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Unity in this Diversity

 

Religious Symbols in a Circle

 

Our competitive nature often drives us to assert superiority in whatever activity we're involved in – striving to be the better than all the others. Religion is no exception. Swami Sivananda, a great twentieth century sage simply and eloquently shows us another perspective in this little essay:

"The essentials of all religions are the same, serve, love give, purify, meditate (pray) and realize. Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate. Inquire "Who am I?", know the Self (God), and be free. Love all, serve all, serve the Lord in all. Speak the truth, be pure, be humble. Concentrate, meditate (pray), and attain Self-realization (salvation).

These are the essentials of all religions. Customs, conventions, and ceremonies are non-essentials.

Prayer, fasting, charity and pilgrimage are the first steps in all religions.

Be tolerant, be universal, have a broad outlook. Respect all prophets, all saints, all messengers of God. All saints speak the same language (the language of love). All religions lead to God. Remember this point well and live in peace and harmony with all."