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Of what avail is an outer appearance of saintliness, If the mind suffers inwardly from knowledge of its iniquity? He who has not attained the power yet wears the garb of saints Is like a cow that grazes about wearing a tiger's skin. He who conceals himself beneath saintly robes and commits sins Is like the hunter who hides in the bushes to snare unwary birds.

- Tirukkural 28:272-274 (Hindu)

Henry David Thoreau, American author/philosopher


"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."


- Henry David Thoreau, American author/philosopher (Agnostic?)

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Walter Cronkite

It seems to rise again when the crisis times come, and this is a time of most severe crisis, as we all know, not just for the history of the United States and the survival indeed of our democracy, but for the future peace of the world. And never before probably has the need for interfaith commitment been nearly as great as it is at this very moment. 
-- Walter Cronkite


The Dalai Lama

I appreciate any organization or individual people who sincerely make an effort to promote harmony between humanity, and particularly harmony between the various religions. I consider it very sacred work and very important work
The Dalai Lama

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Posted elsewhere by Yvonne



"Peace is inevitable, if we are willing to explore the inherent truth of human unity - if we are willing to contemplate the undeniable fact that we're all one, that we are interdependent and interconnected."
Where do the children play?

Music, Cat Stephens.... "Well I think it's fine building jumbo planes, or go for a ride on a cosmic train; switch on summer from a slot machine, you can get what you want-you can get anything - I know we've come a long way, we're changing day to day; BUT TELL ME, Where do the children play?"
This is a cliff-hanger of a question. Still unanswered, yes?


Have faith, my Child, have faith. Do not be bewildered. For you are beyond all things, The heart of all knowing. You are the Self. You are God.

- Ashtavakra Gita 15:8 (Hindu)

One Family...

The whole of humanity is… one human family. This planet is our only home.

                                                -His Holiness the Dalai Lama


Faith is to believe...

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

                                                   -St. Peter Julian Eymard (Christian)

Dalai Lama Quotes

Interfaith - Inspiring quotes from Leaders

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Lots of quotes, on many subjects

This is from the Meditation Station group here on Care2.

Native American Prayer

Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy - myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.

(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.

Ancient Indian Proverb

help me always
to speak the truth quietly,
to listen with an open mind
when others speak,
and to remember the peace
that may be found in silence.

Cherokee Prayer

We do not want schools....
they will teach us to have churches.
We do not want churches....
they will teach us to quarrel about God.
We do not want to learn that.
We may quarrel with men sometimes
about things on this earth,
but we never quarrel about God.
We do not want to learn that.

Heinmot Tooyalaket ( Chief Joseph), Nez Perce Leader



"My Religion is Kindness."

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

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"Things are not always what they seem."
"It's not about me."

Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

  'Forgive him who wrongs you. Join him who cuts you off. Do good to him who does evil to you and speak the truth even if it be against yourself.'”  Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

Prophet Mohammad

I love these words of wisdom! So many people hate Muslims, but those words are similar to the Judaic or Christian teachings.

A man asked the Prophet Mohammed, "What Islamic traits are the best?" The Prophet said, "Feed the people, and greet those whom you know and those whom you do not know."

Abdullah bin 'Amr

Allah's Apostle Mohammed said , "The younger person should greet the older one, and the walking person should greet the sitting one, and the small number of persons should greet the large number of persons."
Abu Huraira

"Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers, the wise person accepts the essence of the different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions."
                                                               - Mahatma Gandhi

friends; they can be another political party, religion, color, culture or even race...

friends... 2:54 PM 

"Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about wha t they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you..."
— Bob Marley

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Work together for unity and love...

"I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love."


                                                                 -Mahatma Gandhi


"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."
-- Henry David Thoreau]
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
-- The Buddha
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
-- Harold Thurman Whitman

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"That which makes the eye see but cannot be Seen by the eye, that is the Self indeed. This Self is not someone other than you."

- Kena Upanishad



“What we’re called to do is to be in this for the long term, to lift up the values of compassion and human dignity, and to do it together. People of faith are called to stand together to promote a sustainable and just world in which all of us can live together and thrive.”


UUA President Rev. Peter Morales

The diversity of the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as in music where different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord. If you meet those of a different race and colour from yourself, do not mistrust them and withdraw yourself into your shell of conventionality, but rather be glad and show them kindness. think of them as different coloured roses growing in the beautiful garden of humanity and rejoice to be among them.

This quote was sent to me by a Baha'i friend last night...and is staggeringly beautiful.

Kofi Annan

interfaithsis Rev. Sheila by AGreenRoad
We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race. Kofi Annan #interfaith

If all religions make the betterment of humanity
their main concern, then they can easily work
together in harmony for world peace. Interfaith
understanding will bring about the unity necessary
for all religions to work together.
-Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama

We are one human family united in our desire for peace and happiness. The various faith traditions of the world show ways to experience and express this central fact. The peace we all seek will only be realized as we understand and appreciate the shared values in our different faith traditions.  We are honored to host the 2011 visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Through his words and inspiration, we hope to lay the foundation for interfaith bridges throughout Chicago. 
- Tim Boyd, President, Theosophical Society in America


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