- Prabhakar Purandare
The Hiroshima Day is observed every year on August 6. This is a day of remembrance of the first atomic bombing of the world by the United States on two Japanese cities---Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. On this day, the first nuclear weapon “Little Boy”; was dropped on Hiroshima, directly killing at least 70,000 people. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians. Over the next two to four months, the acute effects of the atomic bombings killed between 90,000 and 146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000 and 80,000 people in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. Large numbers of people continued to die for months afterward from the effects of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness and malnutrition. Most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizable military garrison.
Six days after the bombing of Nagasaki and then the Soviet Union’s declaration of war, Japan surrendered to the allies on August 15 and signed the instrument of surrender on September 2 in Tokyo, which effectively ended World War II.
War is no solution to any conflict between rival countries. The 20th century was the most murderous in recorded history. The total number of deaths caused by or associated with its wars has been estimated at 187 million. It was a century of almost unbroken war, with few and brief periods without organised armed conflict somewhere. It was dominated by world wars-- wars between territorial states or alliances of states. When we look at the history of the efforts of different nations to prevent wars, the record is only disappointing. Since 1,000 B.C. there have been over 8,000 peace treaties, and each one lasted on average no more than nine years. The League of Nations was formed with the intention to create a forum for dialogue between nations so that misunderstandings between nations would not develop. The League of Nations was founded in 1920 to ensure that World War I ‘was the war to end all wars’. Twenty years later World War II erupted.
The failure of the League of Nations gave rise to the United Nations. The United Nations was established in 1945 to end wars and conflicts between nations, once and for all. Since then there have been 150 major wars. It is clear that political negotiations, treaties and the use of arms have never succeeded in creating a lasting state of world peace.
The world needs Maharishi’s Absolute Theory of Defence --
The world can achieve absolute peace on earth through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Absolute Theory of Defence. The commander-in-chief of the armed forces of any country can prove this principle of Transcendental Meditation by training some small percentage of his military personnel in Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ji's Vedic Technology of Absolute Defence—Transcendental Meditation and its advanced practice, the TM-Siddhi Programme including Yogic Flying. By maintaining a high level of integrity and coherence in the national consciousness, military power will be able to prevent the birth of any internal enemy. Its influence of coherence and its nourishing power of positivity, harmony, and indomitable peace will prevent the birth of any external enemy—no enemy will be born anywhere on Earth. No enemy means no war!
- Prabhakar Purandare