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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
What is Pluralism
Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their fellow beings. If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness to each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
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Who is a Pluralist?
A Pluralist will look to the essence of the words rather than the words themselves. Ex; a pluralist will have no problem accepting greetings in any form; he or she will look beyond the words. You can greet her/him with Shalom, Namaste, As-Salaamu Aliakum, God Bless, Sat Sri Akal, Jai Jinendra or whatever you are accustomed to, they all mean the same to him/her; that you wish them well. He or She has no qualms returning the greeting in the same format.
A pluralist will never look down upon any form of worship, he looks to the devotion an individual has towards the divine and not the method.
A pluralist firmly believes in his faith, and believes in the path he follows and understands that it will give him the salvation and takes him closer to God. He or she understands and believes that all traditions offer the salvation to the believer.
The Foundation for Pluralism believes that God does not practice preferential treatment towards any faith or a group; and we don't either. All of us are HIS creation and HE belongs to us all. No one owns HIM, nor does anyone have any exclusive influence over him. Who would want a God that will not give equal access to all?
We honor, cherish and respect every way people have come to praise and worship the divine. We revere every one of the spiritual awakeners, to name a few: Krishna, Zarthusthra, Moses, Mahavir, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, Nanak, Bahaullah, and every Great Spirit that people have to come respect.
We believe that each one of us is created by the same divine system, and respecting each one of his creations is the best form of honoring that divinity. Knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of people with different points of view. If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness to each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.
Every religion frees us from the negative engagements. When we truly believe in the oneness of God and the oneness of mankind, we have accepted God’s greatness and parity of human beings.
The world is a better place today because of spirituality, without which there would be chaos. All the religions are on the same side; that of goodness for mankind.
The Foundation is committed to providing the media and world leaders with insights, and policy solutions to effectively managing the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural societies. We are committed to developing solutions for pluralistic governance of diverse people.
We believe that the purpose of all faiths is to bring peace and happiness to each individual and connect humans with the divine. We strongly defend the goodness of each religion. We believe that political motivations have deliberately blamed the wrongs of the world on religion. It is our commitment to identify and ascribe the wrongs to individuals responsible for it and uphold the honor of each faith.
Mike Ghouse www.foundationforpluralism.com