Just think of Islam: – Islam makes all its followers EQUAL that is the peculiar excellence of Mohammedanism. In many places in Koran you find very sensual ideals of life. What Mohammedanism comes to preach to the world is this practical brotherhood of all belongings to their faith. That is the essential part of the Mohammedan religion, and all other ideas, about heaven and life and so forth, are not real Mohammedanism. They are accretions.
With the Hindus: – There is one great idea: SPIRITUALITY. The spirit must be divine and spirit as such must not be identified with the physical world. The idea of unity, of the realization of GOD, the omniscient, the omnipotent, the Omnipresent, the omnibenevolent, and the Omni truth is preached throughout. All the heavens that ever existed are here in this world. Humans have to only realize it. Renunciation and Spirituality are the two great ideas of Hindus.
With the Christians: – The central idea that has been preached by them is “Watch and Pray, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Which means purify your mind and be ready. Christians have always tried to prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord by trying to help others, building hospitals and so on.
Therefore all these religions are different forces in the economy of GOD, working for the good of mankind, and not one can be ignored. The ideal, which every religion represents, is never lost, and so every religion is intelligently on the march. The UNIVERSAL RELIGION about which philosophers and others have dreamt in every country already exists. As the universal brotherhood of people already exists, so also does the universal religion. Only there are number of persons who fail to see this and upset it by crying for new brotherhoods. The Universal religion too already exists.
If the priests and other people who have taken upon themselves the task of preaching different religions simply cease preaching for a few moments, we shall see that Universal Religion is there. They are disturbing it all the time, because it is to their interest. Not only must they have the spiritual ideas, they also must come to you according your own method. They must speak your own language, the language of your soul, and then alone will they satisfy you. When the person comes who speaks my language and gives me the truth in my language, I at once understand it and receive it forever. This is a great fact.
Religion of the Universe: – Like the Bee, gathering honey from different flowers, the wise man accepts the essence of different scriptures and sees only the good in all religions. There is only one religion, though there are hundred versions of it. All mystics speak the same language, for they come from the same country. Every prophet and every saint hath a way, but it leads to GOD; all the ways are really one. There are so many who can believe one thing at a time. I am so made as to rejoice in the many and behold the beauty of the one in the many. Hence my natural affinity to many religions; in them all I see revelation of the one spirit. And deep in my heart is the conviction that I am a servant of all prophets.
Following are the three forms of the Universal GOD:
G – Generator – We are all given life by our Generator called GOD
O – Operator – All our lives are being sustained by one Operator called GOD
D – Destroyer – All our lives are destroyed in the end by one Destroyer called GOD
Why there is rivalry in religion? Rivalry in religion is meaningless. There can be no rivalry in true religion. Rivalry is due to two things – want of knowledge and lack of sympathy. Sometimes there is lack of sympathy and often there is lack of both. Religion, which was meant to be bond of union, has become a source of sectarian strife’s.
Why have so many lost faiths in religion, today? People have lost faith in religion because religion has been separated from life. Religion will come in to existence when people will learn to live amicably and helpfully with their fellow men. Civilization is sinking, for there is lack of unity in our lives. Civilization may be saved if life is built in the vision of the One-in-all.