I finished my
tea, wrapped my shawl about me and shut my eyes as I reflected on the
‘postcard’ and the ‘aerogramme’ from God that I’d already received some years
ago, and of the ‘Quick Mail Service letter’ and telegrams addressed to me that
might soon be on their way! ....
get so carried away by what we think is the compulsion to put on an act with
people whom we consider superior to or more powerful than us or whom we
otherwise fear that we begin to mistake the masks we wear as our true faces and
lose complete touch with our own reality. A good way to get back to the reality
of our selves is to observe how we relate with people whom we don’t fear—often
people ‘lower’ than us—for that is often when we clearly express who and how we
surprisingly, though, in escaping from challenging people and situations, not
once did I land up with a perfect job, a perfect boss, a perfect friend, or a
perfect place to live in. I wasn’t perfect myself, so why did I expect
everything else to be? That was a question that I never asked myself. I simply
refused to acknowledge my own imperfection. In my quest for a problem-free
life, I was seeking to escape from life as it truly is....
Colours of Contentment
Roshan, New Age Islam
“I’m going to
request God, ‘God! This trader whom we didn’t get to meet. He has a huge
business. If he refuses to reform himself, please may his business multiply ten
times over!’” Naru explained. “And for this couple I’m going to entreat God,
saying, ‘God, they had just a pouch of rice, and yet they were so joyful.
Please keep them blessed with that in the future, too!’”....
Innate spiritual capacities can wither unless cultivated — the way innate math faculties can go undeveloped without instruction. Loving families nurture these capacities, especially when parents speak explicitly about spiritual quests....
Buddha realised that a claim to Exclusivism by followers of different faiths would not be acceptable. He adopted Inclusivism and argued for multiculturalism and religious pluralism in society....
Jainism relies a great deal on one's own efforts and initiatives, and laws of nature. One, who washes away the dirty heap of greed with the water of equanimity and contentment, attains the everlasting happiness, Moksha….
The news are replete with imageries of crimes, violence, human rights violations, wars, and conflicts between people and nations. Images of ISIS beheading their civilian captives; ethnic wars which led to genocide in Africa and Eastern Europe; America’s pre-emptive war against Iraq which killed thousands of civilians; and tortures of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay are some contemporary examples of the evils that humans are capable of doing to their fellow human beings. Then there is the contemporary struggle of mainstream moderate Muslims against Islamic militant groups such as the Taliban.....
Legacy of War
Robert J. Burrowes for New age Islam
Sometimes when we reflect on war, we talk about sacrifice for a good cause. Other times, we talk about the cost, in lives or liberties lost. Occasionally, we talk about the horror. Sometimes we talk about the gains, nationally or internationally, for freedom and democracy. And rarely, we analyse the causes of war and lament that one day we might end it....
Love Wins: Happy Easter!
Kitty Chappell for New Age Islam
The living God who lovingly created everything and holds our world, the universe and all the galaxies in balance. A God who, by creating mankind—you, me, us— in His own image, endowed us with a powerful gift that only he and we have....
Dates on a Calendar
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan for New Age Islam
One is to simply pass your time, and the other is to avail of your time. If you live just to pass time, you are simply wasting your life....
Peter Ronald Desouza
In India’s new expressive humanism, in the form of the green corridor for heart transplants, there are no caste, community, or gender biases. None of India’s prejudices can be seen in this act of giving life to total strangers. How different it is from the politics of today where the other is regarded as a hostile other....
are some people who don’t even have an animal as friend, though, but even they
have, if they choose to remember, a friend they can always rely on: God. As the
Hindi/Urdu saying goes, Jiska koi nahi, uska Khuda hai (‘He who has no one [as
a friend] has God’)….
Dealing with difficult situations isn’t easy, of course. It requires great wisdom, patience, large-heartedness and tact. How quickly we succumb to the temptation to react to such situations immediately and unthinkingly, completely forgetting that we’re doing ourselves much greater harm than the person we get angry or irritated with!....
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
It is dangerous to live in the past. Also, it is disastrous for a person to refuse to go beyond the present. This kind of thinking is not good for anyone, neither for individuals nor for nations. One has to reassess and re-examine one’s life on a daily basis. Only by adopting this practice can you save yourself from negative results. ....
I wasn’t pleased with myself then, as you can imagine. I had taken to prayer recently, but I had never bothered to pray to God for the victims of any of the terrible incidents that I had read or heard about in the media. Not once had any of these people—victims of wars, terror attacks and communal riots, of rapes and murders, and all other sorts of horrific crimes—ever figured in my prayers. Instead, my prayers were essentially all for and about myself...
The other extreme reaction we often take, especially as Christians, is passivity. We become like doormats and we allow difficult people to walk all over us. This is how we interpret Jesus' words in Matthew 5. We think the best response is no response. We think difficult people will repent when they see our inaction, hear our silence, taste our saltiness, or feel our love.....
On our first date, she asked me if I believed in God. I told her that I did, but I wasn't sure about religion. She, too, was raised culturally Muslim. She told me that she didn't drink alcohol, that she prayed regularly, and that her relationship with God was very important to her. I was quite surprised that we were talking about this on our first date. Both of us were comfortably "out" to our friends and were involved in social justice activism - where sexual politics are familiar topics - but I wasn't used to discussing my relationship with religion and faith in this context…..
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Man has a dual personality; physical and spiritual. In physical terms, man's body measuring no more than a few feet is very limited. Due to this limited being, man develops boredom as far as his physical domain in concerned. But, his spiritual or intellectual being has no limits. Your mind travels in an unlimited space. It travels by means of thinking, and there is no boundary for the thinking process. It continues its journey unfettered, by crossing all kinds of barriers…..
Those who felt gleeful self-righteousness in mocking the Prophet are in Maya. So are those who took such serious offence to it. The killer is in Maya and so is the killed. Those who judge one as the victim and the other as the villain are also in Maya. We all live in our constructed realities, some based on measurement, some indifferent to measurement, each one eager to dismiss the other, rendering them irrelevant: The other is the barbarian who needs to be educated. The other is also the intellectual who is best killed….
Pinky, Khush, Husain, Divya, the Cats, Curly and the Squirrels may not have scripted any tomes on spirituality, God or religion. Nor have they trained in theology at seminaries and universities. But they are all helping me learn and understand God and faith better than many wordy and voluminous tomes could. Truly wonderful spiritual teachers they are! A huge ‘thank you’ to them all!.....
Relating to God directly and dispensing with institutionalised religion, we can be free from what we earlier imagined was the obligation to let religious professionals, texts and traditions dictate what our relationship with God should be….
Even as news comes in from Paris of gunmen attacking a French magazine office and killing 12 people, I grope to comprehend the minds of people who can snuff out lives —whether men, women or even children. In a story by Krishan Chander, two soldiers are returning home in a pensive mood after world War II . One soldier hopes that someday all soldiers will lay down their arms and refuse to fight. The other responds that in that case the enemy would win. The story captures our innermost insecurities and conditioning of our minds, which would require an enemy even when none might exist. The search for peace is a journey which must begin with a reality check within, of our real anxieties, fears and hopes, and the realisation that these are common concerns.....
Life's Journey in 2015
New Age Islam News Bureau
"Worrying does not take away tomorrow's troubles; it takes away today's peace".....
Lou Ann’s Gift
During this coming year, I pray each of us will strive to let those around us know how much they are loved. If we can’t easily express our love, we can give words of appreciation and gratitude which will make them feel loved. We can offer a heartfelt compliment, give praise when it’s due, return kindness for their rudeness when they’re having a bad day, and we can smile. These thoughtful acts of kindness—that really cost us nothing other than cultivating an awareness of others, is small gifts with potential for big impact. For they clearly say “I don’t know you, but I love you.”.....