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Summer3

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Do you think it is high time for people not to be divided by religious distinctions and the idea of calling people Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Bhuddists,  Free thinkers, etc ?
 Even among each religion there are further sub groups etc.
Should we not wake up and grow and treat all religions as ours?
There is too much emphasis given on such distinctions which has not worked well as Religion has become Political these days.
Personally I love to go to whichever place of worship I like and jump from a temple to a mosque to a church etc.
 
Here is an article by the Great Swami Vivekananda.
 
 
 

The Ideal of a Universal Religion


THE IDEAL OF A UNIVERSAL RELIGION

by Swami Vivekananda


    Whatever we experience through our senses is marked by the constant inter-play of opposites, forces of attraction and repulsion or centripetal and centrifugal forces in the external world; or love and hate, or good and evil, in the internal world of our minds. This conflict is particularly marked in the field of religion. Religion expresses itself at three levels, the philosophical, the mythological or historical, and the ritualistic. Each of these three levels is marked by the same conflict of opposites, often taking positions of violent extremes. The greatest harm comes from the fanatic. We may not doubt the sincerity of the fanatic but often he has the irresponsibility of a lunatic. The fanatic is the greatest enemy of mankind.

    Given these cleavages, is the idea of the universal religion realistic or just idealistic ? But behind all these differences, we must recognise a deeper level of commonality that suggests that the universal religion already exists, and is constantly evolving and taking clearer shape. No two persons are exactly alike, yet, despite these differences, there is
a common thread of humanity.

    "If I am sure of anything, it is this humanity, which is common to all .... So it is with the universal religion, which runs through all the various religions of the world in the form of God; it must and does exist through eternity. 'I am the thread that runs through all these pearls... ' (Gita) and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof, only the majority of mankind is entirely unconscious of it ....."

      How do we cope with differences ? The only rational way is to accept them, not only
as inevitable, but essential. "One must learn that truth may be expressed in a hundred thousand different ways, and that each of these ways is true as far as it goes. We must learn that the same thing can be viewed from a hundred different standpoints, and yet
be the same thing .... "

    "Suppose we all go with vessels in our hands to draw water from the lake. One has a cup, another a jar, another a bucket, and so forth, and we all fill our vessels. The water
in each case takes the form of the vessel carried by each of us, but in every case, water, and nothing but water is in the vessel..... God is like that water filling these different vessels, and in each vessel, the vision of God comes in the form of the vessel.
Yet He is One......."

    "But is there any way of practically working out this harmony in religions ? ... I have also my little plan ... In the first place, I would ask mankind to recognise the maxim :
'Do not destroy'. Iconoclastic religions do no good to this world...... Secondly, take a
man where he stands, and from there give him a lift. If it be true that God is at the
centre of all religions, and that each of us is moving along one of these radii, then
it is certain that all of us must reach that centre. At the centre, where all radii meet,
all our differences will cease; but until we reach there, differences there must be ...... "

    While the human mind and inclination occur in an innumerable variety, four broad
types of men may be recognised for practical purposes : the man of action, the man of emotion, the mystic or man of spirit, and the philosopher or man of intellect. Religion must offer a path for each type to follow, suited to the nature of each type. Ancient religion in India offered four such paths, known as Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Jnana Yoga. These paths transform the selfish to the selfless and lead to Yoga or Union or Realisation of the ultimate Truth.

    "It is imperative that all these Yogas should be carried out in practice. Mere theories about them will not do any good. ... Religion is realisation, not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories, however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming changed into what it believes. That is religion

- Swami Vivekananda



Edited by Summer3 - 17 January 2010 at 6:35am

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Originally posted by baddie

Hinduism is the most tolerant of all religions and I am a Hindu but if someone comes in my backyard and tries converting me into any other religion, I will not take it lying down.
Tell me, how many times have we heard of Hindus trying to convert a person of any other religion??
 
No more comments from me on this sensitive topic.
I think from young everyone should be taught that all religions are the same and there should be no distinction. But most grown ups do not think the same.
That is why human beings should stop calling themselves Hindus or Muslims etc.

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Originally posted by cuckoocutter

Originally posted by Summer3

I think from young everyone should be taught that all religions are the same and there should be no distinction. But most grown ups do not think the same.
That is why human beings should stop calling themselves Hindus or Muslims etc.
 
good luck with that. someone do that, he shld be gettin a statue erected all fer hisself on times sqTongue
 
meanwhile there is theory n then there is practice. in theory, ppl might claim diff religions to be variations on the same moral themes (though i dont buy even that). howvr in practice, they r vastly different, with different prescriptions fer how they require one to lead one's life n more imp how they require OTHERS to lead their life. it's the second part i find scary with certain religins coz the attempt is to explicitly encroach on othr ppl's way of life/ belief systems/ freedom.  Smile
 
bottom line, ppl arent abt to give up their bad religin habits, n i aint wantin them to push their habits on me. so gettin to be good buddies with othr religins likely aint happenin Smile 
Well hopefully we can move towards it. sometimes the so called "modern civilization" is all a farce.
Problem is even saints have failed to unite people.
But I am talking about all religions coming under a Single International Body perhaps so that whichever faith is practised it is still considered as One and the Same religion.
Idea could be refined further I guess.

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As a start a common universal symbol would be good I think.

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