Prayer for Peace

At the end of the Second Wold War after five years of untold suffering, at 8:15 a.m. on 6 August 1945, the first atomic bomb to be used in war was dropped by the US Airforce from the Enola Gay a B-29 bomber. It obliterated the city of Hiroshima, Japan almost instantly. Over 140,000 people died on that day.

The Product Exhibition Hall building was originally designed by the Czech architect Jan Letzel. Its remnants stand on the site of the blast as a testament to what occurred on that day. Today the Genbaku Dome is a symbol for peace.

The Genbaku Dome is also a reminder of all the pointless wars that we have fought over the centuries between ourselves over nothing. Moreover it stands as a chilling image of what might easily become of the beautiful blue planet if we are careless.

Since the bomb was exploded on 6 August 1945, we remain slow to change our ways. Collectively we continue to be at war with ourselves and each other and treat this planet and the other life forms we share it with poorly. The responsibility to look after this planet is ours.

Let there be peace within me,
Let there be peace around me,
Let there be peace throughout the world.

Om shanti Om shanti Om shanti.

Invocation of Peace – Kena Upanishad