Unity of religions: certainly no confusion

Executive Director of the Planetary Development Institute


Единство религий или путаницаWhen Christians or Muslims in India were criticized for violating Sarva Dharma Sambhava? Does this mean that they never violated it? If the principle of Sarva Dharma Sambhava is not applicable to them, then why should we interpret this in the spirit that all religions are the same? Under the guise of religious tolerance, this idea of ??equality of religions is used to prevent the study of religious dogmas of Hinduism. Hindus are encouraged to accept the Bible or the Koran as true scriptures, even without looking at what these books actually say. If Hindus look at other religions in a critical light, however sensible, courteous or objective they are, they are called communal. It turns out that the principle of religious equality, instead of uniting all religious groups, serves as a sanction for their separation. Expansive religions can remain expansive, and passive religions should not try to defend themselves. Each religion is sanctified for what it historically has done, and religions are given the freedom to act without questions under the veil of faith. What is the alternative? How can we reach an understanding of the level of influence of religion and social harmony among religious groups that often have completely different, if not hostile, beliefs? Unity of religions or confusion.

Единство религий или путаницаLet the pope, patriarch, mufti or mullah proclaim that one can find God without Jesus or Muhammad, the Bible or the Koran. If they do not say such things, how can anyone state that all religions are the same? Monotheistic world religions, based on time, place and man, contain much that is not universal on a global scale, that is, for all people. The peculiarity of their beliefs historically led them to force measures to influence other religions, and these measures can be called adharmic.

Actually, this requires tolerance among religions, which implies respect for diversity in the religious sphere. Members of different religious communities must recognize that other religions can preach something very different from their understanding of God, truth, salvation or liberation. Instead of pretending that these differences do not exist, we must recognize them and give people the freedom to study them. Equality of religions should not be confused with tolerance. We must endure all people, even if they do not agree with us. Tolerance to differences ensures harmony, and does not create the illusion that there is no difference between religions. In fact, if we tolerate only people, but try to make them the same as we are, we are not altogether tolerant. Similarly, the adherents of other religions must learn to tolerate Hindus and respect the fact that Hindus do not always agree with them on religion, that Hindus have their own spiritual and ethical views that other religious groups should also take into account. If Indians seek to eliminate the consequences of historical atrocities, referring to aggressive attempts to convert them to other religions, then representatives of other religious faiths should be ready to hear the Hindu viewpoint on these events and respect it, no matter how hard it is to accept it and admit its possible guilt . In a free society, religious beliefs must be a personal matter. The state should not impose any religious beliefs or dogmas. There should be political tolerance for all religious views, if they are not connected with violent or anti-popular activities. At the political level, it does not matter whether someone professes a religion, or not.