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. This video held my complete attention as it put to words feelings I have had bubbling inside me for some time. I loved their use of humor to disarm the hefty and often controversial topic of religion. The most overarching concept of this talk left me with is that of the institution of religion v.s. spirituality and beliefs.
    It was a new perspective to hear someone address the many similarities of the three Abrahamic religions instead if their differences. As there is conflict between certain groups of followers of each, there is generally not enough discussion if their fundamental similarities, as they teach primarily the same things. I was particularly moved by the story of the friendship forming between the Jewish gentleman and the Muslim gentleman in the wake of 9-11. There was such an abundance of anti-muslim sentiment spread in the wake of the tragedy, that to know there were compassionate individuals working to reach out and connect in spite of this gave me some faith that there is hope to mend those divides. I also found it intriguing that Muslim, as the man stated, means a detachment of the ego; this in particular reminds me of what has been discussed in our readings.
    I found myself relating very much to their discussion of the ways in which the institution of religion can be alienating to many and exclusionary. I have always been someone who felt spiritual but struggled with the exclusionary aspects of many religions, the way in which many suggested those who do not believe will suffer for it. For this I was again moved to learn that in the Kuran Allah chose to create diversity as an opportunity for us to understand one another, this again gave me hope for dialogues to form between these divides.
    They discuss the ways in which different religions are different avenues to the same universal truths. I find this to be true in that so many religions share the same basic rules of being a good person and treating others well. It is fascinating to see how easily we can forget this fact and focus on comparatively tony differences

  2. Isabella Bullock

    The video had three men who belonged to three different faiths share different aspects of their religions. In doing so, they shared the similarities and differences between faiths. The men explain how by sharing with each other the differences in their religions, they grow from each other and instead of creating divides between each other which create exclusivity, they come together and in doing so become great examples of their own faith by including all people and being spiritually good to all people. The men explain how they are not only trying to understand each other but while understanding, they are also getting to know the other as people, not a religion.
    Reflecting on the video, I found it very important how the three were able to come together and not find common ground within each other’s faith, but within the basis that they were all human. Often religions look at other religions in condescending manners, as one is better than another, or one is wrong and one is right. The three men were trying to explain how by looking down at another’s faith, one cannot truly accept the person and love them because they believe they are better than them. One should instead, embrace the other as their friend and equal in order to create a common ground and understand each other as people.
    The video reminded me of the story of the good samaritan in the Christian faith. In the story, a woman who was of an opposing belief helps another man and treats him as if they were equal when most others during the time did not believe so. This related to the video, because as the woman, the three men treat other beliefs as equal and understand that they are all human and not just what they believe.
    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=NIV

  3. David White
    Professor Broglin
    Yoga
    23 March 2020
    Journal #6: KarmaTube: Interfaith Amigos
    This ted talk was conducted by Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman. Each began the lecture with quotes deriving from their religious texts. The Rabbi stated “act justly, retain kindness, and walk with integrity,” Pastor Don Mackenzie discussed unconditional love, and Imam Jamal Rahman exclaimed “repel evil with something which is better, this will bring intimacy upon your enemy” This video ultimately discussed interfaith and how a bridge between different religions can be created through the appreciation of diverse faith, humor, and compassion. They discussed being stuck in “patterns of behavior,” how these patterns can be altered so any individual can see the world around them as one, and how this can lead us all to becoming truly human. A discussion of 9/11 eventually took place and Imam Jamal Rahman took the stage and discussed how there truly needed to be an authentic face of Islam, deterring the fear of Muslims through the media. He explained that the misconception of associating terrorism with Islamic faith, which is ultimately racial profiling, can be eradicated through the process of interfaith. Interfaith brings people together, no matter the cause. This shows how interfaith dialogue can create a collaboration that confronts controversial global phenomena.
    I love this ted talk and how they discussed the behavior of exclusivity within their own religions. They defied that attribute in the face of adversity and judgment from others, which provided a whole level of respect from me when they promoted their message. Their message revolved around how humor creates hope, comedy eclipses tragedy, and love will bring us all together as one people despite our differences. This was an extremely open minded and educational collaborative effort. It made me feel determined and gave me a sense of hope. I also loved their chant at the end which was sung in their native ‘religious’ tongue- “It’s all one and I am as I am.” A beautiful message that I believe can be reciprocated by any person of any age, ethnicity, religion, or background.
    The attached article discusses how there needs to be an understanding of religion and its impact on social spaces. This leads to individual decisions that will shape how the world is constructed by an efficient dialogue among diverse communities.

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15570274.2018.1509287

  4. In this video, the topic of interfaith is explored and discussed extensively. Interfaith can help solve issues within our own selves as well as in the world. A bridge is built between faiths through humor and compassion. There are so many different religions and beliefs today, but they aren’t all as different from each other as people may think. The biggest problem with religion is the divide. Religion should connect people, not tear them apart. It would be possible to create one global religion if everyone was open to each other and not so judgemental. It is important to remember the ideas of love and kindness between one another to prevent society from crumbling.

    I’m not a religious person, but I’m open to learning more about it. I think it’s important to be open minded and not push people away because of their beliefs. Instead, we should all try and understand one another even if we can’t all agree. If we can understand everyone’s perspective, global issues would be easier to take care of. We’re all human, so we should all look out for each other. Interfaith can bring us together in a new way of understanding and tolerance. All of this applies to yoga, as much of yoga is based on the ideas of balance and acceptance. Practicing yoga can open up your mind.

    I’ve grown up with friends of all different religions, and it has never been a problem. We live together in harmony. I believe that generations can become more open minded if we keep pushing these ideas of interfaith and acceptance. People must look to the youth for change. The generations to come will be even more progressive and more open to new ideas and beliefs.

  5. Emily Lomberg

    This video is a TED Talk on International Day of Peace between Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman. Throughout the TED Talk, they use humor and compassion to show that these three religions can and should live in harmony and are based off of the same principles. They encourage us to get to know and understand other religions to break down the unnecessary diving wall between faiths. This video was very refreshing and a good example of how people can use their religion to unite instead of divide.

    I feel like oftentimes (whether focusing on religion or not), we tend to pay attention to how we are different from others instead of on our similarities. By focusing on differences, we may feel isolated or defensive for no reason. In this video, the three men explain the importance of empathy for others, inclusion, and that by working together. Interfaith dialogue opens up communication between different religions to find respect and collaboration to unite people.

  6. “Spirituality is inclusive” was my favorite line in this video. The interconnectedness that they discuss is something so important in the world we are living in. Too much hate is present in today’s society and it’s heartbreaking to see. However, these three men had a beautiful way to discuss something a lot of people feel bothered to discuss; religion. People are so obsessed with trying to be the superior religion and make everyone around them feel inferior, but each religion still says to embrace one another, to love one another. People are so stuck in their patterns of belief that they miss out on beautiful connections with other humans with different experiences. Different perspectives and beliefs can open the eyes of so many people who need a change in their way of viewing life, but how can that happen if everyone is too busy blaming each other and pointing fingers?
    This video hit home for me. Growing up I always struggled to identify with a specific religion. I grew up learning catholicism and then Christianity, but my older brothers converted to Islam when before I was even born. My household was constantly switching until we realized that the message we love the most, that is common in all religions, was love and being connected with one another. Eventually, we began saying that we were “spiritual” people because we believed in a little bit of everything!
    God chose diversity as they said in the video. He didn’t choose to make everyone believe in the same thing, man created the walls and the divide. But we can make the divide into a beautiful one if we accept each other and learn that we are all one. That is the beauty of spirituality; everyone is welcome and everyone has a place to believe in their own version of love. Until people let go of their ego and realize that we are one, this world will continue to drown in hate rather than flourish in love and light.

  7. Fatima Lua
    Wednesday 8:30am
    Yoga Journal Assignment #6

    “Act justly, to love kindness, to walk with integrity”, “the meaning of unconditional love”,“repel evil with something which is better so that your enemy becomes your intimate friend” these passages are all an amazing way to introduce 3 types of religions. I loved all three of these men, their relationship and how comfortable they felt talking amongst each other. We as a collective have made it seem as it is unusual for people of different backgrounds and religions to be able to share something in common or even relate to one another. I think it is special for something like this video to be shared to the world that we as humans can learn from.
    One thing I can take from this video was oneness, unconditional love and compassion. I feel these are all attributes people often times lack. We tend to be very judgmental and often lack compassion towards one another. I sometimes feel that people don’t realize that we are all humans living amongst each other with different backgrounds, religions and stories. And the one main thing that we all have in common is being humans; I feel that this already is enough for us to share together. We rarely take the moment to connect to one another because of this belief that we can’t connect because we don’t believe or share the same things.
    A poem that reflects this is “How often, if only” by Abimbola T. Alabi. The last part of this poem reflects how I feel about all of this. “How often We’d have goodwill with our fellow being, get by with even those who seem mean, and enjoy peace without and within. If only….” I often feel that if we shared more compassion, we would feel more at peace within ourselves and with everything that surrounds us. I think this is an important thing I will take away and try to keep focusing on moving forward. (A side note, this post was posted on March 7th which is in fact my birthday date and I’m a huge believer in things happening for a reason and I feel this was something I needed to hear)

    Family Friend Poems. “The Essence Of Kindness, How Often, If Only…, Compassion Poem.” Accessed March 25, 2020. https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/how-often-if-only.

    • Happy belated Birthday! I hope we All do our jobs to save the planets and its inhabitants so you may celebrate in a Grand way next year! A well written essay with honest reflection. Stay safe and healthy Namaste 🙏🏽

  8. This video is about three men from different faiths who have come together to teach that their core beliefs are not as different as they may be perceived. And that underneath the built up exteriors of their respective organized religions lie the same ideas. Each man read a passage from his respective religious text and all three expects for the texts boiled down to meaning “love one another”
    I absolutely adored this video! I am very fascinated by the overlaps that can me found between different organized religions and I have great respect for the work there three men are doing. I think it’s a great idea to be able to come together to learn about and learn from each other’s traditions.
    This video reminded me of this scene form the show Gilmore Girls and the friendship between the Priest and the Rabbi. https://youtu.be/hwAr2LbPphc

  9. It really goes to show you, that we are in the together. Whether we are purple blue ,etc. Whether we like ham or turkey. Whether what ever differences that come between us, we all have a higher power that we believe in. The scriptures were all stated from their own religious book (bible, koran, etc) was pretty funny to hear because it was just different languages at the end f the day.
    During this virus right now, this video needs to be understood. As we are in this together. There is no competition, we actually need to work together to keep us all safe. Life’s funny like that, just when we are at the end there is always a new beginning. it’s what we make of it. Due to this virus, we have seen more compassionate acts and a great positive incline on our earth (waters, plants etc).
    Did we have to go into a pandemic for us to act this way? Was out higher powers really in need to change things around to help us see what life is really about? Showing love and care to others and our communities. For our earth, for us to see that our technologies and so many advances have ruined our air quality.
    This video has shown me that others were already aware but it was not something everyone cared to observe. We need to be more mindful of not just the now and what’s in front of you, but the inner thoughts, love etc that will help our world succeed together, as one just like it was always suppose to be.
    Josette Cappucci @8:30 AM

  10. This video was about three men of three different religions coming together to speak about issues surrounding certain exclusivities involved in religion. They used humor as a way to make these pretty heavy topics seem much more accessible to all audiences. The men stress the importance of making connections with people, rather than the religions that they are a part of, and they focus on how their relationships with one another have opened their eyes to different ways of thinking and acting, regardless of faith.

    I absolutely loved this video, although I was definitely skeptical at first. I was raised atheist, and religion has always been a point of hesitancy for me for many reasons. But I completely agree with their belief that people should be judged based on their character, not on their religion. Just because someone is of a certain faith does not mean you ca predict how they might act in a certain situation. Because of that, you cannot discriminate against or unjustifiably favor anyone based solely on religion. People are people, not the religions that they practice. I also loved the part where they talked about interfaith being about connection, not conversion. One of the main reasons why I shy away from a lot of religious discussions is because I expect people to try to change my mind, but it was refreshing to see those men embrace both their similarities and their differences without trying to change one another. They simply wanted to try to understand and connect with each other, which is what everyone should be doing anyway; we’re all just human when it comes down to it.

    The group’s mission statement on their official website (http://interfaithamigos.com/About_Us.html) points to the reason why their methods have proven to be so accessible and effective with audiences across the world. It says that they are willing to talk about the taboos that a lot of other people tend to shy away from. I think this, coupled with their use of humor, is the key to their success and overall charisma as a group. Not only is their friendship palpable, but they are discussing very real issues with no censorship, but also without straight up preaching at the audience. They hit such a perfect balance, and I fully support their mission.

    – Sofia Gandolfo (Wed. class)

    • Just an excellent well written and supported essay. I’m glad it opened up your viewpoint about interfaith communication that respects individuals and their differences. Stay safe and healthy Namaste 🙏🏽

  11. this video was a ted talk from the interfaith amigos who talked about their experience with interfaith and what it means to them and how they go about it throughout their everyday lives. I did not know anything about interfaith or that it was something to exist, i didn’t grow up in a religious household or practiced a religion growing up so this video was interesting to see different perspectives and certain beliefs. I think that it is important for this group to bring awareness to the assimilation of this idea and that everyone no matter their religion should be able to live in harmony and grow within their religion instead of trying to decide which religion is best and to push one idea onto someone else, they are all equal.

    • This was a KarmaTube video that had loads of content to fill your required 3 paragraphs for your essay. Please do invest more time next time. Continue to be safe and well, Namaste

  12. Brian Halliday

    It is so important for the world to see this video! Their idea of inclusivity and openness in religion can be applied all over the world in so many ways. It is important to realize one thing: we are all people. No matter the color of our skin, sexuality, religion, you name it, we are ALL people.
    Growing up in church, Christianity has been a big part of my life. But one thing always bothered me by it and thats the fact of how exclusive everyone is to people who don’t follow the same exact moral compass they do. I know this is a generalization because not everyone is like that, but a majority are. Its always bothered me how other religions are viewed and how gay people are viewed among many other ideas. Everyone is a person, no matter what they believe or feel is right.
    This idea reminds me of a very popular quote from Dr. Seuss’s, Horton Hears a Who. The quote is “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” This is so relevant to this topic. Not specifically the size of the person but just the idea that we all are different, but we are all still people. You can be a different race, gender, have a different sexual orientation, religion and the list goes on and on, but that doesn’t mean you should be treated differently. This idea finally brings me back around to my religious roots with a message to all Christians. Doesn’t God love everyone. Doesn’t God say to love your neighbor as yourself.

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