Teachings of Different Religions Part 2

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  1. Dr GURCHARAN SINGH KAINTH

    A reading of Gaitrri Manter (Hinduism), Mool Mantar (Sikhism) Seven first ayats of Quran (Islam) five rules of Jainism, eight rules of Buddhism, Ten Commandments of Christianity, twelve rules of Jewdaism basically make the same statement about the eternal entity GOD. Ethical values of the major religions lead to service to humanity. It is desirable to give the reference to the quotations from other scriptures as from SGGS.

    1. AWAT Admin Post author

      Dear Dr Gurcharan Singh Jee,
      Thank you for underlining the message we are trying to convey. Your comments are really appreciated. You have mentioned various teachings from different Scriptures.
      We would be obliged if you could pen a small article highlighting the commonalities mentioned by you. Our esteemed readers would benefit from such an input.
      Sohan Singh & Dr Jaswant Singh
      Team AWAT

  2. Mahesh Inder Singh

    Great article and such initiatives have immense value in current environment. All religions promoted unity and our misguided religious leaders of today talk about division and always point to the differences between the religions and how their religion is better than theirs. Please keep up the effort.

    1. AWAT Admin Post author

      Dear S. Mahesh Inder Singh,
      Your words of encouragement are appreciated. We agree with your observation that some religious leaders have their own agendas and are seeking to divide followers of different faiths instead of endeavouring to unify them.
      Sohan Singh & Dr Jaswant Singh
      Team AWAT

  3. Dr GURCHARAN SINGH KAINTH

    TEACHINGS OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS
    ” The need for religion, for a system of thought, for devotion to a cause which will give our fragile and fugitive existence significance and value does not require much argument”. The question is what kind of religion” S Radhakrishnan in Religion and Culture, 1968, Orient Paper Backs.
    Religion (Dharam) implies a set of common beliefs accepted by a group of human beings and a system of rites and rituals to be performed for the expression of such beliefs.

    A number of religions have come into vogue from the beginning of civilization ( Vedic period). Basic tenets of the major religions of the world are briefly stated below.

    1. HINDUISM
    Gayatri Mantar ( Daily Prayer)
    O God you are omnipresent and Almighty. You are all light. You are all knowledge and Bliss. You are the destroyer of Fear. You are the creator of the Universe. You are the greatest of all. We bow and meditate upon your light. You guide our Intellect in the right direction.

    2. BUDDHISM
    Budha preached virtuous path, treading by which, one could attain deliverance from births and death. Budha did not intend to start a new religion. Buddhism was a reformist movement which rejected the meaningless ritualism and priestly supremacy advocated in Sanatam Dharma and even doubted the existence of supreme Creative Spirit. Buddhism preaches Ashtangmarga Eightfold Path of Right Faiths, Aspiration, Speech, Action, Effort, Mindfulness, and Contemplation. Livelihood, emphasizes Law of Karma and Ahimsa.

    3. JAINISM
    Jainism like Buddhism was the outcome of revolt against the orthodox cult, the formalism of Brahmanism and its supremacy and rejected the authority of Vedas. Jainism does not believe in God or Creator. To attain salvation one must follow the principles of Right faith, Right knowledge and Right conduct. Right conduct comprises vow of non-injury(Ahimsa), speaking truth (Satya) non- stealing (Asteya) non-adultery (Brahmacharya) and non- possession (Aparigraha).

    4. SIKHISM
    (Mool Mantar ( AGGS p 1, Jap Jee, Guru Nanak) Prayer in Sikhism.
    ” By the Grace of the One Supreme Being, The Eternal, The All-Pervading Purusha, The Creator, Without Fear, Without Hate, The Being beyond Time, Not-incarnated, Self- existent, The Enlightener.

    5. CHRISTIANITY
    The first part of Bible propounds God is one The concept of Kingdom of God implies that the authority of God is supreme in the Universe. God is Love. He is Eternal, Omnipotent, Omniscient. He orders the man to be holy and to conduct himself according to the rules laid down by the divine Father. God constitutes Trinity of Father, Son (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit. Jesus preached love, mercy, forgiveness, and brotherhood.

    6. ISLAM
    Daily Prayer In Islam. 1 THE OPENING, THE QURAN, (Translation By Maulana, Wahiduddin Khan, Reprinted 2012, Goodword Books.)
    ” 1. In the name of God, The Most Gracious the Most Merciful;
    2. All praise is due to God, the Lord of the Universe;
    3. the beneficient, the Merciful,
    4. Lord of the Day of Judgement;
    5.You alone we worship and to you alone we turn for help.
    6. Guide us to the straight path;
    7. the path of those You have blessed; not of those who have incurred Your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.”

    A comparison of the tenets of the major religions of the world would reveal that they profess identical human values of love, forgiveness, compassion and service to the downtrodden.

    It is expected that religious pursuit will lead to a peaceful and prosperous world. Unfortunately, the world is suffering from deep religious conflicts. So much so that most of the religions are accused of crime against humanity. Furthermore, religious leaders do not rise to the occasion when great injustices occur. Clergy and radical elements interpret scriptures in a manner to grind their own personal and political objectives,
    Religions are passing through a mood of criticism. We cannot accept in this scientific age incredible dogmas and doubtful events. Studies have shown that younger generation finds religion to be irrelevant. People are shunning religion and are leaning towards Humanism.

  4. AWAT Admin Post author

    Wow: what a wise man, a man who suggests what has been obvious since religions in plural came into being: they cause more problems than they solve and, as a consequence, scepticism about their merits increases as education exposes the falsehoods and inventions and lies that sustain so many aspects of religious belief. Nor must we forget that all the evidence points toward humankind subsisting for most of its time without the “need” for religion.

    I do enjoy how selective each summary of the religions listed below is. For example, in the summary of Hinduism, no mention of caste, which obviously subverts the idea that religion operates in “service of the down-trodden”. And how few are the references to love, compassion and forgiveness in, say, the Qur’an when compared with the references to differential treatment of girls, women, non-Muslims and the persecution of non-believers. And even Christianity, which DOES lay more emphasis on love, compassion and forgiveness than most religions, engaged in holy war/crusades for well over a thousand years – and also persecuted people whose religious views did not accord with theirs. Thus, even today only a tiny minority of Christans are pacifists – thus sharing a laudable inclination with people such as Jains and Jehovah’s Witnesses (e.g. the Society of Friends).

    Religion is in retreat in so many parts of the globe partly due to its dire history of war, persecution, genocide, differential treatment of people based on gender, sexuality and belief, the sexual exploitation of the vulnerable and a preoccupation with power, both spiritual and temporal. But it is also in retreat because religions cannot get their houses in order and actually deliver in concrete ways their (alleged?) commitments to equality, justice, peace, preservation of our fragile environment, love for our neighbour, compassion and forgiveness. Additionally, they find it impossible to dispense with ideas that contemporary knowledge and understanding have shown to be impossible to sustain.

    Somewhere below, it’s alleged that the regions of the world “profess identical human values”. This is, sadly, nonsense, as even my brief analysis of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and pacifism confirms. Also, if they really DID “profess identical human values”, why is there a proliferation of religions in the first place, each asserting their uniqueness and many alleging only they can direct/lead/inspire humankind toward salvation/liberation? Sometimes we need to subject comforting platitudes to critical analysis and we might actually improve things in the here and now. And our friend in Chandigarh therefore deserves to be listened to.

  5. Dr GURCHARAN SINGH KAINTH

    Satkar yog Bhai Sahib. The need for a religion, Dharma, a way of life has been stated By Dr S Raadhakrishanan. The Prophets of various religions preached the code of conduct for the members of a society according to the prevailing conditions with divine intention. I have briefly stated the ethical values ,
    Kindly excuse me tenets, professed by the major religions of the world. Philanthropic Religious Societies, Trusts have contributed to the welfare of the weaker section of Society the world over.
    Unfortunately handful of disgruntled radical elements in most of the religions have interpreted the scriptures to commit atrocities on peace loving people. Over the centuries, the world has witnessed horrible religious genocide in connivance with political masters. you have painted a dismal picture of the world. There are numerous factors for the state of affairs in the world. It is unfair to blame only the religions of the world.
    WHAT IS THE ALTERNATIVE THAN TO FOLLOW THE HUMANISTIC VALUES AND ETHICAL TENETS OF VARIOUS RELIGIONS?
    I may kindly be excused for further discussion of the negativity of the world affairs outside the realem of spirituality

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