Tuesday, August 21, 2012


http://twocircles.net - Imphal: Muslims in Manipur joined their brethrens in other parts of India in celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on 20 August 2012, which marked the end of the holy month of Ramzan. Muslims gathered at masjids and idgahs, and performed Id namaz. Considering the unfortunate developments of violence in Assam and some other parts of India, Muslims prayed for communal peace and harmony. However, the festive mood was dampened by the rain. 
At Imphal, Eid prayers were held at some of the prominent masjids. Chief Minister O. Ibobi visited the historic Sadar Bazar Jame Masjid and greeted the Muslims gathered there for the Eid prayers. Mass prayers were also held at Hafiz Hatta Masjid, Pormopat Masjid (regarded as the oldest masjid in Manipur), Babupara Masjid, among others. Muslims wholeheartedly prayed for peace and harmony in the State as well as in this country. An Imam of a mosque said, "We prayed to the Almighty on this auspicious occasion to restore peace and communal harmony in this country." Call for peace and harmony also marked Eid-ul-Fitr greetings.

Greeting the Muslims on the occasion, Governor of Manipur, Gurbhachan Jagat stated that the month-long fasting before this Holy Festival is an exhortation to mankind to perform deeds of high value, because, in doing so, the excellence of our soul is enhanced. The holy festival spreads the message of peace, brotherhood and universal love which is the prerequisite during the present period of disarray, he added. 
On this auspicious occasion, as recipients of God's love, we should resolve to condition our social demeanour so as to preserve and disseminate the message of peace, friendship and universal love,' he said. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, addressing the Muslims at Jame Masjid, also called on the people of the State to maintain peace and harmony cutting across communal and religious affiliations. However, a young Muslim, who is studying in a madrasa in South India, expressed serious concern and disappointment at the outbreak of senseless threats and violence in some of the cities in mainland India. He said, “We prayed to Allah to restore peace and harmony in this country. We sincerely hope people will unite, shun violence and live in peace and harmony.”

Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan - the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, was celebrated in Delhi, the national capital of India. Chairperson of Manipur State Minorities Commission, A Halim Choudhury, urged the Manipuris to retain the characteristics of modesty, nobility and calm and promote peaceful co-existence among the various communities. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit exhorted one and all to celebrate Eid as it helps in cementing the bonds of unity, harmony and brotherhood. These can be easily achieved when we realize that we are all spiritual beings within material bodies, and we should not be bound to material denominations.

To determine the root-cause of unrest we ought first to determine the meaning of the self. I strongly believe, that ignorance of our real-self is the cause of unrest, discord and anxiety. The real-self is not the physical tabernacle. It is something other than the gross and subtle bodies. We consider the body to be the person, as long as we observe consciousness in it. ... The conscious entity (Soul) is designated as 'Atman' in Indian scriptures. 'Atman' is indestructible, it has no origin and no end. If we plunge deep into the matter, we can trace our existence with the Absolute Conscious Principle, whom we call Godhead, the Fountain Source of innumerable conscious units. ... Individuals are points of rays emanating from Him and as such one of His external co-existing potencies. Individuals cannot live independently. They are all interconnected and co-existing though retaining their own individual characteristics.

Śrīla Bhakti Dayita Madhava Mahārāja :
“Realistic Solution for Diverse Humanity”
Speech at a ‘Spiritual Summit Conference’
1968 Calcutta. - Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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