Dear God/The Higher Power,
As Sikhism has found common ground between Islam and Hinduism during the Mughal Empire, in a form of syncretism for peace during conflict, so to does the world need common ground between all faiths and religions of the world today. As protests and riots continue to grow in the United States and around the world, as anger and sorrow continue to be sown in our hearts over our seeds of love and happiness, division also grows between all sides.
During a time of conflict between Muslims and Hindu in the 14th century, Guru Nanak Dej Vi learned the ways of Hindi, Persian and Arabic. When he disappeared after taking a bath and reappeared after three days, Guru Nanak stated, “There is no Hindu, no Muslim.” In his teachings, Guru Nanak continues to share, “I am neither a child, a young man, nor an ancient; nor am I of any caste.”
Over a thousand years before, Saint Paul shared in a letter in Galatians 3:28 based on the teachings of Jesus, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
In the 17th cetury, Baháʼu’lláh shared these words, “Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. He Who is the Daystar of Truth beareth Me witness! So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
From Guru Nanak from Baháʼu’lláh from Jesus Christ until today, many have shared the teachings of unity of all peoples of the Earth we live with. Once the teaching was neither Jew or Greek, once the teaching was neither Hindu or Muslim, once the teaching was we are fruits of one tree, now we are in the days of black or white. Now we are in the days of who is right and who is wrong. Now we are in the days of divide & conquer.
As the teachings have been shared by many holy men and women, the teaching that we are all human and we are all deserving of unity not only stands true today but is deserving now more than ever to be shared. May we be Christian, may we be Sikh, may we follow Baha’i – the teaching of unity, at their roots, is the same.
Black or white, red or yellow, rich or poor we are all human, God. Humbly do I pray we, as humans, see beyond our greed, see beyond our division, see beyond our hate and see we all are humans living with the Earth. Humbly do I pray we, as humans, find a better life than the systematic divisions we have grown accustomed to and we may follow the teachings of unity as shared by Jesus Christ, Guru Nanak, Baháʼu’lláh, and many others.
Humanity is at a brink where we walk on a field of broken glass – one false move we can hurt ourselves. Humanity is at a point where one death would have a world crumble before our feet. Humanity is at a point where anger and sorrow can grow like wildfire. Humanity is at a point where hatred and division are taught more so than love, peace and unity.
God/The Higher Power, you have provided us with the power of prayer in all our varying forms to remind ourselves that unity and peace hold sturdier ground over the brittle ground scorched by the flames of hate. Humbly do I pray that, in true unity and triumph over the hate we see spreading like wildfire today, we will build a better world where not one human is above or below another, where divide & conquer is a mindset of the past and where have no need to continue fanning the flames of hate.
God/The Higher Power, may you be above, around, and within us as we find the light of unity in the cloud of ashes burned by the flames of hate. May we have clarity in these dark and blurry days so we may overcome in unity and in our pursuit of peace. May we see the light of unity is above us through You, around us with the Earth and all life, and within ourselves.
And God, thank you for always being with us – even in our darkest time. Although some days are darker than others, I am thankful knowing you are here with us and we are united with you no matter where we go or how we live.