Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Finding A Common Ground

To be able to find a common ground, it is essential to recognize and go beyond our respective cultural nuances. All people view the events of life through their own cultural filters.Since the cultural filters are very different from each other, there will be conflicts but we need to change the ways of conflict resolution.When we begin to look beyond our cultural filters and linguistic interferences, we would see that deep inside all societies advocate for forgiveness, peace and love.

 The holy Quran says, “In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate”.  Jesus was not advocating for revenge and hatred when he said, “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either”. The Dalai Lama posits love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Buddha said, “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. Rabbi Menachem Mendle said, “Our only way out is to learn compassion without cause. To care for each other simply because that ‘other’ exists”.  Mahatma Gandhi objected to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.

Clearly, God used all languages to give the message of love, forgiveness and compassion. If I am going away from this message, I am actually going away from my creator. 


  1. God bless. You have given the gist of the religion. Otherwise I am of the firm belief that there is no God but only dirty religions if their followers lack a merciful and a compassionate in their own self.

  2. :-) thank you, sir and God bless you too. I wish some day religion as an organization actually becomes a true way to manifest God and His love to the humanity. Until then, we all have to focus on spirituality at individual level and become ambassadors of His love, compassion and grace in this world.


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