PLURALISM GREETINGS & PRAYER

Video presentation in Chicago bible conference
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo3a8wX6SXQ

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Short Prayers at City of Carrollton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mc9D9guPMY
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Greetings,

I am pleased to share the various, but not all the religious greetings in an alphabetical order.

  Bahai Greetings; Allah Abho, Glorious God

   Buddhist: Buddha Namo, in the name of Buddha, response; Buddha Namo

  Christian: Peace be upon you, response - peace be upon you too.

  Hindu : Namaste, the good in me invokes the good in you. Other versions: Namaskar, Jai Swami Narayan, Hare Krishna, Jai Shree Ram - Response, repeating back the same words.

  Muslim : Salaam - May God shower peace on you - full version; As Salaamu Aliakum, response - Wa Alaikum as-Salaam. Other versions: Ya Ali Madad, response - Mowla Ali Madad.

 Jainism: Jai Jinendra, invoking the life in you.

 Judaism : Shalom, Shalom aleichem (or sholom aleichem) (Hebrew שלום עליכם shālôm ʻalêḵem; Yiddish שלום־עליכם şolem aleyxem) is a greeting in Hebrew, meaning "Peace be upon you". The appropriate response is "Aleichem shalom".

  Sikhism: Satsri Akaal

 Zoroastrianism: Hamazor Hamo Asho bed

And a big Hi for All others; 

Greetings is the oldest form of initiating a conversation when two people meet, it is an acknowledgment of the existence of the other. From a Simple “Hi”  to “Hamazor Hama Ashobed”- meaning I am fine and hope you are too. The essence of greetings is “ I CARE” and, I wish to initiate a cordial relationship with you  and this statement is flavored by religions, traditions and cultures - all mean goodness, pure goodness.

I hope one day we could free ourselves from all the chains that enslave us to the words rather than the essence of it. Please make an attempt to free yourselves from the slavery of words and language and be a free human.

Among your friends, I urge you to use different greetings, try it, you will not give it up.  It feels so good to be free.

  • Have you ever felt the serenity, peace and joy linger in you all day when you help some one that morning?

  • Have you ever felt the pain and suffering of others without regard to their faith, race, culture, ethnicity or any other uniqueness?

When you get to that point ‘with malice towards none’, the boundlessness in you and the sense of alignment you feel with the almighty is incredible. It is indeed liberating, it is true freedom, it is worth having it. This is what Jesus may have meant when he said “follow me” and Krishna “surrender to me” and Allah “submit to my will” and you will find the same essence in all spiritual traditions. When you follow, surrender and submit, you have acquired the qualities of God, you have become like him (her/it) all loving, all caring which removes the “you” and “me” barriers. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to the Universe, that’s the salvation Jesus had promised us, Krishna had guaranteed us, Ahura Mazda will supervise it and Allah will deliver it to us.

Pluralism is an attitude of accepting and respecting every beautiful way people have come to worship the divine, including but not limited to the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroastrian and other systems of belief. The moment you believe yours is the only way, the ego takes over and kills the spirituality and the piety in you. Good riddance of ego for ones peace and tranquility is the summation of all religions.” Arrogance and Ego is the mother of all evil.

 


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