The earth is an evolving living entity. Every form of life on earth
is an important part of this living entity. Accordingly, we, as
individual human beings, must cultivate the awareness that we are
all members of a global community of life and that we share a common
mission and responsibility for the future of our planet.
Every one of us has a role to play in the evolution of our planet,
and to achieve world peace each of us must live up to our responsibilities
and obligations. Up to the present time, few people on earth have
been fully satisfied with life. We have faced conflicts all over
the world in competition for limited resources and land. This has
had a devastating effect on the global environment.
As we enter the new millennium, more than anything else, the realization
of world peace depends on an awakening of consciousness on the part
of each individual member of the human race. Today, it is imperative
that every human being bears the responsibility of building peace
and harmony in his or her heart. We all have this common mission
that we must fulfill. World peace will be achieved when every member
of humanity becomes aware of this common mission - when we all join
together for our common purpose.
Until now, in terms of power, wealth, fame, knowledge, technology
and education, humanity has been divided between individuals, nations
and organizations that have possession and those that do not. There
have also been distinctions between the givers and the receivers,
the helpers and the helped.
We hereby declare our commitment to transcend all these dualities
and distinctions with a totally new concept, which will serve as
our foundation as we set out to build a peaceful world.
In the new era, humanity shall advance toward a world of harmony,
that is, a world in which every individual and every nation can
freely express their individual qualities, while living in harmony
with one another and with all life on earth. To realize this vision,
we set forth the following guiding principles:
1. Reverence for life
We shall create a world based on love and harmony in which all
forms of life are respected.
2. Respect for all differences
We shall create a world in which all different races, ethnic
groups, religions, cultures, traditions and customs are respected.
The world must be a place free from discrimination or confrontation,
socially, physically and spiritually - a place where diversity is
appreciated and enjoyed.
3. Gratitude for and coexistence with all of nature
We shall create a world in which each person is aware that we
are enabled to live through the blessings of nature, and lives in
harmony with nature, showing gratitude for all animal, plant and
other forms of life.
4. Harmony between the spiritual and material
We shall create a world based on the harmonious balance of material
and spiritual civilization. We must break away from our overemphasis
on the material to allow a healthy spirituality to blossom among
humanity. We must build a world where not only material abundance
but also spiritual riches are valued.
We shall put these principles into practice guided by the following:
We must move beyond an era in which authority and responsibility
rest in nation states, ethnic groups and religions to one in which
the individual is paramount. We envision an Age of the Individual
- not in the sense of egoism, but an age in which every individual
is ready to accept responsibility and to carry out his or her mission
as an independent member of the human race.
Each of us shall carry out our greatest mission to bring love,
harmony and gratitude into our own heart, and in so doing, bring
harmony to the world at large.
In our specialized fields:
We shall build a system of cooperation in which wisdom is gathered
together to derive the most from technical knowledge, skills and
ability in various fields, such as education, science, culture and
the arts, as well as religion, philosophy, politics and economics.
As the young generation:
In the 20th century, parents, teachers and society were the educators
of children, and the children were always in the position of being
taught. In the 21st century, adults shall learn from the wonderful
qualities of children, such as their purity, innocence, radiance,
wisdom and intuition, to inspire and uplift one another. The young
generation shall play a leading role in the creation of peace for
a bright future.
May Peace Prevail on Earth