Different religions at the confluence of kind hearts of similarity
- Pope Francis and party held a meeting with the Sayadaws of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee at the Wizaya Mingala Dhamma Hall at the Kaba Aye Hill in Yangon. It is assumed that similar statements which have emerged from the leaders of different religions underscore the importance of religions in people’s lives. Sayadaw Dr. Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa, Chairman of the State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee said, “There is no doubt that fundamental principles of every religion are based on loving and kindness to each other, individual households, societies, citizens and states will be able to co-exist peacefully. By committing peaceful coexistence among states, global peace can be achieved certainly.” This highlights that religions are of importance in people’s lives.
The Pontiff also said, “It can be said we are fulfilling their hope by asserting the same voice of confirmation on basic personal integrity, peace and justice.” Dr. Bhaddanta Kumara Bhivamsa said that members of different faiths urgently needed to build mutual understanding, respect and trust among themselves in order to obtain a peaceful, secure and prosperous human society. These are admonitions from the two religious leaders for different believers to abide by in human societies.
The Chairman of State Sangha Maha Nayaka also pointed out, “All our religious leaders are required to teach authenticities of their respective religions to followers, without bearing any grudges in minds. All must denounce all kinds of hate speech, false propaganda, conflicts and wars under the pretext of religion and strongly condemn those who support any such activities.”
The Pope said, “Our sermons teach us to live in peace and unity, so we are to strive ourselves to overcome ignorance, intolerance, misunderstanding and hatred.” We must keep the Pontiff’s teachings in our mind that there seems to be similarities between Buddha’s sayings included in the Dhammapada and the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Papal assertion saying, “Let us lend our hands to Catholic Christians or Buddhists who are striving to augment the compatibility and compassion among the societies of mankind,” is pointing out to all of us at the right path we need to tread on.