Spiritual Republic of Iran
The next evolutionary step for
Iran and the planet
By Roz Omid
July 3, 2003
For a few years now I have been hearing
a call, an
inner and a Divine calling but it wasn't until a
couple of days ago that I received the guidance to
write about it.
Iran and her socio-political journey is at a critical
point at this moment in her history. The government
of Islamic Republic of Iran was formed because people
allowed it. But those same people and their children
are questioning the socio-economic and political
direction of this government.
Why did people want an Islamic Republic in the
first place? Because they(*) didn't want communism and they
were tired of copying the West from its clothing
fashion to its democratic government structure.
Because Persians are poetic and mystical at heart,
God chose the Islamic Republic as part of
healing journey. During the revolution.
when posters and pictures of Khomeini were everywhere
and articles were written about him, I too, as a
Zoroastrian teenager, was atrracted to that holy man
who had very little money but promised holiness and
After years of self-reflection, contemplation, and
education we find ourselves at a crossroad. We want
to remain poetic and mystic but we also want to live
in this world of matter at a certain level of
having-ness, and activism. God has given us challenges
that are unique for our growth. We need to deepen our
surrender to the Divine Will. Let go of the mind that
wants to take control of the future.
Emotions need to be dealt with one at a time within
small communities. With forgiveness and compasion we
need to heal our hearts. Let small communities take
back their power to create a self-sustaining economy
and social structure with connection to the
spirit and the Divine woven into its fabric.
No one person has the ultimate solution but we each
have a contribtion to make and hold a piece of the
puzzle. As my Divine Calling, I invite the Iranian
people, leading political, religious, and
spiritual figures of Iran to embrace Spiritual
Republic of Iran as the next evolutionary step for
Iran and the planet.
Changing the name of the country and the government
will show that you are taking steps in your growth and
openness as a nation. The details and the direction
will be clarified and take place gradually and
organically with more contemplation, study, and
Iran is an Islamic country and it will
remain an Islamic country because the majority of
people believe in Islam. The degree of devotion
varies in different parts of the country and the
different parts of the cities. Let the small
communities decide to what extend they want to be
spiritual or religious.
The focus for healing and growth needs to be from
ground up as well as top down. Top being the heads of
the government and the top of the hierarchy and by
ground I mean the small communities, and the community
structure. It is important to have capable, clear
headed, compassionate, and honest people with good
vision for the country and the world to manage the
government. Leaders who can allow people in
communities to be empowered.
Not only in Iran but also around the globe we need
to create empowered communities that have more say in
their lives. For example from something as basic and
important as having a say in where our food comes from
and what was use to fertalize the soil to something
as sacred as the spiritual discipline that we want to
practice. This will not happen over night. It is an
evolutionary developmental process. We need to
overcome our personal shortcoming such as greed,
selfishness, unhealthy selflessness, and destructive
shame and anger.
Mass protests in the streets need to be the very
last resort. It is the mass consciousness that brings in
change. The consciousness of the people, politicians,
and the religious leaders has changed during the past
15 to 20 years. There is more openness, and freedom
of expression. But the Islamic Republic of Iran seems
to have come to a wall in trying to resolve issues of openness
Embracing the name, Spiritual Republic of Iran,
will remove that block without creating disturbance that
might set the nation back and cause hardship and grief
for families. Iranians have shown that we can be
martyrs. Martyrdom is a sacred act for special times.
This is a time to surrender deeper
to the Divine Will. A time to go through our inner
revolution to find a quiet place to hear God's message for us.
happen to hear a message let it be known. And if you
go within to that quite place and hear the same
message as I have, then take gentle and peaceful
action and let your voice be heared.
(*) When I lived in Iran I did not like what
Mohammad-Reza Pahlavi and the government led by him
was doing. But I moved to the Untied States for my
studies one and half year before the revolution.
So at times I do have difficulty saying that "we" instead of
"they". This is mainly in respect for those who stayed in Iran
and went through the challenges.
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