Hindu philosophy and the importance of peace
ॐ सह नाववतु |
सह नौ भुनक्तु |
सह वीर्यं करवावहै |
तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः॥
om! May God protect us both together; may God nourish us both together;
May we work conjointly with great energy,
May our study be vigorous and effective;
May we not mutually dispute (or may we not hate any).
Om! Let there be peace in me!
Let there be peace in my environment!
Let there be peace in the forces that act on me!
ॐ द्यौः शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्तिः
पृथिवी शान्तिरापः शान्तिरोषधयः शान्तिः । वनस्पतयः शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवाः शान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्तिः
सर्वं शान्तिः शान्तिरेव शान्तिः सा मा शान्तिरेधि ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
— यजुर्वेद ३६:१७
Om. May peace radiate there in the whole sky as well as in the vast ethereal space everywhere.
May peace reign all over this earth, in water and in all herbs, trees and creepers.
May peace flow over the whole universe.
May peace be in the Whole Universe. And may there always exist in all peace and peace alone.
Om peace, peace and peace to us and all beings!
— (Translation by Swami Abhedananda, Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, India)
What is the importance of these things written thousands of years ago?Is peace less important today?
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
“One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.”
“As I am, so are these.
As are these, so am I.’
Drawing the parallel to yourself,
neither kill nor get others to kill”.
All are my friends. I have no enimies.
All souls are equal and alike and have the similar nature and qualities .
Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings.
Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion .
Ashoka : Without sorrow
Probably the first ruler in history to establish a welfare state.
Everywhere within beloved of the gods, king piyadasi,s domain ,& among the people beyond the borders , the cholas the pandyas, the satiyaputras the kerlaputras as for as tamrapari and where the Greek king antiochos rules and among the kings who are neighbours of antiochos everywhere has beloved of the gods , king piyadasi made provision for two types of medical treatment : medical treatment for humans and medical treatment for animals . wherever medical herbs suitable for humans or animals are not available, I have had them imported and grown . wherever medical roots and fruits are not available I have had them imported and grown. along roads I have had wells dug and trees planted for the benefit of humans and animals.
For a civilized world, the 9/11 incident was nothing short of a shock.Surprisingly, where 9/11,1893 was a shared effort(Parliament of religions chicago) to reconcile civilizations and religions. 9/11 2001 witness the attack of one civilization on another.It is also a contradiction that these two incidents took place in the same country.
1893 (PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS CHICAGO)
“I AM proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites, who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in the very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brethren, a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: “As the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”
If you want real peace in the world, start with children.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.