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. A wonderful way to put it, that we don’t all have to be the same religion. We just have to learn to live with one another, that we are all here on the same planet. the importance of coming together despite our differences and being able to talk to one another is crucial. The need to pull one another over to another side is irrelevant and a waste of time. Instead, I believe that we should just listen to what the other one has to say.
    Of course, this type of thinking does not need to be translated to such a grand scale instead, we can overlay it to our own lives. Because it is just as important to talk to one another on a more local scale it is a global one.

    • I know you waited to the end of semester to do your journal work ,but racing through with the writing portion will not help your grade, pace yourself and invest adequate time.

  2. There were 4 things I like about this video. Here’s the first one:

    “Repent evil with something better so your enemy becomes your interment friend”. This is something I strongly believe in and I believe will make less enemies if everyone was just nice to be nice. When you put good out into the world, good outcomes happen. When you put evil into the world, that’s what the atmosphere is going to be surrounded in, making everyone else produce evil thoughts or things as well. People aren’t born being evil or born being enemies. That’s what they learn from what’s being given out into the world.

    The second thing is:

    “We’re all stuck in patterns of behavior”. This is what causes people who attract enemies not represent love. Because they are so used to doing the same thing and giving out the same type of energy, they don’t understand change and why is change good for them. They also aren’t surrounded by an environment that receives and gives love.

    The third thing is:

    “When all faiths think they are right and are in opposition with each other rather than coming together, separates us more from God and love”. They didn’t say these exact words but this was the gist of it. Being in opposition with each other connects to how evil is poured into the world. Not one person rules the universe. We all rule the universe together as one. This is how we make the most effective change and the most effective impact.

    And the fourth thing is:

    “Comedy always eclipses tragedy. Just like the oneness, the unconditional love and the compassion can eclipse the wounded ness and brokenness of our world.” When a group of people come together, there is no saying what beautiful outcome is going to be produced. And this is the type of energy that needs to be produced rather than hateful energy.

  3. Before I begin, let me emphasize that I am an Agnostic person; I do not believe in, nor do I discount, any religion. I found this video very entertaining; but beyond the humor, there is a very serious message (which speaks to me as an Agnostic person) about the way that no model of reality is complete. It is important to consider that these three men are all members of Semitic (Judeo-Christian) religions and so their beliefs are differentiated by a number of nuances, arguments about the particulars lineages and the meaning of specific words, and so their beliefs are more readily reconciled; but there are plenty of other faiths whose beliefs are so different from one another that it would not be so easy. Further, there are a number of spiritual concepts which appear (albeit in various forms) across religions and philosophies originating all over the world over thousands of years. This, I believe, speaks to the oneness of mankind. It is the goal of all the world’s religions/spiritualities/philosophies to achieve a holistic understanding of just what it means to be human, and since there are only so many experiences we can have as humans it comes as no surprise that there are commonalities between them.
    Most, if not all, faiths are unique in that they emphasize some truth about human life that may not be emphasized by another faith. I am reminded of something I researched as part of an Art History assignment 16th century India, the Mughal King Akbar saw the importance of discussion between faiths and brought people of different faiths together in his court in an attempt to syncretize them into a cohesive faith (known as the “Din-i-Ilahi”) which could approach the ultimate truth. While Akbar’s ideas were perhaps a bit grandiose and his motivations arguably megalomaniacal, it was a very important event in the way that it wished to create a unified dialogue about spirituality. In this day and age where religious differences put people at odds in extreme ways, a similar dialogue is needed now, perhaps more than ever.

  4. I enjoyed this video and the concept of inter-faith relations. I should state that I am a very spirtual person and do believe in the teachings of Abraham based faiths but follow that of the Christian faith. Before I get into the video I would like to say that these three faith (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) have very similar messages and is something that I’ve admired so was happy to see this video.

    In this video, the first thing that stood out to me was the particular versus the universal. We get so focused on little things in religion and in other avenues of life, that we don’t look at the fact that we have the same universal goals. “Spirituality is inclusive.” I liked this because I’ve always thought spirituality as a connectedness to a higher power and to the people around us. People also separate themselves based on faith when they really should be collaborating as sharing positivity and ideas. Sometimes as they said, the institution of religion creates walls for the world. “It’s all one and I am as I am.”

  5. I think this has been one of the posts I’ve enjoyed the most. Seeing these representatives from three of the most prominent religions, discussing issues of interfaith dialogue is extremely interesting, and it is done in such a way that is very positive and uplifting. After a long day, this positive message along with the humor of these three personalities was very refreshing to watch.

    I am a person who has never been involved in any sort of religion, my parents were raised in strict catholic households and decided against raising us religious. I’ve always felt it hard to feel particularly connected to religion when it was never a part of my life. Though in an academic setting I have studied the teachings of several religions, including reading most of the Bible. I don’t necessarily disagree with the direct teachings of religion, and I think it’s interesting how all three of these figures are saying things connected to the principles of yoga. I also greatly appreciated how they recognized the faults present in each of their respective religions, and seem to be actively working toward a more unified and inclusive approach to religious teachings.

  6. This is a late submission for Journal Entry 8

    I was raised in a Buddhist household and my parents were not strict about any religious practices or against other religions. I have always thought of myself as having a mostly neutral outsider’s view of the three Abraham-based faiths (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). Going to a Christian school as a child, I was presented with a biased view of the other two faiths, but I have learned more about each of the religions while still keeping to my own beliefs. I have found it interesting that while these three religions share the same roots and have similar teaches and messages, there is so much conflict that goes on between different religions. Even when there is no actual fighting going on, there seems to be at least some level of superiority over the other, believing that their faith is the “right” path and merely tolerating the other religions. Which is why this video made me feel pleased to see that representative figures from the three Abraham-based religions not just respect each other’s different beliefs, but also have a strong friendship with each other. The way that they presented religious dialogue was entertaining and had humor mixed in that showed that interfaith is something that is possible.

  7. I have never been a very religious person because of the fact that different religions always said that they’re the right ones and it all feels like a fight between religions to see whose rights and who’s wrong. I like how in the video they said that in interfaith they talk about their religions but they talk about the GOOD and the BAD(their inconsistencies). This idea of “we are the only way to god..” will never lead to anything good but serious global difficulties like it was said in the video. The reason why we can’t be all one and we are a bunch of different “ones” is that we are all stuck in patterns of behavior. What I thought was very interesting was that the meaning of Muslim is: one who surrenders one’s attachment to their ego, and we have talked about attachment before and how this could only be an imitation and a craving for continuity that will never take you to something good. Interfaith has this idea on not inversion of the religions but completion, which is a beautiful idea. We all working together to a better future and not leaving anyone behind.

  8. Spirituality may have slightly differen definitions among many faiths, but one truth remains constant; it points to the interconnectedness of all beings.
    Throughout years upon years of our observances of faith, traditions are manufactured, they develop ideas of exclusivity and divisiveness. It causes people to produce an idea of being a “true” person, compared to those whom must be “untrue” or “false.” To know the “other” is an idea not often seen in religion, and is only more difficult with the establishment of institutions, institutions that promise a sense of being more “complete,” which then must be compared to the “other” and their respective institution. Only through the challenge of acknowledgement of another’s uniqueness next to our own can we be as one and as we are .

  9. I was moved by the effort of these different religious leaders to demonstrate how global fraternity supersedes dogmatic tradition. I thought that the joke in the beginning of the video where they all read from their respective holy texts was actually a really potent method of showing the importance of listening. This collaboration is a monumental act of communicative faith and understanding. Like Anthony, I too am agnostic about the existence of a higher power, yet find the message that these religious leaders conveyed to be wholly relevant to how I approach people of different faiths.

    Even though all of the religions represented in this video are of the Abrahamic tradition, I don’t think that this makes their teachings any less relevant to people with extremely different religious beliefs. Historically, many of the most violent acts perpetrated in the name of God have been between people of different sects of the same religion (i.e. catholic vs protestant, sunni vs shiia, etc.), so it follows that bridging the gaps between people of different religions should not be too much more difficult than between people of the same religion. Religious traditions are also often the main social and economic infrastructure of a society, and it seems like those details are often a source of contention between groups whose spiritual teachings are largely alike.

    Putting aside the pedantic formal differences of their faiths, the priest, rabbi, and imam, in this video, reminded everybody of the most important teaching of nearly all spiritual pursuits: the value of love and empathy. This is relatable to me, despite my complete lack of formal spiritual beliefs, because when trying to understand the beliefs of others reason typically falls short. There is no religion, save for atheism perhaps, which uses reason alone to explain its vision of the world. Similarly, there is no way to understand the spiritual experiences of another by reason alone. I have had, and still have, trouble internalizing this principle, but have seen first-hand how much more effective it is to relate to people on a personal/emotional level about their religious beliefs rather than trying to understand them logically. Only by truly listening and trying to imagine myself in another person’s shoes have I ever felt genuine acceptance of any spiritual teaching, and I think it is commendable that these men are attempting to share this idea beyond the boundaries of their own religions.

  10. “We tried to think but nothing happened.” – The 3 Stooges
    “Act justly, love kindness, walk with integrity.”
    Repel evil with something that is better so that youre enemy becomes your intimate friend, the problem is we are all stuck in our patterns of behavior. It is important to offer a more authentic face of being rather than the one that creates fear thats supported by the media. Muslim: one who surrenders their attachment to the ego(one can bring a heart turned in devotion to god.) True interfaith dialogue can lead to effective collaboration on the issues we face today in our world. Why is it so difficult? Particular speculations vs. universal.
    Every authentic spiritual path is an avenue to a shared universal. Universal is greater than any particular path. When a particular path thinks it is the only path, there are serious global difficulties to be had. Spirituality is inclusive, it points to the absolute interconnectedness of all beings.
    Interfaith dialogue we are able to share with each other the beautiful teachings of traditions, on unconditional love and compassion. But if we are truly engaged, we must share the ways/area that have been taboos. Areas that are inconsistent with those court teachings.
    Inconsistencies…
    Exclusivity, violence, inequality of both men and women, homophobic. We laugh to keep from crying but we also laugh because it gives us hope, because comedy always eclipses tragedy. Just like oneness, unconditional love, compassion can eclipse the wounded and brokeness of our world. The Cross in christianity, to many people ppl who are nonchristian have decided that it is a symbol of trump, being oppressive and arrogant, having a destructive reputation. But it really shows the extent to which we can go to make unconditional love real.
    “God chose to create diversity so you might get to know the other.” Can you get to know the other on a human level?” Not to change the other, but to simply connect heart to heart. Sometimes the institution of religions makes this difficult. God comes down and gives basic truths, the devil is the part that says,” let me organize them for you.” Interfaith is not about conversion , its about completion; becoming a more fully complete human being, from this space we can then collab on projects that are dear to all our hearts. Issues of sexual justice, and earth care.
    “Oh god you have created all this, “I”, “you”, “we”, “they” to play the game of adoration with yourself. It’s all one, and I am as I am.”

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