KarmaTube: Interfaith Amigos

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KarmaTube: Interfaith Amigos.

On the occasion of the Jewish New Year and the Hindu Ganesha Chautri and Hope for all of us humans to evolve in such a way that we can truly embrace one another as ONE…please do view this video, share it and discuss with others, thanks. OM

[do click the link below the artwork to view the video]

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  1. “We’re all stuck in patterns of behavior.” It is easy for the world to forget that they do not have to eat the same cheese sandwich every day. We get used to what we know, and we let that define us. But why can’t we adapt and create with the world around us without destroying what we believe to be true? Faith is important. That I believe. However, shouldn’t we question what part of faith is important? I believe that it is important to believe in oneself. In others. In humankind. In the power of belief. In connection. In love. In the Ted Talk, they say that “spirituality points to the inter-connectedness of all beings.” So why must we remark on specifics? The truth is we all find our own ways of believing. Our own ways of making sense of the trivialities of life. However, that does not have to dig us into this little hole, where anyone who believes in something else is threatening or terrifying. Let’s compare and contrast but not judge and limit. We should open ourselves up to new learning. Let’s begin to have faith that our faith will last through our attempts at reaching out and connecting with the world around us.

  2. The beautiful thing about interfaith dialogue is the Oneness among the people. This Ted talk definitely showed that even though we live in a world filled with wars and complications, there is still hope for people to get rid of their systematic differences and get along as one being. Religion is one of the topics where people are very opinionated and sensitive about but through love and compassion one can learn to listen to the other faith and accept them as they are. Love and Compassion are the only ways of becoming one with people, not through wars and debates..

    • I practiced the Isha Kriya 3 times this week. I actually had a concert a few days ago and practiced it right before i went up on stage. I noticed my mind was occupied with thoughts and creating unnecessary fear and nervousness. So i practiced taking deep breaths and totally becoming one with the present moment, not mentally challenging myself with anything around me. I noticed i wasn’t judging my thoughts but just becoming aware of them and surrendering to what they were. I noticed the feeling of fear just slipped right out of my mind and went on stage with confidence and no worries

  3. This is my favorite video that I have watched on this blog. I love that these three men, heads of religions that are seen as very different, have the ability and capability to come together to show tat all of their religions promote “unconditional love”. This is a very eye opening discussion about how the human condition is stuck in this rut of sorts and that it is up to us to see that it is our right and responsibility to change the direction of the way the world is going. This is a video that I see as very significant, and I hope that many more people are going to have the opportunity to grow and learn from these 11 short minutes.

  4. People get so stuck in routine that they are fearful of change. Faith in something is important. There are many different faiths and things to believe in. Spirituality is connecting with others and yourself on a personal level and its focuses on oneness. No one faith is more superior over another, or the right thing to believe in. Everyone should be included in faith, no one should be excluded from being able to have faith and be spiritual. We should all have open minds and learn other things and learn about other people in order to understand the world even better so we can learn more about ourselves.

  5. Hello Professor Broglin,

    I really enjoyed this TED talk led by an interfaith group representing Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. It is so interesting to think about how all of these religions are based in the same core principles of kindness, unconditional love, and friendship. These principles are explained similarly in the context of different languages within different religions. Unfortunately, religious groups tend to feel superior, and that their path is the only “right” path. This only prevents us from understanding others and seeing that different religions may have the same core beliefs as our own! The leaders of the talk explain that interfaith dialogue is so difficult because we tend to be so insistent that our religious path is the only right one. If we cannot search for the common ground, as these religious leaders have done, we will remain stuck in conflict.

    It was powerful to see that some of the religious leaders recognized present-day flaws in the practices of their own religions. For example, the Pastor acknowledged that Christians tend to disagree with or reject any beliefs that are “non-Christian.” This is an arrogant practice. Additionally, Imam Rahman talked about how the Koran teaches that we should get to know each other on a human level, but the institution of religion makes this difficult. It was powerful to see religious leaders recognizing that their religious path was complicated and imperfect.
    I liked the Rabbi’s summary of how interfaith work is not about conversion, but completion. The purpose of interfaith communication is to build links in the chain to lead to better understanding. When interfaith communication is practiced, people from different religions can collaborate to solve problems.

    Jessica Passman

  6. Hello Professor Broglin,

    I forgot to include my Isha Kriya experience for this week. I practiced about three days outside of class. This is more consistent than my practice has been, next week I hope to practice four times. I find that when I am upset, I am better able to bring myself back to a balance through the practice. This is a very powerful tool to have, and I hope to maintain motivation to continue practicing.

    Jessica Passman

    • Thanks for the update, and your honesty….keep on the path…and if you become consistent you will find yourself able to see yourself in situations and able to step back and choose how to act or react limiting the amounts of themes you may get upset in the future, think of this practice as a way to balance your energies so that you may be more mindful and less time on the roller coaster…OM

  7. The three men on the stage before even speaking I can sense the union that they have by the simple fact they are friendly, welcoming and content among each other and before the audience. They speak of spirituality

    Another teaching of changing the way one behaves in life which ultimately impacts how we treat others we encounter. However, these three men unite with the belief that a universal God created humankind making each of these men from different walks united through acceptance of culture and differences and the share of love for God. My favorite part of this ted talk is the cheese sandwich scenario. The man was making himself unhappy. He made the sandwich but, yet got tired of it and no one is to blame but him. He had a pattern and it affected his behavior. The ways of which we act impacts us and others and causes stress that is unnecessary. Although these men speak of unity among three religions their belief that we all want love and therefore should not intervene on others when the love is for a higher power that provides love as well.

  8. I have so much respect for these three men. I love the line “spirituality is inclusive”. This video is so important. There are so many close minded people who judge certain religions just based on the radicals of those religions. I don’t follow any sort of religion but I feel there is so much we can learn from the ideas of certain religions. Diversity is so important, it is important to have an open mind and to accept other people. Everybody should watch this video, especially those who are so stuck in their way.

  9. Yoga seems to have no religious affiliation. I was raised Catholic, and I can see how yoga would make me more relaxed and allow me to focus on my faith. Other people of other religions may find that helpful as well.

  10. “Spirituality is inclusive.” This quote will no always be with me in my spiritual journey. I teach first graders at my parish faith formation and we are constantly discussing how can we include the neglected and treat others in ways that show true respect. In the eyes of a seven year old it is easy to be nice to those we admire or have things in common with. But it is harder to connect with those we know little about. Each week I have them sit with a new group of their fellow classmates to promote intermingling. This video reminds me of the success of this ritual seat changing. This intermingling between faiths is truly admirable especially when we place rigid guidelines on how to obtain spiritual growth. We would never be able to truly accept something we consider taboo until we are willing to listen. It is awesome to see these three men exhibit the oneness that is often held exclusive to a particular religion, communicate across all three faiths. Everyone is entitled to have hope and experience unconditional love through spirituality.

    • Great work you are doing with the children in your parish and you are very resourceful in developing activities to give them enriching experiences…we need to clone you! OM

  11. I really enjoyed seeing three different religions come together to explain the human behavior, to explain the main issues we go through and bring all of their beliefs together. They are a great example of how people with different spiritual beliefs can come together and share ideas. They mentioned how completion is what matters and we should strive for that. They also had a good sense of humor about it, they bring good atmosphere, I like to hear talks like that. They are open minded and give a good message.

  12. Absolutely in love with these men and their teachings. Its so refreshing to finally see these three beautiful faiths come together and unite as one. The whole statement of “spirituality is inclusive” had to be my favorite part. Religious groups spend so much of their time trying to exclusive just to try to lure people in when thats the very thing that shies them away. We’ve become a boastful and egotistic people which is the core of what takes away from our path to spirituality because we are more concerned about who is right or better than the teachings themselves. Each faith calls for us to love one another unconditionally without restrictions yet we all sit here pointing the finger at one another and trying to figure out who’s right and who’s the best.

    Ashley Sabino

  13. I truly did love everything about this video, and I think having interfaith groups is a beautiful thing and should have been around a longer time ago. I feel sometimes maybe your born into whatever religion your parents followed and that’s it for you. And maybe you want to look into something else that may better represent your beliefs and your questioned as to why you want to look somewhere else. I’ve been going through this personally I was born and baptized in the Catholic Church, however, I feel some of the actions of the Catholic Church are odd to me. Now my boyfriend’s family is Hindu, I had never been to temple but I was willing to go to see what its like. When I went your sitting on the floor and you listen to music and have a Pundit who reads out of the Gita and I won’t lie it doesn’t always make sense but when the Pundit explains certain things I feel like I have that “Ah-ha” moment and things just make sense. I’m not saying I’m going to convert and my boyfriend isn’t Hindu just his family, but I agree with what is being said. Like these Interfaith group its not looked at whose got it right, its diverse from religion to religion and they can all admire their God, but their unity brings them together admiring God.

  14. With their cheerful and slightly calming humor, these three interfaith amigos show how to be true to yourself. By learning to love unconditionally, we realize the conditions we see that revolve around love. Fear, success, and competition revolve around love, and it can be an ugly truth to think that. Loving yourself each day without using it as a reward is the best way to love. Not only should we love when an accomplishment has been made, but when there is failure and unhappiness, that is when unconditional love surfaces and gets us through those times.

  15. The message that Interfaith is spreading is a very important one. I think its really awesome that this group was created to help end segregation among faiths and bring up the relationships between them all. Introducing humor into the mix helps a lot to, i absolutely agree with what they were saying about laughter and how uplifting it can be. If we can reduce prejudices against different faiths then a lot of violence and anger would cease to exist in the world. Though thats a bit of a stretch from reality thats really how powerful the message these men are conveying and i believe its an important one. The more peace there is in the world the easier life will be. Thanks for sharing the video.

  16. No matter what religion we come from, we are all the same. Love knows no boundaries, languages, or religions. Interfaith dialogue is important for solving world issues, as it promotes the acceptance of others and their traditions. For there is no such thing as one religion or path being the “right one”. It should be our mission as humans not to try to change those with different beliefs, but rather connect with them and learn about them. Collaborating with others in this way will help us to become more complete as human beings. I definitely always make strides in my own life to be understanding of the views of others and am fascinated by religions other than my own.

  17. What a beautiful video! TED talks are always great and informative, this one was one of the best that I have seen. It was very deep and broke many barriers between religions. I was especially happy to hear about the work they did after 9/11. I was very moved by this video and will be sharing this with my family and friends who I feel do not have a good grip on the similarities between these three major religions. Thank you for sharing this video.

  18. Wow, this makes me feel wonderful. I’m so happy to see men from very different faiths who have seen past all of the controversy and are living by the ideals of love and acceptance. If all religious groups had this same belief then the world would be so much more peaceful and whole. We were made different but equal in order to experience the wonder of our diversity. I love that this conversation is happening. What is it that makes different groups hate one another? What drives people to root for their team and compete so fiercely? Although I’m rarely competitive I do suppose it is an attempt to prove one’s superiority and make up for shortcomings and insecurities. The world seems to be run on a hierarchy and most everyone is willing to step on another as they attempt to climb. One day I believe that man kind will have to unite in the same spirit as these men have come together. If we don’t I fear that our disconnect shall cause our own self-destruction. May we learn to love one another and accept our differences. Om

  19. This was a great video and I liked how they said that spirituality is inclusive. And what a great relationship the three different religious leaders had with each other, and the great respect they had for the different religions. It really warmed my heart to watch the three men speak such profound and meaningful words. I have done the Isha Kirya once every single day for the last week, so about 7 times and the calmness I have felt has really been significant. Because I am generally a very high strung and jumpy person, but for the first time in years I’ve felt more peaceful, which is odd because with it being midterm week and I was getting over having the flu, I still felt good. My mind felt slightly clearer than it usually is. Moreover I really need to do the practice more times a day, but I am trying my hardest to at least remember to do it once a day and so far I feel a very positive difference in my body and state of mind.

  20. Through all the babble of differences between people and religions, there is a fundamental ‘parallel’ truth in all religion. This ‘truth’ regardless of how you choose to describe it is present and real. If we focus on its benefits on ourselves instead of on the details of how and why and anthropomorphize things- we can all get along much better!

    I had practiced Isha Kryia twice this past week as I am still getting past my sickness which is taking surprisingly long to get over.

    -Mikael

  21. Bridging the gap between the faiths is something that will take copious amounts of time and energy. when he says in the beginning, we are all stuck in patters of behavior. that really stuck out to me and i saw that these faiths are all the same, universally, and working together to spread a message of peace and understanding is a beautiful thing.

    • Yeah! So great to read your comments here…take your time and stay regular so you can add your best efforts for college level credit, so glad you are sharing yoga with us this semester! Namaste

  22. What these three men were saying is that if we all took the positive teachings from each others ways of living and learned as well as accept each other as brothers and sisters, everyone will live a lot more harmoniously and happy. These three men who religious background differ, now follow interfaith religion. Interfaith religion combines all the positive teachings and aims for oneness and a world where everyone can love and respect each other.

    I practiced isha krya every other day this week and it has brought my level of relaxation to a whole new level as well as brought my awareness and concentration up. I feel that even though I haven’t had time to go to the gym, the mix of yoga, eating healthy, and meditation have helped keep myself in shape, physically and mentally.

  23. The gift of speech these men have is amazing. They were able to effortlessly transition from comedy to tragedy without the use of fear. I feel that so much of religious culture constructs and promotes fear. Fear of the unknown, the Other. It is not only that they stand together, three men of different faiths, it is that they first acknowledge they–We–are human. Religion, like the man feeding himself cheese sandwiches, is susceptible to the kind of routine behavior that is understood as unfavorable but seen as uncontrollable. To change religion first we have to understand that the change must occur within ourselves. By limiting the language of exclusiveness (there is only one God, there is only one way to worship), we can embrace each other. Fear cannot exist in the face of unity.

  24. Great lessons can be learned from almost any religion. However, not all these religions agree with each other. Usually we hear about violence and disagreement between two groups of people because of their differences, so it was nice to see three different religions coming together and showing how they are similar. It is truly a beautiful thing to see people connect even if they have nothing in common. These men definitely had to see themselves and each other without judgment or opinion, which is something that can make connecting a lot easier.

  25. We all have the same destination, we just have different ways of getting there. The world has so much in common, although we think we are all so different, because of language barrier, culture, wealth, tradition, and so on. Who is superior to another, but when we look at the world it is surprising how much we work together and how we interact with other countries, but still maintain a meager relationship with them. There are many different religions in this world, that often divide us, but what we don’t see is how much we have in common, we all face tragedy, and as they said we eclipse tragedy with laughter, we all have that in common too. Diversity challenges us to connect with others and as they said religion is not about conversion its about completion and having a more complete full self. I hope that someday with the fullness that we bring ourselves, the world can unite, not be angry with each other, but realize we all do similar things, and to get angry at someone for something they did is like getting angry at ourselves. If we all worked together the world would be a much happier, less scary place. Maybe one day science and technology will not be a competition among nations but something we share with one another to help and benefit each other and in turn benefit the entire world which will help all of us.

    Alexa D

    • You have wonderful aspirations for humanity and remember you can keep these hopes moving towards reality every time you choose to make a statement with your actions….Namaste

  26. Kollie

    I find this very beautiful. I believe that the core point of these Three Interfaith Amigos is to be a community with you fellow neighbor. People nowadays are very focused and stuck on the idea of how things should be. I do it myself and when I’m right and I know I’m right, I don’t want to hear others input because I believe I know they’re wrong. If not only me but all of use can just listen and try to; as the amigos said, collaborate…many ideas could be iteration of the next idea and can have similarities that can get people to understand each others point, maybe even each other ideas as with the amigos. I can only assume that the reason their interfaith relationship is so successful is because of what exactly the amigos expressed, which is the idea of being able to completely let go of one’s ego and living in harmony with one’s self and I believe is one of the core truths of Yoga because once one can let go of their ego and are truly aware of one self, it can be the world where your neighbor is part of your community as is their neighbor etc and everyone can have interfaith relationships because they’ll probably be more likely to try and understand another idea instead of sticking to routine and what they think they already know.

  27. I’ve always been accepting of any race/religion/sexual preference/etc., but I also was raised without any religious background (other a few trips to church with friends). I admire people who follow certain religions, yet can accept other people who choose to follow a different religion than theirs, such as the men in this TEDtalk… people who can see the underlying message of these faiths. Although I am an accepting person, I still find myself judging people based on a broad spectrum, from trivial to important matters. I find I judge people for things like their sense of humor, taste in music, the way they behave, or their values. But I’ve realized that I need to be more accepting of the fact that everyone is the way they are, and that is just the way it is. Although I may disagree with someone, I still need to accept their view.

    This was a great TED talk, by the way, thanks for sharing with us!

  28. I forgot to log my Kriya. As I said before, I have this annoying cough, but it seems to finally be getting better. My goal for this week is to wake up earlier so I can practice in the morning (I try to do every Tuesday/Thursday and on weekends). By practicing in the morning, I get the full benefits throughout the day; also, it is right before my run, and the run is always better.

  29. loved these guys. So well spoken and wise. I don’t think I’ve ever heard or seen such religious men share a stage like that before, it was very refreshing. This is a video I would like to send to my very religious family and get their perspective of it, I think anyone would be hard pressed to find anything offensive in this video except of course for the same religious extremists they refer to in the video. We are all cut from the same fabric even if we call ourselves different things, there is such beauty and truth to their statements, thank you for this video.

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