Gandhi's Peace Prayers from the World Religions


A Season for Nonviolence begins each year on January 30 and goes through April 4. This educational campaign is dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world. We invite you to experience peace prayers from Ghandi.

Christian Peace Prayer

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be known as the children of God.

But I say to you: love your enemy, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

To those who strike you on the cheek, offer the other also;

And from those who take away your cloak, do not withhold your coat as well.

Give to everyone who begs from you;

And, to those who take away your goods, do not ask them again.

And as you wish that others would do unto you, do so unto them as well.

Hindu Peace Prayer

I desire neither earthly kingdom, nor paradise; not even freedom from birth and death.

I desire only the deliverance from grief of those afflicted by misery.

Oh Lord, lead us from the unreal to the real; from darkness to light; from death to immortality.

May there be peace in celestial regions.

May there be peace on earth.

May the waters be appeasing.

May herbs be wholesome and may trees and plants bring peace to all.

May all beneficient beings bring peace to us.

May their wisdom spread peace all through the world.

May all things be a source of peace to all and to me.

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.  (Peace, Peace, Peace)

Native American Peace Prayer

O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you.

To your messengers the four winds, and to the Mother Earth who provides for your children.

Give us the wisdom to teach our children to love, to respect, and to be kind to each other so that they may grow with peace in mind.

Let us learn to share all the good things that you provide for us on this earth.

Shinto Peace Prayer

Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us are all our brothers and sisters, who, Oh Lord, is there trouble in this world?

Why do the winds and the waves rise in the ocean surrounding us?

I earnestly wish that the wind will soon blow away all the clouds hanging over the tops of the mountains.

Zoroastrian Peace Prayer

Oh, Hormuzda!

We pray to Thee to eradicate all the misery in the world;

Let understanding triumph over ignorance,

Let generosity triumph over indifference,

Trust triumph over contempt,

And truth triumph over falsehood.

Jewish Peace Prayer

Come let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High.

And we shall beat our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation—neither shall they learn war anymore.

And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.
Islamic Peace Prayer
We think of Thee, worship Thee, bow to Thee as the Creator of the Universe;

We seek refuge in Thee, the Truth, our only support.

Thou art the Ruler, the barge in this ocean of endless births and deaths.

In the name of Allah, the beneficient, the merciful.

Praise be to the Lord of the Universe who has created us and made us into tribes and nations.

Give us wisdom that we may know each other and not despise each other.

We trust in thee, oh Allah, the One who heareth and knoweth all things.

We shall abide by thy Peace.

And, we shall remember the servants of God are those who walk on this earth in humility and, when we address them, we shall say Peace Unto Us All.
Buddhist Peace Prayer

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of the body quickly be freed from their illnesses.

May those frightened cease to be afraid and may those bound be free.

May the powerless find power and may people think of befriending one another.

May those who find themselves in a trackless, fearful wilderness—the children, the aged, the unprotected—be guarded by beneficient celestials and may they switfly attain Buddhahood.
Bahai Peace Prayer
Be generous in prosperity and thankful in adversity.

Be fair in thy judgment and guarded in thy speech.

Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness and a home to the stranger.

Be eyes to the blind and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.

Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart and a fruit upon the tree of humility.
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This comment is for Jnerisap. I have spent the last 12 years in my quest for truth and wisdom under the unction of the holy spirit. AND, I am not a member of Unity Church.BUT, When it comes to Truth I believe they are much advanced in their Christian walk and teachings from revelations of Jesus Christ then any other Church including the one I attend now.I was saved by Jesus one night in my room that started my walk IN the Lord and I concur that the light of Christ is the seed that is in all of Humanity.The meta physical comprehension superseeds the literal interpretation of the word but it does not part from it.It enhances it's meaning and it's message.The bible literally is a love letter But you have to know the language it was written.It also helps to research the Aramaic version in which Jesus conversed in.If you are judging a thing wrong or pointing fingers then My recommendation is to seek the Holy spirit within to get the wisdom and understanding of their message and core beliefs.This is needed to be a part of the wisdom of the treasure that lies within your being.This is nothing more then a personal comment from me and is not meant to discount your intention or your heart and your interest.I have learned that if I am open to what the spirit is saying to me about anything then the understanding can come through the Love and Trust in that guidance from the spirit and my understanding will continue to grow towards the absolute truth that can only be found within ones heart.AND that absolute truth is HIM Who lives in me and I in HIM... Thanks for reading my comment and I will join you in spirit as you walk along your journey also... Tim
2/25/2010 9:21:06 AM
My Reply
Well, metaphysical comprehension rather than literal is trouble right there. And "the divine idea of a human being" sounds as if Unity is bordering on the edge of Humanism beliefs, which is even more trouble. And to even study/consider any "universal truths" within different religions is opening Unity up to acceptance, tolerance and eventually some belief in other religions, and as a Christian organization, it can only be one religion, Christianity, and that religion only, or it simply can no longer be known as a Christian organization. Incorporating and mixing religions opens doors to Satan and Satanism, no matter how sweet and harmless it first appears to be. I just read the article on Unity entitled, "Where Is God?" and I have no doubt now that Unity is certainly not what I originally thought it to be... It is most certainly not a Christian website or community, and therefore, most definitely not for me. Thanks for responding though. Thanks for your prayer help in the past. And I hope and pray that you all will some day (before it's too late) see the absolute truth. - J. Nerissa Percival
7/3/2009 9:02:54 AM
Unity's Reply
Dear Friend, Unity is a Christian religion, based on the Bible and the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. However, we interpret the Bible primarily from a metaphysical, rather than literal, perspective. We believe that when Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life," He was speaking as the Christ, the divine idea of a human being, which is in all of us. Although we believe that Truth can be found in many religions, philosophies, and spiritual paths, this does not mean we take Christianity "lightly" or that we are "less Christian" than others. It simply means that our study of (and approach to) the Bible has led us to a different understanding of Jesus' message. Our purpose in including Gandhi's prayers on the Web site was not to "endorse Hinduism" or persuade "wavering" Christians to adopt this or any other faith. Rather, it was to emphasize the universal truths common to many of the world's religions, and to promote harmony and understanding. Sincerely, Your friends in Unity
7/3/2009 9:01:59 AM
Is it really right/proper for a Christian website to post & endorse writings, and worse yet, prayers from a man that practiced Hinduism all his life? If you endorse him won't that possibly lead a few unsaved visitors and wavering Christians over to his religion...? I just also read the article: Is Unity A Cult? and I must say, although I'm far from thinking that Unity is a cult, I am a little surprised by the "light" way that Unity thinks. I thought you guys were 100% Christians, and therefore obviously agreed that Jesus (the son) is the ONLY way to God (the father), but I'm now getting the impression (which is now being strengthened by this above Gandhi posting) that Unity is tolerant (for lack of a better word) of different ways (or "spiritual paths") to God (and perhaps, because of the above posting, maybe even other Gods)...??? Please clear this up for me as soon as possible.
7/2/2009 10:15:37 AM
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