City Peace.
Walking around London town in complete contrast to the wide open spaces and hills, I happened on a place where I really did not expect to find peace or tranquillity. Within Tavistock Square is a peace garden, close to an area which has recently witnessed extreme violence. I must have walked past here on many occasions without knowing of its existence.
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memorial to Mahatma Gandhi
It is indeed a place of peace and tranquillity amidst the noise of London traffic. In the garden I looked at the fragile seated figure of Mahatma Gandhi advocate of non violence. And here a tree has been planted to remember the victims of Hiroshima and a huge rock sits to commemorate those who refused to kill.
The large rock
The plaque on the rock reads “To all those who have established and are maintaining the right to refuse to kill. Their foresight and courage give us hope.” It brought to mind the Tibetan Peace Garden next to the Imperial War Museum, which carries a dedication by the 14th Dalai Lama, part of which states “May it remain as a symbol to remind us that human survival depends on living in harmony and always choosing the path of non-violence in resolving our differences” - wise words indeed.
Link to The Plaza - another square
The Plaza - another square