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Activism for the Sincere Spiritual Seeker

SHANTI OM: LIVING AND ACTING IN PEACE Part 3: Activism for the Sincere Spiritual Seeker This is the last section of my three-part blog exploring peace. (Part 1 is here and part 2 is here.) I would like to explore what it means to act from peace. The term “spiritual activist” has become a popular term among today’s yogis and more conscious communities. But what does it really mean for a sincere spiritual seeker? Since peacefulness arises from a state of non-attachment and unity, what really is spiritual activism? I had the good fortune of coming across early in my life the teachings of Mildred Lisette Norman, an American non-denominational spiritual teacher and peace activist, who was born in 1908 and died in 1981. In 1953, she adopted the name “Peace Pilgrim” when she decided to walk for peace, which she did across the United States for 28 years. Her only possessions were the clothes on her back and the few items she could fit in her tunic pockets. Her introduction was her “Peace Pilgrim: 25,000 miles on foot for peace” signature on the front and back of her jacket. She had no organizational backing, carried no money and would not ask for food or shelter. When she began her pilgrimage she vowed to “remain a wanderer until…

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PART 5: WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? (Continued from “Karma Yoga: Action As A Means To Self-Realization”) Mildred Norman was an American pacifist, vegetarian and peace activist.  Born modestly on a farm in New Jersey, she felt an inner call in her mid life to simply walk for peace and listen to God. In 1953 she adopted the name “Peace Pilgrim” and walked across the United States for 28 years. Her only possessions were the clothes on her back and the few items she carried in the pockets of her blue tunic which read “Peace Pilgrim” on the front and “25,000 Miles on foot for peace” on the back. She was backed by no organization, carried no money, and never asked for food or shelter. She vowed to “remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food.” I love her inspirational teachings. She offers much insight on how to live with complete integrity, true simplicity and utter faith. In one of her few printed texts, she says, “Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.” We all have stuff — and a lot of it! Do we really need all…

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