Root Out Terrorism with Love and Compassion – Article by H.H.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

February 17, 2008 at 8:13 am 1 comment

Root Out Terrorism with Love and Compassion – H.H.SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR

Why do people turn to terrorism?

Terrorism wreaks violence, inflicting pain and suffering that destroys perpetrators and others. Terrorism induces fear and increases poverty, suffering and loss of life with no apparent gain to anyone. Instead of offering or seeking solutions, terro-rism looks to destruction as an answer. In acts of terrorism, human values are lost.
First, terrorism is caused by frustration and desperation. When people are desperate to achieve a stated goal and fail, the desperation brings up violence in them. The second factor is belief in a non-verifiable concept of merit and heaven: “If I die fighting for God, then I will go to heaven, because God wants this act to happen”. The third is a staunch belief that “my way is the only way”. The fourth factor is ignoring human values in order to achieve a goal and fifth, the lack of respect for life itself.
Terrorism is based on a concept of God favouring some and being angry at others.
This notion undermines the omnipresence and omnipotence of God. How can an omnipresent God exclude some people or be angry? Anger and frustration arise when someone is unable to do something or control something. With this limited idea of God, you become the ‘saviour’ of God rather than His servant.
Terrorism fails to recognise that God loves variety and diversity; that many different schools of thought exist in this world. It has no respect for life. Terrorism arises when someone identifies himself first and foremost as member of a  particular religion, and is prepared to give up his life for that limited identity. We need first to identify ourselves as part of the Divine and then, as human beings.

How can terrorism be prevented?
As long as there is limited understanding and wisdom, there is no way we can rid this world of terrorism. We have to broaden our vision and educate people in all the different religious and cultural traditions of the world. Religious and spiritual leaders, in particular, should have a broad understanding of cultures and religions. Every mullah, every priest and rabbi should know something about all other religions. If we learn to broaden our vision and deepen our roots, we will not fall into a narrow idea of the will of God. Of course, it’s not just religion that makes people become terrorists; there can be social and political reasons also.
Life has to be valued more than race, religion and culture. Next, education in the human values of friendship, compassion, cooperation, a sense of belonging and spirituality is necessary. Spirituality nourishes human values of compassion, love, caring, sharing and acceptance.
Spirituality is all about finding the way to calm the mind and go deep in your prayers, irrespective of the kind of prayer or religion you follow. It is honouring values found in all religions.
Learn how to cope with the stress of life. Stress and tension are the root cause of violence. Have a sense of belonging to this planet and all peoples. Cultivate confidence in achieving a noble goal in a peaceful, non-violent manner. Finally, understand that only spiritual awakening can weed out destructive tendencies in the human mind.


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  • 1. Renee Richa Hill  |  June 16, 2008 at 4:29 am

    I think that this arcticle about terrorism and preventing it is very true as because lack of understandin leads to conflicts and people often forget human values at this stage thus leading to innocent life being lost……very well written and hope people read and understand and put stop to terrorism and bring unity all at once


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