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ByDr. S. Ignacimuthu   posted on01 Feb, 12 12943 Views 0 Comments Main Feature Add to favorite

Brotherhood



“The crest and crowning of all good is brotherhood.” – Edwin Markham

We are all brothers and sisters because of our common origin. We all have a spark of divinity. We all have a common human nature. We all belong to the same human family. We are dependent on one another for our existence and survival.

Brotherhood recognizes human rights and is aware of its obligations. It works for the enjoyment of human rights by all. Brotherhood cultivates an esteem, respect and love for all the people. It works for the betterment of society. It strives to give equal opportunities for all. Brotherhood expresses concern for those in distress or sorrow; it takes steps to alleviate their sufferings. Brotherhood involves itself in active works for the eradication of misery.

It promotes sympathy, unity and understanding among all the members. Fights against practices that are derogatory to women, for example, and shows concern for the good of all. It involves truly, works unselfishly and helps unceasingly.

Brotherhood seeks reconciliation. It does not indulge in slander, backbiting, jealousy and adverse criticism. Instead, radiates peace, concord and harmony. It transcends religious, linguistic, regional and sectional diversities to foster peace, unity and love between all people.

Parable

An ancient rabbi once asked his pupils how they could tell when the night ended and the day was on its way back. “Could it be,” asked one student, “when you can see an animal in the distance and tell whether it is a sheep or a dog?” “No,” answered the rabbi. “Could it be,” asked another, “when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it is a fig tree or a peach tree?” “No,” said the rabbi. “Well, then, when is it?” his pupils asked. “It is when you can look on the face of any man and see that he is your brother. If you cannot do this, then no matter what time it is, it is still night.”

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