This slim book is comprised of quotes and stories to illustrate the author’s belief that the world’s religions share much in common.
Daljit Singh Jawa posits that all religions “at their core” “try to teach their followers common basic good values, such as honesty, truthful living, love kindness and compassion.” He believes all people are good and want to “love and be loved,” which is reflected in their religious beliefs and written traditions.
The book is divided into five sections: “Loving Kindness”; “Serving Others”; “Faith in One Supreme Being”; Humility and Acceptance of God’s Will”; and “Evil Passions.” Each chapter within these sections begins with a brief introduction, then offers quotes from various religions that support the section’s theme. For example, in the “Loving Kindness” chapter, Jawa offers quotes from Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism, Judaism and Baha’i—all proclaiming the importance of showing kindness and compassion.
Fictional stories reflecting the theme follow, written by Jawa based on “stories read or heard during my school days,” or adapted “from various internet sites.” For example, in stories in the section on humility and acceptance: A Guru massages the feet of one who sought to overthrow him; an arrogant woman is humbled by the humility shown her by the prophet Mohammad; a wise maid, in the face of imminent punishment for a misdeed, recites the Qur’an and proves herself worthy of forgiveness and freedom, etc.
The author has tackled a timely subject; information abounds on the topic of a “one world religion,” where all beliefs are brought together in a common language for a common good. Indeed, his quotes and stories—well written and generally interesting—help readers make connections they might otherwise have missed. But his approach also seems simplistic, as there are daunting obstacles to overcoming the conflicting beliefs and cultural priorities that prevent inter-faith understanding.
Nonetheless, his hypothesis may interest those longing for universal reconciliation, who will find some solace in these pages.
Also available as an ebook.