This Easter Sunday, our hearts are with our Christian brothers and sisters all over the world, and especially the people of Sri Lanka. We are shocked and heartbroken to read news of coordinated Easter attacks on three churches and three hotels in the cities of Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa, which took the lives of over 200 innocent people.
Mahatma Gandhi once reflected on the meaning of Easter thus:
"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."
Lord Krishna echoes a similar message when he tells Arjuna in the Gita (6.30):
“Who sees Me everywhere, and sees all in Me, him I lose not, nor will he lose Me.”
May we find the strength and wisdom to see ourselves and to see God reflected in the faces of all around us. Once enveloped in such a radical love and empathy, may we pray for lasting peace on our planet.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti. Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
The photo depicts an Easter celebration in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, in 2016. Source