Dinesh K Nagpal

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It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness. ~ Albert Einstein

True religion is giving and finding one’s happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others. ~ William J H Boetcker

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.  ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

The aim of every human being is to understand the meaning of total love.  ~ Author unknown

The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? I am on the side of the angels. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Once we as humans understand that we are responsible for our own actions and religion does not give you a free pass to do wrong. The world will be a much better place.  ~ David Hutchinson

Until power is made subservient to morality, humanity will continue to suffer.  ~ Tasneem Hameed

Keep reminding yourself that you are human. You’re entitled to make mistakes; everyone does. And you will learn from them and use those lessons to improve your life. ~ Senora Roy

The proper function of a human being is to live, not to exist.  ~ Melchor Lim

 

Physically people are living close but mentally apart from one another:

We are living in twenty first century. Technologically, this is the most advanced age. Due to tremendous pace of development in almost every sphere of life, this world seems to be a small place. Distances have reduced drastically. Advancement in communication and aviation industry has brought people closure to one another.

From technological point of view people of this world are physically closure to one another, but mentally they seem to be living apart. Religious fundamentalism seems to be increasing at faster pace. Most of the people of this world are fighting one another in the name of their religions.

Practice humanitarianism:

Most of the people have tied themselves to a limited space of their religion.  It seems people at large have forgot that Almighty God has sent them on this earth to follow only one religion i.e. humanitarianism. Every human being is first a human being and later a Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh or a Zoroastrian etc.

Do not hate or harm people of other religions:

All these prevalent religions were created by great messengers of God with sole intention and understanding not to hate others. Rather, they all wanted their followers to tread path of love and compassion. Every religious leader preached this world to follow humanitarian values. None of them have ever advocated that in the name of religion, there should be division among people. All these religions were created not to hate anyone and to cause trouble or kill those persons who do not belong to your religion.

Do not force others to join your religion:

Why do we fight one another in the name of religion?

Why do people want to increase number of persons following their religion?

Why do they want to increase head counts of followers in their religion?

What do they want to prove with this increase?

It is better that instead of increasing quantity better make efforts to improve quality of existing people of your religion. Those creators of these religions never advocated to forcibly or otherwise converting them to your religion.

It is difficult to understand why people from different religions are limiting their vision and making their mind so narrow. They are not ready to come out of their narrowness. It seems that they have completely forgotten their main religion i.e. humanitarianism.

Essence of various religions:

Followers of different religions must ensure that there is no conflict or confrontation in principles of various religions. But we find that people fighting one another in the name of their religions. This fight is because people are intending to change everyone else in this world except themselves. True religion is all about changing the self. It is not about changing others.  When you change the self, there is no conflict but when you try to change others, there are numerous possibilities of a conflict and confrontation.

What is a religion?

Religion is relationship between God and human beings. True relationship is similar to that we have with our parents.

Purpose of various religions of this world is to promote humanitarian behavior among their followers. Let us remind ourselves about very essence of our chosen religion! Teachings of some of the major religions are given hereunder.

Christianity:

Essence of Christianity is being like Christ.

When we say, we are Christians and we want to be like Christ, we must know about qualities of Christ.

One of the main characteristic of Jesus Christ was His true love. His love was perfect love. He immensely loved everyone living on this planet earth including His enemies. He said to his followers, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” He wanted that your love must not only be in your hearts but also be expressed in your every action.

Christ expressed His love by healing the sick, feeding the hungry and giving His life on the cross to save sinners. He was not only compassionate towards all but had a remarkable habit of forgiving others of their sins. He emphasized on seeking kingdom of heaven within you.

In case you consider you as true Christian, you must honestly follow His teaching in your life.

Hinduism:

Hinduism is the oldest living major religion of this world and is more than 5000 years old. Tolerance is one of the most important and prevalent belief systems of Hinduism. Therefore, Hindus live peacefully and believe in coexistence of different faiths, sects and religions.

Central belief system of Hindus is depicted in two words in ancient Sanskrit language. These are ‘Vasudhaive kutumbakam’. It means entire universe is our family. Hindus believe in principles of universal brotherhood.

In addition, ancient scriptures of Hindu religion Vedas have four principal mantras.

One of the four says, ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means I am Divine.

And the other says, ‘Tat tvam asi’ i.e. Thou art that.

They see God in self and also in every other soul.

In case you say you are a true Hindu, you must always resort to tolerance and loving others as your family members. You must see God in every other person and therefore behave accordingly.

Islam:

Islam too promotes love, compassion, mercy and understanding as part of every Muslims religious duty.

Holy Qur’an contains exact words of God as revealed to Prophet Muhammad. Some of the sayings of Prophet Muhammad are given here.

  1. The strong one is not he who knocks out his adversary. The strong one is he who keeps control over his temper.
  2. It doesn’t befit a true man that he should opt to cursing.
  3. God, the dignified has no mercy for one who has no mercy for others.
  4. None of you is a perfect Muslim until he desires for his brother Muslims that which he desires for himself.
  5. Look at the person who is inferior to you and do not look at one who is superior to you. Thus you will be able to appreciate better the benevolences of God bestowed upon you.
  6. The best of you are those they have the best manners.
  7. Avoid jealously for this destroys good deeds as fire destroys wood.
  8. God, the most High has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no body oppresses another, nor one should hold himself above another.
  9. A Muslim never taunts or curses or abuses others nor resorts to vulgar talking.
  10. Plenty of provisions or abundance does not make a person rich and wealthy. Real richness is the benevolence of heart.

You can observe here that Prophet Muhammad has categorically emphasized that you must have to practice humanitarian values to be a true Muslim. If you are a follower of Islam religion, make sure that you are following teachings mentioned in Holy Qur’an.

 

This article is dedicated to memories of my late father, Mr. H.G.Nagpal, who was born this day in 1925. He was living example of love and kindness towards one and all. Motto of his life was service above the self.  He always advocated humanitarian values.

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Dr. Dinesh K. Nagpal has been studying and practicing The Art and Science of Positivism for over 35 years. His zest for gathering ancient knowledge based on Vedas, Upanishads and other Hindu scriptures, which are full of living life in totality, for the benefit of mankind, brought him laurels. The motto of his life is ‘Caring and Sharing is the essence of life.’

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