It’s usually believed that one cannot choose bits and pieces of different religions and devise one’s personal moral code. We even make wars based on this false truth!
It is assumed that one can only belong to a single religion at a time. Few people realize there are things to learn from every religion and it is necessary to accept and adopt these principles in order to develop a complete spiritual code.
Following are 5 principles from 5 major religions of the world that everyone of us can learn:
1. The second noble truth in Buddhism
According to the tenets of Buddhism desire is the root of all unhappiness. It is when we start expecting things from others and wanting things that we do not have that we start suffering from frustration and discontent. This is the second noble truth among four, all of which aim at overcoming suffering and negativity. There is no end to craving and therefore the best way to live a happy life is to be happy and grateful for what we already have.
2. The definition of love in Christianity
Christianity has a truly profound conception of love. It defines love as patient, kind and enduring. Something that is a must for sustaining a healthy relationship. In an age where it takes no time to break off a relationship, random hook-ups have become the dominant culture, and friendships can be broken over a chat on Facebook. The world needs to re-evaluate the understanding of love and bonding.
3. Intention-setting in Islam
Islam says that actions cannot be morally judged in isolation. An action can only be considered righteous if there is an equally righteous intention behind it. For example, if you compliment your friend but do not mean it, it cannot be judged as a righteous action because you were not truthful. It does not matter if your friend feels good friend feels good from your compliment as you were not honest.
4. The importance of life in Judaism
Most people seek recourse to religion in order to know what happens after death. Unlike most other religions Judaism stresses on life on earth rather than concepts of heaven, hell and the afterlife. It believes in the present and has a moral code that judges a person on how he/she spends his life on earth. It is worth noticing that most of us are so concerned with the future that we hardly dare to be in the present. We all could learn from Judaism that instead of thinking about afterlife we can lead better lives by not worrying about what happens next.
5. Ahimsa in Hinduism
Hindus believe that all life is sacred and therefore one should love and respect not only other human beings but animals and plants as well. This concept promotes love beyond the circle of one’s friends and family and encourages one to care for the entire earth. It is wrong to indiscriminately cut down trees or kill animals without any reason.
Image art: Louis Dyer