June 10th, 2020
United, we stand. A House divided cannot stand. A world fractured will not remain stable. Throughout many religions texts from all faiths, calls for unity are heard, written, and shared. From the times of Buddha to Jesus Christ and from the times of Guru Nanak Dej Vi to the current age of protests and riots are all over the news, unity has been called for in many ways.
Humanity has a rich history of unity and a richer history of division, divide and conquer. During the time of the American Revolution, thirteen colonies were united against a common enemy: The British Empire. During this same time, the nation was divided between who was free and who was a slave in the land of the free. Throughout history, people were finding unity at the expense of their fellow man.
No life is above another and no life is below another. If we are born who we are, then we are who we are for a reason that is to benefit the world we live in – not as a subject of the latest news briefing or the latest divide and conquer campaign, but as a genuine human being to better the world we live in.
Unity is beyond just being united in the Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, and any other movement with a political agenda. Unity is beyond being united under Democrat or Republican. Unity is beyond nation versus nation, faith versus faith, eye versus eye, gang versus gang, soul versus soul. Unity is beyond defining what human is above another human. Unity is beyond war of words, war of weapons, an war of hate.
Quotes of the Day
Bible, Old Testament, Hebrews 10:24-25
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
Bible, New Testament, 2 Corinthians 13:11
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you”
Islam: Quran 3:103
“And Hold firmly to the rope of Allah and do not be divided. Remember Allah’s favour upon you when you were enemies, then He united your hearts, you – by His grace – became brothers. And you were at the brink of a fiery pit and He saved you from it. This is how Allah makes His revalations clear to you, so that you may be ‘rightly’ guided.”
Sikhism: Sridasam pg. 51
“Someone is Hindu and someone a Muslim, then someone is Shia, and someone a Sunni, Recognize the whole of human race as one…The temple and the mosque are the same, there is no difference between a Hindu worship and Muslim prayer; all the human beings are the same, although they may appear to be different”
Hinduism: Rig Veda
“The human body is the temple of God. One who kindles the light of awareness within gets true light. The sacred flame of your inner shrine is constantly bright. The experience of unity is the fulfillment of human endeavors. The mysteries of life are revealed.”
Buddhism: Guatama Buddha
“He who experiences the unity of life sees his own self in all beings.”
Native American: Sun Bear of the Chippewa
“I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.”
Lakota Instructions for Living passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman
“Friend do it this way-that is, whatever you do in life, do the very best you can with both your heart and minds. And if you do it that way, the Power of the Universe will come to your assistance, if you heart and mind are in Unity. When one sits in the Hoop Of The People, one must be responsible because All of Creation is related. And the Hurt of one is the hurt of all. And the honor of one is the honor of all. And whatever we do effects everything in the universe. If you do it that way-that is, if you truly join your heart and mind as One-whatever you ask for, that the Way it’s Going to be.”
Unity of Verses on Unity
All faiths can gather round on unity for all humanity. Nations have the option of true unity for all humans, but sadly nations choose the unity of one population over another. What good will it do humanity if we continue the cycle of unifying under one cause just for one group of people? The wheel of divide and conquer will just keep spinning if we unite under an agenda that only benefits some and not all. With this, humanity will never know true peace if we continue this cycle of destructive and false unity.
The Tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, lived in from January 1667 to October 1705 and wrote the Sridasam, which talks about the humanity is all one. The quotes from our Native American brothers and sisters come from teachings older than any of us. The Bible, both in the New and Old Testaments, discuss greatly about unity, stirring up love and good works. Hinduism’s Rig Veda, a text at least 1000 years before Jesus Christ, talk about unity and us being the Temple of God, allowing the being of peace to be within us all. The Quran also advises us not to be divided and Buddhism teaches us we can be united with each other and see ourselves in others in peaceful unity.
From 300 hundred years ago to over 3,000 years ago to quotes from even as recent as today, unity of all humanity has been proclaimed from one side of the Earth to the other – From India to the Americas and from heart to heart across peoples. We can unite as a whole, not just as a part.