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
Let there be peace in my environment!
Let there be peace in the forces that act on me!
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)
Even today in many schools in India, children start the day with these prayer.There is a tradition of reciting these verses in any auspicious work of Hindus.
Tow birds beautiful of wings, friends and comrades,cling to a common tree,and eats the sweet fruit,the other regards him and eats not …Where winged souls cry the discoveries of knowledge over their portion of immortality,there the lord of all, the guardian of the world took possession of me,he the wise,me the ignorant. (Rig Veda)
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.”
“As THE DIFFERENT STREAMS HAVING THEIR SOURCES IN DIFFERENT PLACES ALL MINGLE THEIR WATER IN THE SEA,SO,O LORD,THE DIFFERENT PATHS WHICH MEN TAKE THROUGH DIFFERENT TENDENCIES,VARIOUS THOUGH THE APPEAR,CROOKED OR STRAIGHT,ALL LEAD TO THEE.”
“WHOSOEVER COMES TO ME ,THROUGH WHATSOEVER FORM,I REACH HIM,ALL MEN ARE STRUGGLING THROUGH PATHS WHICH IN THE END LEAD TO ME.”(GITA)
IT IS THE SAME LIGHT COMING THROUGH GLASSES OF DIFFERENT COLOURS. AND THESE LITTLE VARIATIONS ARE NECESSARY FOR PURPOSES OF ADAPTION. BUT IN THE HEART OF EVERYTHING THE SAME TRUTH REIGNS. THE LORD HAS DECLARED TO THE HINDU IN HIS INCARNATION AS KRISHNA :——– I AM IN THE EVERY RELIGION AS THE THREAD THROUGH A STRING OF PEARLS. WHEREVER THOU SEEST EXTRAORDINARY HOLINESS AND EXTRAORDINARY POWER RAISING AND PURIFYING HUMANITY,KNOW THOU THAT I AM THERE.”
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.
“When a person claims to be nonviolent, he is expected not to be angry with one who has injured him. He will not wish him harm, he will wish him well, he will not swear at him, he will not cause him any physical hurt. He will put up with all the injury to which he is subjected by the wrong doer.”
The term ‘Satyagraha’ is a combination of two Sanskrit words, ‘Satya’meaning ‘Truth’ and ‘Agraha’ meaning ‘determined pursuit’ or ‘holding on to truth’. The word therefore, literally means, ‘insistence on truth’. Gandhi defines Satyagrahaas ‘a relentless search for truth and a determination to reach truth.It is based on the principle of love and believes in ‘love for all’and ‘suffer for all’. It excludes the use of any form of violence since it is based on the philosophy that man does not know the absolute truth and therefore, cannot punish anyone.
The doctrine of nonviolence is not for the weak and the cowardly; it is meant for the brave and strong. The bravest man allows himself to be killed without killing. And he desists from killing or injuring, because he knows that it is wrong to injure: (Young India, 1920).
At the very pinnacle of his glory as a conqueror Emperor Ashoka embraced the philosophy of ahimsa, nonviolence, declarning—
“Instead of the sound of the war drum, the sound of dharma will be heard.”
Two and a half millennia later, the sound of dharma would once again be heard when mahatma Gandhi used nonviolence to expel the British from India. in the newly liberated nation, Ashoka Dharma Chakra, the wheel of law, would be given pride of place in the center of free India’s flag. Ashoka,s pillar crowned with four lions facing the four points of the compass and denoting the peaceful coexistence of dharma would become free India’s national symbol -a constant reminder to India of what government should be.
(CHARLES ALLEN–ASHOKA THE SEARCH FOR INDIA,S LOST EMPEROR page 355,356)
35 thoughts on “Hindu philosophy and the importance of peace (9/11, 1893 —9/11,2001)”
That is very ironic that the World Parliament of Religions Congress in Chicago in 1893 and the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on America occurred on the same date- September 11th- albeit 108 years apart.
Both producing vastly different consequences.
Thanks for your comment. there is a difference between land and sky on both date 9/11
While we do not believe the same things, and I am not a universalist, I appreciate much of what you say above regarding making peace, serving others, etc.
Thnx , thnx alot . You agree or not it does not matter . The beauty of a garden comes from the many type of flowers in it, the usefulness of a blog is through exchange of different kind of ideas your views are openly welcomed. Thnx again 🙏🙏🙏
A lovely post, beautifully balanced, something to meditate on.
Thnx 🙏🙏🙏 v happy New year to you and your family
Such an important message, especially in today’s world. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful piece.
Thnx again 🙂🙂🙏
Very nice post! Glad to know some more Sanskrit shloka’s meaning👌👌
Wonderful post 💐💐💐
Thnx , prakaash🙂🙂
Very well-written post.
Great post as always 👌 thanks 🙏👍
Beautiful thoughts and quotes, the world indeed needs peace right now!
All the great people who walked this wonderful Bharatkande on our lovely planet …..greatness lies not in being strong but in the right use of the strength!!!