‘Fellowship of Religions’ is a ‘multi-religious and a mini encyclopedia’, on the diverse dimensions of fellowship among religions, or better, among believers of diverse religions and even much beyond. All traditions of faith, ideology and culture are the ‘gifts of the same Creator or God’ and they are the ‘shared cultural heritage of the human society’. ‘Sharing in’ the values of the faith of the other, while ‘sharing with’ others the values of one’s faith, is the sublime culture of a true believer, may he or she be affiliated to any tradition. In other words, ‘faith meets faith’, or better, ‘believers meet believers’ is the spiritual drive that leads believers to the attainment of ‘fellowship of religions’.
'Fellowship of Religions', as a phrase, admittedly, is fairly a new concept for the religious world and it brings to light a meaningful, elevated and a pleasing idea, and therefore a well welcome idea, too. Without a doubt, communication among people of diverse traditions of faith, ideologies and civilizations, and for that matter, even among people who claim no religion, has been prevailing in the world from time immemorial, in some way or other. Definitely, various modes of relations, even exchange of views, among groups and communities of religious, ethnic and social affiliations were very much present in India, too.
'Fellowship of Religions',Sarup Book Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2020
DESH EK, EK HEIN HUM SAB – (Book published by GenNext Publication / Gyan books Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, in 2019, under the auspices of Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies, New Delhi)
Desh Ek, Ek Hein Hum Sab (Country is One, We All are One) is a collection of 125 poems in Hindi on ‘communal harmony and national integration’ by over 100 poets of the country. The idea of the book was conceived, the work was coordinated and the book was edited by Dr M. D. Thomas. The forward, messages and the editorial elaborate the core objective of the book, substantially well. The poems in the book critique, in a thought-provoking way, the strange and silly ways in which people have understood their religions. In response, they present revolutionary and motivating insights for coming out of one’s respective small niches of caste, class, faith, and the like, in view of unlearning and re-learning the religious and social phenomenon of life, so as to make it a blessing rather than a fatal liability.
Further, diversity is the unique identity of India, more than any country in the world. ‘Unity’ is that element which establishes a connection between various items of diversity and makes sense out of them. The Constitution of India underlines 'secularism' as the basis of equality among different social groups and as the element that balances it with the distinctiveness of every individual and communal entity. This exactly is the soul of democracy, as well. 'Indianness' is simply the delicious fruit of good will, interaction, friendship, fellowship and partnership among communities of diverse affiliations. The spirit of ‘solidarity’ among one and all is the path towards ‘communal harmony’ and ‘national unity’.
Communities of all compositions, like caste, class, creed, language, gender, region, ideology, culture, food and costumes, have to conduct themselves in an inclusive, collaborative and mutually enriching manner. Only such a style of living with each other will take the citizens and communities of the country towards larger horizons, and eventually towards the sublime realization that the ‘oneness of the country and the unity of the citizens’ are the culminating attainment as regards ‘nationality and citizenship’. This is the logic of the book as well as the objective as well as vision of its Editor. Obviously, the book strives to achieve ‘harmony and peace’ among religious and social communities as the right stepping stone to harmonious living as citizens of the same country. The book is sure to contribute to the social, cultural, national and spiritual wellbeing of the citizens of India, of any country for that matter, through the spirit of communal harmony and national integration.
'Desh Ek, Ek Hein Hum Sab', GenNext Publication / Gyan books Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, 2019
MOOLYA BIBLE KE – (Book published by PILGRIMS PUBLISHING, Varanasi/Delhi, in 2016)
Universal Values of the Bible in 1010 couples and 11 melodies
Moolya Bible Ke (Values of the Bible) is a poetic and musical rendering of the universal values of the Bible in Hindi. It is an amazing compendium of 1010 dohaas (couplets) and 11 musical compositions, in a two-in-one texture.
The composition of the dohaas is inspired by the characteristically classical as well as popular style of the mystic poet Kabeer, but certainly in the setting of the modern Hindi poetry. The musical
compositions are done in the mood and flavor of the ragas of the Hindustani classical music, as well.
Obviously, the values of the Bible derive mainly from the person and teachings of the great Master Jesus. The values of Jesus Christ offer a wholesome experience of life and the poetic genre of 'dohaa' presents a powerful expression of the same. Read more...
'Moolya Bible Ke', Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi/Delhi, 2016