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Hinduism and Peace

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Introduction

Hindus believe that peace is created by heightened intellect and intimacy with Brahma. For the individual Hinduism provides core teachings which guide them through life in order to create inner peace for themselves and collective peace for the rest of the world. In order for a Hindu adherent to create inner peace one must meditate, adhere to the Ten Commandments and the most importantly, pray to Brahma. Ahimsa, purity, good actions (karma), reading sacred texts (Bhagavad Gita), performing puja, yoga and undertaking pilgrimages to sacred sites are all ways to create inner peace for the individual and therefore create a better rebirth (with the aim of reaching Moksha). Furthermore the unconditional love for Brahma, positive relationship with nature, respect for all things as well as an understanding of ahimsa (non-violence) and Satyagraha (passive resistance) are considered essential to a Hindu adherent as it creates a sense of self, tranquility, harmony and most importantly it helps the individual achieve inner peace. ...read more.

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The intimate relationship with Brahma is essential for achieving inner peace. Through prayer a connection is made with Brahma, reinforcing the relationship with him. If a person loves the gods unconditionally their prayers will be heard, however if a person prays for peace but is harming something then their prayers will not be answered. Hindus pray for peace during all times, even times of certainty as it is a present from Brahma. On a more widespread level many people from the community chant openly in Hindu temples which helps reinforce the connection of Brahma on a more community based level. On a more global level Hindu's believe that a positive relationship with nature is essential for inner and universal peace as Brahma is part of everything. Hindu adherents endeavor to maintain a healthy environment, not exploiting natural resources and thus focusing upon treating the environment with dignity, grace and respect. In regards to the Bhagavad Gita (the scared Hindu text written in Sanskrit) ...read more.

Conclusion

This statement by Gandhi highlights the importance of non-violence and the strive for a peaceful life. In a more general sense the idea of peace can be found in various Hindu organizations. All Hindu organizations work to create and promote peace within India as all are created on the principle of ahimsa, non-violence to provide avenues in order to renew or maintain peace within their lives. Examples include the Youth Society of Peace, which was founded by Nepalese youth. This organization helps to promote peace whilst informing the youth of social responsibility. Through meetings, programs, lectures and conferences it helps to strive for a peaceful future. "Young people are the key to future peace." To conclude it is apparent that Hinduism offers a variety of ways in order to achieve peace. Whether it is a more individual aspect or a world wide occurrence the guidance of Hinduism is made possible through the Dharma, karma, Ahimsa in order to achieve Moksha. Drawing from the Bhagavad Gita is it clear that the adherents of Hinduism have essential guidelines that enable both the individual and the community to help create and promote worldwide peace. ...read more.

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