Peace & Harmony

09/08/2011 Comments Off on Peace & Harmony


Definition of Peace

1: a state of tranquillity or quiet: as  a: freedom from civil disturbance  b: a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom (a breach of the peace) 2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions 3: harmony in personal relations 4 a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments  b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity 5—used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

Definition of Harmony a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties (as of colors and sounds); congruity of parts with one another and with the whole agreement of opinions

Christianity: From the New Testament: Luke 10:1-6
1. After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.
2. He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
3. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.
4. Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road.
5. Whatever house you enter, first say, “Peace to this house!’
6. And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you.
New Revised Standard Version, Bible Study Tools www.crosswalk.com

Christianity: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 New Revised Standard Version, Bible Study Tools www.crosswalk.com Source.

Christianity
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:5-6 New Revised Standard Version, Bible Study Tools www.crosswalk.com Source

 

Islam

God calls to the Home of Peace.” (The Quran, 10:25)

The very word ‘Islam’ (from the Arabic silm) connotes peace. According to a tradition of the Prophet, ‘Peace is Islam’ (Al-Bukhari). This means that peace is one of the prerequisites of Islam. Similarly, a Hadith states: A Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands people are safe. One of the attributes of God described in the Quran is ‘As-Salam’, which means peace and security.’ That is to say that God’s Being itself is a manifestation of peace. Indeed, God is Peace (Al-Bukhari). In the Quran divine guidance is likened to the paths of peace. (5:16)

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Jainism [1] According to the Jain thinkers, equanimity of body, mind and soul should be a directive principle of religious life. The equanimity of mind is non-attachment (Aparigraha), equanimity of body is non-violence (Ahimsa) and the equanimity of thought is non-absolutism (Anekanta). These are three pillars of Jainism and the observance of these results in peace and harmony in the life of individual and the society.Source: Duli Chand Jain, THE RELEVANCE OF THE TEACHINGS OF LORD MAHAVIRA IN THE MODERN AGE

[2] True peace and harmony in society and in the individual are possible only if we can restrain our passions and desires. So Mahavira tells us to reduce our longing for the things of the world, for material possessions and for sexual activities. We can never have real peace of spirit so long as we are constantly seeking more and more possessions and pleasures. Source: Paul Marett, Mahavira’s Teachings

Gaining an awareness of God does not produce harmony. Gods presence is the harmony. Joel S. Goldsmith, The Infinite Way

Judaism
By three things is the world sustained: justice, truth and peace.
– Avot 1:17

There is a future for the man of peace.
– Psalms (Tehillim) 37:37

Scholars multiply peace on earth.
– Talmud, Berakhot

Peace is so mighty that, even if a person has performed some good deeds but not made peace, he is deemed to have done naught.
– Beth Hamidrash

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Sikhism
“Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.”
― Guru Nanak

“I am neither male nor female, nor am I sexless. I am the Peaceful One, whose form is self-effulgent, powerful radiance.”
― Guru Nanak

Tribal Spirituality
“They must give themselves to Wakan’ Tanka and live a spiritual life. They will have the peace that frees them from fear.”
–Frank Fools Crow, LAKOTA

There are two wills available for us: self will and God’s will. Our choice is: figure it out ourselves, or have the Creator involved in our lives. If we are honest with
ourselves and look at past experiences, what are our lives like when we try to figure it out ourselves? Is there fear, confusion, frustration, anger, attacking others, conflict, fault finding, manipulation, teasing others, belittling others or devaluation? If these things are present, they indicate that we are choosing self
will. What is it like if we turn our will over to the Creator? What are the results if we ask the Great Spirit to guide our life? Examples are: freedom, choices, consequences, love, forgiveness, helping others, happiness, joy, solutions, and peace. Which will I choose today, self will or God’s will?

Creator, I know what my choice is. I want You to direct my life. I want You to direct my thinking. You are the Grandfather. You know what I need even before I do. Today I ask You to tell me what I can do for You today. Tell me in a way I can understand and I will be happy to do it.

Source: Elder’s Meditation of the Day

 

Vedanta [‘Hinduism’]

Let there be peace in heaven,
Let there be peace in the atmosphere,
Let there be Peace on Earth,
May the waters and medical herbs bring peace,
May the trees give peace to all beings,
May all the Gods be peaceful,
May the Vedas spread peace everywhere,
May all other objects everywhere give us peace,
And may that peace come to us and remain with us for ever.
~The Yajur Veda

 

Wicca Harmony:  One can perceive rhythms in the patters of the sun, moon and seasons. It makes sense to learn those rhythms and to live in harmony with them. This can balance out our lives and help us identify one’s personal sense of harmony. Church and School of Wicca

See also Peace Quotes – Simple Truths library

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