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Punishment is Violent and Counterproductive
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Punishment is Violent and Counterproductive
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Perhaps the central problem of terrorizing individuals into obedience of conventions, commands, rules and the law is that once the individual has been so terrorized, it is virtually impossible for them to change their behaviour because they are now terrified of doing so. If the obedient behaviours were functional in the circumstances then, apart from the obviously enormous damage suffered by the individual, there would be no other adverse social or environmental consequences....

 
A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Another problem, if you understand anything about human psychology and political organization, is that mobilizing people in large numbers to act strategically and powerfully is not easy. Of course, if it wasn't so difficult, this crisis would not have arisen in the first place. We would have responded intelligently and strategically decades ago as some aware individuals, starting with Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 100 years ago, suggested.....

 

The fact that I had got so worked up over an object I considered ‘holy’ being allegedly profaned that I was willing to violate a fellow human being’s very dignity with such impunity should forever remain a compelling reminder to me of how easy it is for us to make an idol of our religious beliefs and practices....

 
The Fruit of Honesty
The Fruit of Honesty
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

This tale is based on a story that was related to me by Saif ji, a middle-aged man from a village in Assam, who works as a guard in the apartments where I live. Everyone, no matter what her or his walk in life, has at least one such story like this to relate. You, too, could ask someone you know to tell you a story with a moral like this one, which you might like to share with others.....

 
The Greatest Blessing
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
The Greatest Blessing
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

When a man considers his wife as God’s gift to him, he will consider his dealings with her as a form of worship. Paying whatever price he needs to, he will do what he can so that his wife becomes, in the true sense of the term, the world’s best provision for him. ...

 
Gandhi: 'My Life is My Message'
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Gandhi: 'My Life is My Message'
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

As most of the world ignores or hypocritically celebrates the 147th birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on the International Day of Nonviolence on 2 October, some of us will quietly acknowledge his life by continuing to build the world that he envisioned. When asked for his message for the world, Gandhi responded with the now famous line 'My life is my message' reflecting his lifelong struggle against violence....

Am I Really As Fine As I Tell You I Am?
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

So, the next time somebody asks us how we are doing, instead of unthinkingly declaring “I’m doing great!” we might like to take a few moments off to reflect on how we are truly faring at all the various levels of our being—physical as well as mental and spiritual—...

 
Story of Life and Death
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Story of Life and Death
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Today, planning is required on the lines of Prophet Abraham’s desert therapy. In the modern age, this planning will be based on education, both formal and informal. It is the pressing need of today that the ancient desert therapy be revived along the lines of education therapy. With successful de-conditioning through education, we can look forward to more peaceful people, communities and nations. This will put an end to violence and restore the culture of peace once again in the modern age....

 

Your conscious experience includes a whole range of important states of being that are not included in the above. For example, you may feel love, hate, jealousy, admiration, humility, arrogance, etc. There are also transcendent values that we hold including justice, goodness, selflessness, mercy, and more.....

 
No One Can Triumph Over Death
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
No One Can Triumph Over Death
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Louis was so desperate to recover his health that he ordered that the word ‘death’ never be uttered in his presence! He paid his personal physician an enormous salary of 10,000 gold crowns a month, something that in those times in Europe even a military officer would never earn after 40 years of service. Louis was willing to give away his entire treasury to anyone who could prolong his life by a single day….

Reflections on Peace Activism
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
Reflections on Peace Activism
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

Someone who is not at peace with God, with himself, with his family and with his neighbours but yet claims that he’s working for inter-community peace or even for world peace cannot be a true or successful peace activist. In other words, peace work, like charity, begins ‘at home’. Those who preach peace must first be peaceful with themselves and with their surroundings. Those who are not peaceful with themselves and others are only ‘professional’ peace activists...

The Reality of Life
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
The Reality of Life
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

This will be the Day of Decision. On that day, all human beings who ever lived will be brought before the Creator. At that time, the Creator will decide the fate of each of us, in accordance with the record that He has kept. This decision will be based on perfect justice. And then some people will be settled in eternal Paradise, while the rest will be cast into Hell....

Reflections on Good Parenting
Mesha O, New Age Islam

Human beings are spiritual beings, and they have been sent into this world by the Creator for a definite purpose: to reflect the Creator’s attributes in their own lives and in this way work towards felicity in the eternal life after death. This means that in addition to their physical, emotional and intellectual needs, children have spiritual needs, which need to be met if they are to fulfil the purpose of their coming into this world, or, in other words, if they are to gain true success in this world and in the eternal world after death. ...

 
The Real Terrorist Is FEAR
Brahma Kumari Sister Jenna
The Real Terrorist Is FEAR
Brahma Kumari Sister Jenna

Do you comprehend that an attack on any of God’s children is an attack on ourselves? Moving towards restorative justice isn’t so easy when the inner workings of consciousness are complex. The growing interest in restorative justice is an approach to heal the soul but few leaders know the power of the inner world of healing. At its heart is the notion that any damage to a human relationship or attack on anyone must be attended from a spiritual...

 

Practical and outcome based activities that have beneficial reward to the person or persons interacting with each other are what constitute true spirituality. The sight of a young school boy or a girl, carrying their own knapsack on the back and holding an elderly person’s hand and a heavy shopping bag in the other hand to help them cross the road safely, is a picture of delight that many thousand words cannot fully convey....

 Chanting the names of God is part of devotional Hinduism or the Bhakti tradition, as well as in the Sufi form of Islam, and often devotees find it easier to do this with the help of prayer-beads, through the use of which both body and mind are brought to focus on God...

A Nonviolent Strategy to End War
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
A Nonviolent Strategy to End War
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

There is a long history of anti-war and peace activism. Much of this activism has focused on ending a particular war. Some of this activism has been directed at ending a particular aspect of war, such as the use of a type of weapon. Some of it has aimed to prevent a type of war, such as 'aggressive war' or nuclear war. For those activists who regard war as the scourge of human existence, however, 'the holy grail' has always been much deeper: to end war....

 
Problems Are Also a Mercy
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, New Age Islam
Problems Are Also a Mercy
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

If you allow the problems that you face to turn you into someone who is constantly grumbling and complaining, they will only destroy you. But if your problems lead you to develop the habit of introspection, they will become a source of mercy for you....

 

The Quran says three basic qualities have to be in the heart of the seeker. The first is Khushu, or humility. The second is Karamat, or charity, and the third is Sijd, or truthfulness, authenticity, recognising that which you are. These are the three pillars of Sufism. The humble person is not egoless.

 
War is No Choice At All
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
War is No Choice At All
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

The fact is that war cannot cease by one party defeating another. In practice, what happens is that the defeated party does not accept its defeat. Instead, a thirst for revenge overtakes it...

 
Old Age: Burden or Blessing?
Roshan Shah, New Age Islam

In contrast to them are people for whom life is not just ‘time-pass’, but, rather, a God-given opportunity for their spiritual development. Such people think of old age as a blessing from God, each moment a valuable treasure to be carefully spent in order to please God and do God’s Will. For such people, old age is an opportunity, rather than a burden....

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
The Psychology of Ideology and Religion
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Unfortunately, however, often enough the shared ideology or religion has a dysfunctional basis and the outcome is detrimental both individually and socially with the (violent) consequences sometimes reverberating throughout a national or even global society....

Water from Stones: Conflict-Resolution through Gentleness
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Water from Stones: Conflict-Resolution through Gentleness
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam

If you want to make people God-conscious, you must first be God-conscious yourself. If you get angry in reaction to the difficulties that you face at the hands of others, you only prove that you seek reward for your actions from fellow human beings, not from God. And when you fail to reap the reward that you expect from fellow human beings, you get angry. On the other hand, if you hope to receive the reward for your deeds from God, you will not mind at all if people praise your work or criticize it.....

 

Many a times, we hear people say “Oh well, It was never in my destiny for this to happen” or “What’s written for you will happen”. But is it really like that? I mean, we Muslims believe that God has created us with free will to make our own decisions, that’s why there is a Day of Judgement. Because if we didn’t have free will and everything was written for us already, then there would be no point of having a Judgement Day as we couldn’t be rewarded nor punished because nothing was in our hands. But it isn’t like that...

Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Lament for Humanity: A 50 Year Reflection
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Despite this readily available information, governments continue to prioritize spending $US2, 000,000,000 each day on military violence, the sole purpose of which is to terrorize and kill fellow human beings, now or in the future....

 
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