for the Third Anniversary Issue: April 2003
Welcome to the 3rd Anniversary of
the Light Millennium:
I can only hold on to the future...
one part of the world descends into war and chaos,
Sri Lanka is blossoming in favor of peace and harmony.
Thus, we dedicate this issue to the Peace Process
of Sri Lanka and the prominent Turkish author Yasar
Kemal, twice nominee for Nobel Prize in "Literature".
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hope for a peaceful world has been stolen as well as Iraq's
I cannot stand what is going on today. It is intolerable
that people’s lives do not have any value for the
rulers of this world. It is intolerable that billions
of dollars are spent on producing powerful and destructive
governments are making a profit by killing and destroying
even as they cut back on education, work-force and health,
which has never been sufficient for the needs of the U.S.
failing to meet the needs of the people, the U.S. has
been a "promise land." Instead billions of dollars
are allocated for the killing machine. This is an obvious
way of stealing Iraq's oil sources and people's rights
by the U.S. and England, and using political and military
strategies, masks, embargoes, and sanctions for this purpose
hope has been stolen since September 11. This is very
terrifying. I am afraid that this situation may also lead
to another war when this one is over!
cannot hold on to yesterday...
cannot hold on to today anymore...
can only hold on to tomorrow
can only hold on to the future
can only hold on to a hope branch of life which represents
to better tomorrows...
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is supposed to be a joyful letter!
all know that this will pass sooner or later. We will
all pass on this planet, too. Still, I hope that the overall
result of today's U.S. lead war against Iraq will lead
to a common conscious against supporters of war.
consumers we can use the "consumer" tool against
a one-sided power. Do not consume anything directly or
indirectly before finding out who promotes or sponsors
these decisions, and practices, who is behind the scene,
and then be much more selective what you drink, eat, watch,
read, wear or use, and act accordingly. This may be a
tool that can enable the rulers of this world to account
the people and listen the voice of the people. Not just
to listen, come and make up another story, rather to listen
to the people and to change the policies according to
can only stand what is going on today by producing Light
Millennium, in the hope of making it a global voice for
all the people of the world.
we are celebrating our 3rd Anniversary, and we have reached
approximately 210000 people in 105 countries, situated
on six continents. The New Year - 2003 issue was visited
by more than 75 000 people globally. Thus with each new
issue, we have tripled our visitors. The Light Millennium's
seed has been planted, and is growing, and hoping that
it will continue to blossom.
this, we could not bring in any solutions on maintenance,
technical, seed staff aspects of the organization yet.
But as long as we survive, we will definitely solve these
essential problems in order to continue to produce, enable
several other projects, and help the organization growth
healthy, therefore making it an effective global platform.
The Light Millennium organization is very young. As "an
open platform for greatness in humanity," it aims
to represent YOU as "who you are", as well as
YOU are "the soul" of this global platform without
any manipulations. We do have a long journey to go in
terms of achieving our MISSION. We have a deep nostalgia
for better tomorrows rather than yesterday... Of course,
better tomorrows should come and we have to work for it...
For this reason, if you are not a supporter of war, then
welcome to the Light Millennium...
Ways of the Light...
live my loved
guns and wars
left in history
which wheels have melt
freedom is not
HUGE LIE anymore...
big fights will be
live with you my loved
with the paths of light
will last forever
living such kind of love
transform a source of light
in the paths of light
love and creation of
a magnificent light
will dance endlessly with you
the ways of light...
the depths of space
1999, New York)
poem was inspired by Nazim Hikmet's "On the
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wrote the above poem in October 1999 in Turkish, which
is also a poetic approach for the essence of Light Millennium.
In order to keep my hopes alive, I hold on strongly to
producing the Light Millennium. With writings, poetry
and arts, these can also be your tools to fight against
what is going on in today's world by peaceful means.
we cannot change the direction of the world at this moment,
but we can, of course make some impacts for tomorrows
if we keep our HOPES ALIVE, and believe them strongly,
working on their realizations in our lives.
conclusion, I hope that WE DO NOT HAVE TO WAIT ONE MORE
MILLENNIA in terms of achieving PEACE IN THE WORLD, IN
THE UNIVERSE, AND LIVING IN LOVE FOR CREATIVITY AS WELL
AS PRODUCTIVITY AND ELEVATING OUR LIVES, MINDS AND SOULS
IN EVERY LEVEL OF LIFE...
summary, I am desperate to live in a time WHERE WEAPONS
AND GUNS ARE LEFT IN DISTANT HISTORY...
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of this issue:
and Zeynep Velidedeoglu helped us for the transcriptions
of the interviews. Thank you so much for both great
contributions to this issue. I hope Asli and Zeynep
will continue volunteering to the Light Millennium.
Albayrak helped us greatly in translations from
Turkish to English, as well as Asli Omur and Dmeri
Kakmi on editing.
we have a printed version of the Light Millennium
brochure, which Ayhan M. Duman designed in Istanbul,
and helped out all of its printing process. Thank
you to Ayhan and also thank you to Gülcan Ünver's
genereous gift (Istanbul), for making it possible.
I thank all the board members, editing committee,
volunteer representatives and correspondents (please
see: STAFF) of the Light Millennium who made it
possible to accomplish this issue. My endless thanks
to every single one of you.
Rohan De Silva, December 20, 2002
on April 7, 2003
Millennium, April 2003, New York