Turquoise Harmony Institute (THI) in collaboration with the Department of Religious Affairs at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) recently hosted the, ‘Our Common Humanity’ event that included a range of religious and inter cultural leaders, on the 23rd of March, 2016.
The event was held at the THI offices. Peace and harmony were only what permeated the atmosphere as individuals embraced different cultural beliefs and customs.
“Too often the world is in plague in power. Power becomes a problem when the ego tries to co-opt it. The spiritual journey is a humbling one firstly, and the realisation should be that power isn’t about me or mine or thane,” observed Yashika Singh, the head of the Religious Affairs department at the SABC.
“Spiritual intelligence is found in all parts and it transcends barriers and boundaries, therefore, real power comes from the soul, and it’s a combination of stillness and dynamism. When leaders truly understand what they are about and their purpose, it comes from them taking responsibility from the soul, and it isn’t just for their growth, it’s for the growth of everyone,” she noted.
“When we are leaders we are here for humanity, and the space of defining who we are in our common humanity, is our values: love, peace, truth and righteousness,” Singh emphasised.
Religious leaders present at the event agreed that only by overcoming our differences as a whole, would we be able to reconstruct the bridge of divisions. We would need to look pass our religions and races as we are all human.
Mr Mokgoshi A. Mathibe said “We need to look at the life and light in people and not their skin colour. The colour of the skin has nothing to with humanity it is the product of the environment. We are fighting over form and not substance, in substance we are one and the same.”
Participants hailing from various religious backgrounds also shared with guests their traditional customs that form part of their heritage, which which are similarly used to bring together people closer by promoting friendships, embracing love, peace and harmony in humanity.
One needs to develop an understanding, acquire knowledge of others and develop better tolerance, so that one does not look at the physical characteristics of others, rather the inner-characteristics which requires dialogue and as Ms. Amina Frense –Ex Journalist and News Editor for SABC pointed out that this also requires action at the end of the day.
The religious leaders concluded in that we all need to work together in order to acknowledge and embrace different cultural values and beliefs as a way of bringing different communities closer.
It was suggested that religious leaders must intervene when things take a turn for the worse. We need to be able to be with one another without trying to change the other person in anyway. As an individual you need to realise, that you do not exist on your own, what you do and say has an effect not just on you but on the universe as well.