Today concludes our September “Celebration of Spiritual and Religious Unity, Wisdom and Friendship.” I’ve chosen to wrap up the month by featuring this brilliant and inspiring new film from Kell Kearns and Cynthia Lukas. The following article from Religion Today Online says it all, so I leave you to the article and the two short videos about their work that I’m very happy to be posting.
Three years after Rumi Returning, their documentary biography of the great Persian poet, was broadcast on over 330 PBS stations with screenings around the world, Heaven on Earth Creations is set to release Globalized Soul. The new film follows the theme of a universal spirituality of love which made Rumi Returning popular. But, this time producers Kell Kearns and Cynthia Lukas have embraced the whole planet.
Like an ensemble drama it weaves stories of empowered peacemakers around the planet – stories in which hatred and suffering are transformed into love and caring. Soaring on the music of Enya, Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, Globalized Soul casts beautiful light on the human path toward harmony.
In Jerusalem and Nazareth courageous Jewish, Muslim and Christian peace-builders come together to affirm their oneness and stand against hatred.
In India Jain philanthropists create an act of compassion that provides 29,000 of the poorest and most physically challenged with medical help and prosthetics. The Dalai Lama comes to bless the selfless giving and holds interreligious dialogs with the Jains. Globalized Soul uses the opportunity to explore the principles of ancient Jainism which birthed Gandhi’s concept of nonviolence.
“Everywhere we traveled for Globalized Soul – we found a solidifying unity,” Cynthia Lukas said. “Instant communications have made us all neighbors. The overwhelming sentiment around the planet is that we should love each other and work through our global crises together, nonviolently.”
By the end of this documentary odyssey the question posed at the beginning is answered: Only love and compassion lifts and sustains the world and is desperately needed at today’s “global tipping point” between harmony and disaster.
In the meantime, here are Kell and Cynthia at the recent World Peace Festival in Berlin where they interviewed Deepak Chopra, Arun Gandhi, James O’Dea, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mairead Maguire for Peace Day TV while premiering their film, Globalized Soul at the World Peace Festival in Berlin, Germany. Globalized Soul is The Featured Film for the 2011 UN International Day of Peace.