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Prayers for Peace


ZOROASTRIAN PRAYER

We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:
that understanding triumphs over ignorance,
that generosity triumphs over indifference,
that trust triumphs over contempt,
and that truth triumphs over falsehood.



JAINIST PRAYER

Peace and Universal Love is the essence of the Gospel preached by
all the Enlightened Ones. The Lord has preached that equanimity is
the Dharma. I forgive all creatures, and let all creatures forgive
me. I have amity unto all, and unto none enmity.
Know that violence is the root cause of all miseries in the world.
Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage.
"Do not injure any living being."
This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life.
A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a
superior one; but no weapon can, however, be superior to non-violence
and love.



SHINTO PRAYER

Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us,
I believe, are all our brothers and sisters,
why are there constant troubles in this world?
Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean surrounding us?
I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all
the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.



CHRISTIAN PRAYER

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be known as
the Children of God.
But I say to you that 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 do to them.



MUSLIM PRAYER

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.
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 inclines 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."



JEWISH PRAYER

Home let us go up the mountain of the Lord,
that we may walk the paths of the Most High.
And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares,
and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation--
neither shall they learn war any more.
And none shall be afraid,
for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.



HINDU PRAYER

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.
Oh God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions.
My there be peace on 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 thy Vedic Law propagate peace all 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.



SIKH PRAYER

God adjudges us according to our deeds,
not the coat that we wear:
that truth is above everything,
but higher still is truthful living.
Know that we attaineth God when we loveth,
and only that victory endures in consequences
of which no one is defeated.



BAHAI' PRAYER

Be generous in prosperity,
and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgement,
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,
a dew to the soil of the human heart,
and a fruit upon the tree of humility.



BUDDHIST PRAYER

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, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.



AMERICAN INDIAN PRAYER

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 that they may grow with peace in mind.
Let us learn to share all good things
that you provide for us on this Earth.



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