A prayer to end violence

Photo credit: Brad Harris, Sydney

Peace and universal love is the essence of the gospel

preached by all who are enlightened.

The Lord has preached that equanimity is the way.

Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me.

Unto all do I extend the hand of friendship.

Unto none do I feel enmity.

Be clear that violence is the root cause of all the miseries in the world.

Violence enslaves those who are gripped by it.

“Do not injure any living being.”

This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable law of spiritual life.

No weapon is greater than non-violence and love.

(A teaching from the Jains, a tradition of unconditional non-violence; photo credit, Brad Harris, Sydney)