I’m a Hindu, I celebrate Holi, Diwali and I visit almost every temple I get a chance to go to, I’m always curious to learn more of the Vedas and one of my favorite quotes is from the Rigveda-” May all be happy, May all be free of Illness, May all see what is auspicious, May no one suffer”
I’m a Muslim, I’ve gone to Sufi shrines and given a “Chadar”, I’ve visited both Sunni and Shia mosques where I’ve been welcomed with open arms, I’ve eaten lovely food during Eid and I’ve always admired the quality of Charity which all Muslims have inbuilt in their culture.
I’m a Christian, I go to church and I’ve read the Bible, I believe Jesus Christ was an ideal man and we all should be a little more like him. I celebrate Easter and Christmas and I’ve studied at Christan Institutions where people from all faiths came.
I’m a Sikh, I believe there is no bounds to the compassion and love the Sikh community shows and I know I’m always welcome to have Langar at any Gurdwara. My best friends have been Sikhs and I’m ever grateful to the lessons they have taught me.
I’m a Buddhist, I have prayer flags put up in my room and I’ve visited numerous Monasteries and Stupas and have offered prayers. His Holiness The Dalai Lama has always been my Hero and I am a firm believer in the Buddhist principals of love and compassion.
I’m a Jain, I don’t think there is any other force stronger in the world than the force of AHIMSA or nonviolence. I’ve learned to treat all creatures with respect due to Jain teachings.
I’m a Jew, I have gone to Synagogues and have always spoken out against Anti-Semitism. I’ve feasted on Kosher meals and I have a hand-stitched cloth made by a Jewish Grandmother always hanging in my room to remind of the love and warmth of the Jewish Faith
But above all? I’m simply a human, a human like all of you, I have dreams, I have aspirations and I believe all men and women belong to one great big family. No religion is better or worse than any other religion . I’ve been taught to love by all religions and I’m sure you too have been touched by the warmth of religion. Religion brings us together, it doesn’t separate us, don’t let extremists shape your view of a religion, they don’t represent everyone.
Most of all, let’s no look at ANY religion with hate. Hate is a strong force, but love is always stronger.
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