(Today’s Post is a Guest Post from Carol Parrish)
THE BAHA’ I PRAYER FOR PEACE
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a home for the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and guiding light unto the feet of the erring.Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
THE BUDDHIST PRAYER FOR PEACE
May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses. May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another. May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wildernesses — the children, the aged, the unprotected—be guarded by beneficent celestials. And may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.
THE CHRISTIAN PRAYER FOR PEACE
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be known as the children of God.” “But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from those who take away your cloak do not withhold your coat as well. Give to everyone who begs from you; and of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
THE HINDU PRAYER FOR PEACE
O God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. O God, lead us from darkness to light. O God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. O Lord God Almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on Earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants being peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us, and let thy peace itself bestow peace on all and may that peace come to me also.
THE JAINIST PRAYER FOR PEACE
Peace and universal brotherhood is the essence of the Gospel preached by all the enlightened ones. The Lord has preached that equanimity is the dharma. Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me. Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity. Know that violence is the root cause of all miseries in the world. Violence, in fact is the knot of bondage. “Do not injure any living being.” This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable way of (spiritual) life. A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a superior one; but no weapon can, however, be superior to non-violence.
THE JEWISH PRAYER FOR PEACE
Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High, and we shall beat our swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall we learn war anymore. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
THE MUSLIM PRAYER FOR PEACE
In the name of God, the mercy-giving, the merciful, praise be to the Lord of the universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy inclines toward peace, do thou also incline toward peace, and trust in God; for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in Humility, and when we address them, we say, “Peace.”
NATIVE AFRICAN PRAYER FOR PEACE
Almighty God, the Great Thumb we cannot evade to tie any knot; the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees; the all-seeing Lord on high who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rock mass here on Earth: You are the oneWho does not hesitate to respond to our call. You are the cornerstone of peace.
THE NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER FOR PEACE
O Great Spirit of my Fathers, I raise my pipe to you, to your Messengers the four winds, and to Mother Earth, who provides for your children. Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other, so that they may grow with peace in mind. Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this Earth.
SHINTO PRAYER FOR PEACE
Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us, I believe, are all our brothers and sisters, why are there constant troubles in this world? Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us? I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.
SIKH PRAYER FOR PEACE
God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear; the truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living. Know that we attain God when we love, and only that victory endures inconsequence of which no one is defeated.
ZOROASTRIAN PRAYER FOR PEACE
We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world: that understanding triumph over ignorance, that generosity triumph over indifference, that trust triumph over contempt, and that truth triumph over falsehood.
CHIEF SEATTLE’S PRAYER
Teach your children what we have taught our children—that the Earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves. This we know: The Earth does not belong to us; we belong to the Earth. This we know: All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth. We did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it.Whatever we do to the earth we do to ourselves.
EARTH DAY PRAYER
Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics, and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty, and violence, awaken the wonder of life,and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure.
Ordained in 1971, Carol Parrish left a promising business career to devote herself to her ministry and lecturing in the human potential movement. Having directed the Villa Serena community of Sarasota, Florida
, for several years, she was led by spiritual guidance in 1981 to establish the community of Sparrow Hawk Village in the foothills of the Ozarks near Tahlequah, Oklahoma
. There she served as president of Light of Christ Community Church until 2009 and academic dean of Sancta Sophia Seminary until June 1, 2010.
Long recognized as an inspired spiritual leader, Carol has stimulated many people to rejoice in the oneness with God. Her presentation of the esoteric aspects of early Christianity, free of doctrine and adornment, reinforces our acceptance of the Christ.