Condensed from Talks by Pujya Guruji Shree Rishi Prabhakarji from RishiVani.
Every little child knows this old and very apt saying, “United we stand, divided we fall”. Today, even the most ordinary citizen of every country who is desirous of peace, has begun to appreciate the true value of this age-old adage (saying).
We, in RSVK, have been fortunately blessed with many clear understandings and experiences about how to ‘be’ in the world. We are fortunate that a clear path is maintained in this direction, by ensuring harmony between the different paths of spirituality. Guruji showed us this path encouraging us to hold, ‘Global Religious Harmony Programs,’ much before the recent crisis confronted the world. Pujya Guruji, Rishi Prabhakar once again appeals to us to remain united at all times.
Guruji: “The global religious harmony meetings, which yielded very wonderful results, need to be continued. During the Ramzan period, Navratri and on Christmas, not only do we need to invite people of different faiths to our meets, we also need to go there, and participate in their festivities, with them.
Today is Christmas eve, a day when I generally visit a Church. We will pray and celebrate the birth of Lord Jesus together. We would like all of you to participate in the festivities at the local Masjid during Ramzan and on Eid. These are very important days for the Christians and the Muslims, and you will be more than welcome if you go there and participate in their prayers. Like us, you too can take a small cake or something with you to share with them, as a token of your love and friendship.
We go there as messengers of friendship, as messengers of ‘togetherness’, and that interaction must start happening now. I will request all of you to arrange it regularly as one of the most important features of our programs in all centers.
Sharifji has been a local inspiration for this and a lot of things have happened out of his inspiration. A lot of problems in Muradabad have been brought under control comp-letely. Wherever we have invited the Muslim clergy (the Maulavis) they have remembered us very, very happily, and have received us very wonderfully.
I was fortunate to go to Delhi to deliver this message of how to bring about a state without terrorism and I met two very important people there. One was Shahi Imam Bukhari of Jumma Masjid and the other, the Imam of the Fatehpuri Mosque. He is a very powerful person in Delhi. He was very kind and nice. He understood very clearly the intention with which we had come. He was overcome by our love. Love always works and a great change of heart took place. He said. “I am with you and any time you want to go and meet any person, we will go together.”
We went to the Mecca Masjid in Pune, where too we were received very well. The Imam said, “We were waiting for our elder brothers to come”. So, just as much as you would like them to come, they too would like you to go and have a warm relationship with them.
What we read in the newspaper is not what Islam is all about.
The newspapers project the worst side of everything. Whenever there is a bomb blast, they report it, but when there is peace they don’t say anything about it. The few bombs that are blasted find mention, as against the great amount of peace that exists.
We also tend to be influenced by the media, which always projects whatever they want to, which may not necessarily be the truth.
The truth is that everybody wants to live happily with his or her neighbours. Nobody wants to have problems with their neighbours. When we go and meet all these Imams and Maulavis, we will create a very different kind of atmosphere in that locality.