I am a Buddhist, and I follow the teaching of Buddha. As far as I learned I came to feel upset for today conflicts between religions. As learned from Buddha, he taught as to practice the four-immeasurables which are –
1) Loving-kindness (Metta)
2) Compassion (Karuna)
3) Empathetic joy (Mudita)
4) Equanimity (Upekkha)
Loving-kindness is hoping someone or everyone fine; “the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy.”
Compassion is hoping a person’s sufferings to diminish; “the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering.”
Empathetic joy is feeling joy in the accomplishments of a person, another; “the wholesome attitude of rejoicing in the happiness and virtues of all sentient beings.”
Equanimity is learning to accept loss and gain, good-repute and ill-repute, praise and censure, sorrow and happiness. Equanimity is “not to distinguish between friend, enemy or stranger, but regard every sentient being as equal. It is a clear-minded tranquil state of mind—not being overpowered by delusions, mental dullness or agitation.”
Then so if we practice and try to have such four-kind of wholesome mental state. No kinds of wars and conflict could not be happened. To stop all kind of wars and conflicts between religions; we need to feel loving-kindness to same people; we need to feel compassion for suffering people and need to help them by we can; we need to feel Empathetic joy of anyone’s success and need to say congratulation to them if needed; then we need to learn to accept loss and gain of our life and need to accept the human right which we don’t distinguish and don’t discriminate people.
For every problems, there is a solution. But the solution must have small bad effects to victims. As long as we have mental states of four immeasurables, we don’t look down to anyone and any religions and we live in life with happiness.
Author: Aung Kham
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