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Prayers for Peace

from various faith traditions

 

Zo veel gebeden voor vrede uit zo veel geloofsovertuigingen uit zo veel verschillende hoeken van de wereld en uit zo veel verschillende tijdsperiodes uit onze geschiedenis.

Wat betekent dit?

Het betekent dat alle mensen van alle tijden verlangen naar vrede, verlangen naar liefde.

Het ligt niet in onze natuur om angst te hebben en om naar oorlog te verlangen.

Waarom pakken we dan nog steeds onze geweren op en rennen we naar het slagveld? Waarom halen we dan nog steeds de trekker over en doden we onze buren? Waarom vechten en doden we dan nog steeds voor een stukje land en voor het idee van één man, het idee van één leider?

Dat is niet waar we naar verlangen.

We dragen het gewicht van het massabewustzijn of collectieve bewustzijn. We worden nog altijd platgedrukt door dit gewicht en we zijn niet in staat om ons vrij te maken, om wakker te worden en om ons te realiseren dat er geen afsplitsing bestaat van de Ketting van Leven maar dat er slechts éénheid bestaat, het éénzijn van alles wat is.
Er is geen afgescheiden jij en er is geen afgescheiden ik.

We moeten allemaal wakker worden en onze vleugels uitspreiden, we moeten opstijgen en vliegen als een machtige arend.
We moeten onze vleugels uitslaan en wegvliegen, los van dit massabewustzijn, los van dit collectieve bewustzijn. Luister niet naar wat ze je proberen wijs te maken dat waar is maar luister naar jouw eigen stem diep van binnen. Luister naar en raadpleeg jouw eigen geweten.

Dan, als je vliegt en uitstijgt boven dit massabewustzijn zul je zien, voelen en weten 
dat al deze strijd leidt tot niets en moet veranderen en dat al het doden op deze wereld moet stoppen.

 

 

Als ik kijk naar de Engelse taal en kijk naar de volgende zin, dan maakt één letter al het verschil.

"Instead of killing each other, we better could kissing each other".

Dan kunnen we deze wereld veranderen van een slagveld in een paradijs.


Vlieg als een arend, stijg op en ga de verandering begrijpen.



Prayers for Peace
 

 

If there is to be peace in the world
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities
There must be peace between neighbours.
If there is to be peace between neighbours
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home
There must be peace in the heart.

Lao-Tse 6th Century Chinese philosopher

 

 

May all beings be filled with joy and peace.
May all beings everywhere,
The strong and the weak,
The great and the small,
The mean and the powerful,
The short and the long,
the subtle and the gross:
May all beings everywhere,
Seen and unseen,
Dwelling far off or nearby,
Being or waiting to become:
May all be filled with lasting joy.
Let no one deceive another,
Let no one anywhere despise another,
Let no one out of anger or resentment
Wish suffering on anyone at all.
Just as a mother with her own life
Protects her child, her only child, from harm,
So within yourself let grow
A boundless love for all creatures.
Let your love flow outward through the universe,
To its height, its depth, its broad extent,
A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then as you stand or walk,
Sit or lie down,
As long as you are awake,
Strive for this with a one-pointed mind;
Your life will bring heaven to earth.

Sutta Nipata

 

 

Almighty God and Creator,
You are the Father of all people on the earth.
Guide, I pray all the nations and their leaders
in the ways of justice and peace.
Protect us from the evils of injustice,
prejudice, exploitation, conflict and war.
Help us to put away mistrust, bitterness and hatred.
Teach us to cease the storing and using of implements of war.
Lead us to find justice, peace and freedom.
Unite us in the making and creating of the tools of peace
against ignorance, poverty, disease and oppression.
Grant that we may grow in harmony and friendship as brothers and sisters created in Your image, to Your honor and praise.
Amen.

From an Orthodox Christian prayerbook

 

 

O Lord, grant us to love Thee;
grant that we may love those that love Thee;
grant that we may do the deeds that win Thy love.
Make the love of Thee be dearer to us than ourselves,
than our families, than wealth, and even than cool water.

Mohammed 570-632

 

 

Peace for Those Intoxicated with War
God of peace;
God of shalom;
God of salaam:
Save us from intoxication with war.
Turn down the media's frenzy and
unquestioning assumption that war will come.
Pull all peoples back from unstable international policy.
Deliver the nations from going out of control as the solution to conflict.
Bring us to sobriety of spirit.
Turn our hearts to peacemaking.
Give wisdom and light to our leaders, that they may choose the way to peace.

Amen.

 

 

Buddhist Prayer for Peace
May all beings everywhere plagued
with sufferings of body and mind
quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free.
May the powerless find power,
and may people think of befriending
one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wilderness--
the children, the aged, the unprotected--
be guarded by beneficent celestials

 

 

Zoroastrian Prayer for Peace
We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:
that understanding triumph over ignorance,
that generosity triumph over indifference,
that trust triumph over contempt, and
that truth triumph over falsehood.
Muslim Prayer for Peace
Praise be to the Lord of the
Universe who has created us and
made us into tribes and nations,
That we may know each other, not that
we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do
thou also incline towards peace, and
trust God, for the Lord is the one that
heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God,
Most Gracious are those who walk on
the Earth in humility, and when we
address them, we say "PEACE."
 

 

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, and a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Bahai’ prayer for peace

 

 

O Great Spirit of our ancestors, I raise my pipe to you.
To your messengers, the four winds, and to Mother Earth who provides for your children.
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love,
to respect and to be kind to each other so they may grow with peace in mind.
Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this Earth.

Native American prayer for peace

 

 

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk in the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords in ploughshares, and our spears into pruning hooks. Nations shall not lift up sword against nation - never shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

Jewish prayer for peace

 

 

Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be known as children of God. But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To those who strike you on the cheek offer the other also, and from those who take away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. Give to everyone who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would do to you so you do to them.

Christian prayer for peace

 

 

Let us pray for peace with planet Earth
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep Peace of the flowing air to you
Deep Peace of the quiet Earth to you
Deep Peace of the shining stars to you
Deep Peace of the gentle night to you
Moon and stars pour forth their healing light on you.
Deep Peace to you. Deep Peace!

 

 

We pray for peace between cultures and indigenous people
Praise to you, O Creator God,
For the indigenous peoples
Of your world.
Those who have sought
Your spirit of truth
In the ancient cultures,
And who have walked gently
Upon the earth.

In our acknowledgement of their historic pain,
The dispossession and
Oppression,
We seek to live more justly,
Long to love more tenderly,
And yearn to walk in greater
Humility with them.

Help us to cross the bridge of opportunity built by Aboriginal people in this land under the Southern Cross.

Grant us a new experience of
Their many gifts
Through your healing grace.

Come, holy spirit, renew your whole creation and bring your peace to all cultures in the richness of their diversity. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

O God, lead us from the unreal to the Real
O God lead us from justice to light.
O God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
O Lord, God Almighty,
May there be peace in celestial regions.
May there be peace in Earth.
May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring peace to us.
May the Vedic Law propagate peace through the world.
May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also.

Hindu prayer for peace

 

 

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.
Praise indeed to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other.
If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things.
And the servants of God, Most Gracious, are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when we address them, we say "peace".

Muslim prayer for peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

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