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Prayers of 11 Faiths

These prayers from around the world were read by audience members during the opening ceremony of the First International Congress of the World Fellowship of Faiths in 1936.

Buddhist:
All praise be to the Lord, the Holy One, per-
fect in wisdom. I go to the Enlightened One for refuge. I go
to the Law for refuge. I go to the Brotherhood for refuge.

Christian:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be
Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth as
it is in Heaven.

Confucian:
Oh, revere! Oh, revere! God is glorious.
Help me to bear this burden on my shoulders and show
me the glorious virtue and conduct.

Hindu:
Let us meditate upon the adorable light of the
Divine Vivifier, May He direct our minds.

Jain:
Adoration to the Lord, the Destroyer of foes, the
Supreme God, the King of those who have attained Victory.

Jewish:
Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is
One. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart
and with all thy soul and with all thy might.

Moslem (Muslim):
There is no Deity but God. All
praise be to God, the Lord of all the worlds. The Merciful,
the Compassionate, the Master of the Day of Judgment.

Shinto:
All ye men who dwell under heaven! Regard all
beings as your brothers and sisters. You will then enjoy this
divine country, free from hate and sorrow.

Sikh:
The One Supreme Being, whose name is Eternal
Truth, the Creator, the Spirit, devoid of fear and enmity,
Immortal, Unborn, Self-Existent, the Enlightener, the
Bestower of Grace — Glory be to Him.

Tao:
To know the Eternal is enlightenment. The Divine
Way is the asylum of all things — the good man’s treasure,
the bad man’s last resort.

Zoroastrian:
Blessed was the Thought, and blessed was the Word and blessed
was the Deed of the Holy One.
Purity is the best gift. Happiness is to him who is pure for
the sake of purity.

Printed in Science of Mind magazine, January 1936

 

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