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Traditional Prayers

Baha'i Prayer for Peace:

Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in 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, dew to the soil of the human heart, and a fruit upon the tree of humility.


Buddhist Prayer for Peace:

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind be quickly 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 beneficial celestials, and may they swiftly attain Buddhahood.


Christian Prayer for Peace:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

Almighty God, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Hindu Prayer for Peace:

Oh God, lead us from the unread 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 all beneficent beings bring peace to us. 
May thy Vedic law propagate peace all through the world. 
May all things be source of peace to us. 
And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all and may that peace come to me also.


Jainist Prayer for Peace:

Peace and Universal Love is the essence of the Gospel preached by all Enlightened Ones. 
The Lord has preached that equanimity is the Dharma. 
Forgive do I creatures all, and let all creatures forgive me. 
Unto all have I amity, and unto none enmity. 
Know that violence is the root cause of all miseries in the world. 
Violence, in fact, is the knot of bondage, "Do not injure any living being." 
This is the eternal, perennial, and unalterable way of spiritual life. 
A weapon, howsoever powerful it may be, can always be superseded by a superior one; but no weapon can, however, be superior to nonviolence and love.

Jewish Prayer for Peace:

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.

Muslim Prayer for Peace:

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, 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." 

Native African Prayer for Peace:

Almighty God, the Great Thumb we cannot evade to tie any knot;
the Roaring Thunder that splits mighty trees:
the all-seeing Lord up on high who sees even the footprints of an antelope on a rock mass here on Earth. 
You are the one who does not hesitate to respond to our call. 
You are the Cornerstone of peace, you provide for us on this Earth.


Native American Prayer for Peace:

Oh 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 of mind.  Let us learn to share all good things that you provide for us on this Earth.

Shinto Prayer for Peace:

Although the people living across the ocean surrounding us,
I believe all are our brothers and sisters,
why are there constant troubles in this world? 
Why do winds and waves rise in the oceans surrounding us? 
I only earnestly wish that the wind will soon puff away all the clouds which are hanging over the tops of mountains.


Sikh Prayer for Peace:

God adjudges us according to our deeds, not the coat that we wear:
that Truth is above everything, but higher still is truthful living. 
Know that we attaineth God when we loveth,
and only victory endures in consequences of which no one is defeated.

Zorastrian Prayer for Peace:

We pray to God to eradicate all the misery in the world:
that understanding triumph over ignorance,
that generosity triumph over indifference,
that trust triumph over contempt, and that truth triumph over falsehood.

 

                   

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