If you are sincere and persistent in your efforts to achieve peace within yourself then you will come to see more of who you really are; you will see reality more clearly and grow in your ability to help create more peace in the external world.
We know that peace is dawning as more and more people are coming to recognize that we are all from the same source. Whether we are believers or not, orthodox, conservative, reform, Jewish, Catholic, Islamic, white, black, American, Polish, German, Iranian or any other nationality or grouping, we have much more that unites us than divides us. It is in the cooperating of those who are sensible that we will find hope. Those too angry, hate-filled, revengeful, or ruled by selfishness to see will give way to those with their reason and moral bearings still functioning.
In other words, using a conventional way of speaking that is comfortable to most people, we are all God's creation, His children. God, who is everywhere, also exists within us all. Getting to know ourselves and one another means getting to know God better.
Those who are part of the solution are rising above the small-mindedness and pettiness that focuses on irreconcilable differences rather than the deep and vast commonality of our shared humanity.
These days many of us have very short attention spans. The masses need a catchy phrase that embodies the eternal truth just written.
Here it is: The World Is One Family. Let’s bring this truth to the fore through thought, word, and deed.
There are many words for peace and different concepts used to point in its direction. As a general rule, we will do best if we make the effort to truly understand one another and appreciate cultural perspectives different from our own.
Please be aware that while some of the material below will be familiar to you, other parts are foreign. A wide range of material is included on this page in the belief that there is something to be gained from a comprehension of others' concepts even if some aspects are unacceptable. We are all here for a reason and each voice carries an essential message that we can learn from (else it would not be here). In the writing below we do not attempt to censure material based on its origin, or associated concepts or practices. For this reason the young observant reader who does not wish to come in contact with any foreign concepts at this stage will wish to skip over the portion below.
We value and respect these individuals’ place in the grand scheme even if it is not our stage or approach. Those who stick, even seemingly rigidly, to their distinctive path create a light and clarity that serves an important function for the rest of us who are less one-pointed. We do believe that the live and let live philosophy is a minimum requirement that is essential to our progress. May we all move steadily toward not only tolerance but a love for all people as we step ever closer to the goal of peace, Shalom, Salaam, Shanti.
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In other words: We are all responsible for one another.
Toward creating harmony we hope that many will speak, use the written word, and other mediums to communicate the basic truth that "The World Is One Family.” This is true because we are all the children of one Creator and all descendants from a common couple.
This effort is about building bridges.
You may wish to help spread this message of truth. Please help bring a world of peace and harmony a bit closer.
Wisdom comes from so many sources and it is good to be open to it, from wherever it may spring. It is our sincere hope that this evolving selection of essays, prayers and quotes will help promote tolerance, cooperation, and peace. Feel free to copy and circulate them. If you like, send us a writing and we will consider it for posting.
Across the religious spectrum it can be seen that the great masters, sages, seers, and especially mystics had a common vision and message. May we look deeply enough to truly understand their message and help to create a needed shift in perspective: Ultimately, peace in the world family, like peace in the nuclear family, will not come through might, but through the spirit of love.
May love and justice flow like a mighty stream. May one day soon it become apparent that all of the pieces (us) belong and together (we) make a great whole.
Toward peace within and without, below are quotes, essays, prayers and teachings from:
Teachings of Saints and the Like
St Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me the instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred - let me sow love
Where there is injury - pardon
Where there is doubt - faith
Where there is despair - hope
Where there is darkness - light
and where there is sadness - joy
O Divine Master, grant that
I may not so much seek
To be consoled - as to console
To be understood - as to understand
To be loved - as to love
It is in giving - that we receive
It is in pardoning - that we are pardoned
It is in dying - that we are born to eternal life.
It's Between You And God
By Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable,
Illogical, and self-centered:
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse
You of selfish ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
False friends and true enemies;
If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
Someone could destroy overnight:
The good you do today, people will
Often forget tomorrow
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God.
It way never between you and them
Go placidly amid the noise & haste, & remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly & clearly; and listen to others, even the dull & ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud & aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain & bitter; for always there will be greater & lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity & disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors & aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.
FOUND IN OLD SAINT PAUL'S CHURCH, BALTIMORE; DATED 1692
The Muslim Tradition
BIS.MIL.LAH IR.RAH.MAN IR.RA.HIM: In the name of ALLAH. All-Mercifull and Compassionate. Whatever I do, I start with in the name of ALLAH, the All - Mercifull and Compassionate. ALLAH has all the beautiful Names, yet is beyond the description of all the Attributes. ALLAH helps the believers.
Mantras to be chanted during Dhikr LA.I.LA.HE IL.LAL.LAH: There are not gods, but one god, that is ALLAH.
Prayer for Peace
May the day come when all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both men and women will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another's will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many
And then all will share equally in the Earth's abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old
And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life's creatures
And then all will live in harmony with each other and the Earth
And then everywhere will be called Eden once again.
Other Meaningful Words
"We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom." Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality" Martin Luther King
"Imagine all the people living life in peace." John Lenon
"You may not think that the world needs you, but it does. For, you are unique, like no one that has ever been before or will come after.
No one can speak your voice, say your piece, smile your smile or shine your light. No one can take your place, for it is yours alone to fill. If you are not there to shine your light who knows how many travelers will lose their way as they try to pass by your empty place in the darkness."
"Renewing ourselves does not demand that we remake ourselves entirely, but rather that, like the earth itself, we draw on the life that is already present, the possibilities that have survived and that we give these a chance to grow."
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you never walk alone.
We leave you a tradition of the future.
The tender loving care of human beings will never become obsolete.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Never throw anyone away.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, your find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you'll discover that you have two hands: One for helping yourself, the second for helping others.
You have great days still ahead of you.
A Woman of Strength
A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape
But a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape...
A strong woman isn't afraid of anything
But a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear...
A strong woman won't let anyone get the best of her
But a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone...
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future
A woman of strength realizes life's mistakes can also be God's blessings
and capitalizes on them...
A strong woman walks sure footedly
But a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls...
A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face
But a woman of strength wears grace...
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey
But a woman of strenth has faith that it is in the journey
that she will become strong.
"If you think your beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win but you think you can't
It's almost a cinch that you won't
If you think you'll lose, your lost,
For out of the world we find.
Success begins with a fellows will,
And it's all in the state of mind."
By Walter D. Wintle
"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than the facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude that we will embrace for that day: we cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way...we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it...We are in charge of our ATTITUDES."
God grant me the Serenity
to accept the things I can not change
Courage to change the things I can and
Wisdom to know the difference.
Patience with the changes that take time
Gratitude for all that I have
Tolerance for those with different struggles and
the Strength to get up and try again,
one day at a time.
A Cherokee Lesson
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life.
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves...One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevelence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.The same fight is going on inside you and every other person too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
It is clear that many enlightened beings knew that beyond the different religions, paths, and names of God that their exists one Truth. I recently saw a bumper sticker that said: "God is too big to fit into any one religion."
THE GOOSE STORY
This fall, when you see geese heading South for the winter--flying along in a "V" formation--you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way.
As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
PEOPLE WHO SHARE A COMMON DIRECTION AND SENSE OF COMMUNITY CAN GET WHERE THEY ARE GOING MORE QUICKLY AND EASILY BECAUSE THEY ARE TRAVELING ON THE THRUST OF EACH OTHER.
When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone--and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
IF WE HAVE AS MUCH SENSE AS A GOOSE--WE WILL STAY IN FORMATION WITH THOSE WHO ARE HEADED IN THE SAME WAY AS WE ARE.
When the Head Goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs with people or with geese flying south.
Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What do we say when we honk from behind?
Finally-- and this is important--when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshots, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend a helping hand and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies; only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.
IF WE HAD THE SENSE OF A GOOSE, WE WOULD STAND BY EACH OTHER LIKE THAT.
Dr. Harry Clarke Noyes