Monday, October 19, 2009

A Thousand Suns | A Global Oneness Project Film

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Life is an expression of divine oneness.. We are an integral part of life's unfolding mystery, its wonder and glory. And we have the capacity to be conscious of life's oneness, just as we can recognize how every cell of creation carries an imprint of His name.

- Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee from his book Working with Oneness

Seest thou not that it is the Divine Whose praise all beings in the heavens and on earth do celebrate, and the birds with wings outspread? Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise. And the Divine is well aware of all that they do. - The Quran, 24:41

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If we view the world as a machine, we become a machine. The machine mentality that has simply said the universe, nature, are mechanistic processes, that's brought us only so far, and that's exactly the crossroads. One of the things that we see now in our current economic crisis is that was, in large measure, driven by an abstraction of economics apart from ecology, apart from nature itself. It became a global casino, a roulette, just building on itself.

In our modern world, we've become 'gods' controlling nature. And that's in large measure because in one century we went from 2 billion to 6 billion people. We've become this huge presence on the planet. And so all of a sudden, we do perceive ourselves as invincible. We can do anything. And that's where technology without limits has pushed us to this precipice of almost self-destruction because we have viewed nature as simply something to be used for humans for economic growth and power.

.. Now, removing God from nature, certainly many people would say, has desacralized the world and therefore opened it up for consumption and for abuse and for exploitation. There's some definite truth to that.

The world religions have a huge role to play in this current ecological crisis. We are beginning to find that role and find their voice, and it's a very exciting time in that respect.

That's because the environmental crisis in so many ways is a spiritual, moral issue, an ethical issue. And humans have embedded themselves in these various world religions around the world -- and their views of nature have oriented them to creating culture and civilization. So the issue of life itself is at stake, of course the biological diversity and the cultural diversity being diminished around the globe. And as religions realize this in addition to the impact of pollution, of climate change and so on their potential to speak out about the endangerment of life in all of its multiple forms is huge, and still to be fully realized ... (there is) a radical potential for this movement.

- Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-founder, Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University in interview with Global Oneness Project

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You know, everything in the world it is not explored... People think that the air is not speaking, the soil is not speaking, the sky is not speaking. But there is a kind of spirituality when the sky is roaring with thunderstorms and rain is coming, and the clouds are rising. There is a spirit in it.

- Kapo Kansa, Gamo Highland Elder in the film 'A Thousand Suns'

'We shall show them Our Signs,
upon the horizons and within themselves ...
until it is manifest to them
that it is the truth (haqq) ...' - The Quran 41:53


A Thousand Suns, Global Oneness Project4.
The African Rift Valley has long been known as the birthplace of our human race. Its densely populated Gamo Highlands in southwestern Ethiopia have remained the haven of agricultural diversity and organic farming since the birth of the agrarian age 10,000 years ago. Here human civilization and the natural world it relies on are still interdependent and intimately linked. It is in this fragile harmony that the people of the Gamo might be holding the keys to our own survival.

Global Oneness Project film: 'A Thousand Suns' tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. Shot in Ethiopia, New York and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.

[>] Click here to watch this film, 'A Thousand Suns'.

A Thousand Suns - offers some interesting insight and also exposes some practical problem which we take for granted as a way of doing business (such as heavily interest loaded micro-credits, destroying indigenous way in the name of 'helping' etc.). Please Watch and spread the film link among your friends.


# Further
. Films by Global Oneness Project
. Working with Oneness
. Interview with Mary Evelyn Tucker
. Interview with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, director and founder of Global Oneness Project
. Sacred Land Film Project: Gamo Highlands

Top art credit: Painting by Rassouli
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