Peace for the Soul

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The pure and sweet souled man Mahatma Gandhi commonly said, "I am a Hindu and a Moslem, a Christian and a Buddhist.” In his ashram at daily prayers, Gandhi prayed to include all faiths. We too would benefit greatly from his lesson in tolerance and participation. Truly the essence of all religion is compassion.

Can we say: I am a human being, living here, in this time, in this space, a citizen of the world; an integral and engaged member of this One Earth Global Village. I am a Hindu and a Moslem, a Christian and a Buddhist, a Pagan and a Jew.

I am one with all compassion, with all genuine love, with authentic integrity, for freedom, for justice, for peace and for honesty, affirming dignity, protecting diversity in nature and of cultures.

Wherever there is humility and an open heart, I am, in my soul. Wherever there is kindness and an open hand, I am with these unconditional hands of flesh and life-giving energy.

I am food and I am water. I am air and I am light. I am many and I am only one. One is the phenomenal power of cosmic unity.
Where a voice is necessary, I shall be a steadfast word. Where an ear is called for, I shall be the foremost listener of heartfelt concern. Where eyes are required, I shall bear witness with uncompromising vision.

There is no purpose here, in this life, greater than devotion and praise. There is no path for the mortal sojourn more worthy than the way of expressed compassion.

Truly, I am a child in the family of living spirit and in the unboundaried congregation of universal souls.

Like the genuine Mahatma, I would open my hands and my little self, releasing the canker worm of violence and welcoming the butterfly of peace.

Here, between my tears and the smile of awakened serenity, I offer my prayer:

Generation, you, let me stand among us all, on this wounded mother earth with naked feet, in humility and courage, to be who I am …who I am…when I have understood and transcended the misconceptions deceptions and the betrayal of who I was.


from SOUL IN WORDS by David Sparenberg

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