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The Nine Principles of Harmony

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Amidst colonial chaos and strife, Gandhi spoke in the ancient, yet perennial wisdom about being a human: "Where there is love there is life." "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." "Live as if you were to die tomorrow." "Learn as if you were to live forever." "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." "Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony." "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win."

This page presents some of the ancient and indigenous wisdom effectual in creating an economy of lasting security through equity.

In this except from Living Buddha, Living Christ, scholar, monk and activist for peace and nonviolence: Thich Nhat Hanh defines the role that understanding plays in creative living.

In Buddhism, we speak of salvation as understanding. We see that the lack of true understanding causes suffering. Understanding is the power that can liberate as the key to unlock the door to the prison of suffering. If we do not practice understanding, we do not avail ourselves to the most powerful tool to free others and us from suffering. True love is possible only through understanding. Buddhist meditation-stopping, calming and looking deeply is meant to help us understand better. In each person lives a seed of understanding.
When Gandhi said that love is force that can liberate, he meant that we have to love our enemy. Even if our enemy is cruel, even if he is crushing us, sowing terror and injustice, we have to love. This is the message of Jesus. Yet, how can we love our enemy? There is only one way: understand her or him. We have to understand why he or she is that way: how they have come to be that way and why they do not see the world the way we do. Understanding a person [or condition such as an ideology or worldview] gives us the power to love and accept him [or an ideology that condones greed, oppression and destruction].

Thich Nhat Hanh notes further that via understanding, love and forgiveness will happen and then, the miracle of transformation becomes possible. Unconditional love and forgiveness become possible when we begin to experience the undifferentiated unity in the mystical experience of those such as Buddha and Christ. Many others, such as Lao Tsu, Gandhi and Dr. King have experienced, to some extent, what Buddha and Christ lived daily to become the central figures of the undifferentiated experience of oneness with all.

Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha becomes enlightened into the mystical vision of our oneness with each other, all beings (sentient or not) and Earth. Enlightenment happens to Siddhārtha despite the fact that he is a "product" of religious Hinduism, which holds the premise that each human being is different, differs from another. Both the mystical vision of unity and the evidence of our differences as distinctions are valid and useful. Buddha's message, which Jesus echoed in his own poetic manner, is that our sameness, our unity, our common unity: community is as valuable as our individual. Furthermore, both Buddha and Christ, in their respective mystical experiences, realized that our differences and distinctions are a subset, a component of our unity.

Nine principles of harmony

The nine principles of harmony were established by the practitioners of brema, a chiropractic massage that has origins somewhere in Kurdistan. Harmony in the philosophy of brema is the harmony of all relationships: 1) the individual in accord with oneself, 2) humans in accord with one another, 3) humans as compatible with life in the natural world and 4) humans in relationship with Earth as the vast collection of ecosystems.

  1.  No hurry, no pause — We need to take the time needed to relate well to each other: relate responsively, not too quick nor too slow, as the musician playing each pitch and tone in time. Production for profit has to give time as resources to the people that serve it and respond to global need for a secure, sustainable practice.
  2.  Firm and gentle — The balance of a distinct and clarified resolve communicated in calm, unhurried and steady tones will evoke a kindness heard as a valid reason for cooperation in respect of your needs. Labor relations with production has to have that tone of clear resolve for the equity that benefits all economic actors.
  3. Mutual support — In every interaction, transaction and relationship all who are involved, which includes Earth and its nature, have needs that are fulfilled by each economic actor or factor. This means that we choose to be less competitive, more cooperative.
  4.  Single moment, single purpose — Focus, concentration and attention to the work as devotion to the moment, the experience of now creates a balance that serves fulfillment the needs of all. To have the capacity for the equity that will sustain it, production has to have, as its overall purpose and goal, meeting all needs here and now as the eternal, the permanent sustained by the right action, the action based on ethics.
  5.  No judgment — Judging your neighbor with or without their consent is a counterproductive act as useless unsolicited advise. Empathy and understanding works so much better. Production that deems it workforce as inferior and disposable is imposing that judgment upon itself, as an inevitable cost of empire.
  6.  No extra — Some of what we do is ill-conceived, aimless and desperate desire. More is never better than enough. Excess will never sustain a corporation, which in theory serves the society.
  7.  No force — Letting go of attachments as an excess of want will liberate us from violence against and upon ourselves as upon so-called others. "Winning" through intimidation is a recipe for lose/lose, as the attacker will vanquish, sooner or later.
  8.  Body (corporation) comfortable — Being aware and mindful of all of the previous seven principles and next principle will assure assure balance, the homeostasis of each body cell as healthy, sustained, working via equity
  9. Full participation — A path with one's heart and mind fully engage will help us participate in the purpose that is the moment, the here and now, the forever and for all. Corporations have just begun to realize that when they stay put, stay loyal to the workforce that built them— they will know a success they had not conceived of, namely the achievement of security, permanence and peace of mind.

Link to a brema practice in Santa Barbara, CA

Seven blunders of the world as observed and noted by M. K. Gandhi

The Seven blunders of the world is a diagnostic list of the basic ills that plague the ethics of human beings. Gandhi wrote and gave the list to his grandson Arun Gandhi, on their final day together, just before his assassination. The diagnosis at that moment near the absurd tragic end of his life stands as a sort of prescient coincidence with the confused blunder of his assassins. The seven blunders are:

  1. Wealth without work — most commonly through the exploitation of workers and as slavery, in the extreme. It includes speculative risk, gambling and crimes, above all crimes of state, corporations and the pacts of trade organizations
  2. Pleasure without conscience — the patriarchal abuse of women and children, the Indigenous, ecology and fauna as objects for profit in self-indulged gratification
  3. Knowledge without character — knowing better but doing or saying, even thinking the wrong and/or immoral, regardless of the costs
  4. Commerce without morality — e.g., the corporations who choose to globalize their production hurt both the workers they make unemployed and the workers they exploit with hard labor, at low wages in oppressive work environments
  5. Science without humanity — the science and the engineering behind industry, which implements practices that fail to consider the cost to the quality of life for all or even most life
  6. Worship without sacrifice — Religion, materialist consumerism and political ideology that is hypocritical, which results in irreligious conflict and disparity
  7. Politics without principle — Political action that is, in fact, apolitical is an anarchy of purpose. True anarchy in which all our educated to make ethical choices works better than the pretence of a public policy.

    1. Rights without responsibilities, as observed by Arun GandhiIndustry and its trade set free by their ethics of liberty, property and contract are not even held accountable for their economic failures, let alone their business-as-usual harm to ecology and human welfare, though some gross violations do see the light of day.

The next diagnostic observations have been made by Steven W. Gilbert, when he served as the [accountable] Director of the Technology Projects of the AAHE

  1. Technology without direction — It is the aimless hyper-invention of one tool or toy without considering the costs tied to such a cavalier, grossly inefficient and footloose excess
  2. Connection without community
  3. Teaching without joy — Our common education is the instruction of people as object tools of industry and commerce, in the capitalist pedagogy of production and consumption. The joy of teaching and learning for the sake of the joy as the means and the goal has disappeared. Joy brings achievement much more readily than does anxiety.
  4. Learning without hope — It is learning without the objective that is a sustainable world based on equity for all economic actors, which includes the Earth

Concerning the chronic condition of politics without principle, Gandhi said that having a politics (the effort toward the practice the policies of political ideologies) without the truths that justly direct our actions will create chaos, which will lead to violence. Gandhi called these missteps a passive violence [similar to, though different from, the fact of passive aggression in social psychology] that fuels the active violence of crime, rebellion and war. He said,

We could work until doomsday to achieve peace and would get nowhere as long as we ignore the passive violence in our world.

Politics is defined as the effort by any group for power that will give one or more persons the ability to make decisions for the larger group. Gandhi defined principle as

…the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practice perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.


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