The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus, referring to the nature of the world and the cosmos, said, “Everything changes and nothing stands still”. These simple words convey a profound truth that pervades all of creation and existence. It is a truth that we experience all too often in our own lives, and yet it seems that most people struggle with change, to a greater or lesser degree – whether it is to deal with a change that they resist, or to bring about a change they desire.
This edition of The Clarion Call explores the nature of change, how we can connect to it, some tools from ancient wisdom that we can apply in our lives to bring about change for the better, and looks at the dual aspect of change within and around us. For the Philosopher, change starts within; And this change within becomes the strong enabler of change in the world around us.
It brings to mind a beautiful quote by the Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu:
“If there is to be peace in the world,
there must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
there must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
there must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours,
there must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
there must be peace in the heart.”
Anand Baskaran Editor – The Clarion Call
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