The Flute Network -- A Special Inclusion,
September/October 1, 2001 issue.....

From time to time – we've had the pleasure of sharing with you, in the print edition of Flute Network, some of what has been "making the rounds" on the Internet. The following compilation of "Prayers for Peace" began circulating via email on September 12, 2001, and we thought that some of you might appreciate seeing them too. We are happy to share them here, however, it is WITH THE UNDERSTANDING that The Flute Network does so only in conjunction with our mission as an impartial "bulletin board service", and no particular endorsement is to be inferred. (Credit for this compilation is gratefully extended to whomever it is due… )

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Muslim Prayer for Peace

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, that we may know each other, not that we may despise each other. If the enemy incline towards peace, do thou also incline towards peace, and trust God, for the Lord is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of God, Most Gracious, are those who walk on the Earth in humility, and when we address them we say "PEACE".

Christian Prayer for Peace

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be known as the Children of God. But I say to you that hear, love your enemies, do good to those that 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 of those who take away your goods, do not ask them again. And as you wish that others would do to you, so do to them.

Jewish Prayer for Peace

Come let us go up the mountain of the Lord, that we may walk the paths of the Most High. And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares, and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation – neither shall they learn war any more. And none shall be afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken.

Hindu Prayer for Peace

Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God almighty, 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 beneficent beings bring peace to us. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also.

Buddhist Prayer for Peace

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind 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 trackless, fearful wilderness – the children, the aged, the unprotected – be guarded by beneficent celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.

Native American Prayer for Peace

O Great Spirit of our Ancestors, I raise my pipe to you… to your messengers the four winds, and to 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 good things that you provide for us on this Earth.

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me the instrument of Thy peace. Where there is hate, may I bring Love; where offense, may I bring pardon. May I bring union in place of discord; truth replacing error; faith, where once there was doubt; hope for despair; light where there was darkness; joy to replace sadness. Make me not so crave to be loved as to love. Help me to learn that in giving, I may receive, and that in forgetting self, I may find life eternal.

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