjective principle
is immune to any scientific investigation. An observer (unlimited in scope)
while it is observing, is beyond scientific observation by tools with
limited capacity and limited (in a limited space-time continuum). However,
the effects of the process (which connects the observer with the observed)
on the body (change in biochemical properties) may be attempted for
measurement. That however doesn’t change the immeasurable subjective

Peace is a state of satisfaction, and completeness with no demand. As long
as, we are attached to our bodies and we have demands, we cannot be
peaceful. Peace is subjective to a point that in the hypothesis that
everyone else is peaceful, for an individual, tormented by physical pain,
for example, in a state of physical indisposition due to disease, or mental
anguish, for example, in the state of loss of a loved one, or losing job,
there is no peace. Simultaneously, in most cases of normal life, we are
still self-conscious (being short, fat, poor, not good-looking, bald, not
knowledgeable enough, or whatever else have you) in comparison to others
and we are not at peace. Given all that, it is universal that our
destination is peace, because we all want freedom from physical and mental
pains associated with our bodies. Correspondingly, global peace is possible
only when all are at peace. (According to Gandhi, the rule of 51-percent on
49-percent is not democracy).

Peace, howsoever subjective and hence impractical, is yet possible is
possible by our willingness to do so. It is achieved through practicing
strict disciplines of *sacrifice, service to others, or total surrender* (a
state of egolessness). In those states, we only perform good actions by
serving others, possible through self-conditioning. When we all render our
duties we are at peace with ourselves. In the present day degraded
political and economic systems promoting competition, inequality,
injustice, and undue emphasis on rights only disturb mental balance and
cannot bring peace. Only those political and economic systems, which can
render justice, bring equality, promote cooperation and rendering of duty
by all, are conducive for building a harmonious society. These systems only
bring harmony in societies, a process for peace. Peace only becomes a goal.
However, a harmonious society is generally possible by a fair social,
economic and political system.

Harmony is a state of accepting the other as they are without any attempt
of changing them. In a society of people with different backgrounds (race,
faith, culture, gender, and others), skills and aptitudes, there is harmony
as long as we respect the other and the service they provide and all are
equitably compensated either through self-regulation, or through a
political, or a socio-economic system, which offers a strict rule of *equal
law (justice*) for all. Simultaneously, all human beings choose to follow
sustaining principles (present in the material world) in human conduct
(beginning with husband and wife, both doing their duties in a family). In
the distant past of the Vedic era, the society was divided into four
classes (*varnashram*) for the smooth functioning of society. Each class
had duties, because their rights were taken care of when all rendered their
duties. In time, the system degraded, because one class started taking
advantage of the other (it might’ve started with one individual, the
individual subjective principle), leading to the stereotypical view of the
Indian caste-system.  I support *Tetrasociology*, because it offers a
division of society, based on the present day division of labor. So long as
the society falls under those classes (a subject of investigation) and
people have appropriate skills and aptitudes to fall in one of those
categories.  However, in my view, a society categorized in spheral classes
of the population does not by itself lend to harmony. There must be an
accepted system (social, economic or political) that creates equality in
the sense of equal need for each class. In that sense, it becomes a
function of space and time during which the proposed division is the only
formative norm of a society and thus a subject of scientific investigation.

I recommend GPS conduct study to determine conditions under which
Tetrasociology will stand the test of time in each respective country in
which investigation is made.  That will give an objective basis to GPS

With love and regards,


On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM, Leo Semashko <leo.semashko@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> **
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> below]
> Dear friends!
> The extraordinary circumstance - preparation of GHA to G20 Summit on
> September 5-6, 2013 forces me to invite you within the summer vacation
> (excuse me) to work with peacemaking document that meets the GHA mission.
> I am pleased *to invite you to discuss and approve by your YES (approve,
> support, etc.) or NO (not approve, not support, etc.) during three days
> up to August 3 inclusively "GHA Open Letter: Global Peace Science for G20
> and Humanity – Growth through Peace and for Peace but not for War" (5 pages
> in the attachment).
> *This letter includes the well-known you ideas, about which you wrote
> many times and discussed repeatedly in various books and GHA projects. So I
> formed a provisional list of the co-authors in this letter - please read it
> attentively. But the final list will be formed on the basis of your
> response in these 3 days: who responds, he/she will be included in this
> list.
> We welcome all your suggestions, comments and ideas, but above all for
> your editing this letter as a whole (I'm waiting for this editing,
> especially from Bruce, Glen and Laj and others), or any part thereof.
> Translation of this message to other languages will begin after its
> approval, after August 3.
> As Bruce’s experience showed, which we appreciate, with sending the
> article "Global Peace Science" in the three leading U.S. newspapers, that
> they will accept only unpublished article, and all of our articles and
> letters are published on the website. Therefore, I invite every member of
> the GHA on the basis of article and letter GHA to G20 Summit to prepare
> yourself for your language short article or information on 1-2 pages, not
> more, about the GHA peace initiative to G20 with the creation of the Global
> Peace Science under the G20 aegis and to hold a relevant International
> Scientific Contest. Then you can feel free to send this article /
> information in any of your national newspaper in your language.
> This will be your great personal contribution to the global peace and a
> great gift for the September 21 - International Day of Peace. Of course,
> all of your progresses on this way will be very interest to all members of
> GHA and find in GHA high recognition. Thank you.
> With love, best harmony wishes,
> Leo
> 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
> Global Peace Science from Harmony:
> www.peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=582;
> 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
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