Message of Hope Prayer Booklet from the Elijah Interfaith Institute and UNESCO (2012)

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A Jewish Prayer for Peace[1]Adapted from Likutei Tefillot II:53, by Rabbi Nosson Sternhartz of Nemirov after the teachings of Rebbe Nahman of Bratslav (1780-1844). This particular formulation of the prayer for peace of the ḥassidei Bratslav (Breslov) is particularly widespread in Israel, a close adaptation of one made by Rabi Dovid Sears for the Breslov Research Institute.

Lord of Peace, Divine Ruler, to whom peace belongs!
Master of Peace, Creator of all things!
 
May it be thy will to put an end to war and bloodshed on earth,
and to spread a great and wonderful peace over the whole world,
so that nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.

Help us and save us all,
and let us cling tightly to the virtue of peace.
Let there be a truly great peace
between every person and their fellow,
and between husband and wife,
and let there be no discord between people
even in their hearts.

Let us never shame any person on earth, great or small.
May it be granted unto us to fulfill Thy Commandment
to “Love thy neighbor as thy-self,”
with all our hearts
and souls
and bodies
and possessions.

And let it come to pass in our time as it is written,
“And I will give peace in the land,
and you shall lie down and none shall make you afraid.
I will drive the wild beasts from the land,
and neither shall the sword go through your land.”

God who is peace, bless us with peace !!!


A Christian Message of Peace[2]Authored by Awet Andemicael, member of the Elijah Think Tank, on behalf of Christian members of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders.

O “God of hope” (Romans 5:5),
enable us to hope in you and in your promise to “heal the broken-hearted” (Psalms 147:3),
“set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18),
and restore (Acts 3:21) and reconcile to yourself all things (Colossians 1:20).

St. Paul says in Rom 8, 24-25:
“In hope, we already have salvation;
in hope not visibly present,
or we should not be hoping–
nobody goes on hoping for something he can already see.
But having this hope for what we cannot yet see,
we are to wait for it with persevering confidence” (Romans 8, 24-25, New Jerusalem Bible)


A Muslim Message of Hope[3]Contributed by Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric

Oh, God
Do not let success deceive us
Nor failure takes us to despair!
Always remind us that failure is a temptation
That precedes success!

Oh, God
Teach us that tolerance
Is the highest degree of power
And the desire for revenge
The first sign of weakness!

Oh, God
If you deprive us of our property,
Give us hope!
If you grant us with success,
Give us also the will to overcome defeat!
If you take from us the blessing of health,
Provide us with the blessing of faith!

Oh, God
If we sin against people,
Give us the strength of apology!
And if people sin against us,
Give us the strength of forgiveness!

Oh, God
If we forget Thee,
Do not forget us!

Oh, God
May grief become hope!
May revenge become justice!
May mother’s tears become prayers!
That Srebrenica[4]The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide, refers to the July 1995 killing, during the Bosnian War, of more than 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladic. The mass murder was described by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War. never happens again!
To anyone, anywhere!


A Buddhist Message of Hope[5]Metta Sutta, trans. by the Amaravati Sangha. Contributed by Ven. Prof. Jinwol Sunim, Korea

Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.
Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world:
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,
Freed from hatred and ill-will.


A Hindu Message of Hope[6]Adaptation of a short section of Tagore’s Gitanjali and Vedic Prayers contributed by Swami Amarananda.

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high;
Where the world has not been fragmented by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection;
Where the stream of reason has not lost its way into the desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is led forward by Thee into ever-widening thought and action—
Into that heaven of freedom, Father, let all countries awake![7]Cf. Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (1910)
सं गछध्वं सं वदध्वं सं वो मनांसि जानताम |
देवा भागं यथा पूर्वे संजानाना उपासते ||
saṃ ghachadhvaṃ saṃ vadadhvaṃ saṃ vo manāṃsi jānatām |
devā bhāghaṃ yathā pūrve saṃjānānā upāsate ||
 
Let us assemble, let us speak with one voice,
Let us come to know our minds together,
Let us share together, like holy beings of the past, material things,[8]Rigveda 10.191.2
समानी व आकूतिः समाना हर्दयानि वः |
समानमस्तु वोमनो यथा वः सुसहासति ||
samānī va ākūtiḥ samānā hṛdayāni vaḥ |
samānamastu vomano yathā vaḥ susahāsati ||
 
Unite our intentions, let our hearts be inseparable,
Let our minds be as one mind,
So that a grand unity becomes accomplished.[9]Rigveda 10.191.4


A Sikh Message of Hope[10]Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, p.724. Contributed by Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh

Merciful, most Merciful, is my master God.
He bestows His divine blessings upon all beings. (Pause)
Do not waver, O mortal being. The Creator God Himself shall protect you.
He who created you, will also look after you. (1)
The One who created the world, also takes care of it.
He dwells in every heart and mind, He is the True protector. (2)
His creative power and capacity is infinite and incomprehensible; He is as Great as He is carefree.
O mortal being, meditate upon Him, as long as there is breath in your body. (3)
Almighty God, You are all-powerful, indescribable and incomprehensible; my soul, body and mind are all yours.
It is only through Your Mercy and compassion that there can be happiness and peace – so prays Nanak. (4)(3)

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  1. Adapted from Likutei Tefillot II:53, by Rabbi Nosson Sternhartz of Nemirov after the teachings of Rebbe Nahman of Bratslav (1780-1844). This particular formulation of the prayer for peace of the ḥassidei Bratslav (Breslov) is particularly widespread in Israel, a close adaptation of one made by Rabi Dovid Sears for the Breslov Research Institute.
  2. Authored by Awet Andemicael, member of the Elijah Think Tank, on behalf of Christian members of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders.
  3. Contributed by Grand Mufti Mustafa Ceric
  4. The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide, refers to the July 1995 killing, during the Bosnian War, of more than 8,000 Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), mainly men and boys, in and around the town of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, by units of the Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladic. The mass murder was described by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as the worst crime on European soil since the Second World War.
  5. Metta Sutta, trans. by the Amaravati Sangha. Contributed by Ven. Prof. Jinwol Sunim, Korea
  6. Adaptation of a short section of Tagore’s Gitanjali and Vedic Prayers contributed by Swami Amarananda.
  7. Cf. Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (1910)
  8. Rigveda 10.191.2
  9. Rigveda 10.191.4
  10. Guru Arjan Dev Ji, Guru Granth Sahib Ji, p.724. Contributed by Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh

2 comments to Message of Hope Prayer Booklet from the Elijah Interfaith Institute and UNESCO (2012)

  • Avatar The Hierophant

    A prayer attributed to Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is widely distributed. On Reb Gershom’s page (where he includes the version of the kavvanah used in this booklet), he writes,

    Rabbi David Sears of The Breslov Center emailed me the following: “I translated a similar prayer from Likutei Tefilot (I:409), which may be found in my anthology Compassion For Humanity in the Jewish Tradition (Jason Aronson 1998) and in a small collection of excerpts from Reb Noson’s tefilot [prayers] called The Flame of the Heart: Prayers of a Chasidic Mystic (Breslov Research Institute 1999). The latter contains several other prayers on the themes of inner peace and world peace.”

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