Message from Yoko Ono

Dear Friends

I’d like to say thank you with all my heart to the six hundred guitarists who gathered and played IMAGINE together in India last week in protest to the terrible violence done to an innocent woman.
You have used your creative skill to make a powerful statement.

On New Year’s Eve, somebody suggested to me how about OCCUPY PEACE?

OCCUPY PEACE will bring an immediate result, since you could create it everywhere on Earth just by imagining.

I love the idea.

Start imagining covering the planet with OCCUPY PEACE. Occupy dark alleys. Forgotten parks, land roughed up by ignorance and anger.

In our world, at this time, it is a challenge to use our true wisdom and creativity to keep peace against violence and war.
But we will.

Follow the Indian musicians’ act of courage, and designate a time for all musicians of the world to play the song.
The Key of C is the key of Peace.
The purity of the sound will help heal our Earth.

John will be standing with you with his old Rickenbacker.

love,
yoko


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A group of 600 guitarists in Darjeeling paid a musical tribute to the Delhi gangrape victim, playing "Imagine" by John Lennon in a bid to spread "hope, peace and promise" in a country still coming to terms with the violence. AFP/Diptendu Dutta

A group of 600 guitarists in Darjeeling paid a musical tribute to the Delhi gangrape victim, playing “Imagine” by John Lennon in a bid to spread “hope, peace and promise” in a country still coming to terms with the violence. AFP/Diptendu Dutta

AFP, Hindustan Times

A group of 600 guitarists have paid a musical tribute to the Delhi gangrape victim, playing “Imagine” by John Lennon in a bid to spread “hope, peace and promise” in a country still coming to terms with the violence.

The group assembled at a music festival in the eastern hilltown of Darjeeling on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the brutal rape and murder of a student on a moving bus in New Delhi brought an outpouring of national anger.

“We chose this song because it talks about hope, peace and promise,” said Sonam Bhutia, tourism secretary of Darjeeling and one of the festival organisers.

“The song is so inspiring. It talks about a universe without any boundaries,” Bhutia said of the 1971 Lennon track.

“The tribute was a gesture on our part to show that we are with the victim’s family in their hour of unimaginable sorrow.”

The savage attack on the woman has triggered countrywide protests with calls for better safety and an overhaul of laws governing crimes against women.


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10 Responses to Imagine an India for women: 600 guitarists pay tribute to Delhi rape victim

  1. Greetings Yoko,
    and all who helped with this,

    Many Thanks to you for this endeavor to “see” our world in the – PEACE – which is the TRUE NATURE of ALL LIFE!!!! . . .
    In this “Sacred Vision” :: We all are witnesses to “Divine Love’s Reality” ~ and We ourselves, BE-Come a focal point for Life/Spirit’s actual “PEACE~MANIFEST”.

    ~ Namaste, with Great Love!
    Shastina Free

    (at: AGracefulQuantumLeap :: on the web)

  2. My heart was crying about what happens in India. I like to see a video from that concert

  3. Living life in peace… Living life in joy… living life together.. we are co-creating our world lets keep our focus on the beauty and love we all have to offer.

  4. Lee Ellen Shoemaker says:

    “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
    Dreaming Peace
    San Francisco

  5. BIA says:

    ☮I was so saddened by the violence in INDIA and disrespect to women. If GHANDHI alive surely cry, Indian culture is very pretty but needs to change this violence.
    IMAGINE is the most beautiful music of the universe, our hymn of PEACE and LOVE, despite all violence the tribute to Delhi victim was human. ☮

    i ii iii

    BIA – BRASIL

  6. Tanya says:

    I am with them

  7. Naren says:

    Awesome…..
    Never IMAGINE_d such an event in a place like Darjeeling!
    Wonderful…..
    Liked the way the event is organised…600 gitarists…playing the music of hope, peace, love and promise to humanity….for a purpose…for a cause…a solidarity to the victim of gang rape girl of 23 year old and her family…..
    Fantastic…….
    Liked the group playing lovely music of John Lennon of 70s…..beautiful song till date….
    Wishing..
    Would love to be in Darjeeling for rest of my life…a beautiful place and nice people…..

  8. Joseph says:

    India is the land of knowledge, and apparently, much compassion. When we acquire knowledge then we become truly compassionate also.

    Strum those guitars all you great souls.

    (I DO think the little girl in Iraq who just wanted an education and who was shot in the head deserves some guitar playing also.)

  9. Deborah says:

    The outpouring of grief and compassion is a cleansing experience for the Indian nation. All people, all nations, especially those like the Taliban in Pakistan who have expressed their disrespect for women and are now calling for their rape and torture, have blood on their hands. This should remind us all: there is a price to be paid for violence against our fellow human beings, there is such a thing as karma! How can we be living in the 21st century and still have such brutality and hatred? It’s inconceivable!!

  10. Jack Ovak says:

    Living life in peace…

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