Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 09:47:39
From: Richard Lee <Realee@thegrid.net>
Subject: Dear Daralee
I hope all is well with you as we face this catastrophe [of September
11th] together. I have been silent because I have been bombarded by so
many different and contradictory messages and "takes" on the
situation that I am confused. My feeling is that we must forgive but we
must also bring those responsible to justice. I find that people often
choose one or the other but not both. I am also aware that exacting punishment
is hard and dangerous and long-lasting. I feel I am basically following
the Bhagavad Gita when Krishna tells Arjuna to fight in a war in which
his very relatives may be his victims. The reason such advice can be given
is that we are not truly the body that does the killing. Who we are is
the witness of what is transpiring. And what we witness we witness with
compassion. Compassion is not indifference or cowardice. It is not sentimental
withdrawal. It is total and complete awareness, seeing from and with the
heart, the heart of wisdom, the heart of God.
So now here I am loading you with words. Forgive. Silence is the better
way, but even silence requires words to tell people we are in silence.
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