August 06-Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony
Propogation of peace is universal; social, religious, academic, political – all platforms are used to talk about the need for universal peace! “Peace within” and “peace without” is the refrain of all religions all over the world. Hinduism ends all its vedic verses with the words “OM Shanthi, OM Shanthi, OM Shanthi:”-that is “PEACE, PEACE, PEACE.”
There have been apostles of PEACE from time to time Jesus Christ, Goutama Budhdha, Mahaveer, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Vinoba Bhave ……………………………………………………………
While THOUGHT and TALK of PEACE go on eternally, fierce battles and wicked wars were and are witnessed in succession!
Whenever we think of the word “PEACE” automatically our mind goes to the word “WAR” and we are reminded of Leo Tolstoy’s monumental write “War and Peace” and a review reads as:
“War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy,
Tolstoy’s epic masterpiece intertwines the lives of private and public individuals during the time of the Napoleonic wars and the French invasion of Russia. The fortunes of the Rostovs and the Bolkonskys, of Pierre, Natasha, and Andrei, are intimately connected with the national history that is played out in parallel with their lives. Balls and soirees alternate with councils of war and the machinations of statesmen and generals, scenes of violent battles with everyday human passions in a work whose extraordinary imaginative power has never been surpassed.
The prodigious cast of characters seems to act and move as if connected by threads of destiny as the novel relentlessly questions ideas of free will, fate, and providence. Yet Tolstoy’s portrayal of marital relations and scenes of domesticity is as truthful and poignant as the grand themes that underlie them.”
Incidentally some more information on War and Peace:
War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, which is regarded as a central work of world literature and one of Tolstoy’s finest literary achievements.
The novel chronicles the history of the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version, titled The Year 1805, were serialized in The Russian Messenger from 1865 to 1867. The novel was first published in its entirety in 1869.
Tolstoy said War and Peace is “not a novel, even less is it a poem, and still less a historical chronicle”. Large sections, especially the later chapters, are a philosophical discussion rather than narrative. Tolstoy also said that the best Russian literature does not conform to standards and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel. Instead, he regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel. The Encyclopædia Britannica states: “It can be argued that no single English novel attains the universality of the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace”.
So much of prologue- for this Sunday story in Envius Thoughts in https://nvsr.wordpress.com is today is to think about the day HIROSHIMA PEACE MEMORIAL CEREMONY in Japan. It was on 6th August in 1945- seventy two years ago-that US dropped Atomic Bomb (little Boy) on Hiroshima.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is an annual Japanese vigil.
Every August 6, “A-Bomb Day”, the city of Hiroshima holds the Peace Memorial Ceremony to console the victims of the atomic bombs and to pray for the realization of lasting world peace. The ceremony is held in front of the Memorial Cenotaph in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Participants include the families of the deceased and people from all over the world. This traditional ceremony began in 1947 by the then Hiroshima Mayor Shinzo Hamai.
Normally the program of the ceremony is like this:
Satsuki Eda (President of the House of Councillors), Yōhei Kōno(President of the House of Representatives) and Yasuo Fukuda (Prime Minister) offered a silent prayer (August 6, 2008)
Dedication of Water (by the citizen representatives of Hiroshima), accompanied (since 1975) by the music “Prayer Music No. 1: Dirge” by Hibakusha composer Masaru Kawasaki
Dedication of the Register of the Names of the Fallen Atomic Bomb Victims
Dedication of flowers
Silent Prayer and Peace Bell (for one minute from 8:15am)
The bell is rung by one representative of bereaved families and one representative of children
Peace Declaration (by Mayor of Hiroshima)
Release of Doves
Commitment to Peace (by Children’s representatives)
Addresses (by Prime Minister of Japan and other visitors)
Hiroshima Peace Song, with music by Minoru Yamamoto and lyrics by Yoshio Shigezono
The day is observed in several other countries also in a way befitting the occasion.
To think of a war today in 2017, when so many countries proclainng “Nuclear power for peaceful purposese” but are in possession of nuclear weapons- covertly or overtly- none can be definite about the outcome.
The neutral nations like ours –have to play a very important role in this matter as one of the largest democracies of the world commanding respect because of our values and past history down the Father of The Nation one of the greatest apostles of peace.
In the scheme of the Omnipotent Almighty
Who created the Universe- peace and harmony
For the benefit of all living beings in the world;
Man in his need and greed resorts to violence bold!
In the name of Science and development, becomes Master
Resulting in the need for observing a day- faster:
Hiroshima peace Memorial Day is today
Let us focus and work for peace and poise ceaselessly!
Release of Doves
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