Paper by Pt Deepak Sharma

Development and Peace

The role of Moral and Ethical Values through spiritual practices is not only important, but foundation of global peace.
The word “ Development “ is commonly used in public life. It is essential to understand this so called Development in terms of its impact on human life and society, its contribution to our planet and its strength on sustainability. The Development can be economic, mental and social. Where all have different results. Therefore, we must study before making a plan for the development. It may help the society and it may have adverse impact on the society. It needs carefull handling.

Peace is nothing to do with Development and if we want peace on this planet, it can not be achieved by only dialogues, it needs trust, values and inspirations, which can be gathered through the spiritual belief and followings.

Therefore, it is suggested that religious and spiritual path must be adopted for long lasting and assured results in any kind of conflict or differences amongst us, society or huminity.

Contributed by Pt. Deepak Sharma,
Spokesperson All India Brahmin Mahasabha, New Delhi

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Paper by Prof TK Mathur

The Seeds of Composite Culture in the ethos leading to World peace
Since the dawn of Human Society and the emergence of great but contrasting civilisations like the Indus,Greek,Roman,Egyptian,Chinese etc; a recurrent theme in the mindset of rational human beings was the concept and desire of world peace .But with the establishment and emergence of major empire world peace became elusive and mankind indulged in constant  warfare with each other and from simple weapons man developed weapons of mass destruction which caused untold misery the world over.This resultant tragedy continues unabated and one despairs to think of the shape of things to come.
Why did man wage incessant war against his fellow beings?There was territorial aggrandisement lust for economic gains , dominance of man over man, racial superiority and above all imposition of one’s faith and culture over others.Some leading intellectuals of the preceding generations and present age has stressed on the aspect of the emergence of a composite culture to reduce global tension as it lead to universal acceptance . As a humble student of History I have long dwelt upon the fact that the aspect of composite culture first emerges locally or regionally and then spreads as a mass movement .
Contributed by Prof T.K Mathur , Ajmer 

Paper by Ashok bala

Spiritual Values & Peace for Living Together
Our modern society is driven by a culture of materialism while the whole of human life is in a state of turmoil due to conflicts & violence in the society. Human values are decreasing at very fast rate resulting in declining the quality of life.of the people. At the dawn of the new millennium, what is required most is ‘Spiritual Values & Peace for Living together ‘in 21st century’.

God has many different names because there are many different religions but essentially, it is the same God. As there is only one God who created the whole universe, then there should be no difference from one person to another. Major world religions involved are Baha’ism, Buddhism Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism they all teach about universal peace & Human unity through Love & compassion. All religions teach about Universal Peace & Human unity through Love & Compassion My presentation on “Spiritual Peace Values & Spiritual Practice for Peaceful Co-existence “ is based on shared Spiritual Values in Islam & Eastern Religions with Love , Respect, Peace .Compassion & Forgiveness for peaceful living together & creating a peaceful and sustainable society..

Contributed by
Ms.Ashok Bala
Spiritual Guide & Healer
Krishna Astro Vision (KAV)
Holistic Sciences Research Institute (HSRI), New India

Paper by Gulsha Begum

Enlightenment

We often speak of freedom, respect, non violence, womens liberation, peace harmony etc. But unless we understand the root cause of all violence, and implement it in our daily lives there is no way we can achieve the mission.
The Root cause of all Evil in society is Evil itself. This is where we must take the path towards the spirit. The spirit is the unknown Goddess in the universe. Unless we walk towards that path irrespective of religion caste or creed, to know the reality that is hidden beyond all experiences , there is no solution for all our turmoil.
We need to break the matrix that has bound us within confined norms such as religion, Caste, gender difference, materialism and embark on a unknown path where the solutions for all our miseries is hidden . This path demands strict moral ethical and spiritual discipline.
The truth must be experienced by each one of us and knowledge of this hidden truth elevates the position of every living being. Through this we experience liberation of the mind and self. From ages there is a search for the truth. Who is God, Why there is so much violence in the world, What is worship, Who is Allah SHIVA God Jesus Moses Mohammed? ? Why there is no solution for all the efforts of man ?? and above all who is God and what is the universe all about?? These answers are the solution for our problems. And the answer is available if we make a sincere effort and sacrifice. This is the solution for every problem in the universe. The world spirit wishes to be heard but her voice is unheard as we are busy with Religious issues, Conflict Resolutions, Materialism or Relationship issues or Development. Unless we rise above all this we will remain within this prison matrix going in circles generation after generation recycled from one lifetime to another yet with no solution or answers for our existence or inner as well as outer turmoil as we continue to remain within the illusionary matrix.

Contributed by
Gulsha Begum
Chairperson Divine Abode Foundation
President World Metaphysical Research Foundation

Paper by Dr Subhash Chandra

Title of paper
Spiritual & Moral values for World Peace & Human Unity in 21st Century

The world has witnessed dramatic changes in the 20th Century. Humanity is facing a terrible challenge of its own existence. The whole human life is in a state of turmoil because modern civilization is based on conflicts & violence.
We are living in a world of crisis, Crisis of Humanity, Crisis of Civilization and Crisis of Values. Crisis of Humanity includes the – increase in Poverty & Population and decreasing Peace. Crisis of civilization – includes hatred, intolerance and violence in the society between the people, between the groups and between the nations due to decreasing human values.
The crisis humanity faces today is a Spiritual crisis, and it can only be resolved by unity of minds, unity of cultures & unity of Religions. Religion as a social force plays an important role in building peace & harmony and also developing nonviolent global sustainable society.

Contributed by
Prof. (Dr.) Subhash Chandra
• Founder Trustee – Global Peace Foundation (GPF), New Delhi, India.
• International Coordinator, World without Anger (WWA) Kathmandu Nepal.

Paper by Dr Shagufta Yasmin

Spirituality- the gateway to the universal peace
Spirituality is a mental condition which continues to regenerate our mind, body and soul leading to a perfect and positive state of mind. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience which in turn allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its own pace leading to the ultimate satisfaction in all walks of human life.

Spirituality leads a person to raise his thought above the level of material world and helps in eradicating negative thoughts from within.

People search for the inner peace but it is always there within themselves in the form of spirit in their soul. The human nature of tolerance, forgiveness, humbleness, compassion, the spirit of co-existence and the fear of Almighty makes our thought positive and deeds successful.

In order to achieve the ultimate success in life, it is well said that “Never be in hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset”. Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Rather it is measured by your discipline, calmness and inner peace.

To sum up, Spirituality correlates not only the humanity but the whole Universe in its quest to spread the message of love, peace and equality amongst everything where ever there is life and therefore “the Spirituality is the Gateway to the Universal Peace”.

Contributed by
DR. SHAGUFTA YASMIN
Urdu & Islamic Scholar , Anchor, Zee Salaam
Senior Research Fellow, ,Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

Paper by Dr Hafeez ur Rahaman

Very Good morning! To one and all….Respected His holiness dewan Syed Zainul Abedin spiritual head of Ajmer Dargah ….very respected Gulsha Fawzia Begum..chairperson Global Peace Mission and all the respected delegates present here in this global peace conference

I would like to thank Gulsha Begum for the invitation. Here I would like to share my views regarding ” key to world peace,art,culture and values” as well as “spirituality and practice”…. first of all I would like to start by narrating master quote of Rumi
Tu barai wasl kardan amadi,,, ne barai fasl kardan amadi,,, you have been sent to unite, ,, not to make them divide..
Also renowned urdu poet Jigar moradabadi said,,, unka jo kaam hai wo ahle siyasat jane,,, mera paigham mohabbat hai jahan tak ponhche.
Khwaja Gharib nawaz has said ,,, love for all amd malice for non….
Shaikh Nizamuddin auliya mehboob e ilahi has said that , if a man puts thorn in your way and you also put thorns in his way , there will be thorn every where so lets put flowers in place of thorn . And he loved to recite coupletes of persian poet hzt shaikh Abu syed abul khair has said,,,
He is not my friend , may God be my friend
And he who bears ill -will against me, may his joy increases
He who puts thorns in my way on account of enmity,
May every flower that blossoms in the garden of life be without thorn.

Dear brothers and sisters, I would like to speak few words here with the reference of Rumi a 13 century’s mystic and sufi poet and a global ambassador of peace for mankind.
The striking features of Rumi’s philosophy are humanity, love , compassion , tolerance, empathy, respect and acceptance of the others as they are , openness to others and dialogue. He abhors ‘ ignorance’ the mother of all evils and underlines that education and dialogue are only remedies.

These elements can be discerned from the following discourses:
” A westerner lives in the west. An oriental comes to visit. The westerner is a stranger to the oriental , but who is the real stranger? Is not the oriental a stranger to the entire western world ?
The world was a global village even in his time and he powerfully emphasizes this reality:
” still this whole world is but a house , no more. Whether we go from this room to that room or from this corner to that corner, are we still not in the same house ?”
A kind of deep spiritual message radiates out from Rumi’s writing that has attracted spiritual seekers from almost every religion in the world. Rumi’s doctrine advocates looking at Mulims, Jews, Christians and Hindus etc with the same eye and view them as one and same:

Come , come , whoever you are …..
Come and come yet again…
Come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times wanderer, idolater, worshipper of fire….
Ours is not a caravan of despair,
This is the date of hope,
Come , come yet again, come (Rumi)

Rumi has a tremendous impact on the Indian mystics as well. How he explains the mystic principle of ‘ Basic oneness of Human society’ thus:

Bringing solace to human heart is like Hajj-i Akbar.
One heart is better than a thousand Kaabas.
And same line of Sa’adi found as follow;
All human being are like limbs of a body,
For in their origin they are the same

After throwing open the realm of spirit to all without any distinction of religion and race, the sufi saints emphasized the basic unity and oneness of human society. This was the corner stone of their social thought. Deriving their inspiration from a tradition of the Prophet which runs:
All God’s creatures are His family; and he is the most beloved of God who does well to His creatures.
They treated all human being as ‘ children of God on earth’ and strove to bring their hearts closer and inspired them with a deep and abiding feeling of human love and sympathy. Even denominational categories which seperated one community from another were not acceptable to them. Shaikh Abdul Quddus of Gangoh once said;

Why this meaningless talk about the believer, the kafir, the obedient, the sine, the rightly guided, the misdirected, the muslim, the pious, the infidel, the fire worshipper, all are like beads in a rosary.
There was no such thing as Darul harab or darul islam for mystic. All was God’s earth and they believed that,
No man of God feels himself a stranger in east or west .anywhere he goes, all is the land of God.

The culture of tolerance and harmony,

A mind which failed to see any wisdom or truth in any way of life or thought except its own was the greatest obstacle to the growth of social amity, and the sufis or medieval india fought against this exclusivism and prejudice. But their tolerance was not born of any timely purpose, expediency or weakness.it had roots in the spiritual and moral strength of their convictions. They believe that the true toleration is of that spiritually powerful man who, while guarding the frontiers of his own faith, can appreciate all forms of faith other than his own.
Hzt Amir Khusrau’s verse;

O you who sneer at the idolatry of the Hindu,
Learn also from how worship is done.
Is an expression of this toleration of a spiritually powerful man. When shaikh Nizamuddin auliya remarked on seeing the Hindu worshipping the idols.

Every people have got their path, their religion and their house of worship he not only gave to his followers a lesson in religious toleration but illustrated for all time an ideal of religious co-existance and amity that Indian society had to cherish and strive for.

There are three level of mystic efforts towards unity and harmony, social, linguistic and emotional which Indian mystics have worked for to realise their objective of amity and harmony in human society.

(A) social,
if the social milieu of of the times is kept in view, it would appear that the sufi khanqahs were the only place in medieval india where people professing different religions, enjoying different social status and belonging to different backgrounds met and rubbed shoulders. Their free distribution of food ( langer) to all ; community living in the jmaat khanas where all lived and slept on the ground.
And above all their readiness to listen sympathetically to the problem of every visitor, made them centers of love and effection for the indian people. To the chishti khanqahs , for instance, came the Hindu and the muslims, the Jogis and Qalandars, old and young villagers and towns folk, men and women.
In the khanqahs of Shaikh Farid of Ajodhan, Shaikh Ahmed Khattu of Ahmedabad, Rishi Nuruddin of Kashmir and others, views were exchanged between the sufis and the yogis in atmosphere of goodwill and understanding.

(B) linguistic,
The attitude of the sufi saints towards languages was free from all prejudices.
Amir khusarau who was himself a linguist, used to say that every language has a flavour of its own and so there should be no prejudice against any language. The contribution of sufi saits in the sphere of languages was that

(A) they discouraged linguistic chauvinism , (b) developed the languages of different regions, and (c) evolved a common medium for the commu nication of ideas , known as Hindvi. They helped in the development of the Hindvi, the punjabi, the bengali, the dakhani, the gujrati and other regiinal languages as well. Shaikh Hamiduddin nagauri, baba farid ganje-shakara and hzt Nizamuddin auliya are best example of that.

(C) Emotional and ideological,
While social contact paved the way for communication of ideas, and the developmemt of a common vehicle of expression brought the people closer, the sufis turned their attention towards ideological and emotional integration. I diological integration was a long drwan and slow process and remained confined to a segment of society comprising the higher intellectual class, but emotional integration which could be brought about though mystic songs ( qawwali) , community living in the jamaat khanas and spiritual practices common to sufis, jogis, and meditation person, etc was easier and more fruitful to all.

Thanks once again for giving me opportunity to express my thoughts on global peace in the most sacred Holy place Ajmer sharif.

Warm regards,
Dr Hafeezur Rahman
Founder trustee ,
Sufi Peace Foundation, New Delhi.