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Hollow Words Bring Us No Hope!

Published 27/07/2016 by inspiringyourspirit


My Dear Friends,

It’s been a while since my fingers touched this keyboard and my heart has spoken words to you!

I, like many others, have been lost for words as we watch the unfolding dramas of our 21st Century world, our so-called civilised societies which have been caught up in wars for no reason, and whole communities within these civilised societies turned against each other in the name of race/colour and religious belief.

As I look at all that has unfolded over this past year alone, I shed tears, tears for mankind, tears for our world and tears for our future. As we continue to look at each other with hatred in our eyes, it is like we are caught up in an elaborate computer game in which the players manipulate the drones to follow their lead, to fight and to die at all costs, and move on to the next stage of the game in search of more power and wealth!….Elaborate computer game….Is it our real truth?

……….Elaborate computer game….Is it our real truth?

As we become more fixated with games or war, of power, of seeking greater riches and strength, we lose track of who were are!….We no longer socialise face-to-face, we only communicate in a digital world, we have, or are certainly losing our abilities to communicate, to connect to others with empathy, to see the pain in someone else’s eyes and to understand their point of view, as we push forward relentlessly to reach our own goals…to win at all costs!

I see hundreds of innocent men, women and children mowed down as they watched the fireworks and celebrated a national days holiday, I see thousands of displaced men women and children forced from their own countries due to war, to the greed for control and power, I see innocent families held hostage in a Church and a Priest murdered….All for what!….

Where, my friends, does it end!….

We are all born into this world equal, we have no belief systems, no hatred and no goals to attain…life takes all on different journies, some of the beliefs we take on are good, and some are bad….it’s a flip of a coin which pathway we decide to take, what we choose to believe and how we choose to behave…!

Anyone who is not working towards the truth is missing the whole point of living!

Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, Your behaviour does!

My heart sends out love and compassion to all those in pain, to all those who are suffering and to all those who need some love in their life.

Namaste, with Love








Peace, One Simple Word!

Published 26/04/2016 by inspiringyourspirit



Peace, what does this commonly used word mean to you?

  • The normal, nonwarring condition of a nation, group of nations, or the world.
  • An agreement or treaty between warring or antagonistic nations, groups, etc., to end hostilities and abstain from further fighting or antagonism:
  • A state of mutual harmony between people or groups, especially in personal relations: Try to live in peace with your neighbors.
  • The normal freedom from civil commotion and violence of a community; public order and security: He was arrested for being drunk and disturbing the peace.
  • Cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
  • Freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession, etc.; tranquillity; serenity.
  • A state of tranquillity or serenity: May he rest in peace.

 The term ‘peace’ originates most recently from the Anglo-French pes, and the Old French pais, meaning “peace, reconciliation, silence, agreement” (11th century). But, Pes itself comes from the Latin pax, meaning “peace, compact, agreement, treaty of peace, tranquility, absence of hostility, harmony.” The English word came into use in various personal greetings from c.1300 as a translation of the Hebrew word Shalom, which, according to Jewish theology, comes from a Hebrew verb meaning ‘to restore’. Although ‘peace’ is the usual translation, however, it is an incomplete one, because ‘shalom,’ which is also cognate with the Arabic Salaam, has multiple other meanings in addition to peace, including justice, good health, safety, well-being, prosperity, equity, security, good fortune, and friendliness. At a personal level, peaceful behaviors are kind, considerate, respectful, just, and tolerant of others’ beliefs and behaviors — tending to manifest goodwill. This latter understanding of peace can also pertain to an individual’s introspective sense or concept of her/himself, as in being “at peace” in one’s own mind, as found in European references from c.1200. The early English term is also used in the sense of “quiet”, reflecting calm, serene, and meditative approaches to family or group relationships that avoid quarreling and seek tranquility — an absence of disturbance or agitation.

In many languages, the word for peace is also used as a greeting or a farewell, for example the Hawaiian word Aloha, as well as the Arabic word salaam. In English the word peace is occasionally used as a farewell, especially for the dead, as in the phrase rest in peace.

“World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.”  Dalai Lama XIV

“For a day, just for one day, Talk about that which disturbs no one
And bring some peace into your Beautiful eyes.”  Sweet Poems of Hafiz

“Peace begins with a smile..” Mother Theresa

“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” Virginia Wolf

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” John Lennon

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” John Lennon

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.” Gautama Buddha

“You have peace,” the old woman said, “when you make it with yourself.” The Five People you Meet in Heaven



“The Simple Path ,Silence is Prayer, Prayer is Faith, Faith is Love, Love is Service,The Fruit of Service is Peace”  Mother Theresa

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” Albert Schweitzer

“It is not enough to win a war; it is more important to organize the peace.” Aristotle

“As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” Pythagoras

“You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” Eckhart Tolle

“If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.” Leo Tolstoy -Anna Karenina

“Peace is the only battle worth waging.” Albert Camus

“How come we play war and not peace?” “Too few role models.” Bill Watterson

“Instead of hating the people you think are war-makers, hate the appetites and disorder in your own soul, which are the causes of war. If you love peace, then hate injustice, hate tyranny, hate greed – but hate these things in yourself, not in another.” Thomas Merton

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” Black Elk

“Better than a thousand hollow words is one word that brings peace.” Gautama Buddha

“Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don’t believe that you should “always” wear a smile, seriously, you’re going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.” C.JoyBell C

My Dear Friends,A few samples of what ‘Peace’ means to some individuals. For me, Peace is within, we strive to find it everywhere we go, we wish for it to be there as a reality for everyone, but ‘Peace’ is within everyone of us and unless we can find that inner peace then we cannot wish for there to be ‘Peace on Earth’ simply because to have World Peace, WE ALL NEED TO FIND IT, IN OURSELVES!

I wonder how often the word ‘Peace’ is spoken each day? Peace to you, Peace and Love, May your life be filled with Peace, May they Rest in Peace, Peace Be With You, What a Peaceful Day, etc

All I know is, I can find Peace within; and that allows me to try and promote this well kept secret to others, I know Peace can be found in meditation, I know Peace is available for everyone, all you have to do is ‘Want It and search inside, because your Soul is waiting to share with your physical body….

……Go on my friends and as John Lennon once said…

Give Peace A Chance J

Namaste with Love



I, Me…What About Us?

Published 17/11/2015 by inspiringyourspirit


My Dear Friends,

In the aftermath of the terrible terrorist attacks on Paris, our world is now, more so than even going into retaliation mode, hatred is back in full force, reprisal and revenge attacks will take place and once again innocent people will lose their lives. Now, I’m not for one minute saying that we should not take revenge for what has happened, and, on the other hand; I am not condoning such revenge either. To me, I feel that humanity has lost track of what’s important! We now see death and suffering as a norm, it’s in our news every day and until it directly affects us, our families, or friends or our community then we just turn a blind eye and get on with our lives only thinking about I, me!


humanity [hyoo-man-i-tee

noun, plural humanities.

all human beings collectively; the human race; humankind.

the quality or condition of being human; human nature.

the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence.
My Dear Freinds
This is what we have lost sight of.….‘All Human Beings, collectively; the human race; humankind’!
No one person, no one country, no one voice, no one religion, no one political power, no one control!!!!!!!!!!
Collectively, the human race!
And, until we get back on track and remember that we are ‘ONE HUMAN RACE’ and each person has a right to live, then we are ‘NEVER’ going to solve our problems and we will ‘NEVER’ see Peace on Earth!
Remember, we were all born into this world ‘INNOCENT’, we had no knowledge of race, religion or political party,’ we were one with all’, we were one with love, we were one with compassion, no hatred was in our hearts…We have become this way, we have learned how to hate, we have learned how to kill and most of the time it’s for the best interest of others!
So, please take a moment my Dear Friends to stop, to connect with your heart, to go within and connect with your soul and bring your new found love back to our world, stand up for peace, stand up for ‘HUMANITY’.
Blessings of Love, Peace and Compassion to you all, wherever you are on our planet 🙂
Namaste, with Love

Is the mess in our world only God’s problem?

Published 09/11/2015 by inspiringyourspirit


My Dear Friends,

I came across this image this morning and thought…Wow!…

Isn’t that the truth?…Is poverty, famine, greed, war, disease, injustice in our world only God’s problem?

Should we wait for him/her to deal with it for us, or, should we stand up and be counted?…..Actually get up off our butt’s and do something about the problems in our world!

We are after all, guardians of this planet, guardians for our future, for the future of our children. We all have an obligation to take ownership of what goes on in our world, we are all part of humanity, we are all part of the problem and the possible solution….We are stronger than we think, we can do something about these problems and issues, we can make change, we can stop greed, we can stop injustice, we can stop starvation, we can ALL make a difference and change the future….

We are but a grain of sand amongst billions of other grains of sand, but we are all ‘One’, we all come from the same seed of creation and we owe it to ourselves, to our brothers and sisters of humanity, we owe it to our ancestors, we owe it to our children, we owe it to our grandchildren, we owe it to OURSELVES!

Today is the day for you to sit up, look in the mirror and say “I am part of the problem and, I am part of the solution’ and ‘I can make a difference to this world, our world’..

Go on my friends, do a pledge to yourself, stand up and be counted and be a part of the change you want to see in this ‘Our’ world 🙂 Then go out and actually do something! Join a peace group, help out in a homeless shelter, sign a petition, stop using a product or buying food, drink or fuel from the companies that are polluting our planet, poisoning our children, draining our natural water systems, taking advantage of low wages and not paying their taxes. Stand up for yourself, for your family, for your future 🙂

Namaste with Love



The more we know, the more ignorant we become!

Published 13/10/2015 by inspiringyourspirit


My Dear Friends,

Take just a brief moment to think about these words…

“The more we know, the more ignorant we become…and, it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations”…..Tesla was right!

Education and the further knowledge that we gain through daily experience, ‘What does it do for us’? Does it awaken us to the realities of our world, does it make us  STOP and THINK about some of the critical issues facing humanity and our planet right now?……Hardly!

A new day brings our own selfish reasons to put our heads down and follow the masses, keep on the straight and narrow road that we have been TOLD to follow since birth, the education, the career, the family, the friends, the religion….we just keep on walking, keeping our heads down as if it will be ok in the end,…. RIGHT?…..WRONG!

If we want change in our world, we must stand up and do something, if we want to stop wars, WE need to do something, even sharing your thoughts with the world sets you apart from the majority, holding out your hand to someone in need sets you apart from the majority, joining a local group to help feed the homeless sets you apart from the majority, standing up and against GMO, Fracking or drilling in the Arctic sets you apart from the majority…Whatever you do HELPS…


Remember on thing……’Nobody’ is important !

Namaste with Love



Remembering 9.11, And All Those Who Lost Their Lives For No Reason Other than Hatred.

Published 11/09/2015 by inspiringyourspirit


My Dear Friends,

9.11…. 14 years ago, A day still etched in may peoples minds, the day we saw hatred go to another level, the day in which so many innocent people lost their lives for no other reason other than hatred.

9.11, let us pray collectively as human beings, as brothers and sisters of humanity, from different countries, cultures, colours and religious beliefs, let’s today come together as one and pray that their lives were not lost in vain, and pray for world peace, for the coming together in ‘Oneness’ against terrorism, against hatred, against political or religious power or control.

Lets do as the monks did in Bangkok (picture below) After the bombing in Bangkok, Buddhists are changing the energy on the bombing site through meditation and prayer, proving that love is greater than hate. meditate and pray for peace.


Namaste with Love



Peace, what does it mean to you?

Published 04/08/2015 by inspiringyourspirit


My Dear Friends,

Oh my, I’ve been thinking again!…..

I don’t know what’s got a hold of me since i’ve been away, maybe it was the quietness of my retreat, the contact with nature, time on my own to reflect and be thankful for all I have in my life, who knows but it’s great to be back and thinking again 🙂

I was up early again this morning, jet lag has been far worse than normal this time and has been playing havoc with my sleep patterns 😦 Still, it does also have its blessings as being awake so early gives me time to just sit, to be at one with myself and to reflect and think. This morning’s topic was ‘Peace’ and what does that word really mean to me? It conjours up to sides for me, one is the obvious ‘world peace’ where all countries come together in harmony and bring about an end to conflicts between different cultures, religions and countries then the other is being ‘at peace’, peace within myself/yourself.

I don’t think many people actually find peace with themselves, they are always chasing around looking for something more for their lives, more money, a better job, bigger house, bigger car, a holiday, more clothes, a fancy watch, diamond ring, more education, just more and then more, also seeking happiness where ever they go, meeting new friends, going out more, socialising, building a dream, looking for love, looking for acceptance, looking for praise, looking and looking outside, a constant journey seeking out happiness and peace….but the reality is you wont find it outside, you wont find it in things, you wont find it in your travels, you wont find it in a bigger house or a new job or a new relationship…….

Happiness and peace are within…..

And once you come to terms with that then you can let go, you can free yourself of the chains that hold you back, you can become one with yourself, you can start to love yourself and find your true self, your happiness and your inner peace.

Take time out today my friends, take time to just be you, take time to sit with yourself and just be the wonderful you 🙂

Namaste with Love



Ask Yourself Why?…Then Ask Your Government Why?

Published 08/05/2015 by inspiringyourspirit


Why Oh Why is it so easy to manufacture guns of death and sell them all around the world , when it is so difficult for these same governments to buy books and give them to our children?

Why Oh Why is it that making tanks, missiles, drones, land mines and war planes so easy but building a school is so difficult?

Great questions from Malala Yousafzai, such a young girl who has gone through so much torture and pain in her life.

It’s about time ‘WE’ collectively stood up and asked these questions of our so called politicians and governments, those very politicians and governments that we have voted for and elected into these positions of power, and push them for answers, real answers, not spin or delayed responses or sidetracked answers regarding jobs and the economy……or under the disguise of National Security…..

We need change in our world, we need collective change, change that can and will bring about peace in our lifetime, change that makes it safe for our children and the same change for children of mothers and fathers just like us in other countries all around the world ! …Don’t forget, we maybe from different countries, we may have different languages, cultures, colour of skin and religions but, …WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS, we all want the same.

So for once, lets get together and push for PEACE and Education for ALL.

Namaste with Love



Trust..So Important in Life

Published 20/01/2015 by inspiringyourspirit



Trust, where do I begin,
Trust, it’s hard to gain
Trust, Its hard to give
Trust, wanted in love
Trust, needed for life

Trust, built to last, or not
Trust, hurts like hell when lost
Trust, must be there in business and in life
Trust, loosing it starts wars
Trust, friendships won or lost

Trust, leads to the heart
Trust, ends in happiness or in tears
Trust, is a must.

Namaste with Love

I’m Far Too Ugly for Selfies, But Should We Adopt a Selfie Approach to Spiritual and Humanitarian Blogging?

Published 26/11/2014 by inspiringyourspirit


Hi Everyone,

I have noticed my lack of enthusiasm and procrastination regarding writing posts of late, I guess it is down to the fact that my number of followers does not seem to grow so much when I see some blogs or twitter accounts gaining thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousand of followers. The numbers of likes and retweets are huge and they gain lots of opportunity to promote themselves, their thoughts and their businesses easily but when I look at these sites and accounts I am so surprised as to the content, many seem to have nothing at all to offer, they lack in content, don’t offer any help or support to their followers and they are often very rude and in some cases obscene in their content. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not in this for fame or glory and my blog is about giving back, trying to help people who are maybe in need for some words and pictures that will help them in their time of need, offer some inspiration and a helping hand when they feel down or anxious.

So, what is it we need to do to make our sites more ‘Sexy’, to help us get our messages of good across to a wider audience, to actually start to do more good around the world, to bring about more attention to the state of our environment, to help fight disease, help the poor, bring an end to victimisation, child abuse, honor killings, bullying at school, the horrors of GMO, the poisoning of our oceans, global warming and not to forget help bring more awareness towards the real need to have peace on earth?

Maybe I need to go on a serious diet, to get down at the gym 7 days a week and build up my abs, some plastic surgery here and there is, a hair weave perhaps or is it that I really need to think about and position my messages in a very different way?

When I look at our world I get a tear in my eye, when i see the news and hear of abuse of our children, watch wars raging for the sake of greed or religion, see families loosing their homes because of the lack of jobs I wonder where is our world heading, what more can I do to help!…Many would say I think too much, I cannot heal everyone and everything…but for me, it’s hard, it’s really hard to switch off my compassion radar, I’m too deep in to do that now, I watch tv with my wife and I tear up when I see pollution, my heart takes a stabbing when i see brothers and sisters of humanity fighting and when I see the continuance of corporate greed and the manipulation of humanity by the media….I must do something, I must act, I must do my bit to help save our world from imploding from our own greed and lust for more, more money, more land, more things, more, more, more.

So, I’m open to offers, open to suggestion, what do I/We need to do to help promote compassion, love, peace and happiness to humanity, how do we help make a difference?

BTW, If you answers are…Plastic Surgery, Extensive Diet, Gym 7 days a week, a New Fancy Set Of Teeth etc, please consider sending me a large value cheque or bank transfer because otherwise, it, ain’t gonna happen 🙂

Love to you all, may you be blessed with love, happiness and peace

Namaste with Love



Corrupt Governments, The Rich Getting Richer, War for the sake of Greed, Starvation for Many

Published 24/10/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

lao tzu quote 600

Lao Tzu wrote this quote around 2,500 years ago and here we are in the year 2014 and we still allow humanity and our world to be controlled by the few. Corrupt governments, greedy politicians, corporate greed at the expense and exploitation of their workers, obscene amounts of waste, our natural resources raped and pillaged to fill the pockets of the elite, war raging around our world in the so called name of freedom, our oceans, rivers and fields laid to waste….When will we ever learn?

Namaste with Love

War…For What?

Published 14/10/2014 by inspiringyourspirit



War for what?
What purpose does it serve?

War spurns hatred between neighbors, brothers and friends
War takes away our sons and our daughters
Never to be returned to see another day

War for what?
What purpose does it serve?

War stimulates greed in the few and stupidity in the many
The need to control, to steal, to conquer to hate
Boarders crossed, cities crushed and rape and pillage abound

War for what?
What purpose does it serve?

War crushes all in its path, no sacred towers or history remains
War blinds the innocent and leaves children alone, no family no future, who cares?
Graves are fed by its lust for death and tombstones lie abandoned and alone

War for what?
Why do we need you?

War has no place in our world it’s archaic in its nature, outdated and pointless
We follow the drums of power, blinded and brainwashed by their messages of hatred and fear
To follow like sheep, to fight their so-called fight, for freedom, for country, for what?
To win or to loose, for what?
No end is in sight, war after war fuels another and on we go like lemmings to the cliff
As our friends fall and our loved ones are lost, for what?
For the power and the greed of the few who take what they want and leave us in tears
Alone, to grieve, to pick up the pieces, to wait for their call to do their dirty work again
War…. It must End…Today!

flanders fields

As I sit here writing I take a moment in quiet contemplation to pray for all the valiant men and women who gave their lives in wars around the world since the dawn of time and in this year the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I in 1914 I pray for the souls of the lost,
‘Lest We Forget’


Namaste with Love

Peace – Make Love Not War- Call To Arms

Published 25/09/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

Together we can make a change to our world

Love Is The Answer My Friends

Namaste With Love

War, It’s Not Just A Game On A Computer Consul or Mobile Phone!

Published 05/08/2014 by inspiringyourspirit

In a world where war is just a video game to some, it’s perhaps worth taking time to remember the true cost of war.


This weekend saw the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, which over 4 years, grew to claim the lives of over 9’000’000 (Yes thats 9 Million) service personnel from countries around the world. During WWI, across Europe, the flower of the red poppy became a symbol for remembering all those lost in War. As part of the commemorations this weekend in London, British artist Paul Cummings placed 888’246 ceramic flowers around the Tower of London – one flower for each soul lost from countries around what was then the British Empire.
刚过去的周末中我们见证了第一次世界大战爆发的100周年纪念日,在那4年里世界各国参战牺牲的总人数超过了9千万人。一战期间,在欧洲大陆的这片土地上,红色的罂粟花成为了战争中所有遗失祭奠的象征。在本周的伦敦为了纪念一战,英国艺术家保罗·卡明斯伦敦塔周围放置888’246陶瓷花 —一朵花象征着每一位在一战中为大英帝国所壮烈牺牲的灵魂。

Here are some images of the exhibition.





The poppy is a way of not forgetting the sacrifice of those who didn’t return home to their loved ones because of War and whilst we should never forget the price they paid, we should also look forward and remember that with a little more understanding, kindness and love for those of us who walk the Earth with us today, we could potentially have less need for more poppies in the future.


It’s now 2014, 100 years on since the start of what they called “The Great War’, and I can still see no real progress, there have been over 260 major wars fought around the world since 1918 the end of World War 1 and they still rage on, mainly due to Religion or Greed by governments and corporations to control natural resources.

Now is the time to really step back and look at these pictures, every one of those red poppies represents a soldier killed in that 1 war alone, I wonder how many have fallen since? What would that picture look like and how far would the poppies go? A frightening thought my friends!………….Here is the reality of that frightening thought……….

Name of War ∨ ∧ Years ∨ ∧ Fatalities
Libyan Civil War 2011 – 2012 2,080
Syrian civil war 2011 – 2012 18,821
Yemen vs Al-Quaeda 2009 – 2012 3,811
Kivu Conflict 2006 – 2012 4,272
Mexican Drug War 2006 – 2012 83,000
Southern Lebanon War 2006 – 2006 1,003
Waziristan conflict 2004 – 2012 22,016
Iraqi Insurgency 2003 – 2012 23,461
Iraq vs US led coalition 2003 – 2003 8,202
Al Quaeda vs USA and allies 2001 – 2012 4,538
Afghanistan war 2001 – 2012 43,917
Civil War in Côte d Ivoire 2000 – 2005 1,471
Eritrea vs Ethiopia 1998 – 2000 98,192
Guinea Bissau Coup 1998 – 1999 1,700
Congo Brazzaville Civil War 1997 – 1999 15,540
Yugoslavia vs NATO Forces and UCK Guerilla 1997 – 1999 4,992
Nepal Civil War 1996 – 2006 12,284
First and Second Congo Wars 1996 – 2006 208,367
Russia vs Chechnyan Secessionists 1994 – 2007 20,381
North Yemen vs Secessionists 1994 – 1994 1,491
Tajikistan Govt vs Opposition 1992 – 1998 6,834
Bosnian Govt vs Serbian Insurgents 1992 – 1995 24,504
Iran vs rebel groups (MEK,PJAK etc) 1991 – 2011 3,200
Burundi Civil War 1991 – 2005 13,671
Sierra Leone Govt vs Rebels 1991 – 2002 12,034
Georgian Civil War 1991 – 1993 2,439
Croatia vs Serbian Irregulars, Rep. Krajina 1991 – 1992 1,749
Rwanda Civil War (Hutus vs Tutsis) 1990 – 2012 527,145
Somalia Civil War 1990 – 2012 37,236
Algeria Govt vs Islamic rebels, 1990 – 2005 18,348
First Gulf War 1990 – 1991 22,848
India vs Pakistan, Kashmir Dispute 1989 – 2012 24,253
Liberia Civil War 1989 – 2003 22,247
Indonesia Gvt vs Aceh Liberation movement 1989 – 2003 5,280
Nagorno-Karabakh War 1988 – 1994 4,623
South Yemen Coup 1986 – 1986 10,000
Indian Govt vs Punjab 1985 – 2000 7,247
Turkey Gov vs Kurdistan Guerilla (PPK) 1984 – 2012 33,990
Sudan Government vs Militias 1983 – 2012 68,769
Sri Lankan Govt vs Tamil Militants (LTTE) 1983 – 2009 62,313
Senegal Civil War 1982 – 2011 1,781
Iraq Government vs SCIRI 1982 – 2000 1,306
Falklands War 1982 – 1982 964
Nicaragua Govt vs Contras 1981 – 1990 30,000
Uganda Civil War 1980 – 2007 116,044
Peruvian Gvt vs Sendero Luminoso and MRTA 1980 – 1999 19,466
Iran vs Iraq 1980 – 1988 644,500
Iran vs Muhajedin e-Khalq 1979 – 2001 4,395
Cambodian Govt vs Khmer Rouge 1979 – 1998 84,950
Mozambique Govt vs Guerilla 1979 – 1992 115,600
El Salvador Gvt vs FMLN Guerrillas 1979 – 1992 55,000
Sino-Vietnamese War 1979 – 1988 48,223
Syrian Govt vs Muslim Brotherhood 1979 – 1982 2,075
Afghanistan Civil War 1978 – 2001 121,536
Rebels vs Ethiopian Government 1978 – 1991 52,398
Uganda vs Tanzania 1978 – 1979 4,000
Iranian Revolution 1978 – 1979 1,100
Vietnam vs Cambodia (Kampuchea) 1978 – 1979 32,500
Nicaraguan Gvt vs Sandinistas 1978 – 1979 10,000
Ethiopia vs Oromia rebels (OLF) 1977 – 2012 3,070
Chittagong Hill Tracts Conflict 1977 – 1997 1,152
Ethiopia vs Somalia 1977 – 1978 4,000
East Timorese Guerilla vs Indonesian Govt 1976 – 1999 75,150
Ethiopia vs Somali (Ogadeni) Rebels 1976 – 1983 3,839
Angolan Gvt vs UNITA Guerilla 1975 – 2000 157,400
Iraq vs Kurdistan (KDP/PUK) 1975 – 1996 5,928
Western Sahara War 1975 – 1991 13,000
Lebanese Civil War 1975 – 1990 144,000
Argentina: Civil War and Dirty War 1975 – 1983 20,000
Ethiopia vs Eritrea 1974 – 1991 98,927
Turko Cypriot War 1974 – 1974 5,000
Balochistan Insurgency 1973 – 1977 8,600
Chilean MIlitary Coup 1973 – 1973 2,095
Yom Kippur War 1973 – 1973 6,450
Hutu Rebellion 1972 – 1972 153,000
Philippines Govt vs Mindanao Guerilla 1971 – 2008 13,639
Sri Lanka Govt vs JVP 1971 – 1990 1,902
Bangladesh War 1971 – 1971 50,000
Philippine Government vs CPP Guerrilla 1969 – 2008 25,000
Northern Ireland, The Troubles 1969 – 1994 3,149
Israel vs Egypt 1969 – 1970 5,520
Football War Honduras vs El Salvador 1969 – 1969 2,107
Rhodesian Government vs ZANU,ZAPU,PF 1967 – 1979 27,080
Chinese Cultural Revolution 1967 – 1976 2,050,000
Cambodian Civil War 1967 – 1975 246,204
Nigerian Civil War 1967 – 1970 75,000
The Six Day War 1967 – 1967 10,047
Chad Civil War 1966 – 2010 37,233
Namibia vs South Africa 1966 – 1988 10,000
Guatemalan Civil War 1965 – 1995 88,575
Indonesian annexation of West Papua 1965 – 1978 2,100
Vietnam War 1965 – 1975 2,048,050
Second Kashmir War 1965 – 1965 5,000
Dominican Republic Coup 1965 – 1965 4,027
Colombia Govt vs Guerillas Farc and ELN 1964 – 2012 47,303
Mozambique War of Independence 1964 – 1975 13,500
Sudan Government vs Insurgents 1963 – 1972 10,000
First Rwanda Civil War 1963 – 1964 1,000
Guinea Bissau War of Independence 1962 – 1974 15,000
North Yemen Civil War 1962 – 1970 10,000
Algerian Civil War 1962 – 1963 1,500
Sino-Indian War 1962 – 1962 2,105
Angolan War of Independence 1961 – 1975 79,000
Laos Civil War 1960 – 1973 21,500
First Kurdish–Iraqi War 1960 – 1970 6,600
Congo Crisis 1960 – 1965 7,150
1959 Mosul uprising in Iraq 1959 – 1959 2,000
Second Taiwan Strait Crisis 1958 – 1958 1,500
First Lebanese War 1958 – 1958 1,400
PRRI and Permesta revolts in Indonesia 1957 – 1961 27,200
Cuban Revolution 1956 – 1959 1,000
Tibetan Uprising 1956 – 1959 12,000
Soviet Invasion of Hungary 1956 – 1956 3,171
Sinai War 1956 – 1956 2,142
Vietnam Civil War 1955 – 1964 164,923
Cameroon War of Independence 1955 – 1960 11,700
Algerian War of Independece 1954 – 1962 182,526
First Taiwan Strait Crisis 1954 – 1955 2,370
Moroccan War of Independence 1953 – 1956 3,000
Indonesian Govt vs Darul islam 1953 – 1953 2,700
Kenya, Mau-Mau vs UK 1952 – 1956 17,100
Tunisian war of Independence 1952 – 1954 3,000
Bolivian Revolution 1952 – 1952 1,000
Korean War 1950 – 1953 995,000
Third Sino-Tibetan War 1950 – 1950 4,000
Burmese Government vs Separatist Guerillas 1948 – 2012 49,243
Israel vs Palestine 1948 – 2012 16,697
Burmese Govt vs Communist Guerillas 1948 – 1988 17,700
La Violencia 1948 – 1958 29,800
Malayan Civil War 1948 – 1957 9,100
Arab-Israeli War 1948 – 1949 8,000
Cheju Rebellion in South Korea 1948 – 1949 17,000
Costa Rican Civil War 1948 – 1948 2,000
Yemeni Imamate War 1948 – 1948 5,000
First Kashmir War 1947 – 1949 3,200
Civil War in Mandatory Palestine 1947 – 1948 4,009
Telangana Rebellion and Indo-Hyderabad War 1947 – 1948 5,210
Madagascar Rebellion 1947 – 1948 12,200
Indian Partition Communal Violence 1947 – 1948 200,000
Taiwanese revolt 1947 – 1947 1,250
Paraguayan Gvt vs Rebels 1947 – 1947 1,000
Philippines, Huk rebels vs Govt 1946 – 1954 11,300
First Indochina War Comm. vs France 1945 – 1954 269,500
Soviet Union vs Baltic Partisans 1945 – 1951 32,400
Chinese Civil War 1945 – 1950 1,200,000
Ukrainian Revolts 1945 – 1947 59,700
Indonesian Independence 1945 – 1946 5,400
Greece Civil War 1944 – 1949 68,207
Franco-Thai War 1940 – 1941 1,400
World War II 1939 – 1945 50,000,000
The Winter War in Finland 1939 – 1940 151,798
The battle of Khalkhin Gol 1939 – 1939 28,000
Changkufeng Incident 1938 – 1938 1,726
Third Sino-Japanese War 1937 – 1941 1,000,000
Spanish Civil War 1936 – 1939 466,300
Arab revolt in Mandatory Palestine 1936 – 1939 2,576
Second British-Waziristan 1936 – 1939 10,200
Italo-Ethiopian War 1935 – 1936 20,000
Spanish Socialists vs Govt 1934 – 1934 1,335
Saudi-Yemeni War 1934 – 1934 2,100
Chaco War 1932 – 1935 92,661
Aprista Revolt in Peru 1932 – 1932 1,100
El Salvador, La Matanza 1932 – 1932 2,600
Brazilian Revolt 1932 – 1932 1,000
Xinjiang Muslim Revolt 1931 – 1934 21,000
Manchurian War 1931 – 1933 60,000
Communists vs Koumintang 1930 – 1935 500,000
Saya San Rebellion 1930 – 1932 1,140
The Yên Bái Uprising 1930 – 1931 1,000
Ikhwan Revolt 1929 – 1930 5,500
Kuomintang vs warlords 1929 – 1930 75,000
Escobar Rebellion 1929 – 1929 2,000
Sino-Soviet war 1929 – 1929 3,200
Second Afghan Anti-Reform War 1928 – 1929 15,000
Kuomintang vs Gansu Rebels 1928 – 1928 200,000
The Cristero War 1926 – 1929 10,000
Northern Expedition 1926 – 1928 126,500
Druze revolt 1925 – 1927 6,000
Third Chinese Warlord War 1925 – 1926 1,000
Afghan rebels vs govt 1924 – 1925 2,000
Honduras Coup 1924 – 1924 1,000
Second Chinese Warlord War 1922 – 1922 20,000
Soviet-Turkestan War 1921 – 1923 3,500
Moplah Riots in Kerala 1921 – 1922 2,450
Ireland freestaters vs Irregulars 1921 – 1922 4,000
Kronstadt Rebellion 1921 – 1921 2,600
Senussi Orden vs Italy 1920 – 1932 40,000
Third Rif War 1920 – 1926 70,000
Blackshirts vs Leftists 1920 – 1922 3,300
Conquest of Mongolia 1920 – 1921 4,000
Green Rebellion 1920 – 1921 6,700
Iraq vs UK 1920 – 1921 9,540
Franco-Syrian war 1920 – 1920 3,500
First Chinese Warlord War 1920 – 1920 35,000
Lithuanian-Polish War 1920 – 1920 1,000
Nejd-Hejaz Wars 1919 – 1925 4,000
Second Greco Turkish War 1919 – 1922 50,000
Turkish War of Independence 1919 – 1921 40,000
Hungary Civil War 1919 – 1920 1,500
Polish-Soviet War 1919 – 1920 100,000
First British-Waziristan War 1919 – 1920 2,000
Hungarian–Romanian War of 1919 1919 – 1919 11,000
Sparticist Rising 1919 – 1919 2,170
Third Anglo-Afghan War 1919 – 1919 2,136
Caco Revolt 1918 – 1920 2,102
Estonian Liberation War 1918 – 1920 11,750
Latvian Liberation 1918 – 1920 13,246
Finnish Civil War 1918 – 1918 15,150
Second Sino-Tibetan 1918 – 1918 1,500
Russian Revolution and Civil War 1917 – 1922 802,225
Russia-Turkestan 1916 – 1917 1,350
Southern China Revolt 1915 – 1918 1,000
World War I 1914 – 1918 10,670,868

Horrifying Total of lost lives due to war since 1914 = 76,671,289 Million Souls


Namaste with Love and in Peace

Change Our Thoughts and Change Our World

Published 23/06/2014 by inspiringyourspirit


Change Our Thoughts and Change Our World

One sun warms our planet from East to West each and everyday, come rain or come shine mother earth provides for us, One Mother Earth with no preference to who we are, what country we are from or what race, color, religion or creed we are from.

The beauty and bounty that Mother Earth has to offer us is endless as long as we protect her, protect her from harm, harmful pollutants, de-forestation, fracking, oil spills and poisoning of our land and waterways.

Mother earth can and will provide us with all the crops we need and fish from our oceans and rivers as long as we protect her, protect her from the endless greed and profits of man.

What we need to do is ‘Respect, Accept and Coexist’; this could be the starting point of world peace and the coming together of mankind for the good of all.

As the Buddha said:-_


One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter.


Speak not harshly to anyone, for those thus spoken to might retort. Indeed, angry speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake you.


Whatever harm an enemy may do to an enemy, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind inflicts on oneself greater harm.


Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world. By non-hatred alone is hatred appeased. This is law eternal.


From the Bible:-

Proverbs:6:16-19 There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

John 1:19 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.

Islamic Philosophy;-

The Arabic word salaam (سلام) (“secured, pacified, submitted”) has the same root as the word Islam .One Islamic interpretation is that individual personal peace is attained by utterly submitting to Allah. The greeting “As -Salaam alaykum” favored by Muslim, has the literal meaning “Peace be upon you”.

One of the terms meaning peace and peacemaking in Arabic, sulh, which is used in the Quran, is also the root of the word islah denoting development and improvement. This term is used to refer to peacemaking. Peacemakers are agents of good and those who breach it are elements of corruption and sin. It is therefore observed that peace and peacemaking are seen in Islamic tradition as part and parcel of human development. In Islam peace and making peace are seen as Godly acts worthy of praise and reward. In Islam peace is advocated as a divine quality to be pursued in order to achieve the state of felicity that we were in paradise, man’s former dwelling.

The Hindu Concept on Peace;-

The rulers think that punishing the peace-breakers will bring peace.

The oppressed think that eliminating the oppressors will ensure peace.

The nations think that destroying or subduing the enemy nations will create peace.

But the wise say that ever-enduring peace can never be obtained through external means.

One who has found inner peace has indeed found peace that abides forever.

Through spiritual discipline alone this inner peace can be acquired.

One who has found peace within transmits peace to others by one’s own life’s example, though one be not aware of it.

Therefore, say the wise, may all try to create peace within, before trying to create any temporary or superficial peace in the world through external means.


All religions want peace so in my simple mind if we start acting peacefully in the names of our religions rather than just preaching about it then we could move forward to wards world peace.

May all that have life be delivered from suffering and may we come together as one for the benefit of mankind during my lifetime.

Namaste with Love



Freedom, such a small word, but what does it mean to you?

Published 20/06/2014 by inspiringyourspirit


What constitutes freedom in one country may be far different to that in another.

Am I free?……Am I Really Free?

In many countries, freedom of speech is not even thought of because you can most often do and say what you like, its your right to get up on your pedestal and speak your mind, you can talk freely about politics, government, the monarchy in some countries, human rights…all without a worry regarding repercussion.

But in some countries, freedom means so much more, the simple freedom to be able to go outside without the fear of being killed by militia or other warring factions, the freedom to be able to draw water and drink it freely without the thought of catching a disease or suffering from severe dysentery. The freedom to speak out against the rules of the land, to stand up for your basic human rights, the freedom to pray to your god without the fear of persecution, the freedom to have a choice to eat or not eat today, the freedom to choose your own partner and not be forced into a marriage of convenience or by family arrangement, the freedom to be gay and marry if you want to, the freedom to travel across borders and be with your loved ones once again, the freedom to feel comfortable in your own color of skin, the freedom to receive education even if you are a girl, the freedom to go outside without the fear of being raped because you are a girl, freedom to access the internet free of restrictions, the freedom to earn the same as your male colleagues, the freedom to dress as you like, the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief.

So what does freedom really mean to you and can you help others around the world that are far less fortunate than you?
I live and work in a country where freedom of speech is controlled, where access to the wonderful rich world of the internet is restricted and controlled, where human rights are not so important, where freedom of religion is controlled, where the rich get richer at the expense of the poor, where food is tainted by chemicals and the chance of repercussions for speaking out are high…but am I free? Yes I’m free, at least I have a choice, I can find a way, I will speak out in the hope that one day we will come together as one world, one world working together as free spirits for the good of mankind.

Namaste with Love

Beauty Is Everywhere, We Just Need To Open Our Eyes

Published 06/05/2014 by inspiringyourspirit


Beauty is everywhere; we just need to open our eyes!

Our newspapers, TV, radio, the internet and social media messages continually bombard us with the doom and gloom of our world, wars, financial crashes, environmental catastrophes, rioting, political unrest whilst the rich and famous earn more and gain the majority of our time via their exposure through the biased and rumor hungry and often one sided media outlets. These messages bring us down, they make us feel sad, depressed, frightened for our lives for our children’s futures or we just switch off, we switch our selves off from the realities that are going on all around us; each and every day!

However my friends, there is a beautiful world outside, we just need to open our eyes and let it in!

I myself sometimes get caught up with all the troubles going on in our world, the extremes of poverty in many countries, the pollution, the environmental catastrophes taking place at the hand of mankind, the wars raging around the world for no reason other than greed, politics or genocidal control….. I cannot block them out so I try my best to do all I can to help stop it!

But I’m one man, I cannot do it all alone, so I’ve resigned myself to do my best; little by little, each day something good that will benefit humanity, and or mother earth.


Love is all-important, love for yourself is a great place to start, then when you have achieved love of yourself you will be able to give love to others, love is infectious and as John Lennon said “Love is All You Need”

As I look around me now I see and hear beauty, the blue sky, the sun shining; its rays gently warming my skin, the pigeons flying gracefully around the buildings; airing their wings, the river running by on its way towards the ocean, the branches and leaves on the willow trees swaying in the gentle breeze, the rich green of the trees in the gardens below my window and the subtle colours, white, pink, yellow and red of the flowers in the garden, my two puppy’s sleeping at my feet; their trust and love for me complete and unconditional, the sound of children playing, the old ladies chattering in the gardens as the children play. Life is wonderful if we learn to open our eyes and let it in!

Mindfulness, “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Dr. Kabat-Zinn

Have a quick look outside and see the beauty all around ☺

Namaste with Love

Great Messages to the World from our Children!

Published 07/11/2013 by inspiringyourspirit

If you as an adult could go back in time right now, back to when you were a child of between the ages of 5 to 12 years old, and have the ability to talk to your modern day self and to the world, what would say?

Please watch this short video and take a look at the images below before you put pen to paper. (You can click on any image to see the full picture and read all the words)

Namaste my dear friends
With Love

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