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The interdependency of humankind, the relevance of relationship, the sacredness
of creation is ancient, ancient wisdom.
The indigenous understanding has its basis of spirituality in a recognition of
the interconnectedness and interdependence of all living things, a holistic and
balanced view of the world. All things are bound together. All things connect.
What happens to the Earth happens to the children of the earth. Humankind has
not woven the web of life; we are but one thread. Whatever we do to the web, we
do to ourselves.
The end of the Cold War removed the immediate causes of whole destruction -- but
not the threat contained in our knowledge. We must tame this knowledge with the
ideals of justice, caring, and compassion summoned from our common human spiritual
and moral heritage, if we are to live in peace and serenity in the twenty-first
Peace among religions is a precondition for world peace.
among religions is a precondition for world peace. But religions, as religions,
can never be at peace with each other. To enable religions to be instruments for
peace we need to enable, first, religious communities to progress from religion
to spirituality. For the world order to be one of peace and justice, for the global
village to be a theater of right livelihood, it is imperative that a new and proactive
spiritual vision commensurate to the challenges of the emerging world order be
enunciated without delay. The challenge is to make “right livelihood” a universal
goal. Recognizing this value in a symbolic way through an award like this is a
significant step in the right direction. This is not, however, our journey’s end.
We must not rest until right livelihood is within reach of every human being upon
this earth we love and cherish. We all have a role to play in achieving this goal.
-- Swami Agnivesh
of the wars and conflicts of the past and present were fought over land and resources,
but many have been over religious differences. In this past century, a global
interfaith movement has been growing, helping to raise consciousness about the
need for tolerance and understanding between different cultures and religions.
This movement has helped highlight the common goals that most religions share,
such as the Golden Rule, which is at the heart of nearly all religious traditions.
At the same time, many throughout the world are discovering that 'spirituality'
-- a deep connection to a greater purpose for humanity -- is an important driving
force in their lives, even if they aren't religious.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but
we all belong to one human race." |
million Sarvodaya adherents in Sri Lanka have proved that they can transcend racial,
religious, linguistic and ethnic barriers to accept a common state of ideals,
principles, and constructive programs to build a new society as collectively envisioned
Dr. Ari Ariyaratne
"We who have been born Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, or any other faith
can be very comfortable in each others temple's, mosques, and churches, praying
or meditating together to create a spiritual mass of consciousness which can overcome
our greed, hatred, and illusions."
Dr. Ari Ariyaratne
To assert that it is possible to establish peace between men of different nations
is simply to assert that man, whatever his ethnical background, his race, religious
beliefs, or philosophy, is capable of reason. Two forces within the individual
contribute to the development of his conscience and of his morality: reason and
|Whenever a human being
ceases to live for themselves and begins to care about that which is greater than
themselves, the personality begins to experience ecstasy, joy and spontaneous
liberation. And that's found through doing, through action, through giving, through
deeply embracing the human experience. |
never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great
as it is at this very moment.
seems to rise again when the crisis times come, and this is a time of most severe
crisis, as we all know, not just for the history of the United States and the
survival indeed of our democracy, but for the future peace of the world. And never
before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as
it is at this very moment.
fact that you are here tonight gathered together with us testifies to the fact
you understand the need for this organization and the need for redoubling our
efforts in this organization to try to assure that democracy as represented by
the United States must depend upon a total freedom of religion, which is written
into our Constitution, of course, and the mere suggestion that anyone could maintain
that one’s patriotism, one’s devotion to one’s country can be judged by one’s
religion is so vile, so vile that we have to take to the streets indeed and to
put it aside.
"My religion is
very simple. My religion is kindness."
I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort
to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various
religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work
problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger
and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort,
understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We
need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we
- The Dalai
|"What we would like
to do is change the world-make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe,
and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do. And, by fighting for better
conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor,
of the destitute…we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for
the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our
pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around
the world. We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and, dear God,
please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our
enemy as well as our friend." |
I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing about love in these
times of tension and strife which may, at any moment, become for us all a time
of terror, I think to myself: What else is the world interested in? What else
do we all want, each one of us, except to love and be loved, in our families,
in our work, in all our relationships? God is Love. Love casts out fear. Even
the most ardent revolutionist, seeking to change the world, to overturn the tables
of the money changers, is trying to make a world where it is easier for people
to love, to stand in that relationship to each other…There can never be enough
-- Dorothy Day
Day - December 31