Judging: Can You Let Go?

11 12 2009
The following article is from Interfaith.com. For more resources on interfaith and to connect with other interfaith chapters around the world, visit http://www.interfaithing.com.

Is it possible to let go of judging others? How about letting go of judging ourselves? Many of us are familiar with the saying, “Judgehttp://www.interfaithing.comnot, and ye shall not be judged.” Maybe when we judge others what we are really doing is judging ourselves at the same time. Some say that our outer world is just a reflection of our inner world, how we truly feel about ourselves.

Often we do not even allow the other person a chance to explain, make amends or change. By judging we are drawing conclusions, it makes it final.  How often are we wrong about our judgments? It seems to be unconscious human nature to categorize people by their race, colour, gender or religion and then pass judgment on them.

It might be that when we judge another we are holding ourselves above the other person. We do not always have all the facts or the whole story. This might be a difficult concept to grasp for many but I think that when we judge others it can be that what we see in the other person is what we dislike in our Self. We are rejecting something in our self that we are not consciously aware of. How can we truly judge when we don’t know the other person’s circumstances in life? I like the saying, “I am neither superior nor inferior to anyone.”

Judgment can also come from feelings of inadequacy, envy and jealousy. It is not always easy to see that within us. We might think we are just making a comment or giving our opinion of the other person. Most of the time if we become emotionally charged while doing this it’s an indication that some feelings need to be resolved.

Complete at Source: http://www.interfaithing.com/articles/judging-can-you-let-go/

by Helena Basso on Monday, December 7th, 2009





Some call the Lord ‘ Ram, Ram’, and some ‘ Khuda’

19 11 2009

Some call the Lord ‘Ram, Ram’, and some ‘Khuda’.
Some serve Him as ‘Gusain’, others as ‘Allah’.

In any case, He is the Cause of causes, and Generous.
He showers His Grace and Mercy upon us.

Some pilgrims bathe at sacred shrines, others go on Hajj to Mecca.
Some do devotional worship, whilst others bow their heads in prayer.

Some read the Vedas, and some the Koran.
Some wear blue robes, and some wear white.

Some call themselves Turk, and some call themselves Indian.
Some yearn for paradise, and others long for heaven.

Says Nanak, one who realizes the true command of God’s Will,
knows the secrets of his Lord Master.

by Guru Nanak

via: Blessed Guru Nanak Jayanti …





International Women’s Day 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls

8 03 2009

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Each year around the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

 

Organisations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.

Some years have seen global IWD themes honoured around the world, while in other years groups have preferred to ‘localise’ their own themes to make them more specific and relevant.

THEME: So while many people may think there is one global theme each year, this is not always correct. It is completely up to each country and group as to what appropriate theme they select.

Below are some of the global United Nation themes used for International Women’s Day to date:

  • 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
  • 2008: Investing in Women and Girls
  • 2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
  • 2006: Women in decision-making
  • 2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
  • 2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
  • 2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
  • 2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
  • 2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
  • 2000: Women Uniting for Peace
  • 1999: World Free of Violence against Women
  • 1998: Women and Human Rights
  • 1997: Women at the Peace Table
  • 1996: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future

Source: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/ 





The one you call the lover is actually the Beloved – Rumi

14 02 2009

The Sufis imagine Allah (God) as an intimate Friend, not a distant Lord of the Universe. He is their Beloved with whom they share a passionate, sacred love affair.

By imagining Allah in this way the devotee is able to enjoy a personal relationship with the ineffable One.

Sufi poets are aware that, in reality, the Beloved with whom they are enjoying a divine romance is their own deeper Self. The love affair between the devotee and the Beloved is the One become two in order to love itself.

Rumi sings to Allah:

You – the soul free from “me” and “you.”
You – the essence in every man and woman.
When the sexes become one You are that union.
You created this business of “me” and “you.”
so that You could play the game of wooing Yourself

Source: The Heart of Islam p. 82-83 by Timothy Freke





Children of Abraham: United to heal the world

10 02 2009

Thou shalt not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people;
but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

~The Torah

 

The best among you is the most beneficial to mankind
~The Prophet Muhammad

 

And the Lord makes you to increase and abound in love one toward another,
and toward all men, even as we do toward you.

~The Bible

These quotes from the three Abrahamic Faith Traditions are referenced from the website of an interfaith, student-run humanitarian aid organization at the University of Michigan. Their vision is “Unity in Service” and their mission is to “unite people and faiths in a common goal of helping those in need.”

For more information please visit their blog and website.