My heart has wept many times over the last few years over the seemingly endless and violent conflicts between some of the worlds religious traditions and cultures. Like so many others, I have yearned to find a way to help bring about peace between the faiths. From this place of deep yearning, I began developing an interfaith daily practice to see if I could personally find and affirm an energetic harmony between the traditions. To my amazement the practices of the different faiths that I was exploring merged into one long beautiful sacred dance of movement, meditation, contemplation, chanting, and visualization. As part of this sacred dance I was guided to look up the words for peace in different languages and was further moved to develop an Interfaith and Integral Spirituality iPeace Mantra which I now perform several times a day.
This iPeace Mantra that emerged from my practice is a compilation of eight words for PEACE from eight different languages used to represent the eight major streams of world religions: Primal Traditions, Paganism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. The words are arranged in the chronological/historical order of the emergence of each of these faiths. The purpose and intent of this mantra is to nurture and amplify personal and collective peace.
The eight words of the iPeace Mantra are:
Sipala Sith Shanti Shalom T'ai Sidi Pax Salaam.
Sipala is the Hopi word for peace and represents the Primal Traditions (Shamanic , Aboriginal, etc).
Sith is the Gaelic word for peace and represents the Pagan Traditions (Goddess, Druid, Celtic, Wicca , Greek, etc.).
Shanti is the Hindi word for peace and represents the Hindu and Sikh traditions.
Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace and represents the Judaic and Kabbalistic traditions.
T’ai is a Chinese word for peace and represents the Taoist and Confucian traditions.
Sidi is the Tibetan word for peace and represents the Buddhist tradition.
Pax is the Latin word for peace and represents Christianity .
Salaam is the Aramaic word for peace and represents Islam and Sufism.
As part of this practice, I also developed the above iPeace Mandala with the words of the iPeace Mantra and symbols from each tradition set within a mandala pattern created by a dear friend of mine, artist Maja Apolonia Rode.
The iPeace Mantra and Mandala can be found at the iPeace Project web page.