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Unity 101 - 9 Great Pilgrims of Peace

9 great leaders have walked this earth, 5 of which are no longer with us because of an assassin’s bullet and one was crucified - imagine 6 out of the 9 murdered.

All 9 were true pilgrims of peace, men and women of extraordinary wisdom and courage. Men and women who fought for unity, fought in a non-violent way for world peace.

Men and women who demonstrated and lived their lives showing kindness, understanding, and forgiveness to all people, all races.

We need to remember these 9 great pilgrims of peace. We need to remember the bullets came from hatred. We need to remember we must love one another.

Assassin's Bullets Killed These Great Pilgrims of Peace:

Abraham Lincoln February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865 56 years old

John F. Kennedy May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963 46 years old

Mahatma Gandhi October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948 78 years old

Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968 39 years old

John Lennon October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980 40 years old

Great Pilgrim of Peace Crucified:

Jesus Christ born December 25, 0000 - ???

Great Pilgrim of Peace Exiled:

Charlie Chaplin April 16, 1889 – December 25, 1977 87 years old

Great Pilgrim of Peace Died Natural Death:

Mother Teresa August 26, 1910 – September 5, 1997 87 years old

Great Pilgrim of Peace - Still Living:

Nelson Mandella born July 18, 1918

Great Leaders of Peace and Leaders of Unity

The tragic item for the world is the loss of great leaders of peace. To loose greatness before their the end of their natural life - many decades before their natural life span.

Kennedy’s death is very similar to Lincoln's, Lennon’s, Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi’s – in that all of their deaths were created by “man”, created from “hatred” direct via a bullet. Christ's death ironically was "legal" and yet executed in one of the most inhuman manners.

Journey with me as we take a brief look at greatness and admire their courage, their convictions and their leadership. Let us extol their virtues and seek to mimic their love and unity.

Original artwork from Zakee Sariff

Original artwork from Zakee Sariff

"Geography has made us neighbors.

History has made us friends.

Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies.

Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder."

— John F. Kennedy

About the Artist - Zakee Shariff

"Zakee's aim always remains the same – to touch people through her work and spread a message of peace and love, hopefully encouraging people to think more deeply about the world they live in. Like a beautiful dream, all that’s really required to enter Zakee's world is a willingness to open up, let go, and enjoy the ride..."

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Unity 101 - John F. Kennedy - A Leader for Equal Rights

JFK - Connecting Two Continents - One Acre in England

John F. Kennedy - Pigrim of Peace

"Geography has made us neighbors.

History has made us friends.

Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies.

Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder."

John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was sadly assassinated.

The 22nd of November is the anniversary of the death of a great American president, a pilgrim of peace.

It was John F. Kennedy who founded the Peace Corps. JFK Introduces the Peace Corps – 1961 Newsreel

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi as a young man

Mahatma Gandhi as a young man

More Information on Gandhi

3 Soldiers of Peace

Mahatma Gandhi - Pilgrim of Peace

Pilgrim of Peace- Mahatma Gandhi’s Contribution

Mahatma Gandhi Pilgrim of Peace – his life, willing martyr for his country.

Gandhi touched hearts all of the world.

People didn’t know where India was before Gandhi.

People didn’t know what the issues were before Gandhi.

Gandhi touched billions of peoples lives. He was the leader of 1/5 of the world’s population in the 1900 's.

He had an extraordinary capacity to speak to massive crowds.

According to the video, Gandhi captured the conscious of the world and changed the course of history in regards to his 1930’s “salt march” in protest against Britain.

He fasted for unity. He wanted Hindu brothers to live in peace with Muslim brothers. “My death must achieve what my life failed to achieve.”

Mahatma Gandhi - "Pilgrim of Peace"

Video of Mahatma Gandhi's Life - The Original "Pilgrim of Peace"

Gandhi was labelled the Pilgrim of Peace in this video - he is the original. He is the lasting and most pervasive "pilgrim of peace" in our universe.

Just as the man was extraordinary, this video which interviews over 5 different people from ....journalist James W. Michaels, editor Forbes Magazine, who covered India, to Lady Pamela Hicks, daughter of the last Viceroy of India with her delightful British ancient, Dr. Phillips Talbot - journalist of India and the grandson of Gandhi himself - Arun Gandhi and His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama of Tibet, Dennis Dalton, author "Mahatma Gandhi", Bhikhu Parekhi Professor of Political Theory, University of Hull, England. This video includes the actual historical voice of Gandhi.

Gandhi called his autobiography - "the story of my experiments with truth".

His life included a chapter of law and striving to be the perfect English gentleman. After obtaining his law degree, he stumbled and wasn't able to speak. He then took a position in South Africa. While in Africa, he booked 1st class train passage, because of discrimination, he was thrown off the train. That evening while stranded upon the train platform he considered that long winter night in his life his most creative part of his life.

From 1893 to 1906 Gandhi tries to work through the legal system to end discrimination. He wanted to be a unifying force - to live as equals.

During the Zulu Rebellion while in South Africa he experiences first hand the violence of guns over spears. Gandhi internalizes the dominance of the British over Indian's and Zulu's and decides he is dominating in his marriage. He took an owe of chastity.

"For Indians he was a near deity, for empirical Britain the enemy". In August 1942 (his "Quit India" speech) he declared independence. We shall either free India or die in the attempt.

Independence of India brought division among Hindus a Muslims. He was devastated with the division. He only wanted unity.

According to the daughter of the last Viceroy of India, Lady Pamela Hicks her father came to view Gandhi as a saint.

Fear and Anger = Massive Death

500, 000 people perish. Dr. Talbot relayed that Gandhi felt that he personally had failed to convert his people to non-violence.

"Men are behaving like beasts but no worse than beasts because beasts do not kill their own."

Until Hindus and Muslims become brothers again, I will go on a hunger strike. The first day of Gandhi's hunger strike for peace and unity between Hindu's and Muslims there was virtually no support for Gandhi's plea for peace; the second there was a timid demonstration in support of Gandhi peace initiative until finally the street were cheering for Gandhi until Muslims could walk the streets safely.

According to Bikhu's account, Gandhi stated "My entire life has been defeated, and my death must achieve what I my life could not achieve."

On January 30, 1948, a young Hindu man bowed to Gandhi and shot him 3 times.

Bikhu went on to say that the greatest legacy for the man was his life - one single passion, one single principle, the principle of non-violence. Martin Luther King stated "Christ gave me message, Gandhi gave me the method."

Gandhi never lost his faith in God or in man.

From a historical recording, Gandhi is recorded in his own voice saying:

"In this midst of death, life persists,

in the midst of untruth, truth persists,

in the midst of darkness, light persists, hence I gather that

God is life, truth, light,

he is love, he is the supreme good."

A Personal Account of Gandhi - H P Roychoudhury on HubPages

"You have raised a question about a person who is Gandhi, a person who is so to say a superman, his philosophy of thought is beyond my little knowledge to understand and visualize but what I understood from the study of his life and from historical facts is that he was for the betterment of the people of Indian sub-continent and before that when he was in South- Africa, he was there protesting for equality for African & European or black and white. He was above religion and above violence. He believed and behaved till his death against sectarian thinking of religion and against the use of violence. According to his philosophy a conscious human being irrespective of his religion can not be rude or violent, an ideal government need not require army of force but an army of conscious human being ready to sacrifice his life for raising the dormant humanity of the soldier befitted with arms. He never accepted the division of India on the basis of religion but that had happened due to some reasons may be self interest of few other leaders. He believed till his death that the religious difference in human beings will vanish one day with the rise of inner conscious and violence will go away from the globe with the rising of humanity. Because he said eye for eye will make the world dark. To day we find a cry for disarmament, a cry for green House gas. This is a signal for raising the conscious of humanity for the cause of survival and peace in the globe- what Gandhian philosophy said to us."

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

More Information on Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin Legacy - Peace & Smile - Guiding Light to Love Others

Charlie Chaplin Museum

Museum in Vevey, Switzerland

Charlie Chaplin - Pilgrim of Peace

Pilgrim of Peace – Charlie Chaplin’s Contribution. Charlie's fight for equality was for the downtrodden, the common man. He played the impoverished tramp. His silent comedies were and continue to be world-renown.

Through comedy Chaplin tried to convey his opposition to war and inequality. In Chaplin's first ever (remember he was a silent film star at the turn of the century) dialogue motion picture, The Great Dictator (1940), was a clear statement against dictatorships - both in Germany and in Italy. Later Chaplin was to pay dearly for his words - by being denied re-entry into his home of over 40 years.

In the film, The Great Dictator,Chaplin ended the satirical comedy with an emotional plea for peace. This angered many in America. Likewise, Chaplin was controversial in his film Modern Times which depicted workers and poor people in dismal conditions.

The assumption made was that "human progress" for Chaplin was "Communism" and that Communism would sweep the world. And because of the anti-communist sentiments in the United States at the time, Chaplin's re-entry visit was denied. Chaplin spent the remainder of his life in Vevey, Switzerland overlooking Geneva Lake.

In America, it is often stated that we must never forget the tragic deaths in Nazi Germany which is very true. Equally important is to remember the hatred and prejudice during the McCarthy era where patriots and peace loving men such as Chaplin were criticized and ridiculed and in Charlie's case he was actually exiled for his verbal plea for peace and equality and unity.

Chaplin's museum in Switzerland is scheduled to open sometime in 2010.

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa and Princess Diana Greeting Each Other with a Hand Shake on a Postage Stamp

Mother Teresa and Princess Diana Greeting Each Other with a Hand Shake on a Postage Stamp

More Information About Mother Teresa

More than any other person in the world, I find Mother Teresa's quote comforting and uplifting.  Here is a great website with more information.

Words of Wisdom by Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa - Pilgrim of Peace

In my opinion, there is no greater pilgrim of peace than Mother Teresa. An outstanding advocate for the poor. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In her lifetime her humanitarian work expanded and grew until there were 610 mission in 123 countries around the world! These missions include soup kitchens, counseling programs, orphanages, schools and hospices.

Her strong opinions against abortion have been strongly opposed.

In 1996, the United States of America through a congressional act, honored her by extending to her Honorary United State's Citizenship.

Her words of peace are resounding. Here are just a few items:

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me?

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa Peace begins with a smile.

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ...

Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of ..

Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, ...

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. ...

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Peace begins with a smile.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

More Information About Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - My Tribute on the Anniversary of His Death

As a fellow Hub writer, Wbisbill, has so eloquently stated: ".. like Jesus Christ 2000 years removed who gave his life...ushers hope to a whole nation trying to find the meaning to those words, “all men are created equal” in the sight of God."

Martin Luther King Jr. - Pilgrim of Peace

In 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination. He was the youngest recipient ever.

Like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in non-violence. His principle objection to the Vietnam War was religious. Martin Luther King, Jr. also worked diligently to combat poverty.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at age 39.

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. “ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nelson Mandella

Nelson Mandella His Excellency

Nelson Mandella His Excellency

Nelson Mandella Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Foundation embodies the spirit of reconciliation, ubuntu, and social justice. The Foundation’s work is a celebration of Mr Mandela’s life.

Nelson Mandella Foundation

More Information About Eastwood's "Invictus"

"Invictus"  (meaning “Invincible” in Latin) was a short poem written by William Earnest Henley and published in 1875. What’s the connection to Mandela? It seems the poem was a great source of inspiration for the freedom fighter."

Nelson Mandella - Pilgrim of Peace

Nelson Mandella was born on July 18th, 1918 in Transkei, South Africa.

He is the former President of South Africa, the very first President to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, who held office from 1994–99.

Prior to his presidency, he was an anti-apartheid leader who lead multi-racial democracy.

Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1993 for his work on unity and apartheid.

Mandela completed his B.A. degree at the University of South Africa and studied law at the University of Witwatersrand.

Exciting News! Morgan Freeman is releasing a movie about the life of Nelson Mandella called "Invictus".

Morgan Freeman is the renown African-American actor who played Hoke, a driver/chauffeur to an elderly Jewish widow living in Atlanta in the movie entitled "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989).

"Invictus" is the movie directed by Clint Eastwood is called "Invictus". The cast includes Matt Damon who is best known for his work in "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007)and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).

Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was twice the unsuccessful candidate to the U.S. Senate who eventually became President of the United States! He was an Illinois country attorney, member of the US House State Representative.

It was under Lincoln's leadership that slavery in the United States was ended, the emancipation was announced on September 22, 1862 and put into effect on January 1, 1863.

As Frederick Douglas observed, Lincoln was, "The first great man that I talked with in the United States freely who in no single instance reminded me of the difference between himself and myself, of the difference of color."

Wikipedia Information - Jesus Christ

"Scholars conclude that Jesus was born 7–2 BC/BCE and died 26–36 AD/CE. There is no contemporary evidence of the exact date of Jesus' birth. The common Western standard for numbering years, in which the current year is 2009, is based on an early medieval attempt to count the years from his birth. The Gospel of Matthew places his birth under the reign of Herod the Great, who died in 4 BC/BCE, and the Gospel of Luke describes the birth as taking place during the first census of the Roman provinces of Syria and Iudaea in 6 AD/CE. However, most scholars generally assume a date of birth between 6 and 4 BC/BCE.

The earliest evidence of celebration on 25 December of the birth of Jesus is of the year 354 in Rome, and it was only later that the 25 December celebration was adopted in the East, with the exception of Armenia, where his birth is celebrated on 6 January. Indeed there is no month of the year to which respectable authorities have not assigned his birth."

More Information About Jesus

Jesus Christ: Lamb of God, Lion of Judah

"The first thing we notice in this pericope is that one of the elders called Christ, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” and John saw Christ as “a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain.” Do not miss the contrast. Jesus is described as a Lamb and as a Lion.

Now, the lamb is a very innocent and harmless creature. It is meek and patient, bearing wrongs inflicted upon it by other animals. It never seeks revenge.

... It was offered up to make atonement for sinful humanity."

Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus worked according to God's laws not man's laws. Jesus taught us how to live in peace and how to forgive and how to love. See examples below:

"In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ" 1 Corinthians 5:4 (KJV)

1. Jesus healed on Sunday

And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. Luke 13:14 (KJV)

2. Jesus Threw the Tables of the Money Changers Out of the Temple

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves...Mathew 21:12 (KJV)

3. Love God with All Your Heart and All Your Soul

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 22:37-39

4. Only One Sin Unforgivable

"Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven: but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come." Mathew 12:31-32

Jesus lead the way to showing how to forgive and guiding us how to forgive.

5. Forgive Your Neighbor Seventy Times Seven

“Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. Mathew 18:21-22 (ESV Bible Online).

6. Jesus Forgave his Enemies and Asked for Their Forgiveness

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do". Luke 23:34 (KJV)

Other Religious Views of Jesus

The other religions of the world question Jesus' divinity. Many believe he existed but question the Crucifixion and question the resurrection in addition to questioning his divinity. There can be no question that Jesus was a true pilgrim of peace. Jesus Christ is my savior, my Lord, my God.

Of all of the great men and women of the world throughout history, Jesus was exempliary. His words, his actions continue to be quoted daily. Jesus taught us with us life and with his death how to live in peace.

Jesus' way was clearly beyond being non-judgmental. Jesus' way was not only forgiving but always loving others.

Jesus' way was peace and unity.

John Lennon

John Lennon Pilgrim of Peace - black and white photo with cigarette in hand and wearing his iconic glasses

John Lennon Pilgrim of Peace - black and white photo with cigarette in hand and wearing his iconic glasses

John Lennon - Pilgrim of Peace

While John Lennon was much loved as a rock star, his legacy lives on with us with his words of peace. The song Imagine is a visual reminder of what these 7 great men and women wanted for the world. These pilgrims of peace wanted unity, freedom for all....listen carefully to the beautiful words sung by John Lennon and the melody written by John Lennon.

British rock musician wrote and sang Imagine. It was the opening track on his album also named Imagine which was released in 1971. Many believe Imagine was one of his best works. Another solo song was Give Peace a Chance.

Interesting it is said that at one point in his life, Lennon turned away from God and doubted God's very existence. Later he return to his belief in God. I end with Lennon because of his music - come share a beautiful song that reminds us the true purpose of life.

Imagine .... Peace and Unity....

John Lennon - Imagine

Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine no heaven,

its easy if you try

no hell below us,

above us only sky,

Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there is no country, It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace

You may say I am a dreamer

But I am not the only one

I hope someday that you join us

And the world will live as one

Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can

No need or greed or hunger

Or brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Caring all the world

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I am not the only one

I hope someday you will join us

And the world will be as one

9 Great Pilgrims of Peace - Imagine Equal Rights

Technically a pilgrim is one who undertakes a pilgrimage, one who goes far afield to visit a place of religious or historic significant often traveling a considerable distance.

In America, our immediate vision of the term "pilgrim" is of the pilgrims who founded the United States and whom we recognize on Thanksgiving Day.

The 9 pilgrims of peace representative here are men and women who imagined peace, who imagined equal rights.

The pilgrimage of these great leaders was to unite. These pilgrims were visionaries who envisioned and understood and actively sought peace for their fellow brothers and sisters - to be as John Lennon best stated it -"to be as one".

These 9 great leaders were on a pilgrimage their whole life, going far afield to promote peace ....with foresight and one simply goal - unity for all for the people.

"Imagine all the be as one."

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Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on May 09, 2013:


I believe it is hard in life to have proper perspective on life. Setting personal goals and priorities can be hard task. Taking a different view and seeing the world in a global stand point is a view we need both globally and for our own introspective.

We as humans chase details and often find ourselves chasing the wrong dream - things, silly goals, success in all the wrong places but finding a mentor who gave a lasting dream to all of us is possible. People of great magnitude are all around us but we must put down the magnifying glass and find a perspective. These 9 Pilgrims should be famous and yet there is a special depth that should make them famous for all generations. I hope we don't look that connection. I hope our children don't overlook this vital connection.

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on May 09, 2013:


I am so glad you have stopped by. I just visited your site and read your beautiful article about priorities. Wow! That was truly wonderful. I struggle with priorities in my life. My late husband always detailed we have time, it is really all about priorities and you truly nailed it.

So many people walk this earth and make great contribution and do it silently. I feel we often overlook the sacrifices made by politicians - both local and national - some their contributions were outstanding.

I believe the next challenge for our human race will be peace. Peace is certainly possible, if we become closer on the Internet and dispel the many myths that we are different and find the humanity within ourselves and see that we all are more similar than different, we can then emerge into a humanity that makes all of us pilgrims of peace.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 04, 2013:

What a beautiful hub. I agree, quite outstanding. The 9 pilgrims of peace are an excellent choice. Each one dedicated his/her life to working for and finding peace in this world. What a wonderful tribute you have written to them. I enjoyed reading about each one and learned something about each one that I didn't know before. Each one of these people had sensitive, loving and peaceful souls and I think why they resonate so soundly with us. Thank you for this lovely, informative and inspirational hub. Voted up and shared!