The Hundred Verses of Advice of Padampa Sangye are utterly amazing for their clarity, depth, breadth and brevity. Padampa Sangye (known in India as Paramabuddha) was from southern India, and travelled widely in India, Tibet and China, until his death around 1117 C.E.
It is said that religion is supposed to uplift man from the artificial divisions devised by humans and elevate him to a stage where he realises the oneness of humanity and its link with Almighty. But unfortunately, most of the people do not ponder over these philosophical matters.
A simple analogy invoked in this context is quite striking. How would a fish feel about itself if it were judged for its ability to climb trees when it was meant to swim? When we put the ability to climb trees as the only ability of worth, the birds that fly, the fish that swim and the plants that bear fruit are all trashed in one fell sweep.
“Indifference” is the word engraved on the stark wall at the entrance to Milan’s Holocaust memorial, housed beneath the central railway station from which Jews were deported to Auschwitz and other Nazi camps. The premises vibrate when trains depart overhead, as if mirroring the shudder the place provokes.
It was stirring, also, to hear the head of a church that once killed infidels warning against murder in the name of God, the scourge now of the Middle East. “A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of religion, an ideology or an economic system,” he said. “But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil.”
For 5000 years, everything on Earth and in Heaven was fixed by Perfect God who also created imperfect Men, in His own Image. Since Men Trusted in God –Perfect, no human- intervention was necessary to interfere with the Divine dispensation. Neo-conservatives of all Faiths, however, believe that modern science was known or at best rooted in the Divine testaments of bygone age. …
Francis’ great gift, by contrast, is learning through intimacy, not just to study poverty, but to live among the poor and feel it as a personal experience from the inside. “I see the church as a field hospital after battle,” Pope Francis told the interviewer Father Antonio Spadaro.…
Two Ways of Being
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Al-Afghani, along with his disciple Muhammad Abduh (1849 – 1905), made Paris the centre of his activities. In 1884 he began publishing a newspaper entitled al-Urwah al-Wuthqa (The Indissoluble Link) from Paris. But, because of his political extremism, Muhammad Abduh could not see eye to eye with him. In Paris he told al-Afghani that they were wasting their time in political activities. They should instead establish an educational institution to peacefully educate the Muslim youth.....
Manzurul Haque, New Age Islam
Manzurul Haque, New Age Islam
the nothingness of Napoleon’s dictat about impossibility,
I ventured to
explore the life and time of the Muslim community,
was a meet to implore, evolve and grow,
darkness of poverty, into prosperity’s glow,....
Hajj is an amazing journey. It’s physically and psychologically challenging, a ritual in self-purification and a rehearsal for the Day of Judgment. Despite the challenges, upon the completion of their Hajj, many people describe feeling a sense of peace unlike any other.....
The fact is that one does not need religious faith to justify violence. While it is true that violence is committed in the name of Islam, Christianity, Judaism or Buddhism, religion is not the sole driver of violence in the modern world. If one of the promises of the Enlightenment was more peace and less violence through rationalism and secularization, it has hardly come true.
The Vatican as a Principle
By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
The area of the Vatican is a mere 110 acres, while the cumulative area of Saddam Hussein’s eight palaces was 7,900 acres. This story shows that it could have been possible for Saddam Hussein to establish a peaceful kingdom for himself. He could have given up political power and, with his eight palaces, he could have built the largest university of the world…
different religions do not get buried in one cemetery on land. But the refugees
are, in the watery-grave when their leaky boat disintegrates on rocks.
Otherwise on land in death too do us part is the motto of religions. In
this matter Religions play an important part in the cemeteries too, as in
learn from others what they feel is the purpose of their life is opening up to
me new ways of understanding my own. Of course, I do not agree with many of the
responses that I received to my experiment that I’ve mentioned above. And yet,
even these responses, like the ones I can agree with, provide me with useful
insights. Hopefully, the lessons, positive as well as negative, that I can draw
from what different people regard as the major purpose of their lives will help
me live in a more meaningful manner than hitherto....
War Two was not an isolated and the only war mankind has fought with equal
gusto in the past or since the end of this war ‘to end all wars’. Vietnam,
Cambodia and now the massacres and devastations and cruelty in Middle East are
but a few examples where human and animal life was and in slaughtered and total
annihilation of nations is undertaken at the altar of national and strategic
interests. Often also the war waged under the umbrella of religions, as is the
case in the Muslim world now. A world which first and foremost is well aware of
the code of Deen given to it as: “one
who takes an innocent life is as if he has killed the whole Nation…”
is a devastating disease, which is why God condemns it several times in the
Qur’an (e.g. 31.18). Fanaticism is one syndrome of arrogance. Humility, on the
other hand, is a marvelous medicine. One tragedy of the human being is that it
is easier to be arrogant than being humble….
which are beyond control of human being are under absolute dominion and control
of Allah, the “ Invisible piper” Who makes the whole Universe ‘dance to a
Mysterious Tune' that echoes in the Quranic verses.....
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu, New Age Islam
above all, we also learn the profound truth that my life is mine alone and I
cannot live the life of another. Envying another’s life is illogical and
coveting the success of others is idiotic. There is a very beautiful saying of
the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad: “Each person is given the measure of failure
and success, pain and joy according to his capacity to bear them. The cycle of
pain and happiness in life are lessons for us to contemplate upon, so that we
will remember that this present life is not the real goal, but God is the true
Goal of one’s existence”…..
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
In the light of
this interpretation, Surah Yusuf becomes a guide for people today. This same
method is applicable for the whole of the Quran. In this way, the Quran becomes
a book of guidance for humanity today, whereas if the Quran is studied in the
light of the earlier-cited principles of exegesis, it will appear like a story
of an age long past.....
In this respect, the Quran invites people, especially believers, to invocation; names itself as “Ez-Zikr” (the invoked). However, this is a form of argument that takes place between a Muslim mind and a mind that doesn't take Islamic revelations as reference. This ground might be wider than it is considered to be because the opposing mind will desire to make a point of contention out of your basic beliefs at first, followed by revelation itself and the righteousness of the Quran....
We human beings are created beings. We have not brought ourselves into existence. It is God, the Creator of everything else, who has created us, too. And He hasn’t done so as a sport or in jest. There is a very clear purpose for which He has made us. And that purpose is the true purpose of human life. Any other purpose is deviation, which is bound to end in doom, as my life almost did. Only a life that is led according to the purpose for which God has created us is a truly successful and meaningful one….
always a very amazing month. Each of us goes through our own personal moments
of elation when we complete the day of fasting and take our first sip of water
at iftar time. Fasting, like prayers, represents a personal, private
relationship each one of us has with God. Every Ramadan, we are blessed with
many opportunities to learn valuable lessons that can help us understand life
and ourselves better.....
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
because this fear and self-hatred are so unpleasant to feel consciously, most
people suppress these feelings below conscious awareness and then project them
onto 'legitimised' victims (that is, those people 'approved' for victimisation
by their parents or society generally). That is, the fear and self-hatred are
projected as fear of, and hatred for, particular social groups.....
Comforting a Baby is Violent
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
'And, given the
pattern of adult behaviour of which this comforting is usually a part, it will
contribute to them becoming violent to themselves, others and/or the Earth. The
unique combination of "visible", "invisible" and
"utterly invisible" violence that each person experiences throughout
childhood will determine precisely how their violence manifests.....
What works at
the level of individuals can work at the level of entire social
groups—communities and countries, too. If communities and countries were to
readily apologise for the wrongs they have done to each other, imagine the
enormous goodness that could be generated at the global level! Forgiving others
for the wrongs they’ve done to us isn’t easy—the ego just hates to do this—and
for many of us, asking for forgiveness from others for the wrongs we’ve done to
them is still more difficult ....