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Teachings of the Great Brotherhood of Light by the Masters Kuthumi and Morya

Sanctus Germanus Prophecies Vol. 1 by the Amanuensis

Sanctus Germanus Prophecies Vol. 2 by the Amanuensis

Sanctus Germanus Prophecies Vol. 3 by the Amanuensis

 

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Films of Occult Significance - Recommended Films

The Sanctus Germanus Foundation’s ultimate mission is Soul Liberation through education and healing. Soul Liberation takes place when you connect with your soul, allow it to infuse your body and personality and then express itself through your physical body. In this section of our website we suggest films that help serve this purpose; they can play an important part in our education and evolution. These films impact us, stay with us; they resonate with the soul and invigorate it.

Mentor Films

Here is a group of heart-warming films about bright but underachieving students who choose to fit in with their peers rather than excel. When a mentor is attracted into their lives, they change in ways far beyond the academic. There is such mutual love and respect, the mentor is transformed even as he or she helps to transform the student.

Akeelah and the Bee Rated PG

Eleven year old Akheela has taken on a formidable challenge; in a moment when she is faltering, her mentor has her read a quote that helps her break through her fear:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

Billy Elliott Rated PG13

Eleven year old Billy, growing up in a brawling mining town in North England, is struggling with the turmoil and set ways of his family, as well as inner conflict about his passion for ballet. When asked what it feels like while he’s dancing, he answers, “Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going... then I like, forget everything. And...sorta disappear. Sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I’ve got this fire in my body. I’m just there. Flyin’ like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.”

Billy’s very special teacher opens a door so he can fly.

Finding Forrester Rated PG13

“Loosing family obliges us to find our family. Not always the family that is our blood, but the family that can become our blood. And should we have the wisdom to open our door to this new family…” This is the story that unfolds in the film.

Good Will Hunting Rated R

Will Hunting is twenty-years-old, afraid to love, afraid to excel, afraid to move out of his comfort zone, a genius mathematician working as a janitor at MIT, cleaning the classroom where Dr. Lambeau teaches graduate level math. When the professor leaves a difficult math problem on the blackboard, Will takes only a moment to write out, anonymously, the solution. Lambeau leaves another problem, one it took him and a team of mathematicians 2 years to solve; Will solves that too. Realizing Will has enormous potential, Lambeau begins tutoring him. Then, discovering that Will was abused as a foster child, Lambeau sets him up with a therapist, Sean Maguire. The film’s main drama unfolds around the relationship between Will and Sean as they dig into the dark reasons Will keeps sabotaging his professional and emotional life.

Redemption/Transformation Films

These films follow a person through a significant life change as a way of life, or a way of looking at life, or a character defect breaks up and falls away so that the indwelling light may shine through in greater force.

Agora

This fictionalized historical film opens in 391 A.D. in the city of Alexandria in Egypt, then under the rule of the Roman Empire. It chronicles the end of that civilization and the rise of Christianity. (Included is the story of the destruction of the great library housed in the Serapeum, the magnificent temple built to honor Serapis, the Hellenistic-Egyptian god who was the protector of Alexandria.)

Many themes weave through this thought provoking film:
What happens when you live the life of the higher mind, centered within yourself, committed to ideals you have thought through? Add to this that you are Hypatia, a rare woman living in a man's world, unmarried and therefore free to speak your mind. And what a mind! You seek to understand the movement of the earth and planets relative to the sun. You teach future rulers not only philosophy, astronomy, and mathematics, but also the principles of brotherhood….yet your concept of brotherhood does not extend to your slave. Amidst the turmoil of empire collapse your clarity and wisdom is your guide, and valued by your former students one of whom loves you and is the prefect of Alexandria, the other a Christian bishop.

What if you are Hypatia's slave? You assist her in her classes and since you have an inquiring mind you learn. One moment she commends your intelligence, the next she excludes you, as a slave, from the brotherhood of her students. What if you love her? What if she gives you your freedom? Which side do you choose in the ensuing political and religious chaos? Will you realize that ideas being planted in your mind are enslaving you?
What happens if you are a leader of the civilization being brutally destroyed? If your values and actions are determined by the external life of the world what will you do?
What happens when you become the Christian leader not because you cherish and embody its teachings of love and brotherhood, but because, clothed in its ceremonial robes, you can manipulate people and events to become powerful?

What if we dare to look at the world just as it is, instead of through the lens of doctrines and ideas implanted in our minds? What if we shed preconceived ideas?

Quotes from the film:
Hypatia to a bishop who was once her student: "You do not question what you believe. You cannot. I must."
Hypatia to a Christian dignitary: "Your god has not yet proved Himself to be more merciful than any of his predecessors."

Baraka

Baraka, which means blessing in many languages, offers images from around our planet accompanied by a global orchestral sound track.
The film is a feast. There are no spoken words; if there is a message, it is for you, the viewer, to garner.

Fearless Rated PG

This film is loosely based on the life of Chinese wushu martial artist Huo Yuanjia. Young, arrogant, ruthless, he defeats all opponents in the city of Tianjin, until his actions end in the revenge murder of his mother and little daughter. Overwhelmed by shame and despair, he wanders off into the countryside and almost dies. He is rescued by simple rice farmers, lives and works with them, learns from them the wisdom of kindness and mercy. He realizes that only weak people show their power through violence, which only results in endless hatred, and that his greatest enemy lives within himself. Then he returns to Tianjin to make amends to those he has harmed and to live, briefly, his mission to redefine the purpose of competition in wushu and all martial arts: to build character, to cultivate one’s body, mind, and soul. Competition helps uncover our weaknesses; it can be a form of inner exploration.

Goodnight Mister Tom

World War II has just started. London is being bombed and its children evacuated to villages far away in the countryside. Nine year old William is placed with grouchy, old Tom Oakley who is not happy to have him, until he realizes he is sheltering William from even more than aerial bombs. As the story unfolds, we watch Mr. Tom and William being transformed by love.

Grapes of Wrath

The title of the film (and the book of the same name by John Steinbeck) is taken from a phrase in the first stanza of The Battle Hymn of the Republic: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on. By Julia Ward Howe
Steinbeck wrote: “I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible” for the Great Depression and its effects; like the book, the film exposes the unfair practices of bankers and large landowners who drive poor tenant farmers off land where they have worked for years; when they become migrant laborers, other bankers and landowners conspire to keep their wages at subsistence levels.

The great depression in full swing when Tom Joad is released from the penitentiary and returns home to dust-bowl Oklahoma to find that his family has been evicted by the bankers and landholders who own their farm. Tom arrives just in time to join them on the rattletrap truck heaped with all their earthly goods. They’re off…all ten of them…to California, where they hope to find work. Thus begins an exodus story, a universal story of the dispossessed, a story of the strength and resilience of salt of the earth men and women faced with oppression. Woven into the story is Tom’s transformation from an angry loner to a man concerned with the problems of the working poor, and Ma Joad’s realization that her family encompasses many more than those riding on the truck. Implicit in the story is Steinbeck’s theory of the group-man: people in a group behave differently from a person acting alone; “when they gather into a group their individual concerns become subsumed or replaced by a group consciousness. The group…in effect, becomes a separate entity with its own motivations, desires, and goals.” These goals can serve good or evil ends; in the case of the Joad family, the group consciousness empowers their survival and generosity as they share what little they have with those who have even less, and then others with more share with them. The idea of the group-man is further magnified in a scene between Ma Joad and Tom when he tells her good-bye and sets off to join the greater group battling social injustice:

Tom: Ma,... maybe I can do somethin’...maybe find out what it is that’s wrong and see if they ain’t somethin’ that can be done about it…
Ma: How am I gonna know about ya, Tommy? Why they could kill ya and I’d never know. They could hurt ya. How am I gonna know?
Tom: Well, maybe it’s like Casey says. A fellow ain’t got a soul of his own, just a little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to everybody, then…
Ma: Then what, Tom?
Tom Joad: Then it don’t matter. I’ll be all around in the dark - I’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build - I’ll be there, too.

Groundhog Day Rated PG

Self-centered, sour spirited Phil Connors, weatherman for a TV station in Pennsylvania, is sent for the umpteenth time to cover the annual Groundhog Day Festival in the small town of Punxsutawney. The Groundhog, also named Phil, comes out of his burrow, sees his shadow, and so, according to folk lore, winter will continue for six more weeks. Phil Connors cannot wait to get out of town. But a blizzard traps him and the TV crew, including the lovely director Rita, in Punxsutawney. Next morning Phil wakes up to the exact same radio spiel he heard the day before… he’s trapped in Groundhog Day. As the worst day of his life repeats itself over and over, it dawns on Phil that the only way he can escape is to deal with his dark shadow self. If you look at repeating one day over and over as shorthand for evolving spiritually lifetime after lifetime, the film becomes the story of each of us, incarnating until we learn to love.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

When one of the Senators in his state dies, Jefferson Smith, the intelligent but naïve, leader of the Boy Ranger, is appointed to replace him. Jeff’s chief-of-staff, Clarissa Saunders, guides him through the process of introducing a bill in the Senate to create a boys camp on a specific 200 acres in his state. But this piece of land has already been co-opted as a site for a dam by the money-hungry political machine that controls the state; their bill is about to be voted on and expected to pass. Can Jeff stand up to these corrupt men and the senators who support them? Can he live his ideals: “What makes a man humane to man: to give and not to take, to serve and not to rule, ideals and not deals, creed and not greed.”

Our Daily Bread- Not rated

This film, produced in 1934, is legally available free on the internet: letmewatchthis.com It's set during the depression and tells the story of a group of unemployed city-dwellers who move to a farm, combine resources and talents, and make it through hard times.

Schlinder’s List Rated PG 13

This is a based-on-truth epic film about Oskar Schindler, a Nazi business man who intends to make a fortune exploiting cheap Jewish labor during the Second World War. He dreams of becoming a legend: the man who came to town with nothing and left with steamer trunks full of money. Instead he is gradually transformed into a humanitarian who uses his fortune to s save over 1100 Polish men, women, and children from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Seabiscuit and Secretariat

Here we consider two films about great race horses. The ancient wisdom teaches that "Everything subhuman is slowly moving toward a definite human experience"1 We humans can have a powerfully positive effect "upon domestic animals, hastening their evolution, and stimulating them into forms of advanced instinctual activity."2 This is beautifully exemplified in these two films, as well as the powerful impact a beloved animal can have on the people who befriend it.

Each of us can nurture the evolution of embryonic intelligence in our puppies and kittens, dogs and cats, or any animal that we love. Just as the Masters of Wisdom are our hierarchs, we are the hierarchs of the animal kingdom, so this is a service we can happily render to the pets who enrich our lives with unconditional love.
1(Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, Alice A. Bailey, p 64, electronic version. See SanctusGermanus.net, Pertinent Books)
2(Destiny of Nations, Alice A. Bailey, p. 6, electronic version.)

Seabiscuit PG-13

"You don't throw a whole life away just because it's banged up a little," is the theme flowing through this true story, set during the depression years in the United States. Seabiscuit, son and grandson of champion race horses, is written off at birth because he's so small; he is considered lazy, crazy, angry, incorrigible, and so he's abused. Red Pollard, the down-and-out jockey who eventually helps tame him, shares many of these traits; he loves and understands the horse, realizes "he's been so beat up, so screwed up; he's forgotten what he was born to do." Charles Howard buys Seabiscuit. Tom Smith trains him, sees beyond his unpromising exterior, sees the intelligence and spirit in his eyes. All three men have been broken by life; as they bring the horse's great hidden heart to life they are healed and transformed as well.

Seabiscuit becomes a national folk hero, a symbol of the beaten down underdog who can triumph over almost insurmountable odds. In 1938 he was the most written about creature in the USA, ahead of Franklin Roosevelt and Hitler.

Secretariat PG

This is a based on truth story of a shrewd, steel-nerved housewife and a legendary race horse. It opens in the middle of the 20th century when the women's liberation movement is gathering power in the United States. Penny Chenery goes off to college full of hope and adventure, looking forward to a career. But her dream gets side-tracked when she marries and moves to Colorado to raise four children. When her Mom dies she returns to the family horse farm in Virginia for the funeral. Her Dad has advanced Alzheimer's; the farm has been loosing money for years. To the dismay of her husband and children Penny stays on and takes control. So begins her double life juggling family and farm.

The birth of Secretariat, a frisky red colt full of promise, reignites her sense of adventure. "The colt is part of our family," she tells her husband, "I just want to see him run." The astute business woman in Penny comes to life as she builds a team around Secretariat: an irascible trainer tired of "dealing with horses as stupid as their owners," a jockey with the heart of a champion, her Dad's savvy, nurturing secretary, and a groom who can hear the horse's thoughts through his hands.

Secretariat's intelligence is referenced throughout the film: when he loses a race, he goes to the back of his stall to think about it, then breaks a record in his next race; he poses for cameras; when a reporter doubts that he embodies speed as well as stamina the horse clearly shows his displeasure; when he is facing an awesome challenge, Penny spends time communicating with him silently.

In order to save the farm and give Secretariat his chance to excel, Penny risks her marriage and financial ruin. She shows the horse racing establishment…the wealthiest men in the country…as well as her children and husband what it means to stand firm, and alone, relying on your own judgment, not buckling under adversity.

Shadowlands

This is a based on truth story of two mature individuals, both sensitive, intelligent, both searching for the light within. C. S. Lewis is a writer of children’s stories and books on personal pain and grief, an Oxford professor safely enthroned in a world of men and the intellect; a bachelor who has resisted emotional commitment his entire life; Joy Gresham is a feisty, clever New Yorker, a poet of great depth and tenderness, who has an astute sense of what makes him tick, who knows that if you play it safe in the realm of feelings and life experience you will not grow. This is the story of a love so passionate it transforms them both. Lewis has taught that one should endure suffering with patience, but finds his simple answers no longer relevant when Joy develops terminal cancer, “Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers any more. Only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I’ve been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.” A great and holy master has taught, “What appears as pain now is but the breaking of the shell of our understanding.” Lewis eventually realizes this too: “Experience is the most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” As well he learns that “when we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place.”

Snow Walker

Charlie, a World War II Canadian fighter pilot, did things in the war he never imagined he’d do, hates himself for it, is struggling to make peace with it, masking inner conflict with swagger and charm. Now he’s a bush-pilot, making one of his regular flights to deliver supplies to an Inuit tribe in the Arctic. They implore him to fly Kanaalaq, a young shaman/medicine woman with advanced tuberculosis, to a hospital and offer him two valuable ivory tusks in payment. En route the plane develops mechanical problems so Charlie is forced to make a crash landing. The plane is totaled; the radio no longer works. Charlie speaks no Inuktitut; Kanaalaq speaks little English; winter storms will hit any moment. Search and rescue missions fail, are eventually terminated, and Charlie is presumed dead. At his memorial service, as a friend reads a poem that celebrates the exhilaration of flight, the camera focuses on Charlie, trudging the icy arctic; the words of poem equally celebrate the transformation that love, wisdom, and the vast wilderness splendor have bestowed upon him.

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, -- and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of—Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. High Flight, by John Gillespie Magee

Water Rated PG

What happens when our conscience conflicts with our religion? When do we stop making compromises with our selves in order to survive? These questions are explored in this film, set in Colonial India in 1938, a time when young girls were often given in arranged marriages to older men. Chuyia is eight years old when her elderly husband dies and she is sent to spend the rest of her life in a widow’s ashram; women of all ages…their heads shaved, wearing white saris, looking like the walking dead…live there in poverty. This custom is based on 2000 year old Hindu texts that say a husband’s death is the result of his wife’s bad karma; a widow should live a chaste, ascetic life until her death. As vibrant, rebellious Chuyia turns the ashram upside-down, two other widows attempt to break free from oppression and live according to their soul’s impulse. All this is happening at a time when Gandhi is goading the entire nation to question its traditions, “For a long time I believed that God is truth. But today I know that Truth is God. May He be so to every one of us.” The tradition of widow’s ashrams persists; in 2001 there were thirty-four million Indian widows subsisting in ashrams. Child marriages still take place in many parts of the world.

Soul Mission Films

Here is a list of films about lightworkers living their soul missions in service to humanity. Notice that once they commit to their mission, doors open; when they come to obstacles that seem insurmountable, if they persist a way is found around those obstacles. Watch their enthusiasm, creativity, and sense of adventure grow. When they fulfill their plan in a small way, the scope of their mission widens; an impact that is local may become regional, then national, maybe even international.

All the President's Men

In a classic David and Goliath tale, two scrappy young reporters, Bob Woodward, the lowest paid man at The Washington Post, and Carl Bernstein, who's grown up around newspapers but never been to college, latch onto a story that begins with a break in at the National Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate Building in Washington D C and burgeons into an expose of corruption pervading the highest levels of government. With the guidance of "Deep Throat," a high official at the FBI who leaks information to them to keep their investigation on the right track, but insists on remaining anonymous, they persist through doubt, high level denials, dead-ends, and danger until the facts they are reporting bring down the imperial presidency of Richard Nixon.

Amadeus (Literally means God’s Beloved) Rated PG

This film celebrates of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Set in late 18th century Vienna, then the musical capitol of the world, it is narrated by Antonio Salieri, court composer to Emperor Joseph II. Salieri considers his own musical gifts a sign that God is shining on him. But his world shatters when Mozart appears at court, for Saliere realizes that the music coming from Mozart is sublime, “Here was absolute beauty… the very voice of God…singing through this little man to all the world.” Saliere feels insanely jealous that God has bestowed such a gift on a bawdy imp instead of on him, and vows to ruin Mozart. When Mozart dies at the age of 35, he leaves over 600 compositions… symphonies, concertos, operas, as well as choral, piano and chamber works….many considered among the greatest ever composed.

Blindsight

This inspiring documentary abounds with young people living their soul missions. Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest. Sabriye Tenberken, a blind educator, established the first school for blind children in Lhasa, Tibet, a country where the blind are treated as outcasts. When she invites Eric to visit the school, he accepts and brings climbing guides for the blind with him. Together they guide Kyila, Sonam Bhumtso, Tashi, Gyenshen, Dachung and Tenzin, six blind Tibetan teenagers, on a life transforming journey that takes them higher than they ever dreamed of climbing, a journey that becomes more about friendship and togetherness than mountains.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was Director of Social Services in Warsaw, Poland during World War II. Part of her work took her into the Warsaw Ghetto where 500,000 Jews lived herded together; of these, 80,000 were children, half under the age of ten. We see her standing beside a nurse who is inoculating a Jewish baby for typhus; the child's mother begs Irena to take her little girl, get her out of the ghetto, for what is the sense of the typhus shot if she will be killed in the mass exterminations underway. This is the moment when Irena realizes her soul mission is to save these children. Next we see her sitting in meditative silence as her commitment takes hold within her. She will smuggle as many children as possible out of the ghetto past the Gestapo, the German soldiers, the Jewish police, and place them in Polish homes or convents where they will be safe. She fully realizes the danger of her mission; she does not know how she will manage. The film tells the story of what happens next. As a result of her efforts, 2,500 children were spirited to safety. Not a single child she rescued was ever betrayed or discovered by the Nazis.

Excalibur (1981) There are two versions of this film, one rated PG, and one rated R, which is twenty minutes longer and has a few graphic sex scenes and more violence.

The film is set in mythic time, a moment in time when the sword of power appeared in the world. “Excalibur. Forged when the world was young…and bird, and beast, and flower were one with man….and death was but a dream.” The film recounts the legend of Arthur, the one deemed worthy to be king when he draws the sword, Excalibur, from the stone, and Merlin, the great magician and spiritual advisor who watches over the drama and intervenes at critical moments. Merlin explains to Arthur, “You will be the land, and the land will be you. If you fail, the land will perish. As you thrive, the land will blossom.” Arthur, with his knights, unites Britain; then he creates the Round Table where the fellowship of knights can “come together in a circle to hear and tell of deeds good and brave.” For a short time, peace and prosperity reign. Then human passions – suspicion, lust, anger, vengeance - wreck the dream. The film ends when Arthur commands Parsifal to throw Excalibur back into the lake, “By itself it is only a piece of steel. Its power comes from the he who wields it. For now, there is no one. One day a king will come, and the Sword will rise again.” Merlin will, far in the future, incarnate as Sanctus Germanus, and King Arthur will incarnate as El Morya. If you would like to know about the incarnations of Sanctus Germanus and El Morya, open the Sanctus Germanus Foundation website (SanctusGermanus.net) and, on the dropdown menu, click on the Great Brotherhood of Light.

Freedom Writers Rated PG13

This film is based on the true story of Erin Gruwell, a first time teacher with a freshman English class of violent, rival gang-kids who are considered unteachable. If you look at this classroom as a microcosm of our planet where different ethnic, national and religious groups are taught, or manipulated, to hate, fear, and war against one another the film takes on a powerful perspective. Erin helps her students realize that they are much more alike than different. Then, against all odds, she grabs their attention with lessons that impact their lives. As she watches her students change, she realizes she has found her soul mission: “I’ve finally realized what I’m supposed to be doing and I love it. When I’m helping these kids make sense of their lives, everything about my life makes sense to me.”

Gandhi rated PG

This film biography chronicles the soul mission of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th century. Implicit throughout the film is Gandhi’s philosophy of “soul force” or Satyagraha, a synthesis of the Sanskrit words satya (meaning “truth”) and agraha (“insistence”, or “holding firmly to”). In Gandhi’s own words: “Truth (satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force. I thus began to call the Indian movement Satyagraha, that is to say, the Force which is born of Truth and Love or non-violence…I have also called it love-force or soul-force. In the application of Satyagraha, I discovered in the earliest stages that pursuit of truth did not admit of violence being inflicted on one’s opponent but that he must be weaned from error by patience and compassion. For what appears to be truth to the one may appear to be error to the other. And patience means self-suffering. So the doctrine came to mean vindication of truth, not by infliction of suffering on the opponent, but on oneself.”

Quotes from the film:

Gandhi: Doesn’t the New Testament say, “If your enemy strikes you on the right cheek, offer him the left”?

Charlie, a clergyman: I think perhaps the phrase was used metaphorically . . . I don’t think our Lord meant –

Gandhi: I’m not so certain. I have thought about it a great deal. I suspect he meant you must show courage – be willing to take a blow – several blows – to show you will not strike back – nor will you be turned aside . . . And when . . . and when you do that it calls upon something in human nature – something that makes his hate for you diminish and his respect increase. I think Christ grasped that and I – I have seen it work. Gandhi: I am a Muslim and a Hindu and a Christian and a Jew and so are all of you.

Gandhi: The function of a civil resistance is to provoke response and we will continue to provoke until they respond or change the law. They are not in control; we are.

British Brigadier: You don’t think we’re just going to walk out of India!

Gandhi: Yes. In the end, you will walk out. Because 100,000 Englishmen simply cannot control 350 million Indians, if those Indians refuse to cooperate.

Gandhi: Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.

Gandhi: An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

Gandhi: If you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth.

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness

Based on the life of Gladys Alyward, this film tells the story of a middle aged woman’s commitment to her soul mission. She yearns to go to China as a missionary, but finds blocks put in her way. Undaunted, she persists and takes the first steps; then life supports her and she lives her dream in a heroic way.

Invictus (A Latin word meaning undefeated or unconquered, the title of the film and the poem that inspired Nelson Mandela thought out his life.) PG13

Film background: Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison. When he was released in 1990 twenty-five million blacks in South Africa were ruled by a minority of four million whites under the Apartheid regime of the Nationalist Party Government. Black people had no vote, no land rights, and no rights to freedom of movement, to own a business, to housing or education. Determined to retain power, whites had banned all black opposition organizations, forcing their leaders into exile or imprisoning them for life, as they did Mandela. After his release from prison, Mandela led his party, the African National Congress, in negotiations that led to multi-racial democracy in 1994. He was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election and served from 1994 to 1999, frequently giving priority to reconciliation. The film: “How do we inspire ourselves to greatness when nothing less will do? And how do we inspire others to greatness?” The theme of leadership is explored in Invictus, the story of Nelson Mandela’s first year as president of South Africa. It is imperative that he heal his split nation, and so he turns to an unlikely ally: the third rate South African rugby team to help unite and bring pride to his country. Can they win the Rugby World Cup? Can the slogan, “One Nation. One Team,” become a reality?

Quotes from the film:

Mandela: Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.

Brenda Mazibuko, Mandela’s Chief-of-Staff: You’re risking your political capital; you’re risking your future as our leader.

Mandela: The day I am afraid to do that is the day I am no longer fit to lead.

Mandela: You criticize without understanding. You seek only to address your own personal feelings. That is selfish thinking. It does not server the nation.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. By William Ernest Henley

Milk Rated R

The film opens with archival footage of police raiding gay bars and arresting patrons, then shifts to San Francisco, California in the 1970’s, propelling us into the heart of the gay rights political movement. Harvey Milk and his partner have just opened a camera shop in The Castro, a working class neighborhood rapidly evolving into a gay area. Angered by harassment from neighbors, death threats, and police brutality, Harvey and the team that forms around him begin their fight for equal rights and political power. After three unsuccessful runs for office, he becomes one of the first openly gay men elected to a major public office when he wins a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. The next victory comes when he leads the opposition to Proposition 6, an initiative on the California state ballot in November 1978, which seeks to ban gays and lesbians (in addition to anyone who supports them) from working in California’s public schools; this initiative is part of a nationwide movement to repeal local gay rights ordinances. The film closes on a candlelight vigil; 30,000 San Franciscans move silently through the streets mourning the assassination of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone by another member of the Board of Supervisors.

Nanking Rated R

This docudrama tells the story of the Japanese army's invasion and massacre of Nanking, China, during the early days of World War II and the group of unarmed Western expatriates who felt morally bound to remain in the city even though they could have left. They created the Nanking Safety Zone where an estimated 250,000 Chinese took refuge. The film is based on letters and diaries written by John Rabe, a German businessman, George Fitch, Robert Wilson, a surgeon who cared for the wounded, and Minnie Vautrin, a missionary educator who gave aid to thousands of women. The film includes archival footage of the massacre, Chinese survivors telling their own stories, and Japanese soldiers testifying to the atrocities they committed.

The Pianist

This film is set in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Wladyslav Szpilman, a Polish Jew, is considered one of the greatest pianists in Europe. He has played the piano daily on Polish radio, so is known and revered as a national treasure. He is determined to protect the gift of music he yearns to share again with the world, and survives the nightmare of the war with the courageous help of strangers and his own sensitivity to inner guidance. Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

When she was a small child, Wangari Maathai lived in a lush Kenyan forest near a stream that flowed beside a huge fig tree; a Tree of God, her Mama called it and cautioned Wangari never to collect fire wood from that tree, for it must be allowed to flourish. She went away to school and then to college in the United States, and when she came back home the tree had been cut down and the stream had dried up. Why? So begins her soul mission journey to understand the inter-relationship between the disappearance of the forest, the drying of the stream, the impoverishment of her people, and the corruption of the government. Long before the interconnectivity between so many issues became clear to her, she planted a tree, and then more trees, and encouraged other women to do likewise. So began Kenya’s “Greenbelt Movement,” which grew into a national political force that helped bring down a 24-year dictatorship. In 2004 when Wangari won the Nobel Prize she commented, “I believe the Nobel committee was sending a message that protecting and restoring the environment contributes to peace; it is peace work. That was gratifying. I always felt that our work was not simply about planting trees. It was about inspiring people to take charge of their environment, the system that governed them, their lives and their future. With the Prize I realized that the world was listening.”

Temple Grandin

This film chronicles the life of an autistic girl as she becomes a woman, a person who seems different from most of us…different, but not less. She is much more intelligent and sensitive than the people around her. Most people make her feel bad: they torment her, make fun of her, flee from her as fast as they can. We follow along as she courageously battles misunderstanding, ridicule, exclusion. With encouragement and love from her mom, her aunt who owns a cattle ranch, and a science teacher who once worked for NASA, she overcomes her limitations and walks through one door after another to become successful. Temple loves cows, “We have so many cows because we eat them. The least we can do is to be kind to them, keep them calm.” Describing a humane slaughter house she designed she says, “Nature is cruel but we don’t have to be. We owe them some respect. I touched the first cow that was being stunned. In a few seconds it was going to be just another piece of beef, but in that moment it was still an individual. It was calm and then it was gone. I became aware of how precious life is. I felt close to God.” Today over half the cattle in North America are processed through facilities Temple has designed. As well she is one of the foremost authorities and authors on autism.

Songs of the Gorilla Nation: My Journey Through Autism, by Dawn Prince Hughes Ph.D., is an enlightening memoir written by a woman who also found her way from autism (or Asperser’s Syndrome, a form of autism) into a rich life by working with animals.

Unmistaken Child

This documentary follows the four-year search for the child who is the reincarnation of Geshe Lama Konchog, a world-renowned Tibetan master who passed away in 2001 at age 84. The Dalai Lama requests the deceased monk’s devoted disciple, Tenzin Zopa, to search for his master’s reincarnation. Tenzin sets off on his quest, searching for young children with unusual qualities; we watch special ritualistic tests which help determine if the child in question is the one sought. Eventually Tenzin finds the child he believes to be the reincarnation of his master and presents him to the Dalai Lama, who will make the final decision.

Background: Tenzin Zopa was designated from a young age to be special and his childhood was similar to that of reincarnated masters. He was not allowed to play with monks his own age and was always in classes or with Geshe Lama Konchog (GLK) and the rest of the monastery heads.

The connection between GLK and Tenzin was formed even before Tenzin was born. When Tenzin’s mother was in labor, GLK came down from his cave to attend to the delivery. GLK actually turned Tenzin inside his mother’s womb to prevent him from being born in a potentially hazardous breach position. Ever since, the locals say, Tenzin wanted to be with GLK. At the age of 7, after long struggles with his father, Tenzin joined GLK and stayed with him until his death.

Today Tenzin is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) Center in Malaysia and has thousands of students around the world who consider him the successor of Geshe Lama Konchog.

Whale Rider Rated PG

Set in a coastal Maori village in New Zealand, the film opens on a mythic note, “In the old days, the land felt a great emptiness. It was waiting. Waiting to be filled up. Waiting for someone to love it. Waiting for a leader. He came on the back of a whale. A man to lead a new people. Our ancestor, Paikea. Now we were waiting for the firstborn of the new generation, for the descendant of the whale rider. For the boy who would be chief.” Alas! The boy dies at birth but is survived by his twin sister, Paikea. She is the only one in her village who is clear about her soul mission. As the story unfolds universal themes emerge: children challenging the traditions of their parents, new ways conflicting with the old.

Our Daily Bread Not rated

This film, produced in 1934, is legally available free on the internet: letmewatchthis.com It’s set during the depression and tells the story of a group of unemployed city-dwellers who move to a farm, combine resources and talents, and make it through hard times.

All The President's Men

In a classic David and Goliath tale, two scrappy young reporters, Bob Woodward, the lowest paid man at The Washington Post , and Carl Bernstein, who's grown up around newspapers but never been to college, latch onto a story that begins with a break in at the National Democratic Headquarters in the Watergate Building in Washington D C and burgeons into an expose of corruption pervading the highest levels of government. With the guidance of “Deep Throat,” a high official at the FBI who leaks information to them to keep their investigation on the right track, but insists on remaining anonymous, they persist through doubt, high level denials, dead-ends, and danger until the facts they are reporting bring down the imperial presidency of Richard Nixon.

 

 


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