Friday, July 21, 2006


Prayers for Peace A selection of prayers from various religious traditions.

A Native American Prayer for PeaceO Great Spirit of our Ancestors... Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind toeach other so that they may grow with peace in mind.Let us learn to share all the good things that you providefor us on this Earth.

A Christian Prayer for PeaceBut 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. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons and daughters of G-d.

A Muslim Prayer for PeaceIn the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has createdus and made us into tribes and nations that we mayknow each other, not that we may despise each other.

A Jewish Prayer for PeaceCome let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that wemay walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beatour swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruninghooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation.Neither shall they learn war anymore. And none shall be afraid.

A Buddhist Prayer for PeaceMay all beings everywhere plagued with sufferingsof body and mind quickly be freed from their illness.May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may thosebound be free. May the powerless find power, andmay people think of befriending one another.A Hindu Prayer for PeaceO God, lead us from the unreal to the Real.O God, lead us from darkness to light.O God, lead us from death to immortality.Shanti, Shanti,Shanti unto all.A Jainist Prayer for PeaceDo not injure any living being. This is the eternal,perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life. Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me.Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity.

A Baha'i Prayer for PeaceBe generous in prosperity, and thankful in a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a hometo the stranger. Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding lightunto the feet of the erring. Be a breath of life to the bodyof humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, anda fruit upon the tree of humility.

A Sikh Prayer for PeaceWe attain God when we love, and only that victoryendures in consequences of which no one is defeated.A Zoroastrian Prayer for PeaceWe pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:that understanding triumph over ignorance, thatgenerosity triumph over indifference, that trust triumphover contempt, and that truth triumph over falsehood.

A Shinto Prayer for PeaceAlthough the people living across the ocean surroundingus, I believe all are our brothers and sisters, Why arethere constant troubles in this world? Why do winds andwaves rise in the oceans surrounding us? I only earnestlywish that the wind will soon puff away all the cloudswhich are hanging over the tops of mountains.

Pick any one of these or even better borrrow one that is not of your faith and say it out loud, not once a day, but whenever you feel like it.

Peace to all

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