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  • Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam
    Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 14:09:36 -0500 (CDT) From: Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam To: The Divine Life Family
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 18, 1999
      Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 14:09:36 -0500 (CDT)
      From: Pannirselvam Kanagaratnam <pkanagar@...>
      To: The Divine Life Family <pkanagar@...>
      Subject: Sivananda Day-to-Day (23)

      Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya!
      Om Namo Bhagavate Chidanandaya!


      This week June 22-28 is the International Days of Prayer for the victims
      of Landmines. Please pray for the victims and send an e-mail to
      <hi.mines@...> saying that you are doing so. I am sending more
      information about the event below. This information was sent to me by the
      International Committee for the Peace Council of which beloved and
      worshipful Gurudev Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj is a member.

      In a related issue, there is a bill which has been introduced in the
      congress (USA) which seeks to get President Clinton to sign the ban treaty
      in December 1997. I have enclosed a list of senators who support the bill
      below. Please send an e-mail to your senator and ask him/her to support
      the bill or thank him/her if he/she is already supporting the bill. You
      can go to http://vote-smart.org/ and key in your zipcode to find out who
      your senator is. I have also enclosed a sample letter below which you can
      send to your senator. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any

      Thank you very much for your cooperation.

      Yours in service of Gurudev,


      BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU PROMISE: While the Master was leaving the place of
      Satsang after it was over, a visitor approached him and requested the
      Master to allot some time for an interview.

      "Five o'clock tomorrow, but no promise," replied the Master.

      Then turning to the people around him, he said, "Do not give any promise.
      Even if you are sure of going to a certain place at 10a.m., do not say, 'I
      will go'. Say, 'I will try'. This is my method. Otherwise, if you fail to
      go, people will say that you promised and did not keep to it."


      "Just as, when we touch a live wire, the electric force infuses itself
      into our body, when we deeply meditate on God the power of the whole
      universe seeks entry into our personality." - Swami Krishnananda


      June 22 - 28, 1997


      From June 24 to 27, 1997, diplomats and humanitarian organizations from
      many nations will meet in Brussels, Belgium to draft an international
      treaty banning landmines. It will be ready for signing in Ottawa, Canada,
      in December, 1997.

      Persons of all faiths will gather to pray in Brussels and elsewhere
      around the world, June 22-28. They will offer their prayers in support
      of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and they will pray for an
      end to the suffering of millions of victims.

      Please join us in prayer on June 22-28, and ask your faith community to
      pray with us for the relief of this suffering. Now is the time to pray
      and to act.

      * Support national policies to ban the production, use, stockpiling, and
      export of landmines.
      * Urge your government to push for the international treaty outlawing
      landmines as inhumane, indiscriminate weapons.
      * Tell others; and help any of the hundreds of organizations around the
      world that are working to ban and to remove landmines, and to heal

      * Join us in prayer on June 22-28, 1997.
      * Please tell us that you are praying with us. Send a fax to the Brussels
      office of the Jesuit Refugee Service - Europe (fax +32-2-738-0864) or to
      the USA office of the International Committee for the Peace Council (fax
      +1 608 423-4966) or send e-mail to hi.mines@...

      * Landmines kill or wound over 26,000 people a year, mainly civilians.
      * Landmines are weapons of war, but most are left behind after the
      soldiers have gone: over 100 million remain hidden: indiscriminate
      killers in more than 60 countries, turning fields, woods, paths, and
      villages into death traps.
      * Tens of millions of people live with the constant horror of suddenly
      losing a leg, a life, or a child's life. Every 20 minutes a landmine
      explodes somewhere.
      * Landmines cost very little to produce - as little as $3 to $30 each -
      but it costs from $300 to $1000 to remove one.
      * Every year about 5,000,000 landmines are made and 2,500,000 are
      deployed, but only about 100,000 are removed.
      * The countries most severely afflicted by landmines are Afghanistan,
      Angola, Bosnia, Cambodia, Croatia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Mozambique,
      Somalia, and Sudan.
      * In Cambodia, for example, there are more than 35,000 amputees: one out
      of every 200 Cambodians has lost one or more limbs to a landmine
      *The only solution is a total ban on the production, use, trade, and
      stockpiling of anti-personnel landmines, and an international commitment
      to clear existing minefields.


      June 22 - 28, 1997

      People of all faiths are praying for an end to the horror and suffering
      inflicted by landmines. Please join us.

      The International Campaign to Ban Landmines, launched in 1992, includes
      over 1000 human rights, humanitarian, medical, development, arms control,
      and environmental groups in over 40 countries. A ban has been endorsed by
      UNICEF, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations General
      Assembly, and many nations. The Peace Council supports the campaign to
      ban landmines: Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, former President of Costa Rica
      and winner of the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize; Dr. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of
      the Islamic Institute at the Paris Mosque; Dr. Elise Boulding, Quaker
      peace activist; Swami Chidananda Saraswati, president of the Divine Life
      Society, India; Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, Bendictine nun, author, and
      activist; Prof. Dr. Chung Hyun Kyung, Professor of Ecumenics at Union
      Theological Seminary, New York; Samdech Preah Maha Ghosananda, supreme
      leader of Cambodian Buddhism; H.H. Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama, winner
      of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize; Rev. Thomas Keating, OCSO, Cistercian monk
      and former abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey; Imam W. Deen Mohammed, prominent
      U.S. Muslim leader; Ven. Samdhong Rinpoche, Chairman of the Assembly of
      Tibetan People's Deputies; Most Rev. Samuel Ruiz Garcma, Roman Catholic
      Bishop of San Cristsbal de las Casas (Chiapas), Mexico; H.E. Dr. L.M.
      Singhvi, Jain scholar and High Commissioner of India to the United
      Kingdom; Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop of Cape Town, South
      Africa and winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize; and Rabbi Levi
      Weiman-Kelman, leader of the Kehilat Kol Haneshama congregation in
      Jerusalem. Many other religious and spiritual leaders publicly support
      the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, including H.H. John-Paul II,
      Bishop of Rome and Pope of the Roman Catholic Church; Bishop Dr. Klaus
      Engelhardt, Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church of Germany;
      Bishop Dr. Karl Lehmann, chair of the German Conference of Roman Catholic
      Bishops; Rev. Dr. Joan Campbell, General Secretary of the National
      Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Rev. Rodney Page, Executive
      Director, Church World Service; Dr. Kathryn Woolford, Executive Director,
      Lutheran World Relief; and many, many others!

      Handicap International * 104/106 rue Oberkampf, 75011 Paris, France *
      tel +33 1 43148700; fax +33 1 43148707 * USA tel +1 612 925-9418
      Human Rights Watch / Arms Project * 1522 K St. NW, Washington DC 20005
      USA * tel +1 202 371-6592; fax +1 202 371-0124
      International Committee for the Peace Council * W9643 Rucks Rd.,
      Cambridge WI 53523 USA * tel +1 608 423-4066; fax +1 608 423-4966
      International Committee of the Red Cross / Red Crescent * 19 Avenue de
      la Paix, Geneva 1202, Switzerland * tel +41 22 734-6001; fax +41 22
      Jesuit Refugee Service - Europe * rue Maurice Liitart 31/5, B - 1150
      Brussels, Belgium * tel +32 2 738-0865; fax +32 2 738-0864
      The Lutheran World Federation * P.O. Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2,
      Switzerland * tel +41 22 791-6428; fax +41 22 791-0528
      Medico International * Obermainanlage 7, D-60314, Frankfurt-am-Main,
      Germany * tel +49 69 94 4 380; fax +49 69 43 6 002
      Mines Advisory Group * 54A Main St., Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9LU,
      United Kingdom * tel +44 1-900-828580; fax +44 1-900-827088
      Physicians for Human Rights * 100 Boyleston St., Suite 702, Boston MA
      02116 USA * tel +1 617 695-0041; fax +1 617 695-0307
      Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation * 2001 "S" St., NW, Suite 740,
      Washington DC 20009 USA * tel +1 202 483-9222; fax +1 202 483-9312
      World Council of Churches * P.O. Box 2100, 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
      tel +41 22 791-6320; fax +41 22 791-0361


      International Committee for the Peace Council
      W9643 Rucks Road
      Cambridge, Wisconsin 53523 USA
      tel +1 608 423-4066
      fax +1 608 423-4966

      Daniel Gomez-Ibanez
      Executive Director
      International Committee for the Peace Council
      W9643 Rucks Road
      Cambridge, Wisconsin 53523
      telephone +1 608 423-4066
      fax +1 608 423-4966

      Senators who are supporting the bill:

      Mr. LEAHY, Mr. Hagel, Mr. Kerrey, Mr. McCain, Mr. Cleland, Mr.
      Kempthorne, Mr. Inouye, Mr. Lugar, Mr. McConnell, Mr. Levin, Mr. Hatch,
      Mr. Lieberman, Ms. Snowe, Mr. Kerry, Mr. Grassley, Mr. Robb, Mr. Chafee,
      Mr. Breaux, Mr. Smith of Oregon, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Moynihan, Mr.
      Specter, Mr. Bumpers, Ms. Collins, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Jeffords, Mr. Reid, Mr.
      Dodd, Mr. D'Amato, Mr. Byrd, Mr. Campbell, Mr. Conrad, Mr. Rockefeller,
      Mr. Johnson, Mr. Bingaman, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. Daschle, Ms. Mikulski, Mr.
      Torricelli, Mr. Lautenberg, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. Reed, Mr. Wellstone, Mr.
      Kennedy, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Feingold, Ms. Moseley-Braun, Mr. Sarbanes, Mr.
      Kohl, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Harkin, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Ford, Mr. Akaka, Mr.
      Baucus, Mr. Biden, and Mr. Wyden, Mr. Bennett


      Sample letter (you must have your name and mailing address in your letter
      to the senator):

      Dear Senator _________________,

      I am disappointed that the US is not participating in the Ottawa process
      in December '97 to sign an international treaty to ban the use,
      production, stockpiling and transfer of antipersonnel landmines. Landmines
      kill or maim 25,000 people per year including an appalling number of
      children. Many veterans who have been down in the mud among the mines and
      a platoon of retired generals including Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf are
      calling for a ban on this weapon.

      Please support the Leahy-Hagel landmines bill to ban landmines. The
      sooner we get this indiscriminate weapon banned, the sooner we can start
      healing the physical and psychological wounds of victims of this insidious

      Yours sincerely,

      (Name & Address)
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