A New Dawn-Celebrating All Life

Winter-Solstice 2012

From Waken Tanka, the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through

all things-the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals– and was the same force

that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred, and were brought together by the

same Great Mystery.

       Kinship with all creatures of the Earth, sky, and water was a real and active principle. In the animal

and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them. And so close did

some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a

common tongue.

       The animals had rights-the right of man’s protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right

to freedom, and the right to man’s indebtedness-and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved

an animal, and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing.

       This concept of life and its relations was humanizing, and gave to the Lakota an abiding love. It filled his

being with the joy and mystery of living; it gave him reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the

scheme of existence with equal importance to all.

       The Lakota could despise no creature, for all were of one blood, made by the same hand, and filled with the

essence of the Great Mystery. In spirit, the Lakota were humble and meek. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall

inherit the Earth“- this was true for the Lakota, and from the Earth they inherited secrets long since forgotten.

Their religion was sane, natural, and human.

Chief Luther Standing Bear

Teton Sioux

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30 thoughts on “A New Dawn-Celebrating All Life

  1. Everything you’ve written of the Lakota’s beliefs is what all religions should be based on. Anything else is just too far away from the escence of what’s right and good.

  2. Non ci dovremmo mai dimenticare che attraversiamo tutti, tutte le creature in senso lato, un unico grande respiro di vita! Un abbraccio a te caro Eddie….
    Pan

  3. Ultimately we all come from the same source, we all go back to the same source and in the meantime we.should all learn to accept and respect ourselves and the creatures we share the world with 🙂

  4. Thanks so much my great friend for your opinion and greetings in my last post.
    I wishes the best Eddie and thanks for your friendship.
    Soul.

  5. Dear Eddie,
    Read about Lakota… it’s sad how they have been treated… and are treated. I read “…white men wants to `integrate´ Lakota peple ” – do white men have so much fear, afraid of a life full of kindness and humanity?!?!! Long life for Lakota, their religion is celebrating life and every white men should integrated this in his own life. Thank you for sharing, you highly inspired me – again and again! Sunny greetings, Katharina

    • The modern world looks for a better way. Mean while, ecosystems are failing and Earth (and humkind) is in peril.
      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. It is appreciated. You are most welcome my friend.

  6. what a wonderful people ! so wise, so connected to the nature , today we all need to hear these words to endless understand what is essential in life ! i love the picture ! thank you eddie ! i wish you the best for 2013, many blessings to you 🙂

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