Thought of the Day

As written at Prashanthi Nilayam on 12 - 5 - 2021

All founders of religions heard the impersonal voice of God revealing Atma that activates the entire Creation. Just as Vedas were 'heard' and propagated as 'heard' (Sruti), Quran too was 'heard' by Hazrath Muhammad. The Quran has Salat and Zakat as two eyes. Salat means prayer; Zakat means charity. Those who consider charity as a high duty and elevate their consciousness through prayers and continuous meditation on God are Muslims. Islam is a word which denotes not a particular religion but a state of mind, a state of total surrender to the Will of God. Islam means dedication, surrender, peace, tranquillity. Islam denotes a community whose members achieved supreme peace through surrender to the All-Merciful, All-Powerful God and who vowed to live in peace with their fellowmen. Later, it came to be applied to communities that considered themselves separate and different from the rest. Islam taught something higher. It directed attention to One in the many, Unity in Diversity and led people to God. (Divine Discourse, Jul 12, 1983)
- Baba