True Peace

The True Peace

The first peace, which is the most important,
is that which comes within the souls of people
when they realize their relationship,
their oneness, with the universe and all its powers,
and when they realize that at the center
of the universe dwells Wakan-Taka (the Great Spirit),
and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this.
The second peace is that which is made between two individuals,
and the third is that which is made between two nations.
But above all you should understand that there can never
be peace between nations until there is known that true peace,
which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.

Black Elk, Oglala Sioux & Spiritual Leader (1863 – 1950)


4 thoughts on “True Peace

  1. Reminds me of a favorite Bob Marley song, ” War”. He put the words of a similar speech to music. Type ” war Marley ” into wikipedia, the history is quite interesting, imo.

    Be it Black Elk or Haile Selassie, all they are asking is, give peace a chance ….. 😉

    • Thank you Paul, I know this song well…

      Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
      And another
      Is finally
      And permanently
      And abandoned –
      Everywhere is war –
      Me say war.

      That until there no longer
      First class and second class citizens of any nation
      Until the colour of a man’s skin
      Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes –
      Me say war…..

      Peace to you, bro….

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