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WHAT IF?… a child’s song about peace…

Harris and his daughter, Ariana, in early 1972...

WHAT IF WE COULD?... a children's song about peace

TO HEAR THE SONG, CLICK ON THE LINK 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xSU8Ykv0ck

What if we could find a way to start

To ease the pain in every broken heart

What if we could wipe the slate quite clean

Of ev’ry trace of hate there’s ever been

What if no mother’s scream should pierce the night

What if no little child should wake in fright

What if we could live in harmony

What a perfect place this earth could be Read more...

A Walk with My Daughter…

My daughter waits to go out for her walk.

At first, she doesn’t want to go, but then she changes her mind.
I dress her in red coat, warm trousers and yellow plastic boots. It is a clear, cold autumn day in the city of Melbourne.

We walk down the street. She dawdles. “Come along now, Ariana,” I say.

She ignores me. Already, at the age of almost two, she has a mind of her own. But then she catches up, and takes my finger in her hand. Read more...

MAY THE CURSE OF IRELAND FLY OVER YOUR HEAD

 I intend this story to accompany articles in the November issue of Subud Voice. It has two themes. First, the Irish diapsora in Australia...a sideshow to Ilaina Lennard's story of Bapak's last visit to Ireland...And second, it is the story of my mother's death and resonates I hope with the stories by Rachman Mitchell and Levi Lemberger about the deaths of parents...

In that period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852, commonly known as the Great Potato Famine, many of the Irish came to Australia, and greatly shaped the development of our nation. Perhaps the most famous of all Australians, the outlaw Ned Kelly, was, of course, of Irish stock. And I myself am partly of Irish descent. Read more...

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

Iga with orang-utan.

As we know, aging comes in waves.  One day we feel as good as we ever did, better.  We are full of vim and youthful vigour. We are still 18 years old.  The next day we are so exhausted we can barely drag our useless carcase around. Read more...

AND SO THE JOURNEY CONTINUES…

Piata these days.

Harris Smart writes...

I have traveled the world for 30 years interviewing many Subud members, but I have never interviewed the person closest to me, my wife.

We were sitting together this morning and she asked, “What did you discuss at the helpers' meeting last night?”

I said, “We talked about why people leave Subud and whether there is anything that we can do about it. Why do people who have been in Subud for a long time drift away? And why do those who've only just been opened stop coming? Why do you think that is?"Harris Smart writes... Read more...