History, humanity, People, RELIGION

Religious scriptures for troubled times.

We live in times of trouble and hatred. It is more important for us to really understand the essence and spirit of various religious texts, only then would it be possible for us to defeat the differences that have come up across the world. I have selected a list of scriptures and readings from various texts, the beauty of these texts are that they essentially mean the same thing- to live in harmony and to respect each other. May we use these teachings to foster a world free of religious intolerance and hate. Religion should unite us. Religion should make us better humans. Religion should foster love. That is what religion is for.

To those, (means non-Muslims), who are not fighting you because of your religion, trying to undermine your faith or driving you out of your homes, (that is committing oppression or aggression against you), you should deal with them in kindness and justice, for God loves those who do good. The Holy Quran(60:8-9)

38] This is the first and great commandment.
[39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
[40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.-Mathew 22 verse 39-40

This person is my relative and that person is a stranger, says the small minded one, for the one who knows the truth, the whole world is a family.” -Maha Upanishad 

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.” – The Buddha

ਜਬ ਧਾਰੈ ਕੋਊ ਬੈਰੀ ਮੀਤੁ ॥ ਤਬ ਲਗੁ ਨਿਹਚਲੁ ਨਾਹੀ ਚੀਤੁ ॥: Jabb dhaarai koyu bairee meet. Tabb lagu nihachal naahee cheet: As long as man considers one an enemy, and another a friend, his mind will not come to rest (sggs 278).

Our Rabbis taught, ‘Give sustenance to the poor of the non-Jews along with the poor of Israel. Visit the sick of the non-Jews along with the sick of Israel. Bury the dead of the non-Jews along with the dead of Israel – Because of the ways of peace.’” – Babylonian Talmud Gitten 61a

O Mazda, from the beginning you created soul and body. You granted man the mental power and knowledge. You placed life in the physical body and gave mankind the power to act, speak and guide. You wished that everyone should choose his or her own faith and path freely.
(Yasna 31, verse 11, translated from the Avestan language).

 In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.
Mahavira

Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 23. John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

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