The Most Basic Principle Of All.

Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Posted August 10, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

“The most basic principle of all is that of not harming others, and that includes all people and all life and all things.”

Rolling Thunder


The spirit behind these words by Rolling Thunder, who was a Native American medicine man, reflect wisdom and truth. Can we imagine the entire human race consciously accepting, acknowledging, and truly living in accord with the spirit? We read the words spoken by Rolling Thunder and wonder about how one gets to that point, where words such as these are spoken.

Take a moment and read Rolling Thunder’s statement again.

How do the words affect you? Does the spirit behind the thought dissolve into your entire being? And how can we describe that spirit? It is what Native Americans call the Great Spirit. The omnipotent, eternal, omnipresent, Great Mystery, God, Creator, Allah, Source, Krishna, the Almighty are some terms used by people around the world.

“It means not controlling or manipulating others, not trying to manage their affairs. It means not going off to some other land and killing people over there-not for religion or politics or military exercises or any other excuse. No being has the right to harm or control any other being. No individual or government has the right to force others to join or participate in any group or system or to force others to go to school, to church or to war. Every being has the right to live his own life in his own way.”

Here Rolling Thunder spoke of all people-not Americans, not Russians, not Chinese, not those from India, Africa, Europe, South America, Australia,or Canada, but all people. His words precisely identified all of the ways that human beings have harmed other human beings. Rolling Thunder simply spoke without forked tongue-honestly and truthfully.

“Every being has an identity and a purpose. To live up to his purpose, every being has the power of self-control, and that’s where spiritual power begins. When some of these fundamental things are learned, the time will be right for more to be revealed and spiritual power will come again to this land.”

Rolling Thunder conveyed here that all persons should strive to avoid mistaken thinking that life has no meaning.  Every single person is important, and self-control is the tool that one uses to make life meaningful.

“Modern man talks of harnessing nature, conquering nature and making nature a servant of man. This shows that modern man doesn’t know the first thing about nature and nature’s ways. And the condition of the environment today proves that. Now everyone’s afraid-afraid of air pollution, radioactivity and poisoned water. The land is becoming contaminated and the resources are disappearing or becoming unusable, and now people wonder if it’s too late. You can’t make any kind of laws or system to control nature or to control man’s inner nature, his consciousness or his natural behavior-the way he thinks and feels. That cannot be controlled. No individual or group can block another individual’s path or change it against what fits his nature and his purpose. It might be done for a time, but in the end it won’t work out. It will only lead to danger and fear for everyone. Even in healing we take that into account. A true healer considers a man’s karma and his destiny. He has a way of looking into and understanding what is meant to be according to each individual’s own progress and unfoldment. That way things are more realistic and it saves everyone a lot of trouble. Nature is sovereign and man’s inner nature is sovereign. Nature is to be respected. All life and every single living being is to be respected. That’s the only answer.”

All life and every single living being is to be respected. Rolling Thunder was speaking in that way again. With obvious truth that points to a philosophy, a way of living, that leads to peace, harmony, and brotherhood. He said that it is the only answer. He was correct.

“Back in Oklahoma some years ago, there was a meeting-the first such high level meeting in over a hundred years-where chiefs and medicine men came together from all over the continent, and some from South America. The Iroquois came from New York and they brought a board with writing on it. On the last day of the ceremonies we formed a huge circle.”

“The circle is the Great Spirit’s emblem. All life is a circle. The world is a circle and the atoms are circles. The circle is seen on the rock writings, and it goes around all things, it takes in all things. When we met in Oklahoma, we formed a huge circle of all native tribes and we smoked the peace pipe to the sun, and it stayed lit around that huge circle. Then the Iroquois brought out the board with writing on it and interpreted it. They said ‘today our tribes are united again’. The emblem showed a chain of hands-people holding hands in a circle-and they said ‘today our people have formed the circle of brotherhood and friendship here’.”

“Eventually, this circle will go around the world. The brotherhood and peace that the world is seeking will now start on this land here. All the people here will be joined in the circle of friendship and brotherhood, and that circle will go around the world.”


12 thoughts on “The Most Basic Principle Of All.

  1. “Eventually, this circle will go around the world. The brotherhood and peace that the world is seeking will now start on this land here. All the people here will be joined in the circle of friendship and brotherhood, and that circle will go around the world.”

    Jerry –
    Very beautiful thoughts and wonderfully expressed!

    Made me think of suggesting this:
    At present we have only a few democratic free countries left in the world (eg Iceland or Ecuador) – the rest of the world is being drawn under the dictatorial control of a hostile world government (often referred to as the Bilderberg Group) via the Troika and EU.

    With the NSA threats and by exposing crafted intimidating cases like Snowden’s, this dictatorial world government admittedly aspires to take the form of a global totalitarian regime.

    Hence the idea: maybe the content of your wonderful post should be sent to the US government – which plays a dominating role in said WG – then we can see if they would listen, would resign from office, or would make a U-turn in their politics and would stop crafting wars to kill and exploit the 3rd world and to threaten/manipulate the West; if they would stop creating sovereign debts, invading countries via the EU, if they would stop inflicting the world crisis and austerity everywhere, if they would stop eliminating the welfare systems if they would privatising all resources of the world, if they would stop transferring all values of the planet into their private hands; in summary, if they would stop the world-destruction, and instead would start or would allow real democratic leaders to start creating heaven on earth.


    1. Skywanderer,
      “It is sad that man is not intelligent enough to solve problems without killing… The present world crisis can be solved only by a general human revolution against outdated concepts… Man is not a blood-thirsty animal, and war is due to the greed and lust for power of relatively small groups, the conspiracy of the few against the many.” -Albert Szent-Gyorgi (1893-1986) Nobel Prize 1937
      Albert Szent-Gyorgi, Rolling Thunder and many other men and women identified and offered humanity another choice. If, as a result of our words, one person on this Earth takes action(s) which prevents harm coming to another, then a previously unavailable choice was recognized and made.
      Thank you,


      1. Jerry,

        I am struggling to understand your meaning in relation with mine, so I apologise if my reply would reflect that gap. What I have been trying is to figure out how to relate the spiritual approach to reality and how to implement it in practice.

        In case your response is meant to address this point, my view:
        To prevent someone to kill – directly or indirectly – is NOT killing. To stop a minority of psychopaths executing a world-destruction is not killing either. A concept when too broadly defined can be easily reverted into its opposite meaning – such is the nature of the philosophical war that the elites are winning against us. Due to the sloppy definition of the term “democracy” anti-democratic regimes today are called “democratic” and libertarians dream of a sort of “liberty” that will in fact liberate us from our rights to live. It is increasingly alarming to watch how the definition-wars are won by fallacies. Love is one of those too broadly defined concepts. In the name of unconditional love we allow some to kill many, which however does define killing.


        1. Skywanderer,
          No need to apologize as we are two human beings having a good talk. People come across ideas of a spiritual nature, the ideas either resonate as true or they do not. If it resonates, if not harming is accepted as a principle to live by, then one person will no longer do harm. That person has implemented a spiritual approach into reality. In the space that person occupies harm is no more. Everywhere on Earth are laws against murder. We see the sensationalizing of murder cases where one person kills another person in the media, where hour after hour after hour, day after day after day, the pundits, commentators, experts, slice and dice the testimonies on the stand, legal strategies, the victim and defendant’s relatives or friends etc. In the meantime those you describe as psychopaths are responsible for the actions which lead to the murders of tens, hundreds, thousands, and if the murders are added, millions of human beings. So we try to make people aware that those who own media corporations practice obfuscation, confusing readers and viewers by sensationalizing tragic events of a few individuals, which are insignificant compared to the largest tragedies occurring on the Earth. When was the last time you saw a program with a title like “How Does Humanity Stop War?” or “Can Human Beings Stop Harming Each Other?” When reporting on wars and violence their focus is limited to a viewpoint which suggests that “this is how it has always been, and will always be, on this Earth.” I think not. Just as an individual comes to occupy a space where no harm is done, the more people who accept do no harm as a principle for living, the simple words “do no harm” will become the most important aspect of the collective consciousness of mankind. Just as an individual is punished for killing another, those responsible for the largest events of death and destruction, where thousands are killed or harmed, must be punished for their crimes. From A Course in Miracles, “This is the anti-Christ; the strange idea there is a power past omnipotence, a place beyond the infinite, a time transcending the eternal. Here does the changeless change, the peace of God, forever given to all living things, gives way to chaos.” The Gnostics call it the artificial spirit. Eastern traditions the ego.
          Thank you,


  2. Hi Jerry, I am thrilled to have discovered your bit of cyber real estate and look forward to the exchange of ideas. I thought these words were both beautiful and instructive. I certainly do look forward to reading more.


    1. Henry,
      Rolling Thunder was a very impressive man. I’m sure you appreciate his honest expression through words. Writing is an activity where one is constantly challenged to focus on keeping it real. I have yet to fully comprehend just how powerful our words are. I applaud all the men and women who are willing to put their thoughts out there for all to see. Nice to meet you and may we and others communicate in a good way which helps lift people up and feel good about themselves and the future. Maybe even share a laugh here and there.
      Thank you,


  3. Reblogged this on highgrade discourse and commented:
    Words possess the remarkable ability to snatch concepts from the ephemeral realm of thought and cement them within the domain of the fixed. This is a beautifully articulated message that is well worth reading and contemplation.


      1. Yes Jerry as in day to day activities sometimes we loose touch with ourselves…ur posts are very good to keep us grounded,…have a wonderful dear Jerry..and keep spreading love and awareness like this…u are inspiring 🙂



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