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Session: Support Other Local Religious Organizations
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"At every moment we should try to find out how we agree with others"
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At every moment we should try to find out how we agree with others

Whenever in any religious faith, dark or bright, we allow our minds to dwell upon the points in which we differ from other people, we are wrong, and in the devil’s power…At every moment of our lives we should be trying to find out, not in what we differ from other people, but in what we agree with them; and the moment we find we can agree as to anything that should be done, kind or good, (and who but fools couldn’t?) then do it; push at it together: you can’t quarrel in a side-by-side push; but the moment that even the best men stop pushing, and begin talking, they mistake their pugnacity for piety, and it’s all over.

 

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This is the opinion of John Ruskin
"Have respect for and knowledge of other religions"
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Have respect for and knowledge of other religions

This messenger of peace must have equal regard for all the principal religions of the earth. Thus, if he is a Hindu, he will respect the other faiths current in India. He must, therefore, possess a knowledge of the general principles of the different faiths professed in the country.

It is a sacred duty of every individual to have an appreciative understanding of other religions.”

 

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This is the opinion of Mohandas Gandhi
"There is a ‘secret doctrine’ of essential unity"
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There is a ‘secret doctrine’ of essential unity

Whenever good intentioned people seem to disagree, you can dig deeper to find a common cause.

'Sufism bridged the gap between the official interpretations of Christianity and Islam and the needs of the thinking man…It is this spirit and this claim to the essential unity of divine transmission which is what has been referred to as the ‘secret doctrine.’'

 

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This is the opinion of Idries Shah
"Religious organizations have divided man"
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Religious organizations have divided man

I do not know if you have ever observed what mischief the religious organizations have done in the world, how they have divided man. You are a Catholic, I am a Protestant. To us the label is much more important than the actual state of affection, love, kindliness. Nations have divided us, nationalities have divided us. One can observe this division, which is our conditioning and which brings about fear.

 

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What is the Bias?
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What is your Personal Experience?
How does it make you feel? How do your experiences, privileges, and personal interests affect your understanding of it?
Now, enter the heart
▶ Say something good about what you disagree with, even if there are flaws.
▶ Find causes, not symptoms. Ask what lies at the root.
▶ Have respect for people with different views, insights, and priorities!
 
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This is the opinion of J. Krishnamurti
 
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Religious Leaders Call On Everyone To Make Friends Across Religions
On June 14, 2017 many of the world’s most prominent religious leaders made a joint statement encouraging people everywhere to make friends across religions.
 
 
 

Unity of Religions | Baha'i
This slideshow is a vision of the unity of humanity and the oneness of religion. The images and writings express the core principle of the unity of the source of Religions. It is a vision of a global family, a world in harmony, a planet in love.
 
 
 
Text: We are conditioned to belong to a particular ideology or religion
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We are conditioned to belong to a particular ideology or religion

One sees the mind is always demanding to be certain, to be secure, to be safe. A mind that is safe, secure, is a bourgeois mind, a shoddy mind. Yet that is what all of us want: to be completely safe. And psychologically there is no such thing. See what takes place outwardly - it's quite interesting if you observe it - each person wants to be safe, secure. And yet psychologically he does everything to bring about his own destruction. You can see this. As long as there are nationalities with their sovereign governments, with their armies and navies and so on, there must be war. And yet psychologically we are conditioned to accept that we are a particular group, a particular nation, belonging to a particular ideology, or religion. I do not know if you have ever observed what mischief the religious organizations have done in the world, how they have divided man. You are a Catholic, I am a Protestant. To us the label is much more important than the actual state of affection, love, kindliness. Nations have divided us, nationalities have divided us. One can observe this division, which is our conditioning and which brings about fear.

So we are going to go into the question of what to do with fear, Unless we resolve this fear we live in darkness, we live in violence. A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free, a peaceful man. As human beings we must resolve this problem, because if we cannot, we cannot possibly live righteously. Unless one understands behaviour, conduct in which is involved virtue - you may spit on that word - and unless one is totally free of fear, the mind can never discover what truth is, what bliss is, and if there is such a thing as a timeless state. When there is fear you want to escape, and that escape is quite absurd, immature. So we have this problem of fear. Can the mind be free of it entirely, both at the conscious as well as at the so-called unconscious, deeper levels of the mind? That is what we are going to talk over this evening, because without understanding this question of fear and resolving it, the mind can never be free. And it is only in freedom that you can explore, discover. It is very important, it is essential, that the mind be free of fear

J. Krishnamurti, You Are the World

 
 
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Video: Pope Francis' Message on Christian Unity to Pentecostal Conference
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Source: Pope Francis' Message on Christian Unity to Pentecostal Conference
Document: Idries Shah, The Sufis. Pages 412-414

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