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The Lotus Blossoming: Israel and Iran: A Love Story


During a critical moment of impending war between Israel and Iran, something beautiful emerged from the mire of divisive thinking, racial intolerance and mutual hate. Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry designed this poster of himself and his daughter, and shared it on Facebook. It created, and reflected, an exquisite moment in our human evolution, an instant when the soul rises above the muck of the most ugly human ideas, glimpses its True Self and is transformed.

Many other Israelis responded positively to this message, designing their own posters to join the force of love.  Iranians returned the gesture of love with their own posters, and in the wake of these communications of the heart,  Facebook communities entitled ‘Israel loves Iran,’ ‘Iran loves Israel’ and ‘Palestine loves Israel’ have been set up to suggest an alternative way of dealing with each other.


This story reminded me of the lotus flower, which in Hindu, Buddhist and Egyptian religions, is considered a symbol of purity and resurrection. The lotus, rooted deeply in the mud, ascends through murky waters to blossom at the surface as a beautiful flower. For me, certain people of these warring nations have awoken to the illusion of their beliefs in separation and hatred, and like the lotus flower have risen from the abyss into the sunlight of their heart space.


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Truth, once seen, cannot be unseen. The stalk of the lotus is pliable, easy to bend, but very hard to break. Once the love that binds us as human beings is remembered at the deepest level, nothing can render us apart.

To watch this video of people rising from the depths of human misery, is a gift. I thank Noeleen over at WordsFallFromMyEyes for bringing my attention to it. It gave me a hope for humanity that I have not felt in a very long time.


About Yaz

Hi Everyone! Please check out my site. There you'll find a range of subjects on which I've expressed my world view. I always challenge myself and others to move out of their point of view and try seeing things from another perspective. Your point of view will always be there if you don't like mine! And I'd love to hear from you. Perhaps you'll shift something in me. This is the journey to the True Self and I love it. Lots of love to you all!


31 thoughts on “The Lotus Blossoming: Israel and Iran: A Love Story

  1. Amazing hope we find in one another. Thank you Yaz and Noeleen.

    Posted by Chatter Master | March 7, 2013, 9:37 pm
  2. Beautiful… THANK you Yaz. I’m sharing this too.

    Posted by TerryS | March 7, 2013, 9:54 pm
  3. This is awesome, first step to many more for peace. 🙂

    Posted by andy1076 | March 7, 2013, 10:41 pm
  4. It’s wonderful to appreciate there are many who oppose hatred; makes the heart soar!
    The Internet is allowing the ‘everyday’ person to have a voice. How great is this man’s voice..!
    Thank You for sharing this Yaz and Noeleen… It is a great walk in the right direction.

    Posted by carolynpageabc | March 7, 2013, 11:41 pm
  5. Grande dimostrazione della potenza dell’Amore!

    Posted by SpirAnima | March 8, 2013, 2:40 am
  6. L’ha ribloggato su SPIRANIMAe ha commentato:
    Esempi di Cuore d’Amore!!

    Posted by SpirAnima | March 8, 2013, 2:41 am
  7. Reblogged this on SOUL NEEDS: peace through realizing our oneness and commented:
    Salām and ‪Hallelujah‬ to all peace-makers – may the Holy Spirit strengthen all their efforts.

    Posted by Roger - Dr Roger Prentice | March 8, 2013, 11:32 am
  8. Very good post. Thanks for sharing it 🙂

    Posted by Otrazhenie | March 8, 2013, 12:14 pm
  9. Reblogged this on Otrazhenie.

    Posted by Otrazhenie | March 8, 2013, 12:15 pm
  10. If the world was run by sensible people then there would be no need for any of this, but the world is run by snakes. As Billy Connolly once said: “The desire to become a politician should bar you for life from ever being one.”

    Posted by Danny Breslin | March 8, 2013, 1:23 pm
  11. Reblogged this on Danny Breslin and commented:
    Give peace a chance?

    Posted by Danny Breslin | March 8, 2013, 1:24 pm
  12. Beautiful! War is not an option today… only peace. We have to think of the world we are leaving behind for our children. I love your using the lotus as a symbol for peace. As an Indian I can completely see the beauty and our need for it.

    Please check out this post below on my blog. This poem has been inspired by what war does to women.

    Thank you and have a peaceful weekend!

    Posted by mj | March 8, 2013, 2:26 pm
  13. just wonderful Yaz! thanks for sharing & for shining your light! one love<3

    Posted by carolineskanne | March 8, 2013, 2:51 pm
  14. Non ho mai avuto dubbio che tra i due popoli, tra i cittadini dei due Stati, sia possibile amarsi e rispettarsi. La cosa diventa difficile, forse impossibile, quando i rapporti riguardano i due governi ed i loro diretti o inderetti schieramenti politici internazionali. E l’ONU come mediatore è assolutamente inadeguato anche se essenziale.

    Posted by barbatustirolese | March 8, 2013, 4:30 pm
  15. Communication from my family to yours is always the key.

    Posted by jazzytower | March 8, 2013, 5:54 pm
  16. Facebook might just be good for some thing after all.

    Posted by jazzytower | March 8, 2013, 5:57 pm
  17. I don’t want war John Wood USA Where do I send my poster? People don’t want war, we want our children to grow up NOT dodging missiles.

    Posted by Wudman | March 8, 2013, 8:49 pm
  18. This brought tears to my eyes as it also gives me hope for humanity. What a beautiful message of love. Thanks so much for sharing this, Yaz!

    Posted by sufilight | March 9, 2013, 5:23 am
  19. Yaz you have a gift for sharing insights and perspectives everyone can relate to. I am grateful we connected this past fall so I too can experience your wonderful gift of sharing.

    Posted by Candia Sanders | March 16, 2013, 9:26 am
  20. I remember when this all transpired; it was so incredible the movement that grew out of one man’s vision. Back to the ‘one candle lights the dark’, premise.

    Posted by Candia Sanders | March 16, 2013, 9:33 am
  21. Yaz! I know this video too. I reblogged it but can’t remember which date. It is a wonderful, WONDERFUL thing. We humans, with voice and action, oh we can be loud and surge like a tsunami and wash through those authorities and their agendas.

    Excellent, excellent article, Yaz. xxx

    Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes | March 17, 2013, 4:02 am
  22. What a truly beautiful post. What else could you do to disseminate this perspective of togetherness and love to all those mired in the beliefs of hatred and separation?

    Reading the post made me remember John Lennon’s Imagine….

    “Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people living life in peace”



    Posted by Shakti Ghosal | March 17, 2013, 2:02 pm
  23. So enlightening as always!!!!! I am sending this to everyone I know!

    Posted by coastalmom | March 17, 2013, 6:36 pm
  24. You are my teacher! Just wanted you to know! 😉

    Posted by coastalmom | March 17, 2013, 6:36 pm
    • Hey Diane. That’s so unusual. I just declared Yaz to be my teacher on my blog today, in a comment also and I hadn’t seen this comment of yours. She’s the blogger of all bloggers! We SO have to organise to meet up!! How about a week in Tahiti or Mauritius or somewhere, nice and peaceful where we can chat for hours?

      Posted by Joy is now | March 20, 2013, 12:36 pm
      • Don’t get me going, Emma! Just when I’m off to do an 800 km hike, you talk about peaceful meetings in Tahiti, no doubt with wine, beautiful food and great conversation! I’d LOVE to meet with you both.

        Posted by Yaz | March 20, 2013, 4:14 pm
  25. Finally got time to watch the 15 minute video. Got quite teary. I love that man and what he’s done and I hadn’t seen him before. Australia loves Iran & Israel! Thank you for bringing this to my attention Yaz. You totally rock as always!

    Posted by Joy is now | March 20, 2013, 12:33 pm
  26. Agreed and a huge ditto to what coastalmom said…you’re my teacher too. Huge hug…missed you Yaz!

    Posted by Joe | March 20, 2013, 4:19 pm
  27. Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing this.

    Posted by Arindam | March 20, 2013, 10:42 pm
  28. Comunication and understanding, there is hope when graphic art is used in this way. Thanks for a beautiful post.

    Posted by jacksjottings | March 22, 2013, 12:28 pm

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