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Twelve Prayers of Peace...

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God is the father of all; we're all his children. And deep within our hearts,
as our prayers prove, there's a universal desire for goodwill, love, and peace.
Share these twelve prayers of peace in hopes that, someday, mankind will
speak with the heart, and embrace peace on earth!

Hindu Prayer for Peace
Oh, God, lead us from the unreal to the real.
Oh, God, lead us from darkness to light.
Oh, God, lead us from death to immortality.
Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all.
Oh, Lord, God almighty, may there be peace
in celestial regions. May there be peace
on earth. May the waters be appeasing.
May herbs be wholesome, and may trees
and plants bring peace to all.
May all beneficent beings bring pace to us.
May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through
the world. May all things be a source of peace to us.
And may thy peace itself bestow peace on all,
and may that peace come to me also.

Buddhist Prayer for Peace
May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of
body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses.
May those frightened cease to be afraid,
and may those bound be free. May the powerless
find power, and may people think of befriending one another.
May those who find themselves in trackless,
fearful wildernesses--the children, the aged, the
unprotected--be guarded by beneficial celestials,
and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

Muslim Prayer for Peace
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful,
Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us
and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each
other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy
incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace,
and trust in God, for the Lord is the one that heareth
and knoweth all things. And the servants of God,
Most Gracious, are those who walk on earth with humility,
and when we address them, we say, "PEACE."

Jainist Prayer for Peace
Peace and Universal love is the essence of the Gospel
preached by all the Enlightened Ones. The Lord has preached
that equanimity is the Dharma. Forgive do I creatures all,
and let all creatures forgive me. Unto all have I amity,
and unto none enmity. Know that violence is the root
cause of all miseries in the world. Violence, in fact,
is the knot of bondage. Do not injure any living being.
This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable way of
spiritual life, a weapon, howsoever powerful it may be, can
always be superseded by a superior one; but no weapon can,
however; be superior to nonviolence.

Jewish Prayer for Peace
Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may
walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our
swords into ploughshares, and our spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation--neither shall
they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the
mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.

Sikh Prayer for Peace
God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat
that we wear; that Truth is above everything, but higher
still is truthful living. Know that we attaineth God when
we loveth, and only that victory endures in consequence of
which no one is defeated.

Baha'i Prayer for Peace
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity. Be fair
in judgment, and guarded in thy speech. Be a lamp unto those
who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger. Be eyes to the
blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring. Be a
breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the
human heart, and fruit upon the tree of humility.

Native American Prayer for Peace
Oh, Great Spirit of our ancestors, I raise my pipe
to you. To your messengers the four winds, and to
Mother Earth, who provides for your children.
Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love,
to respect, and to be kind to each other so that
they may grow with peace of mind.
Let us learn to share all good things that
you provide for us on this Earth.

Shinto Prayer for Peace
Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us,
I believe, are all brothers and sisters, why are there constant
troubles in the world? Why do winds and waves rise in the ocean
surrounding us? I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon
puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of the mountains.

African Prayer for Peace
Almighty God, the Great Thumb we cannot evade to tie and knot;
the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees; the allseeing Lord
on high, who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rock
mass here on Earth. You are the one who does not hesitate to respond
to our call. You are the cornerstone of peace.

Zoroastrian Prayer for Peace
We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world: that
understanding triumph over ignorance; that generosity triumph
over indifference; that trust triumph over contempt, and that
truth triumph over falsehood.

Christian Prayer for Peace
Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be known as
the Children of God. But 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. To those who strike you
on the cheek, offer the other also, and from those who take away
your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well. Give to everyone
who begs from you, and of those who take away your goods,
do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would
do to you, do so to them.

"Twelve Prayers of Peace," designed by Bobette Bryan, 2002

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