Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Readings may be read by representatives of various faiths and traditions as they pour water into a common bowl.Universal Peace Federation
Invocation Let the water wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds nurtured over generations. May it melt the memory of our own pain.Let our hearts,nourished bythe water of life,blossom in beauty.Our world awaits the waterthat each of us can bring.
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Buddhist Reading The falling drops of water will in time fill a water-jar. Even so the wise man becomes full of good, although he gather it little by little. - Dhammapada 121 & 122
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Christian Readings Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. - John 4:14 To the thirsty I will give from the fountain of the water of life. - Revelation 1:6
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Confucian Reading When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved. When true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, then the heart is set right. When the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated. when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated. When the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly. And when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in the world.
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Hindu Prayer May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also.
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Jewish Readings Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all they do, they prosper. - Psalm 1:1-3 Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! - Amos 5:4
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Muslim Reading Allah has created from water every living creature: so of them is that which walks upon its belly, and of them is that which walks upon two feet, and of them is that which walks upon four; Allah creates what He pleases; surely Allah has power over all things. - Quran 24.45
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Sikh Reading The sea, the dry land, and the lakes are filled with the Water of the Lords Name; no place is left empty. The Creator has showered His Kindness; He cherishes and nurtures all beings and creatures. He is Merciful, Kind and Compassionate. All are satisfied and fulfilled through Him. The woods, the meadows and the three worlds (water, land and air) have been filled with life. - Guru Granth Sahib Ji 103
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Dalai Lama The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universalGeneva, Switzerland responsibility for one another and the planet we share. We have a responsibility to look after our planet. It is our only home.
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony London, EnglandMartin Luther King, Jr.We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the sea like fish,but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers. .
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Rumi Water said to the defiled, "Hurry come to me." The defiled replied, "But I feel ashamed before the water." Water said, "But without me how will you wash your shame?Bergamo, Italy How will your filth be removed?"
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Bangkok, ThailandLao TsuNothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water.Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong,none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it.So the flexible overcome the adamant,the yielding overcome the forceful.
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Leonardo da Vinci When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before And the first of what is still to come. -Rome, Italy
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Mahatma Gandhi: We may not be God, but we are of God, even as a little drop of water is of the ocean.Washington, DC, USA
Water of Life Interfaith CeremonyNew Delhi, IndiaMother TeresaI alone cannot change the world,but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.
Water of Life Interfaith CeremonyNelson MandelaLet there be work, bread, water, andsalt for all New York City, USA
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Zen Buddhist saying Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Water of Life Interfaith Ceremony Antoine de Saint- Exupery True love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is itsBudapest, Hungary flow.
When you drink the water, remember the spring. Universal Peace Federation www.upf.org