Neda! Stay With Us . . .

Neda SoltanThis woman was recently murdered in Iran…

She’s now called Iran’s “Angel of Freedom”…

She was walking with her singing teacher (women in Iran are prohibited from singing in public), while the current struggle for human rights was being waged around them, when a single malicious bullet found its home in her heart…

She was a student of philosophy and is now a symbol of the egregious waste that oppression of human freedom spreads over not just Iran but our whole earthly Home…

Why such brutal waste of human potential?

Why should beauty be viciously twisted into the horror of senseless death.

Why should those created in God’s image take on the venomous visage of satanic insanity?

People are murdered, young beauty is effaced, humans become devils because the Principle of the Oneness of Humanity is buried under ages of egoistic debris…

The Spiritual Quote  at the end of this post contains a solution for this Crime…

I’ve posted an image and video of Neda’s final moments on one of my other blogs. Why in the world would you want to go there and actually watch this sweet, young woman die? I’ll let Aylar Macky, who represented Calgary in the recent Miss Universe Canada competition, who had never been involved in any social causes, then turned into a strident activist, give you one possible reason why you might watch Neda die.

In her words, from the Calgary Herald :

“I watched the video of Neda over and over….I just couldn’t stand by helplessly after that….This isn’t just about Iran, it’s about all of humanity.”

Spiritual Quote:

“This is a new cycle of human power. All the horizons of the world are luminous, and the world will become indeed as a garden and a paradise. It is the hour of unity of the sons of men and of the drawing together of all races and all classes. You are loosed from ancient superstitions which have kept men ignorant, destroying the foundation of true humanity.

“The gift of God to this enlightened age is the knowledge of the oneness of mankind and of the fundamental oneness of religion. War shall cease between nations, and by the will of God the Most Great Peace shall come; the world will be seen as a new world, and all men will live as brothers.

“In the days of old an instinct for warfare was developed in the struggle with wild animals; this is no longer necessary; nay, rather, co-operation and mutual understanding are seen to produce the greatest welfare of mankind. Enmity is now the result of prejudice only.

“In the Hidden Words  Bahá’u’lláh says, ‘Justice is to be loved above all’. Praise be to God, in this country the standard of justice has been raised; a great effort is being made to give all souls an equal and a true place. This is the desire of all noble natures; this is today the teaching for the East and for the West; therefore the East and the West will understand each other and reverence each other, and embrace like long-parted lovers who have found each other.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in London, p. 19

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3 thoughts on “Neda! Stay With Us . . .

  1. I’m deeply affected by the death of Neda on video. On the one hand I feel like a voyeur to a moment most intimate. On the other hand this video may be the most effective means of conveying the black heart of the so-called Islamic Republic of Iran.

    I’ve seen death in real life, yet this is almost too much to bear. The way she looks at the camera makes me feel like she’s looking me in the eye. Like she’s imploring me to do something. Or imploring me to look away.

    The death of Neda is now film as history, like Zapruder’s film of the JFK assassination. Its more than just a record of history, it will define history. Irrespective of whether the protesters succeed or not, she’ll always remain emblematic of the struggle. The West will either see her as a martyr to change or fascism.

  2. I was also very moved by Neda’s staring at the camera.

    I am completely disturbed and emotional wrought by her death.

    I certainly have my judgements of the Iranian regime and there have certainly been many other tragic deaths–in Iran and all over our globe.

    Still processing why Neda’s death has so moved me…

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