A Short History of Interfaith
Interfaith of Topeka had its roots in the old Topeka Council of Churches and grew into its own in the fall of 1978.
We strive to serve the Creator by bringing together people of various religious faiths and backgrounds in an effort to enrich commun- ications and dialogue among people of faith and, in so doing, have a positive effect on the overall quality of life in Topeka.
All religious faiths, individuals, and organizations of the Greater Topeka area that agree with our stated purpose and goals and are willing to make appropriate financial commitment to our work are invited to join.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Committee was chaired by Rev. Janet Crowl, Chaplain at Midland Care Connection, member First Baptist Church.
Translation for Hindu Peace Mantras
1. Auspiciousness (swasti) be unto all; peace (shanti) be unto all; fullness (poornam) be unto all; prosperity (mangalam) be unto all.
May all be happy! (sukhinah) May all be free from disabilities! (niraamayaah) May all look (pashyantu)to the good of others! May none suffer from sorrow! (duhkha)
2. Lead us from the unreal to the Real…From darkness to Light… From death to Immortality.
3. That (pure consciousness) is full (perfect); this (the manifest universe of matter; of names and forms being maya) is full. This fullness has been project-ed from that fullness. When this fullness merges in that fullness, all that re-mains is fullness. – Peace invocation -Isa Upanishad
4. May Mitra, Varuna and Aryama be good to us! May Indra and Brihaspati and Vishnu of great strides be good to us! Prostrations unto Brahman! (Supreme Reality). Prostrations to Thee, O Vayu! Thou art the visible Brah-man. I shall proclaim Thee as the visible Brahman. I shall call Thee the just and the True. May He protect the teacher and me! May he protect the teacher! Om peace, peace, peace!
5. May He protect us both (teacher and the taught)! May He cause us both to enjoy the bliss of Mukti (liberation)! May we both exert to discover the true meaning of the sacred scriptures! May our studies be fruitful! May we never quarrel with each other! Let there be threefold peace.
6. O Supreme Lord, Thy celestial regions are full of peace and harmony; peace reigns on Thy earth and Thy waters. Thy herbs and trees are full of peace. All Thy forces of nature are full of peace and harmony. There is peace and perfec-tion in Thy eternal knowledge; everything in the universe is peaceful, and peace pervades everywhere. O Lord, may that peace come to me!
May peace radiate there in the whole sky as well as in the vast ethereal space everywhere. May peace reign all over this earth, in water and in all herbs, trees and creepers. May peace flow over the whole universe. May peace be in the Su-preme Being Brahman. And may there always exist in all peace and peace alone.â€”Swami Abhedananda, Ramakrishna Vedanta Math, India)
Om peace, peace and peace to us and all beings!