A Japanese Garden of Peace

In Auroville, we live to create Beauty.  We aspire for Beauty….We work for Beauty….We seek to see the Beauty in All.  Beauty is not simply something nice to experience or look upon, but is something that has the power to Transform everything, to Heal….it is the Soul-Partner of Love. 

Beauty can be found in so many forms in Life….and in Nature it is found most profoundly, when we stop and observe, listen, Feel it.  The Beauty of Gardens has been explored throughout the history of the world in various ways.  In Japan, the Art of Garden-making has become something that seeks to inspire not only a sense of Beauty and Harmony, but also something Deeper, a Spiritual Connection with the Earth and Nature.

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The Labyrinth at Auroville Botanical Gardens

In the Auroville Botanical Gardens, we work to inspire a new Spirit and Consciousness, this sense of Beauty and Harmony, into the world around us, into the material world that we are a part of.  It is an Inner Journey first, but also one that informs our Outer Experience.  Over 15 years many people have worked on the land in this place in South India where people from around the world come to experience Something Else….to build Human Unity and Peace in the world by building a city and experimenting with ourselves, our Spiritual and Material worlds.  We have played with Nature and explored its Spirit, and yet still there is much to awaken….

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Japanese Garden of Peace Design


Recently we have aspired to build a Japanese Garden of Peace here in our Botanical Gardens.  Our fellow Japanese Aurovilian Jyoti has designed a wonderful Garden for us and we have found just the right location to put it.  It will take much work, many hands and hearts, to create it….and also, of course, money.  As we Aurovilians who choose to live as full-time volunteers and offer our lives to build a world not based upon profit but upon creating Beauty and Peace, we need the help of others to build everything here…..So we reach out to all of you who may have a Love for Gardens, for Gardens that will educate and Inspire children and adults and people from around the world….we reach out to you for the help to build this Japanese Garden of Peace.  We invite you to visit our Indiegogo Campaign Page at http://igg.me/at/japanesegarden/x/12519715 where you can see videos, pictures, and find out more detailed information about our special project.  We hope you will find a way to support this project in any way you are able.  Please share this with others in your social media world and inspire others to build Peace in new ways.

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Japanese Garden of Peace Design

In a world so full of tension and violence, we truly need more actions and creations that will Inspire Peace and Unity between us all.  Love and Light.

 

Book Release: The Making of a Peace Corps Volunteer

In a world where we speak about Peace more than ever in our history, we must roger-parent-book-coverremember that in the past there have been countless efforts, attempts, movements, events, individuals, and even simple kind Moments of Life that have brought us to this point in time where the global conscience can hold such an Aspiration and Vision. 

Among these movements in history has been the work of the Peace Corps, started in the early 1960’s by President Kennedy.  My father was one of those first pioneering individuals who was sent forth into the world to be a Peace Corps Volunteer during its first year, and he has recently self-published an autobiographical book about his early life, entitled The Making of a Peace Corps Volunteer:  From Maine to Thailand.

Roger Parent with students in Udorn, Thailand, 1962

Roger Parent with students in Udorn, Thailand, 1962

This is his personal true story about living and growing up in rural Maine, where he explores his childhood and shares stories of his experiences as a youth as he grew into the young man who chose to take a leap and join the the new-born Peace Corps organization to serve others in Thailand, where he connected with the people of a new country and foreign culture.  It is a story which exemplifies the Spirit that is necessary to build the Peace in this world that we so eagerly seek:  the Spirit of Connection with our world’s diversity, the Spirit of acceptance and tolerance, the Spirit of learning and growing beyond one’s small personal world to widen one’s experience and perception of the world around oneself through volunteering and service to others. 

Please support this book and the story it has to share by visiting my father’s Dadyoungwebsite and consider purchasing this book, whether it be for yourself, a friend of family member, or donate a copy to your local school or library to allow others to share in its message.

Visit www.rogerparent.org to read reviews and samples of the book, see more pictures and order your paperbook or e-book copy today!  Thank you and Peace to All!