Saturday, 25 February 2017

Replace Religion with “Love” to Achieve World Peace

“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.” ― William Gladstone

Currently we have too many religions in the world. Some of the people from their religious faiths believe that their religions are superior to others leading to conflicts and terrorism globally. People must learn that all these different religions are different means to reach God. Mahatma Gandhi once remarked, “The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.” It is unfortunate that people started looking at the differences instead of looking at the similarities. It has become a cause for concern globally as some people resort to violence and terrorism based on their religion. Hence, it is essential to pioneer a common religion for the entire humankind to bring people into one platform to promote universal brotherhood to achieve international peace and prosperity. Can we name that religion as ‘Religion of Love’ which every human being craves for? People who believe in this religion must love all people across the world irrespective of language, region, race, caste, creed and community. It must be based on four pillars of truth, non-violence, empathy and compassion. Additionally, this ‘Religion of Love’ must be based on the concept of ‘love your mother but don’t hate another person’s mother’ and on the principle of ‘respect to all, disrespect to none’.

Life is an Echo

“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

We must understand that life is an echo. If you give best you get the best. If you love others, others will love. Here goes the famous story on ‘hate and love’. A boy often complained to his mother that he hated the people. Mother advised him to go to the top of the hill and shout the same. The boy started to shout, ‘I hate you,’  He heard the response as ‘I hate you.’ He shouted louder and the echo got louder. Having vexed, he returned home and informed his mother that he heard the voice ‘I hate you.’ Mother smiled and advised her son to go again and shout ‘I love you.’ The boy went to the top of the hill and started to shout ‘I love you.’  To his surprise, he heard the same response. He shouted louder and the echo got louder. He was excited, returned home and informed the same to his mother happily. The mother responded that life is an echo. If you do good, you get back the good. If you do bad, you get back the bad. Therefore, you must always do good to get good as what goes around comes around. Similarly, people across the globe must shed their cynicism and pessimism and start loving people with a positive attitude. In fact, attitude makes a huge difference. Hence, people must improve their attitude and love the people around to enable the world to live with lots of love.

Believe in ‘Religion of Love’

Albert Einstein once remarked, “All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.” Hence, all religions are the branches of love. Here is how you can wed and spread the new ‘Religion of Love’:

See good in others. Improve your attitude to make this world better place to live. Grow as a global citizen with a universal mindset. Treat all religions as equal and respect them. Remember, no religion preaches violence. It is the misguided elements who spread wrong messages in the name of religion to create ill-will among the individuals. Above all, we must remember that given the choice between the sword and the spirit, it is the spirit which is always stronger than sword.  Hence, develop the spirit and replace religion with love to promote world peace. Above all, follow the sage words of Lao Tzu:

“If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.”

Note: This article has been adapted from my upcoming book titled, “Soft Leadership: An Innovative Leadership Style to Resolve Conflicts Amicably through Soft Skills and Negotiation Skills to Achieve Global Stability, Peace and Prosperity” Here is the link to free chapter:   

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Professor M.S.Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India

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