This is a summary of a speech by Mr Claes Nobel, Chairman of United Earth and the grandnephew of Alfred Nobel (creator of the Nobel Foundation). The speech was given before Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi’s program on Self Realisation and Sahaja Yoga at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday 3 July 1997.
Mr Claes Nobel spoke of his vision of a world in which human beings would live in harmony and peace, both with themselves and with Nature. However, in order to know how to act rightly to achieve this end, we need a reference point. It is Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi who enables us to distinguish what is right by granting spontaneous Self Realisation, through which we can know absolute truth and absolute peace.
He stressed the importance of the inspiring insights of women, such as those of Shri Mataji, particularly in relation to achieving peace. Mr. Nobel distinguished four aspects of peace in his notion of “Earth Ethics”: first, inner peace within the individual; second, the peace among men and nations, religions and races; third, the peaceful relation with Nature and the Earth in which we listen and respect; and fourth, the peace between man and God, which precludes all violence and war. Shri Mataji enables us to perceive the underlying and eternal spiritual laws which govern the cosmos and life on Earth.
Shri Mataji’s followers, whom he had met all over the world, were all radiant with inner peace and balance and should be called “Ambassadors for the Earth.” Shri Mataji’s gift of Self Realisation gives discrimination to know the truth and to avoid the extremes of blind faith and fanaticism.
There had been enough talking about a sustainable future for the Earth. What was needed now was action. An Indian fable pointed the way forward: the greatest fulfilment and satisfaction are attained not by thinking of self, but through a true insight into our collective identity.