"The reason why we exist here, in this present moment, is to draw out and plentifully express love... We were born so that we ourselves, and all the people around us, might know true and lasting happiness. Despite what we may think, it is not difficult to express love. All we need to do is wish, from the bottom of our hearts, to love ourselves and love others. This heartfelt desire, in and of itself, will cause love to well up from within. Not only that, when we are able to continually manifest love with our whole being, no one will be able to invade our hearts with violence, nor will we ever feel that that we have anything to lose. Even if we are living in the midst of poverty, war, or disease, if we continue to manifest love, our inner dignity can never be shaken. No one can teach us to express love, for it is not a power that is acquired from the outside. It is a power that wells up from within. The power to express love is the power to draw out and manifest our own life-energy." — Masami Saionji
私たちが、今ここに存在しているのは、自らの愛を... 精一杯表現するためです。私たちは、自分を含め、周りの誰もが幸せになってゆくために、生まれてきているのです。愛の表現は、決して難しいことではありません。自分を心から愛そう、そして人々を心から愛したいと思うことが私たちに必要なすべてなのです。ただそう思うだけで愛は湧き上がります。また、心から愛を表現しつづけてゆけるならば、あなたを侵す人もいなければ、自分が失う何ものもないのです。たとえ貧困、戦争、病気の真っただ中にいようとも、愛を表現しつづけてゆくならば、私たちの内なる尊厳性は決して揺るいでしまうものではありません。誰も愛（外部からは得られない力）を表現することを教えることは出来ません。それは、心の中でこんこんと湧き上がるパワーだからです。愛を表現するパワーは、自らの生命エネルギーを引き出し、現わす力なのです。— 西園寺昌美
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About the Author
Masami Saionji is the chairperson of three organizations: Byakko Shinko Kai (www.byakko.org), The World Peace Prayer Society (www.worldpeace.org), and The Goi Peace Foundation (www.goipeace.or.jp). A native of Japan and a descendant of the Royal Ryukyu Family of Okinawa, she continues the work of her adoptive father, Masahisa Goi, who initiated a movement for world peace through the universal prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth. As a spiritual leader and lecturer, she has touched thousands of people’s lives through her guidance and inspiration. She travels globally on speaking tours, and has led peace ceremonies in many countries as well as at the United Nations and other international organizations. She has authored over twenty books in Japanese and eight in English and other languages. She is an honorary member of the Club of Budapest and a member of the World Wisdom Council. She was awarded the Philosopher Saint Shree Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize of India along with her husband Hiroo in 2008. She is also the recipient of the 2010 WON Award honoring distinguished women leaders. In February 2013, Mrs. Saionji had the privilege of presenting the Symphony of Peace Prayers ceremony at the United Nations, in a special event entitled ‘United for a Culture of Peace through Interfaith Harmony’, which was hosted by the president of the UN General Assembly. Mrs. Saionji and her husband currently live in Tokyo, and have three daughters, all working for peace.