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Jesus exhorts his disciples not to come to prayer when there is an issue raging inside their mind relating to worldly affairs. He says to first go sort that matter out, and only then, when calm, to come to prayer. That is, not to pray in Dukh, but rather in Sukh, so the exercise can be fruitful....

 

There is nothing wrong or inherently destructive about having ideas that differ from those of others. On the contrary, disagreement is necessary in a pluralistic society to find the best solutions to problems. The ability to disagree freely is one of the great blessings of modern democracy...

In any case, we decided this was a good test of god’s existence. We would see whether or not he punished us for this sin. We walked over to the Coffee House and, soon, as expected, our classmate came in, looking tense. He sat alone in a far corner, an eye on the main entrance....

 
Saving the Future
Saving the Future
John Scales Avery, New Age Islam

“Today we are heading for unprecedented dangers and conflicts, up to and including the end of a habitable planet in the foreseeable future, depriving all future generations of their right to life and the lives of preceding generations of meaning and purpose....

 

I’ve been searching for practical tips on how we can be less beastly to one another, especially when we’re negotiating disagreements. I’ve found some excellent guides...

 

For Gandhi, conflict was a perennial condition. He also viewed it positively and considered it desirable. For him, it is an important means to greater human unity precisely because their shared conflict could remind antagonists of the deeper, perhaps transcendental, unity of life, which is far more profound than the bond of their social relationship. He viewed violence differently…

 
Telling a Dying Man about God
Roshan, New Age Islam

No one in Mr. Wira’s family will do this—they’ve so forgotten God that even in the hospital, where he’s dying, none them has even mentioned the word ‘God’ to him, not even once!” There was nothing more important that anyone could do for Mr. Wira at this time than to tell him to focus his mind on God ...

 

In Islam we speak of the 99 Names of Allah. The very last Name in the traditional lists is as-Sabur, “the Patient”, and this seems significant. Perhaps it is in recognition that patience is the most difficult Divine Quality to fully embrace and emulate...

However, despite the obvious fact that it is human beings who are inflicting all of this violence, it is virtually impossible to get people to pay attention to this simple and incontrovertible fact and to ask why, precisely, are human beings behaving in such violent and destructive ways? And can we effectively address this cause?...

 

In this world, the non-confrontational approach is the only right approach. Non- confrontation does not mean cowardice or accepting defeat. It is in actual fact, the same strategy which is known as ‘buying time’. ...

 

Have we succeeded or failed in our lives? This question remains despite our successful careers or positions or percentage of marks obtained. ...

Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019
Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

In many ways it is painful to reflect on the year 2018; a year of vital opportunitiess lost when so much is at stake, whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless opportunities to make a positive difference in our world....

 

Modern Christmas, with its emancipatory and egalitarian spirit, is a literary invention, dreamed up by ....

 

“… freedom is you want nothing, nothing, nothing.”  “My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love and absolute freedom-freedom from force and falsehood.” This holiness is, for most people, not far or inaccessible..

In Defense of the Human Individual
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
In Defense of the Human Individual
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Tragically, it is that most hallowed of institutions – school – which I call ‘prison for children’ where much of the damage is done. Designed to terrorize children into obedience and conformity on the basis that ‘one size fits all’, school destroys the physical, sensory, intellectual and emotional capacities of children churning out individuals with near-zero capacity to feel anything profound, think creatively and behave powerfully with integrity. That is, we take the uniquely gifted baby at the moment of birth and turn them into an individual who has multiple lifetime disabilities, physically, sensorily, intellectually and emotionally…..

 

It is all very well to say women deserve equality and should be permitted in the public sphere. But if they do not get this basic level of respect when they are in a public space, all the homage given to women’s emancipation is simply a lie. There are many men, of course, who will disagree, insist that it is their right to behave however they want to in public spaces....

Imam Husayn, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, also died without offering any resistance. He too was aware that he was heading towards dangerous terrain but he still felt he had to give peace a chance. This is why, among the Shias, Imam Husayn is considered to be the “Lord of Martyrs”. Likewise, in the Christian faith, St Sebastian was a true martyr. There he stood in the public square, with folded hands and bended knees, submitting quietly to stoning by a wild mob.....

 

I had read the Tao-te Ching many times unprofitably until, accidentally, I came across Richard Lynn’s translation with a commentary by Wang Bi. For the first time, I became acutely aware of the unique contribution of this text to the history of philosophy. It was the Tao-te Ching that, for the first time in the history of philosophy, introduced a notion of a sustainable way of life based on the metaphysical concept of “nothingness”...

 

One billion people, that’s the population of India. For thousands of years, India has led the world in many ways, particularly spiritual. Now, perhaps, is India’s greatest opportunity. If the whole Indian population changed its thoughts, words and deeds to reflect love, understanding and compassion, even for one day, we could just maybe change the world — forever...

 
Guru Nanak Was a True Devotee of God
Haroon Khalid
Guru Nanak Was a True Devotee of God
Haroon Khalid

History, as a subject, is not taught in Pakistan. What is taught instead is an ideological course, designed to churn out students who parrot the narrative of the state. What that means is that, one after another, there have been generations of students in the country who have had no exposure to non-Muslim history or non-Muslim narrative of history. ...

 

The idea of religion as a peaceful path has been shattered. The idea that humanism will promote equality and union also lies in ruins. We are at a crossroads, where broader human values are being replaced by exclusive group values. Justice, equality, fairness, and peace only apply to groups. It is only about “us”, and never concerns “others”. This is a paradox. Violence in the name of God is surely not new.....

It’s true that some religious devotees, unlike music devotees, pin their consolation to additional metaphysical claims, but why should we trust them to know how religion works? Such believers do not recognise that their unthinking religious rituals and social activities are the true sources of their therapeutic healing. Meanwhile, Hitchens and other critics confuse the factual disappointments of religion with the value of religion generally, and thereby miss the heart of it....

 
A Little Trick to Be At Peace!
Mesha, New Age Islam

It happens with me ever so often, and maybe it happens with you too. I’m up and about early in the morning after an enjoyable time at prayer, chatting with God about this and that. What a glorious way to welcome a new day! Such bliss! But then, not long afterwards, suddenly something happens and I completely lose my cool. Someone in the house does something mean, a friend speaks in a harsh tone or a shopkeeper is brash with me, and I get worked up!...

 
Human Delusion and Our Destruction of the Biosphere: We Aren’t Even Trying!
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam
Human Delusion and Our Destruction of the Biosphere: We Aren’t Even Trying!
Robert J. Burrowes, New Age Islam

Unfortunately, only the rarest individual has the capacity to see through the elite-promulgated delusion that generated this benign expression and its twin notions that 1.5 degrees Celsius (above the preindustrial level) is an acceptable upper limit for an increase in global temperature and that the timeframe for extinction-threatening outcomes of this ‘climate change’ is the ‘end of the century’….

 

According to the law of nature, all men and women are children of Adam and Eve. That is, all human beings have a common ancestor. This means that mankind is a global family. All men and women are blood sisters and blood brothers. In the present day, this biological phenomenon has become a scientifically established fact. The fact of common ancestry has forever done away with the equation of “we and they”. Now the only valid equation is one that is based on the concept of “we and we”....

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