The New IPCR Logo
The IPCR Logo: May, 2005—September, 2011Since May, 2005, when the first website for The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization(IPCR ) Initiative went online, “The Not-Yet-Shining Sun” was the logo for The IPCR Initiative. A “sunimage” was chosen to symbolize the “highest synthesis between truth and community”—which is oneway of describing a personal goal of the founder of The IPCR Initiative (i.e. to be loyal to the “highestsynthesis of truth and community”).The IPCR “sun image” logo was, until September, 2011, in a state of “not-yet-shining” to indicate thebelief of the founder of The IPCR Initiative that most people (including himself)—and all humansettlements—are more in a state of potential, relating to the “highest synthesis between truth andcommunity”, than in a state of realization.The IPCR Logo: September, 2011--presentSince September, 2011, the IPCR logo has been changed to a symbol for “Unprecedented Potential”.People have a tendency to think in terms of great leaders as the source and motive force which inspires“the many” to overcome the challenges they face. However, there are others ways to understand “theorigin of the source which inspires”. Here is one quote from the discourses of Sri Sathya Sai Baba: “Letthe will of the Lord prevail; one’s duty is but to connect oneself to the current of His Grace.” From theteachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, this writer has come to the understanding that there is a “current”which one can feel—especially in moments when love, compassion, or forgiveness completely changethe dynamic of a set of circumstances, and bring about an unexpected and extremely positive outcome.Thus, while many people may believe that
it is a requirement
to have great leaders to overcome theunprecedented challenges ahead, this writer feels that
can also inspire “themany” to overcome the challenges of the times.This writer does not feel that his particular story is significant in a “big picture” view of events nowunfolding. He feels the inscrutable but infinitely compassionate story of the “current” is an ever-presentand far more significant theme than the story of individual human beings; and the times are such thatthere is both the need—and the potential—for not only great leaders,
but also communities of people
this “current”. Thus, whereas many people “picture” the “Form” of the “Divine” (in theirreligious, spiritual, or moral tradition) as an “individual being”, this writer (as a result of inspiration fromthe teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
“pictures” the “Form” of the “Divine” (the image he hopes to “co-mingle” with, and become more and more “dissolved into”) as the “happy, united, love filled humancommunity”--“By the examples of your lives, you have to restore confidence among the people in the higher valuesof life.... Have the picture of the happy, united, love filled human community in your heart. That willgive you enough encouragement in your mission.” (“Sathya Sai Speaks” Vol. 15, Chapter 12, p.70)This writer’s work, at its best, is therefore a series of efforts at “co-mingling” with themes of love,compassion, and forgiveness in ways which approximate, as much as possible, a positive contribution tothe process of creating “happy, united, love filled human communities” (“the highest synthesis of truthand community”).