Religious harmony for world peace

Religion is an integral part of human existence. If a man likes to have peace of mind, then he must also construct defences of peace in his own mind. The world cannot have peace till countries and people begin to reduce their selfish desires for more and more material possessions. Differences in religious beliefs and practices should not hinder the progress of people working for world peace. They should work in harmony and cooperation in the true sprit of service.

Indian society is pluralistic in nature. The diversity that exists in India in terms of religion, culture and languages is highly unique. We do not see such a diversity anywhere in the world. Despite this diversity, the people of this country have been living in peace and harmony from time immemorial. We are all one.

We have many religions, but our country is one. Let us be proud of it.                                                                                                                                           
Time and again, it has been pointed out by our elders that essential requirement for peace is to create a mindset to consider this world as a God’s unique creation to live in peace and harmony with one another. No religion preaches violence. Islam means peace acquired by submitting your will to God. Love and peace are central in Christian scheme of things. Compassion  holds an important position in Buddhism and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbukam’ (The whole world is a family) is one among the well–known cardinal principles of Hinduism. Holy Quran says, “Oh mankind, we have created you from males and females. Develop sense of brotherhood.”  Prophet Muhammad taught his followers to make peace and not to hurt the religious sentiments of others. Swamy Vivekananda said, “We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true”. Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama says that there will be no peace among religions without dialogue.Therefore, religious leaders, political leaders and academic institutions should play a leading role in maintaining peace and harmony in the society. Inter-faith dialogue has immense significance in minimising differences among conflicting parties.

Peace and humanity campaigns should be organised from time to time so that world can become an embodiment of unity, love, brotherhood, peace and prosperity.  

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