Thursday, March 18, 2010


(Taken from a Sikh Article)

Avil Alh nUru aupwieAw kudriq ky sB bMdy ]
aval aleh noor oupaaeiaa kudharath kae sabh ba(n)dhae
First, Allah created the Light; then, by His Creative Power, He made all mortal beings.

eyk nUr qy sBu jgu aupijAw kaun Bly ko mMdy ]1]
eaek noor thae sabh jag oupajiaa koun bhalae ko ma(n)dhae 1
From the One Light, the entire universe welled up. So who is good, and who is bad? 1

(Prabhati Kabir Ji : 1349-19)

Global Scenario...

For many people, our world has not been the same since 9,11. This single tragedy has become a monumental symbol for many daily tragedies, large and small, which take place all over the globe, arising from the human failings of ignorance, doubt, suspicion and lack of understanding.

Out of this suffering has come an urgent call for faiths and nations to enter into dialogue in a more earnest and genuine way, because now the very future of the human race is at stake.

In many respects, the world has not been the same since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and today, nuclear technology threatens us with mass devastation across all borders and boundaries.

But ironically, the catastrophe in New York was caused by far cruder weapons; whatever the outward means of destruction, the 'enemy' we seek must surely lie somewhere within our human nature.

In this global scenario, there is an unprecedented opportunity for faith to elevate and illuminate the human mind, and to mend and uplift a broken world. It is a time for religions to draw on their respective teachings, which instil in us the highest human and spiritual values, in order to overcome the hostilities and prejudices that have caused conflict across religious divides.

This is also a golden chance for world religions to communicate and cooperate with each other in a time of human need, and pave the way to greater peace on our planet. In many respects, the Sikh religion offers a constructive model for the practical application of interfaith work, which is evident through its sacred scripture, its history and its living tradition...


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