World Religions And World-Outlooks
Praying Together For Justice And Peace


Crescent - Link to Muslims
Cross - Link to Christians 
 
 
 
Lotos - Link to Buddhists
 
Link to the mandala before which Brother Nicholas meditated - 'Whatever you have done to my humble brothers and sisters you have done to me.'
Heart - Link to Atheists 
 
 
 
Yin-Yang - Link to Hindus
Star - Link to Jews

 

Meditation

Imagine you are looking through a telescope. Each of the six circles with the religious symbols opens to you an outlook on the world. First there is an atheist exile from Vietnam, then a hungry Hindi boy lying on the pavement of an Indian city street, then a thirsty Buddhist in the Gobi desert, then - nursed in a Jewish hospital - a girl wounded by a terrorist's bombshell splinters, now a naked Christian child in a refugee camp, and an Islamic prisoner detained and tortured by occupation forces in Iraq. Maybe you will see other people giving them food and drink, shelter and nursing. But they will not have halos round their heads. Encompassed with halos are the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the stranger, the sick, the imprisoned. Not only Christians serve in them the Son of God.

UNBELIEVERS - ATHEISTS (MARXISTS)
PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL

heart

Provisionally

Aim: communism, classless society, welfare for everybody;
Way or means to reach the aim: to follow the teachings of Marx, Engels, Lehnin; class warfare,
Formula(s) or watchwords: liberty, fraternity, equality; the party is always right; the socialsm wins,

Authentically - written by an Atheist

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HINDUS
VISHNUISM, SHAIVISM, BRAHMANISM

yin-yang

Provisionally

Aim: to gain illumination, and to reach eventually salvation by one's own efforts
Way or means to reach the aim: meditation, asceticism and yoga, veneration of gurus and gods (there're more than 3000)
Formula(s): unknown to me

Authentically - written by a Hindu

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BUDDHISTS

lotos

Provisionally

Aim: to gain Buddhaship, to escape samsare (weel of reincarnation), to enter nirvana or brahman.
Way or means to reach the aim: ascetiscism, meditation, invocation of the name of Buddha (Amida), abhisheka, mantra, mandala...
Formulas: unknown to me
Symbol: Lotus
Colour?

Authentically - written by a Buddhist

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JEWS

star

Provisionally

Aim: to gain heaven
Way or means to reach the aim: to fulfil the commandments,
Formulas: unknown to me
Symbol: David's star

(Authentically - written by a Jew)

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CHRISTIANS

cross

Aim: to enter heaven by recognizing and serving Christ in the poor
Way or means to reach the aim: ora et labora (Latin - pray and labour); to fulfil the most important demand: To love God with all your heart... ; sacraments...
Formula: My Lord and my God..., and: Kyrie eleison - Lord have mercy...
Symbol: the cross
Colour: golden - nimbus of the saints;

MUSLIMS

crescent

Provisionally

Aim: to gain heaven
Way or means to reach the aim: submission to God; to pray five times a day, to fast in the month Ramadan, to give alms, pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in life, to defend on certain occasions / conditions Islam also by military means (Dschihad)
Formulas: unknown to me

Authentically - written by a Muslim

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