As mentioned in the Home Page we need to change
the dysfunctional paradigm of civilization. We have described several efforts on this website. Meji is also affiliated with Ik Onkar Peace Foundation that conducts activities to promote peace. Mr. Ralph Wolff, J.D. has been involved in peace making for over 30 years. Meji attended one of his workshops organized by Beyond War over quarter of a century ago. Ralph is the Executive Director of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), an accrediting body that accredits the Universities in the Western States.
Over twenty years ago when Meji was Dean of Rosebridge Graduate School of Integrative Psychology Ralph invited him to join a group Higher Education for Peace comprising of several Presidents of Graduate Schools and Universities. They have been friends ever since and individually they have been involved in Peace efforts over thirty years. In 2002 they organized Ik Onkar Peace Foundation that is described below.
IK ONKAR PEACE FOUNDATION
The mission of Ik Onkar Peace Foundation is to promote personal growth toward divine consciousness within individuals, and in relationship to one another, while seeking harmony in the world. It strives to promote peaceful conflict resolution without the use of violence, encourages economic and social justice while preserving planetary beauty and resources.
Articles of Incorporation
Ik Onkar means there is one Divine Creator that manifests Itself in Its Creation. This implies that the essence of all beings is the same Divine. Every one and every thing in this universe is sacred. The divine is both immanent and transcendental. There is a Divine Order that governs the creation.
"Everything is in Divine Order there is nothing outside of it.
If one understands this then one does not make Haumain based
- Guru Nanak Dev Ji
You and I are in essence the same. What keeps us apart is Haumain i.e. , "I am" consciousness. Attachment to Haumain is the cause of all suffering. The second type of consciousness is Naam or Divine Cosmic consciousness. The purpose of a spiritual journey is to realize the Divine within ourselves, live in this cosmic or divine consciousness and reduce the Haumain consciousness. Perceiving the Divine in everything alleviates duality.
The sense of enmity and estrangement is vanished
Since I have been in the company of saints. (Contemplate)
Foe and stranger there is none
I am at peace with every one
Whatever the Beloved commands I accept with pleasure
This is the wisdom I received from the saints.
The beloved resides in every body
Beholding it in every one Nanak is in a state of bliss."
- Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Following is an excerpt from a Jewish prayer for the "Blessing of a New Home" as written in the Deuteronomy:
"And you shall love yourself
For you are a spark of the divine
And you shall love your neighor as yourself
And you shall love the stranger
For you were once strangers in the land of Egypt
Let love fill your heart for all beings"
Following is one of the revelations of God to Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him, as written in the Quran:
"O mankind, we have created you from a single (pair) of male and
And made you into nations and tribes
That ye may know each other
Not that you may despise each other."
Following is a quote from a Punjabi Sufi poet Bulleh Shah:
"Tear down the mosque
Tear down the temples
Tear down everything that you see
But, do not hurt a persons' heart
Because that is where God resides."
Following is a quote from the Old Testament: Isaiah Chapter 2 verse 4:
"He (God) shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another nor shall they train for war again."
Following is a quote from the New Testament: Matthew Chapter 5 verse 9:
"(Jesus says) Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God."
Following is a quote from the Baha'u'llah, from the writings of the Baha'i Faith:
"Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor, and look upon him with a bright and friendly face. Be a treasure to the poor, an admonisher to the rich, an answerer of the cry of the needy, a preserver of the sanctity of thy pledge. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be unjust to no man, and show all meekness to all men. Be as a lamp unto them that walk in darkness, a joy to the sorrowful, a sea for the thirsty, a haven for the distressed, an upholder and defender of the victim of oppression. Let integrity and uprightness distinguish all thine acts. Be a home for the stranger, a balm to the suffering, a tower of strength for the fugitive. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be an ornament to the countenance of truth, a crown to the brow of fidelity, a pillar of the temple of righteousness, a breath of life to the body of mankind, an ensign of the hosts of justice, a luminary above the horizon of virtue, a dew to the soil of the human heart, an ark on the ocean of knowledge, a sun in the heaven of bounty, a gem on the diadem of wisdom, a shining light in the firmament of thy generation, a fruit upon the tree of humility."
The following are two quotes proclaimed by Mahavir, the Founder of Jainism:
Mahavir (Founder of Jainism) proclaimed interdependence a profound truth for all times to come when he said: "One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water and vegetation disregards his own existence which is entwined with them."
Ahinsa Parmo Dharma
There is nothing so small and subtle as atom or any element as vast as space. Similarly, there is no quality of soul more subtle than non-violence.
And there is no virtue of spirit greater than reverence for life.
Thus "all Arhals (Venerable ones) of the past, present and future discourse counsel proclaim profound and describe thus in unison: Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture or kill any creature or living being."
CURRENT PROJECT: 2012 Virsa (Heritage) Celebration Lahore - March 9th-11th Amristsar - March 16th-18th
Our Trustees are from a variety of professional backgrounds and bring to the work their own experiences, as well as their lived reality of working in an interfaith, intercultural environment. The foundation has crafted a method of consultation to address organizational issues. The method is organic and evolves with each new application. We offer our gifts as services, designed to support our mission statement by providing:
Contacting Us: (925) 829-2463
Please feel free to contact us for information or service requests.
President: Ralph Wolff, J.D.
Asst. President: Joty Sikand, Psy.D.
Secretary: R.K. Janmeja (Meji) Singh, Ph.D.
Asst. Secretary: Anju Ahluwalia, M.A.
Treasurer: John Hazen, M.A., MFT
Asst. Treasurer: Fatemeh Bani-Taba, Psy.D.
In awareness of the rising tide of conflict on the planet, and the increase in poverty, injustice and suffering, the Ik Onkar Peace Foundation offers the following resolution in support of authentic, everlasting Peace. BET IT RESOLVED, that the Ik Onkar Peace Foundation expresses its support for the Principle that the divine spirit is within each of us, manifests itself in Love and Truth, and is found through the opening of the heart. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that way to Peace begins but does not end with the individual and extends to the family, the community and the Planet, and is a journey of inspiration and action that all are called to. AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Peace comes with the openhearted recognition that all life is sacred, that the Divine Presence can be found through many paths, and that God and the Divine Presence can neither be owned or expressed in a single way or by a single group, but to be fully realized and expressed requires the participation of all. THEREFORE, Ik Onkar Peace Foundation through its activities and the action of its members, acknowledges the need to end war, to end the use of violence as a means of establishing dominance and the propagation of a single ideology of economics or religion as the only true path to Peace. It commits to work through the individual and the community to bring peace through Dialogue, Communication, for review, refinement and endorsement.
1. Ik Onkar Peace Foundation is a Cooperation Circle of the United Religions Initiative (U.R.I.): As of 2006, there are over 400 cooperation circles in 60 different countries. The purpose of United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings.
2. Ik Onkar Peace Foundation is one of the sponsoring organizations for the Interfaith Center at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Center acts as a hub for interfaith events, action and education for the San Francisco Bay Area.
3. Ik Onkar is a member of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, which consists of one hundred faith-based organizations working toward interfaith understanding, peace and justice in Contra Costa County.
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