As we travel on our respective paths from birth to death we are always learning from the multitude of challenges that we face. One of the gravest challenges that we face is our having created and unleashed on an unsuspecting population more than 76 years ago, nuclear weapons that annihilated life in the blazing flashes of mushrooming radioactive death and suffering. Now, more than nine countries have that capability, with other countries striving to join this Nuclear Club of Death. Our wisdom traditions teach us that we must respect and honor life as Sacred, and care for all life forms through the development of our hearts of love, compassion, and kindness. Placing our focus on life affirming thoughts, speech and actions will help us individually and collectively, to transform the existential challenges that we create out of ignorance and fear. May our collective awakening to authentically love each other generate a global movement to abolish nuclear weapons so that no one will ever again experience such heinous death.
Just like everyone else, I came here bringing and responding to love. And I too became identified with nation, race, gender, and religion. I forgot we are part of one human family and every person is precious. Yet, in the stillness of the heart a light remembers and longs for that love that brought us all here. It remembers a love without borders. Intelligence coupled with fear and forgetfulness has caused us to create devices of incomprehensible power to inflict indescribable horrific suffering in the pursuit of an absolute security that is only found in that borderless love. Nuclear weapons represent a denial of the wisdom arising from that love. Working to eliminate this irrational risk is its affirmation.